Atlantic Notes: Nets, Shumpert, Kidd, Smith

The Nets can’t take anything for granted given the way they’ve been playing so far this year, so they must be happy to have gotten a 100-98 overtime win over the Suns last night.  Joe Johnson had a rough evening overall, shooting just 6-of-19 from the floor, but he hit the big shots when they counted.  The two-guard’s floater towards the end of regulation sent the game into OT and his teardrop at the final buzzer gave the Nets the W.  Here’s more out of the Atlantic..

  • The heated exchange between Iman Shumpert and Knicks coach Mike Woodson during Thursday night’s loss to Houston adds another layer of intrigue to the trade rumors swirling around the guard, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post.  After the loss to Houston, Shumpert said there’s “nothing I can do about it’’ regarding trade talk and said he’s trying to “limit the distractions.’’
  • On ESPN’s TrueHoop TV, David Thorpe blasted Nets head coach Jason Kidd, calling him the worst coach in the NBA.  “He gets an F. He gets a 0. My wife could coach a team to a 29th ranking for that team. She doesn’t know much about basketball,” Thorpe said.
  • Guard J.R. Smith, who will become even more crucial for the Knicks if Shumpert is moved for a forward, was hit with a $25K fine for his threat towards Brandon Jennings via Twitter, writes Berman.  As Berman notes, this is far from Smith’s first incident to catch the attention of the league office.  The guard inked a new three-year, ~$18MM deal with New York this past summer.

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