Marquis Teague, the second-year pro obtained from the Bulls on Tuesday for Tornike Shengelia, is wearing No. 12 for the Nets because his Chicago number -- 25 -- is retired in honor of Bill Melchionni, who starred during the Nets' Nassau Coliseum days (ask your mother).

Among the players who wore No. 12 with the Nets is Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle (for five games in 1989-90).

On Friday night, Carlisle was coaching for the first time opposite Jason Kidd, who quarterbacked Carlisle's NBA champion Mavericks in 2010-11. (Another nugget: The man Carlisle replaced as Dallas coach in 2008 was Avery Johnson, who last season was fired by the Nets.)

Not surprisingly, Kidd and Carlisle exchanged high praise for each other before Friday night's game. Among the coaching lessons Kidd absorbed from Carlisle during his Dallas days, Kidd said, was "just being able to ride things out, understanding there's going to be a time in the season when things don't go well, always finding a positive out of something. Rick never panics and guys could always see that he was confident."

Carlisle's response: "It was a lot easier for me to stay positive when I had Jason Kidd as a player. That's an incredible luxury for a coach to have. And we had him and Dirk [Nowitzki]."

To Carlisle, "there was never any doubt that this [Nets team] was going to go the right way. I don't care what game you're playing with Jason Kidd, if you're fool enough to bet against him, you're going to lose."

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Honoring the Dodgers

Marketing has begun for an alternate Nets jersey that recalls the last big-league sports team to play in Brooklyn (ask your grandmother). The shirt is light gray with Dodger blue trim.