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This probably isn't what Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov had in mind when he committed millions of dollars to his team's payroll for the 2013-14 season. But sources tell ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein that rookie coach Jason Kidd has Prokhorov's support despite the Nets' 3-10 record and five straight losses entering Monday's games. Injuries to key performers have hurt the Nets, but so have the team's difficulties competing in the third quarter of games. Will Brooklyn get back on track and become the playoff contender it was expected to be?


It don't come easy

Jason Kidd's shakedown cruise as an NBA head coach hasn't been smooth sailing.

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Will Jason Kidd be the Nets' head coach after this season?

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That hurts

Injuries to key players including Deron Williams have hampered Kidd's ability to develop a consistent player rotation.

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Which of these is the Nets' biggest problem?

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Misery loves company

Brooklyn has company at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and in New York, as both the Nets and the Knicks have struggled.

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Which New York NBA team will finish the season with more wins?

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The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Best NBA backcourts

Clippers

Clippers

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

Heat

Heat

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen

Lakers

Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris

Nets

Nets

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson

Nuggets

Nuggets

Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson

Rockets

Rockets

James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin

Spurs

Spurs

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green

Thunder

Thunder

Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams

Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas

Wizards

Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.

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The Brooklyn Nets enter Year 2 of their return to New York with a new, win-now look after the big offseason trade to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It did not take long for both the Nets and the Knicks to lay claim to the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers. Re-signed J.R. Smith insists that the Knicks have not lost any ground to the Nets. New Net Pierce says his hate for the Knicks "has grown a little" and that he's ready to have his new team take over his new city. Let the fireworks begin!


Better lineup?

The Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their starting lineup, while the Knicks' starters should be the same as last season.

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Which team will have the better starting lineup in 2013-14?

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Battle for New York?

Last year, New York and Brooklyn tied the season series with two wins each, but the Knicks won the Atlantic Division by five games over the Nets.

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The Knicks and Nets play four times in 2013-14. How will the series go?

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One more title?

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up to win a title with the Boston Celtics in the 2007-08 season, the only championship for both.

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Will Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett win an NBA title with the Nets?

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Amid all the offseason NBA movement, the position of steady hands stayed steady. That is, most of the league's top point guards remained right where they were, gearing up to lead their (often new-look) teams to another run at a title. Which ones are the best as individuals? Our own Bradford Doolittle made his stats-based projections earlier this week. Now, click on the boxes to rank Doolittle's top 16 for yourself!

Rank 'Em: Power forwards | Shooting guards | Centers | NBA teams' under-25 talent

NBA Point Guards

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

2012-13: 11.3 PPG, 7.1 APG, 0.8 SPG

Mike Conley

Mike Conley

2012-13: 14.6 PPG, 6.1 APG, 2.2 SPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

2012-13: 22.9 PPG, 6.9 APG, 1.6 SPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 1.5 SPG

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson

2012-13: 16.7 PPG, 6.9 APG, 1.5 SPG

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

2012-13: 19.0 PPG, 6.5 APG, 0.9 SPG

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry

2012-13: 11.6 PPG, 6.4 APG, 1.4 SPG

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

2012-13: 20.3 PPG, 7.6 APG, 0.8 SPG

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

2012-13: 16.9 PPG, 9.7 APG, 2.4 SPG

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

2012-13: 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG, 1.8 SPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

2011-12: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 0.9 SPG

Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio

2012-13: 10.7 PPG, 7.3 APG, 2.4 SPG

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker

2012-13: 17.7 PPG, 5.7 APG, 2.0 SPG

John Wall

John Wall

2012-13: 18.5 PPG, 7.6 APG, 1.3 SPG

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

2012-13: 23.2 PPG, 7.4 APG, 1.8 SPG

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

2012-13: 18.9 PPG, 7.7 APG, 1.0 SPG

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Whom do you love? When it comes to the NBA, it appears fans now prefer LeBron James. Yes, according to the latest ESPN Sports Poll, the Miami Heat star -- he of the ill-received "The Decision," but also of the last two MVPs and NBA championships -- took first for the first time in four years, named a favorite by 12.9 percent of fans. Among others, he bested fellow multiple champion Kobe Bryant (12.5 percent). Rounding out the top five: Kevin Durant (3.6), Derrick Rose (2.8) and Dwyane Wade (2.6). Who are your favorites? Make your picks from this list of stars!

Your favorite NBA players

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Miami Heat

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Brooklyn Nets

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden

James Harden

Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Houston Rockets

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James

LeBron James

Miami Heat

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwolves

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

San Antonio Spurs

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Brooklyn Nets

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Memphis Grizzlies

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Brooklyn Nets

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