Stephen A. Smith escalates latest round of Kevin Durant feud

There’s a scene in “The Wire” where Detective Carver, speaking with colleagues about the War on Drugs, says that you can’t call it a war because “wars end.” Stephen A. Smith and Kevin Durant have reached a similar status in their years-long back-and-forth. This particular battle began when Smith, on ESPN’s “First Take” earlier this … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant’s ex-teams are thriving without them

In July 2019, Kyrie Irving bolted Boston for Brooklyn, and Kevin Durant left Golden State to join him. And in effect, the two created one of the most dangerous duos in NBA history. Now, the Warriors are back in yet another NBA Finals, while the Celtics are going into Friday’s Game 6 up 3-2 and … Read more

Nets’ biggest obstacle is trust issues

The Nets have talent. But they also have issues. And that’s why they’re at home, long since eliminated from the playoffs while another quartet of teams are still alive and vying for the NBA title. Neither Reggie Miller nor Stan Van Gundy — both covering the conference finals for TNT — was ready to give … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving never felt fully himself during season

Kyrie Irving has admitted that during his time away from the Nets, he had no idea if he was going to get cut or traded away. And even after he did return, he never felt fully himself. “I never felt like I was back,” Irving said on “The ETCs with Kevin Durant” podcast. That may … Read more

Nets offseason hinges on Steve Nash, Kyrie Irving questions

After the Nets meekly bowed out of the playoffs following a disappointing first-round sweep by the Celtics, Kevin Durant acknowledged this offseason is going to be a pivotal one for the organization and its championship window. And despite Kyrie Irving’s tone-deaf comments that he, Durant, owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks are part … Read more

For Nets, this may be as good as it gets after NBA playoff exit

Kevin Durant was never the Warriors “bus rider” that Charles Barkley tried making him out to be. Durant was the best player and two-time Finals MVP on those Golden State teams that won back-to-back titles, not to mention a figure who ranks higher on the all-time greats list than Barkley does. That would make KD … Read more

Nets got it all wrong and paid for it with NBA playoff flop

Remember the Brooklyn Nets as the worst team money could buy. Remember them as an ill-fitting set of big-name ballplayers who were expected to win a championship and then face-planted in the first round, failing to win even one playoff game. The Nets made the 2022 Celtics look like the 1986 Celtics. Boston made a … Read more

Steve Nash keeping it simple as Nets try to stage historic rally

A tumultuous season filled with one colossal challenge after another has come down to the clichés for Steve Nash and the Nets. The road to their current predicament in a first-round playoff series against the Celtics has been filled with potholes — from Kyrie Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated for COVID-19, to Kevin Durant’s midseason … Read more

Nets fall into 3-0 hole after loss to Celtics

The death knell may have sounded on the Nets’ disappointing season — killed by Kevin Durant’s surprising struggles and their porous defense. The Nets lost Game 3 to the Celtics, 109-103, Saturday night before a disappointed crowd at Barclays Center and now trail in the series, three games to none. The preseason title favorites are … Read more

Nets know they need to play freer to come back in series

Going into Game 3 trailing the first-round series 2-0 to the Celtics, the Nets have been shaken up by Boston’s physicality. They have faced driving lanes so clogged they likened it to playing bumper cars, and it caused paralysis by analysis. The Nets know when they take the court Saturday night at Barclays Center — … Read more