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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kurylo at ESPN and NYTimes, Nets Version

So two things Kurylo have gone up today. First the NYTimes ran my piece on Jason Kidd reinventing himself as the guard version of Steve Novak.

It has been five seasons since Kidd last wore a Nets uniform, but it has been nearly a decade since he last led the Nets to the N.B.A. finals. Ten years can be a lifetime for an N.B.A. point guard. Kidd entered a league dominated by Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon, was foiled by Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan, but bested LeBron James and Dwayne Wade for his only ring, with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

In a way, Kidd has experienced the league’s evolution over the last two decades. Perhaps this intimacy has given him the shrewdness to transform his game.

Once a defensive wizard and passing virtuoso with a suspect jumper, today Kidd is one of the league’s best 3-point specialists. He is second in the league in 3-point shooting percentage, just behind Dallas’s O.J. Mayo. Among players who qualify for the league leaders, Kidd has the fourth-highest ratio of 3-point to 2-point attempts. It’s an amazing transformation, considering that earlier in his career with the Suns, Kidd cut back on his 3-pointers because he was so bad at them.

Then ESPN’s has my 5-5 thoughts, defending the Knicks against the upstart-wannabees.

The Barclays Center may be near the Long Island Rail Road and a number of subway stations, which is fine for true Gothamists and “Lawn Guy Landers.” But if you live north of the city, the Garden is a short jaunt from Grand Central. If you’re west in New Jersey, it’s easier to take the PATH, NJ Transit or the Lincoln Tunnel. Only the most hard-core Nets fans will brave the traffic quadfecta that is the Holland Tunnel, crosstown on Canal Street, the Manhattan Bridge and Flatbush Avenue to see their team.

READ THEM IN THEIR ENTIRETY OR DIE. MUHAHAHAHAHA!

7 comments on “Kurylo at ESPN and NYTimes, Nets Version

  1. Mike Kurylo Post author

    Here is my least favorite from ESPN’s 5-5.

    Widdoes: Nets. After spending years in Manhattan, I couldn’t be happier to live in Brooklyn. There is just more space and more community, and the food is great. All within a short subway ride of all Manhattan has to offer.

    You can’t say Brooklyn, if you use the sentence “all Manhattan has to offer” !?!?!

  2. Nick C.

    What I don’t get is why so many people are fervently anti-Nets. During the dark reign of He Who Shall be Nameless, it was to the Nets I turned for competent basketball. Better yet they were beating many hated foes like the Antoine Walker Celtics or Reggie Miller Pacers while making deep post-season runs. Their, and J-Kidd’s, repetitive thrashing of the Knicks and making a mockery while it happened were a hue F U to the Knicks Dark Lord that may (or may not) have set the first seeds in motion of the housecleaning that has resulted in rootable and progressively better teams over the past three to four seasons.

  3. Hubert Davis

    Nick I agree with all that. But I hate them. It started when they drove up the price on Carmelo Anthony out of spite. Their business plan over the last two seasons seems to be two pronged: 1. Try to not suck, even if it means making terrible long-term basketball decisions; 2. Fuck with the Knicks as much as humanly possible.

    I also hate that they’ve instigated this sudden divisiveness which they seek to profit from. Why are we even arguing Manhattan vs Brooklyn? We’re all New York. Don’t turn us against each other just so you can sell seats. The Knicks were the one team that united this city and they’re fucking with it.

    Also: Avery Johnson annoys me on so many levels.

  4. Mike Kurylo Post author

    Personally I’m not much of the “I hate the other team that plays in the same city as my favorite team.” I’m a Jets fan that is happy when the Giants win because 1. it’ll make some of my friends happy, and 2. I’d rather our city than some other Jerkberg. I really enjoyed watching that Nets team play with Kidd, Martin, Van Horn, Jefferson, etc. It was a good team & fun to watch as well.

    But this is only true when they aren’t in direct competition. Pit them against mine, and I don’t give a rats behind about them.

    And that’s what we have with today’s Nets. One aspect is that they’re actually pretty good, which means the Knicks need to squash them.

    However there’s this new aspect of the Nets crowding into New York’s territory. Let’s say for a moment the Thunder or Spurs decide to move to the Bronx and build an arena next to Yankee Stadium. There’s a good amount of people that would love to root for a winning team like that, and Knicks fans might leave. Well not if the Knicks are good, but let’s say they’re an Isiah Thomas away from splitting off.

    That is why you’ll see some of the vitriol.

  5. d-mar

    I think the sports media wants so desperately to run with the “there’s a new kid in town” theme, that there’s been a bias from the start of the season towards Brooklyn (particularly from the NY Times, which was basically only covering the Nets before the season started)

    This has just fired up Knicks fans even more, and if they go into Brooklyn tonight and take care of business, the Nets will go back to being 2nd fiddle. It won’t be as bad it was when they were in NJ, but they’ll be just another team in the Eastern Conference as far as the Knicks are concerned.

  6. Brian Cronin

    You can’t say Brooklyn, if you use the sentence “all Manhattan has to offer” !?!?!

    Yeah, that’s just silly. For instance, I live in Astoria because my wife and I can afford a nice big two bedroom apartment just 15 minutes from midtown Manhattan (and when we finish saving up, we’ll likely move to the ‘burbs), but I would never dream of saying Astoria is better than Manhattan because its utility is its proximity to Manhattan. Same with the suburbs, they’re good because they’re close to Manhattan. So Manhattan is the undisputed king. It is just too expensive for many people to live there, that’s all. But it is expensive because it is so awesome.

  7. BoringCommenter

    From the New York Times…

    “but bested LeBron James and Dwayne Wade for his only ring, with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.”

    Dwayne? Who spells it Dwayne nowadays? Please tell me this wasn’t your mistake, but was introduced by the Editing Process of the Professional Journalism.

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