Ed. Note: this originally ran on May 4, 2013, and has been updated.

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


Not every day was rosy for Billy King & Rod Thorn. (AP)

Earlier today on this trade deadline day, the holiest of trade days, we took a look back at the good: reminiscing about the five best trades the Nets franchise ever orchestrated, both in and for New Jersey and Brooklyn. But of course, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and as a result, we've got to look at the other side too.

Here are the five worst trades in Nets history, starting in 2002. Buckle up.

Start Here: #5 (2002)


Will Nets GM Billy King add to this list today?

Happy Trade Deadline Day! After 3 P.M. EST today, teams are no longer allowed to make trades, which usually results in a scramble to make moves as quickly as possible to get them in by the deadline. In the last 72 hours before the 2011 trade deadline, 50 players were traded -- including then-Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams to the then-New Jersey Nets.

In honor of today's basketball importance, let's take a look back at history: here are the best five Nets trades of all time.

Start Here: #5 (2004)


By Wayne Bokat

Julius ErvingFor a brief moment it seemed, just after the Knicks early 1970s mini-dynasty and before their 39-years of futility, there was a spectacular show that took place on Long Island.

Led by Julius Erving, the New York Nets –  who were playing at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale after having moved from, first Commack Arena and then a place called Island Garden in Hempstead – won two ABA championships in a three-season period from 1974 through 1976.

The Nets were good, but it was Erving, known as Dr. J, or simply The Doctor, who put on a show every time he played.

Yes, he did it in the NBA later on, as can be called up on YouTube where one can see his incredible move in the 1980 finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He drives from the right side of the basket, is forced by a defender to go baseline, ends up underneath the rim, almost out of bounds it seems, and then somehow from the other side of the basket, spins the ball off the glass with his right hand.

Magic Johnson, then is his first year with the Lakers, said to his teammate, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after witnessing what seemed even to him a miraculous move: “Should we give him the ball back and ask him to do it again?”

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With tonight's 98-86 victory over the Orlando Magic, the Brooklyn Nets now have a record of 11-4, which is their best start after 15 games in franchise history. The Nets started 10-5 in each of their back-to-back Finals years in the early 2000s, but have never won 11 of their first 15 games.

They've beaten really bad teams (#HelloOrlando, three times), but have also taken down the Knicks, the Clippers, and the Celtics twice. What's even more encouraging is that, other than the 30-point blowout loss against the Miami Heat, the Nets had a chance to win every game this season. You could argue that they weren't winning the game against the Golden State Warriors, but the loss to the Los Angeles Lakers could have easily gone the other way, and the loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves came after blowing a 22-point lead.

The Nets struggled early on finding a defensive synergy, but every game has seen them take a few steps closer to that -- after tonight's game, they're now tied with the Philadelphia 76ers at 10th in the NBA in defensive rating, with an even 100 points allowed per 100 possessions. They're 7th in the NBA in offensive rating, scoring 104.6 points per 100 possessions.

The Nets aren't the best team in the East -- and they'll have a challenge tomorrow night against that Miami squad again. But after 15 games, I'll gladly take 11-4 and tied atop the Atlantic Division.

Bring on the final 67!