We don’t normally do this, but with the last two days of the season at hand and a fair amount of Nets news & notes around the ‘net, here’s what’s cooking:
- On ESPN Radio yesterday, Jason Kidd said there’s a good chance he might shave his beard tomorrow in anticipation of the playoffs. This could be a colossal mistake that swings the playoff race. The touch of gray is the magic totem keeping this Nets season alive.
- Over at TrueBrooklyn, Beckley Mason takes a look at the elephant in the room: are the Nets better without Brook Lopez? (Note: we looked at this back in January, but there’s a lot more evidence that leads to the same conclusion.)
- Looking at a few writer ballots, it looks like Mason Plumlee’s getting at least two third-place All-Rookie votes.
- Speaking of Plumlee, the Washington Square News sat down with him for a one-on-one interview to talk his adjustment to the league and the playoffs, adding that he thinks Indiana will be toughest to beat. He also offers up this gem on being a rookie: “If you get their towels, bags and water for guys it’s not so much about that, but Paul knows if I can remember to get him a towel after every game then I can remember to rotate on help on defense, so it’s really bigger than the towel, you know?”
- Former Nets forward Tornike Shengelia, who the Nets traded to Chicago for Marquis Teague, was waived by the Bulls in favor of Greg Smith yesterday. Poor Toko.
- At Nets-Knicks tonight, Barclays Center usher Bryan Bautista will sing the national anthem. Then he’ll get back to work.