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Quinton Ross jockeys for position with Kobe Bryant in 2010. Jim O'Connor/USA Today

 

UPDATE: An initial report that a body found in Far Rockaway Beach was that of former NBA player Quinton Ross was incorrect, the Post said. The initial report is below.

Quinton Ross, who played for the New Jersey Nets during 2010-2011 season, was found Monday on the Far Rockaway Beach, according to the New York Post. He was 32.

From The Post: 

The body of Quinton Ross, 32, was stuffed into a trash bag that was hidden in a patch of weeds midway between the water and the boardwalk at Beach 40th Street, cops said.

A law-enforcement source said he had been reported missing to the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, on Thursday.

Ross’ aunt, with whom he’s been living recently, said her mother “saw these men chasing him” before he disappeared.

“People have been calling for Quinton asking about a car or getting some money, but I tell them he doesn’t live here,” Stachia Jacobs of Far Rockaway said near the crime scene.

“Why did they bury him? What could he have done? Those bastards!” she wailed.

Ross’ mom’s fiance said cops located his body by tracking his cell phone and identified him through his clothing.

“It looks like he was murdered and buried in a shallow grave,” said Noel Moses, 61.

It’s unclear if there were any signs of trauma on Ross’ body. Cops said the disposal of his body raised suspicions of foul play, and were awaiting autopsy results from the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ross had stints with the Clippers, Grizzlies, Mavericks and Wizards in addition to his time with the Nets during his seven-year NBA career. Ross earned a reputation as a stout wing defender, playing valuable minutes against Carmelo Anthony during the Clippers' playoff series vs. the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

 

Jason Collins

Jason Collins, getting set to enter Sunday night's game. (AP)

Jason Collins wasn't known as the active gay athlete throughout his career.... MORE →

 

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Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins speaks during a news conference prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets earlier Sunday and was to be in uniform for their game in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The 35-year-old center revealed at the end of last season he is gay, but he was a free agent and had remained unsigned. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

 

Stephen Colbert clearly idolizes Dr. J but not so much that he wasnt willing to humiliate him in a suspenseful game of scrunched-up-paper basket-ball.  Erving is out flacking his insteresting-sounding new autobiography:

 

This won't come as a surprise, and if it does you don't even have a rudimentary understanding of the NBA, but the Nets don't have as illustrious a history as the Los Angeles Lakers. Shocker. The Lakers are an NBA team from the league's second season in 1947, while the Nets are a 1960s ABA team turned NBA expansion franchise in the late 70s. The Lakers have Wilt, West, Kareem, Magic, Kobe and Shaq. The Nets have Jason Kidd and three seasons of Dr. J in the ABA.  The Lakers have 16 NBA championships and the Nets have 2 ABA titles.

So when you learn that the Nets have only been in seven "Winner Take All" games in franchise history to the Lakers' 26, it shouldn't surprise you. By "Winner Take All," we mean the final game of a series, that the winner of the game wins the series. That's either the fifth game of a best-of-five series, which the NBA used to decide first round series from 1984-2002, or the more popular seventh game of a best-of-seven series.

Starting with game seven of the 1970 ABA first round against the Kentucky Colonels, here's a history of all seven "Winner Take All" games in Nets franchise History, in which the Nets have a 4-3 record overall.

Start Here: April 29, 1970

 

Saturday afternoon’s 142-134 triple-overtime loss to the Bulls in Game Four set a Nets franchise playoff record for points, because the basketball Gods have a cruel sense of humor. Or, it could have something to do with it being only the second triple overtime playoff game in Nets history.

Regardless of the cause, the loss was painful. Even though the wound of Game Four remains fresh, it’s never too early to contextualize this playoff OT game. In the 46 year ABA/NBA history of the Nets franchise, the team has played in eleven playoff games with bonus basketball. From three ABA overtime victories to yesterday’s heartbreaker, the Nets have a 7-4 all-time record in playoff overtime games. Here's a brief history of all eleven, starting with a victory over the Kentucky Colonels in April of 1970, and including Saturday's (expletive deleted) loss to Chicago.

Start Here: April 19, 1970

 

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Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. While that match-up alone probably doesn’t even make the most hardcore of Brooklyn fans salivate, there is one historic reason to watch this game: If the Nets can pull off a victory without Joe Johnson and possibly Gerald Wallace, then they will guarantee a road record above .500 for the first time in the franchise’s history.... MORE →

 

"There are millions and millions of dollars being made off the sweat and grind of the student athlete." - Ed O'Bannon (AP)

In two less-than-impressive NBA seasons with the then-New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks in the late '90s, Ed O'Bannon scored only 634 points. But O'Bannon's impact on the sports world may prove to be far greater than two forgettable years in the Association: in 2009, the 6'8" former forward filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the largest athletic enterprise on earth, and the suit is coming to a head now.

Despite an underwhelming NBA career, O'Bannon had a studly college run  in Bruin Blue. The UCLA star won the 1995 John R. Wooden Award -- basketball's version of the Heisman -- en route to a national championship and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors.  Now that it's NCAA Tournament time, Dave D'Alessandro of the Newark Star Ledger caught up with the 9th overall pick from the 1995 draft to discuss his NBA days, life as a car salesman, and challenging the economic system of a multi-billion dollar industry.... MORE →

 

30. Mookie Blaylock

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A "coulda-shoulda-woulda," the Nets traded Blaylock (AKA Pearl Jam) after 3 seasons in 1992 for peanuts, only to see him flourish into an All-Star for the Atlanta Hawks.

 

After missing the playoffs since 2007, the 40-28 Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff spot Thursday night in their inaugural season in Brooklyn thanks to a loss by the Philadelphia 76ers. In honor of this momentous occasion, we've decided to take a look back at the last Nets team to make the NBA Finals: the 2002-03 New Jersey Nets, who went 49-33, won ten consecutive playoff games at one point, and lost in six games to the San Antonio Spurs. That team stood in stark contrast to this year's playoff-bound Nets: the Jason Kidd-led roster ranked first in the NBA in defensive efficiency and 11th in pace, taking down opponents both by grinding out victories and by pushing the break. There are some names old Nets fans may recognize (Lucious Harris, Aaron Williams), as well as names current Knicks fans will recognize (Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin).

It's been a decade since that New Jersey Nets team went as far as any NBA Nets team has ever gone, so we decided to ask: where are they now?
 
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Some controversy has erupted over Devin's verdict that Jason Kidd, not Julius Erving, is the best Net ever. Devin will be 'splainin himself soon enough, but in the meantime, enjoy these dueling highlight reels.

Dr. J

Jason Kidd

Full list of Best Nets Ever here.