The Nets and the Lakers Did Not Win. But Superteams Never Die.

The stars did not align in Brooklyn or Los Angeles this time, but it’s certain that someone will try again. Kyrie Irving is already making plans.

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Nets Eliminated by Celtics in NBA Playoffs

The early playoff exit was a stunning end to a season that began with championship dreams behind Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

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Nets Beat Cavaliers in Play-In and Will Face Celtics Next

For three quarters, the Nets again showed their best side. A matchup against the Celtics in the playoffs will require a more complete effort.

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Kyrie Irving Makes His Brooklyn Return

With new vaccine rules in place, the Nets can finally play their star guard at Barclays Center.

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Inside New York City’s Decision to End Vaccine Mandate for Pro Athletes

Owners and executives of some of the wealthiest sports franchises urged Mayor Eric Adams to allow unvaccinated athletes to play in New York.

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The Nets Were to Be a Team of Destiny. But Not This Kind.

The collapse of the Nets’ superteam of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving echoes the falls of other starry groupings. But they had a chance to be different.

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James Harden Traded to Sixers for Ben Simmons

Harden has been with the Nets since January 2021, when Houston traded him to Brooklyn. Simmons has not played in Philadelphia this season for personal reasons.

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Nets Turn to Rookies as Starters, and Not Just When They Have to

The Nets, in a move unusual for a championship contender, have turned to their rookies as starters and key contributors — and not just when there were no other options.

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What to Expect from the Nets and the Knicks in the Second Half

Here are some of the questions looming over New York’s N.B.A. teams in the second half of the season.

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Kyrie Irving’s Return Shows Why the Nets Would Make an Exception

Kyrie Irving’s part-time status will be complicated — he still can’t play in home games — but his return drew praise from his team’s other stars.

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Kyrie Irving Returns to the Brooklyn Nets, Part Time

Irving remains unvaccinated. He will be eligible to play only road games, except those against the Knicks and the Toronto Raptors.

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Kevin Durant Can Score From Anywhere. Defenses Don’t Know What to Do.

The midrange game has largely fallen out of favor in the N.B.A., but not when Durant is on the court.

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Why the ‘Scariest’ Night Didn’t Keep LaMarcus Aldridge Out of the N.B.A.

Aldridge, the veteran Nets center, briefly retired after 15 seasons because of a heart issue. He was depressed — then determined to return.

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N.B.A. Eastern Conference Preview: The Bucks Aren’t Finished Yet

The Bucks might be better, while the Sixers and Nets are playing wait-and-see with key stars. The Eastern Conference could play out in several ways.

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The Nets Had a Chance to Win Over New York. Now, They’ll Try Again.

Viewed by some as gentrifiers, the Nets finally may have the starpower to win a championship and loosen the grip the city’s other N.B.A. team has on the region.

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Nets Bar Kyrie Irving From All Practices and Games

Irving already was facing the prospect of missing all home games because of a city ordinance requiring at least one vaccine dose for most people at sports arenas.

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NBA Vaccine Skeptics Speak Out

More than 90 percent of players have received at least one dose of the vaccine, but some, like Nets guard Kyrie Irving, won’t say if they have been or plan to be vaccinated.

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Nets Rookie Day’Ron Sharpe Goes Apartment Shopping.

Day’Ron Sharpe, the 29th overall pick in this year’s N.B.A. draft, is making himself at home in New York as he gets ready for his first season alongside the Nets’ big stars.

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‘It Hurts’: Season Is Over Before Nets See How Good Big Three Can Be

Injuries kept the Nets from knowing what they could really look like once their stars — Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden — were playing well together.

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Milwaukee Bucks Beat Nets in Game 7 Overtime

Injuries to the Nets’ stars weighed on the team, which had been favored to win the championship this season.

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N.B.A. All-Stars Set a Painful Record for Missing Playoff Games

Injury woes are not new, but they have been acute during the playoffs. Never before have eight All-Stars missed at least one postseason game in the same year.

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It’s a New Series as the Injury Bug Returns to Bite the Nets

The Bucks tied their playoff series with the Nets, 2-2, as Kyrie Irving left with an injured ankle, joining James Harden on the Brooklyn sideline.

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Nets Brush Aside the Bucks to Lead Series, 2-0

A 39-point drubbing sends the series back to Milwaukee, and the Bucks back to the drawing board.

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N.B.A. Fans Wanted a Show. They’re Also Getting a Reckoning.

The entertainment of the playoffs has been coupled with a pressing message from players that fans have disrespected them for too long.

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The Nets Aren’t Unbeatable, but It’s OK to Be Impressed

The Boston Celtics tried in their first-round series but were too depleted to compete. The Nets’ next opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks, may have a better shot.

