Anybody Can Dribble a Basketball. But Few Can Do It Like This.

Three elite dribblers of the past — God Shammgod, Tim Hardaway and Oscar Robertson — share their secrets, and name their favorites now.

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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.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #nash-steve, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #tatum-jayson-1998, #udoka-ime

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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn

Kyrie Irving Makes His Brooklyn Return

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

#basketball, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-nets, #irving-kyrie, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #marks-sean-1975, #nash-steve, #philadelphia-76ers, #trades-sports, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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Novak Djokovic and Fellow Star Vaccine Skeptics Are Increasingly Scorned

The tennis star is the latest target of a public outcry against vaccine skeptics and stars wanting special treatment. Denied entry to Australia, he awaits a hearing Monday on his deportation.

#athletics-and-sports, #australia, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #football, #irving-kyrie, #rodgers-aaron, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #vaccination-and-immunization

Kyrie Irving Returns to Court After Refusing To Be Vaccinated

Irving declined to be vaccinated for Covid-19 before the season, making him ineligible to play in New York City because of a local vaccine mandate at sports arenas that went into effect in September.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #irving-kyrie

18 Sports Highlights From 2021 Worth Watching Again

World records, no-look shots, extraordinary goals, trick baserunning, come-from-behind victories … we may not know what sports will look like in 2022, but 2021 had it all.

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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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sports in 2021 Tried to Return to Normal

The coronavirus pandemic still had an impact, but players and leagues had their moments.

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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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #fans-persons, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie

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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #irving-kyrie, #vaccination-and-immunization

Should You Care about Unvaccinated N.B.A. Players?

On the virtues of ignoring famous people’s irrelevant opinions.

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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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‘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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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.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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.

#assaults, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #fans-persons, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thomas-isaiah-1989

The N.B.A. Playoffs Yield Several Injured Stars and No Clear Favorite

Last year’s finalists are out, but concerns about stars like James Harden, Chris Paul and Joel Embiid make it hard to determine which teams will take their places.

#basketball, #conley-mike-jr-1987, #dallas-mavericks, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #embiid-joel, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #murray-jamal-1997, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #playoff-games

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.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #milwaukee-bucks, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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?

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael

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.

#boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #fans-persons, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games

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.

#boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #fans-persons, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games

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.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #griffin-blake, #harden-james, #harris-joe-1991, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #smart-marcus, #tatum-jayson-1998, #walker-kemba

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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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.

#american-basketball-assn, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #erving-julius, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #loughery-kevin, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #national-basketball-assn, #philadelphia-76ers

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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn

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.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #trades-sports

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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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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NBA Opening Night Live Score and Updates: Warriors vs. Nets

It’s opening night, which means the official debut of the Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving pairing, and a ring ceremony for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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N.B.A. Eastern Conference Preview: Will the Nets Reign Supreme?

The Bucks got better, but the Nets with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant might be too much for Milwaukee — or any other team in the East — to overcome.

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Kevin Durant Says He’s Ready to Return. ‘It’ll Come Naturally.’

Durant, the Nets star, said he felt “solid” after missing all of last season with an Achilles’ tendon injury. It has been almost 18 months since his last N.B.A. game.

#anxiety-and-stress, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #sports-injuries

The Nets’ Bridge Year Is Over. Now, the Real Work Begins.

Injuries to key players lowered the Nets’ ceiling this season. But the looming returns of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant bring with them higher expectations.

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Swabs and Sensors: Memos Offer Details of Life in N.B.A. ‘Bubble’

Players and team staff members will be required to stay on the Walt Disney World Resort premises at nearly all times after they arrive next month to complete the 2019-20 season.

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