The mystery surrounding Andrei Kirilenko continues.
Nets coach Jason Kidd once again was coy when the topic of Kirilenko's whereabouts was brought up Thursday night. Kirilenko, battling back spasms, has been unable to play since Nov. 8.
Thursday night marked the 18th consecutive game he's missed. He received an injection in his back last month to curb his spasms but hasn't been able to practice.
Kidd said of Kirilenko, "There is no update." Asked if he remains hopeful that the Nets will have Kirilenko back soon, Kidd essentially skirted the question. "Hopefully, sometime in 2013 would be great," he said. "But if he comes back in 2014, that would be fine, too."
Asked if he'll be back soon, Kirilenko said, "I hope so.''
Doc bummed about Frank
Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn't thrilled with the situation surrounding Kidd and Lawrence Frank. Kidd basically banished Frank from the team last week when he reassigned him because of philosophical differences.
"I was disappointed, quite honestly," Rivers said, "because I'm a friend of both and I just wish they could've figured it out."
Don't divide and conquer
Incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver said this week that he might have the league's competition committee look into the possibility of eliminating divisions. Silver thinks they might not be as useful as they once were, and the Eastern Conference's mediocrity surely isn't helping matters.
Rivers thinks there's no need to do anything hasty, though.
"I don't think they should," he said. "I think it would be hard to do. Obviously, you look at this year and you say wow, it would be nice to have the top 16 teams or whatever there is in there . . . But at the end of the day, I think it's fine just the way it is right now. It won't be this way forever and I wouldn't like that."