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Kevin Durant and (Possibly) the Greatest Basketball Team of All Time

The Brooklyn Nets were built to be an unbeatable superteam of eccentric basketball superstars. Will they dominate the N.B.A. playoffs?

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Celtics Fan Arrested After Kyrie Irving Is Nearly Hit by Bottle

Irving, who was walking into an arena tunnel when he was almost hit, had recently asked fans not to be belligerent or racist when the Nets traveled to Boston.

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Celtics Fan Arrested After Nets’ Kyrie Irving Nearly Hit By Bottle

Irving, who was walking into an arena tunnel when he was almost hit, had recently asked fans not to be belligerent or racist when the Nets traveled to Boston.

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Bruce Brown Is the Nets’ ‘Swiss Army Knife’

With all that Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden can do, it might seem like they don’t need any help on the Nets. But Brown has played a key role this season.

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The Nets’ Starters Are Back Together. And So Are the Fans.

Over 14,000 fans attended Game 1 of the Nets-Celtics series as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Blake Griffin and Joe Harris started together for the first time this season.

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Why Being a Knicks Fan Hurts So Good

Knicks fans used to disappointment are now reveling in a season of joy. “God forbid, if we win, we are going to burn this city down,” one famous fan said.

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In the NBA Playoffs, The Scariest Teams Are Lower Seeds

Injuries and illness dragged down the records of several teams, including the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. That could mean early postseason exits for the season’s best.

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Even the Celtics Think the Nets Will Probably Win

The Nets would be heavily favored in the first-round playoff matchup even without Boston’s injury woes. “As a fan of the N.B.A., it’s hard to see those guys losing,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said.

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N.B.A. Awards Picks: Why Stephen Curry Could Win M.V.P.

Denver’s Nikola Jokic separated himself early with historic play. Then Curry, who has won two Most Valuable Player Awards with Golden State, went on a historic run of his own.

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The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Brooklyn Nets Game

Since February, the Brooklynettes have performed live at Barclays Center to crowds that are smaller than usual — but huge for dance.

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Teammates in Brooklyn, Rivals in M.L.S.

When Kevin Durant bought a stake in the Philadelphia Union last summer, he became the fourth member of the Nets with an ownership stake in Major League Soccer.

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The Nets Could Have Had It All With Dr. J

As great as today’s Nets look with their starry threesome, they could have dominated the N.B.A. much, much sooner — in the 1970s, behind Julius Erving.

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N.B.A. Fines Kevin Durant for ‘Derogatory’ Social Media Spat

Michael Rapaport, an actor and podcast host, shared screenshots of a conversation in which Durant used homophobic and misogynistic language.

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N.B.A. Trade Deadline Fallout for the Lakers

After more than a dozen trades at the deadline, there are still many moves to be made, with lingering free agents, buyouts and executive contracts in the balance.

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Your N.B.A. Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Can fans attend all games? Will players be vaccinated? Was All-Star weekend safe? Read on to find out.

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Why the Nets May Be the Most Feared Team in the N.B.A.

At the midpoint of the season, the Nets are clicking, whether or not all three of their big stars are on the floor. That’s good for them, and frightening for all other contenders.

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James Harden Is Headed Back to Houston. Too Bad He’s Not Staying.

Harden is in a groove with the Nets as they head to face his former Rockets team, which is struggling.

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Nets and Knicks Welcome Back Fans for First Time

The Nets and the Knicks were the first teams to take advantage of New York’s relaxed rules on attendance at sporting events. It was … different, but also a welcome bit of normalcy.

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New York Sports Entering a Promising Era

After two decades of frustration and incompetence broken up by an occasional championship (thanks, Giants), the region’s sports teams all appear headed in the right direction.

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NBA All Star Game Predictions: Picks and Snubs

The usual All-Star Game debates — who’s in, who’s out — have a new component this year during the coronavirus pandemic: Should the game happen at all?

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Growing Chorus of N.B.A. Stars Boos League’s Virus Strategy

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard joined LeBron James in criticizing the league’s plans for an All-Star Game, while Kevin Durant questioned protocols.

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The Harden Trade Should Work Out — but Maybe Not for the Nets

Going big brought championships home right away for the Lakers (Anthony Davis trade) and the Raptors (Kawhi Leonard). The Nets’ bet on James Harden might not pay off so soon.

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Harden Reunites With Durant, Far from the Hearts of Sonics Fans

With whipsawing trades and other player movement routine in the N.B.A. these days, it’s hard to be loyal to teams and players.

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Houston Rockets to Trade James Harden to the Nets

The four-team deal will reunite Harden with Kevin Durant, whom he played with on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The Nets Looked Unstoppable Early. They’ve Proved to Be Mortal.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have meshed well. But the team has lost a starter to injury, and the bench lineup has often been outplayed. Recent changes are promising.

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