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NEW YORK — The Nets were embarrassed again Thursday night, this time by the rival Knicks, 113-83, and what was supposed to be a breakthrough season for the franchise continued in misery.
The Nets’ neophyte coach, Jason Kidd, is fresh off paying a $50,000 fine for intentionally spilling a drink to delay a game because he lacked a timeout. Kidd also recently demoted his top assistant coach.
Brooklyn’s star point guard, Deron Williams, has missed 10 of the last 11 games with a badly sprained ankle.
In the midst of all this are former Celtics Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry, who were acquired in June to help the Nets make a championship run. But 14 losses in the first 19 games have caused them misery.