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The Crossover Ep. #89: The Nets… Officially not the worst ever!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

In episode #89, Rusty shares his elation at watching this season’s Nets surpass the 1972/73 76ers’ 9-73 record. Pmac then defends Mike D’Antoni’s honor as Rusty declares him worthy of being fired.

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The Crossover Ep. #88: The Home Stretch of a Tough Season

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

In this episode, as well as the usual game recaps, the guys discuss a wide range of topics including hot clowns and the possibility of Al ‘Bricks’ Harrington moving to the Nets. With the playoffs now officially out of reach, the guys also reveal who they will be cheering for in the post season.

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The Crossover Ep. #87: Nets and Knicks Tie Their Season Series

Monday, March 8th, 2010

In episode #87, Rusty and Pmac discuss the Nets’ recent win over the Knicks to even the season series between the teams at two wins apiece. Rusty also covers the Nets’ shock win over the Celtics and Mikhail Prokhorov’s spending habits.

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The Crossover Ep. #86: Hello T-Mac, Goodbye IZOD Center!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

In this mammoth post-trade deadline episode, Rusty and Pmac recap all the big moves made over the last few weeks (focussing specifically on the Knicks’ moves in the final hours). The boys also bid a not-so-fond farewell to the IZOD Center and discuss which team - the Nets or the Knicks - is in better shape for the free-agent bonanza in the off-season.

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The Crossover Ep. #85: Nets win their 5th, Nate wins his 3rd

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

In episode #85, Rusty and Pmac cover the Nets’ fifth win of season ‘09/’10 and Nate Robinson’s third Slam Dunk crown (won in the weakest competition in recent memory). The guys also discuss the trade rumors surrounding the Knicks on the eve of the deadline, and the current coaching situation in NJ.

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The Crossover Ep. #84: Teams of All-Time Favorites

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

In episode #84, Rusty and Pmac discuss their teams of all-time favorite players (prompted by a listener’s call-in). The guys also recap all the games played by both the Nets and Knicks since late-January.

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The Crossover Ep. #83: Knicks Pounded by 50 points, Rusty Keeps His $50

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

In episode #83, Rusty and Pmac discuss the absolute thrashing the Knicks received during the week at the hands of the Mavs, the Nets’ 4th win of the season, and the possibility of AmarĂ© Stoudemire joining Brook Lopez and co. in Jersey.

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The Crossover Ep. #82: The ‘09/’10 Nets - Worse than the ‘72/’73 Sixers?

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

In episode #82, Rusty and Pmac talk about the ever-increasing likelihood of this season’s Nets racking up more losses in 82 games than the 76′ers did in 1972/73. After that sobering thought, the boys move on to slightly lighter topics… like the makeup of the 2010 Slam Dunk contest and the Russians trying to corner the small, plastic, electric car market.

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The Crossover Ep. #81: Au Revoir Najera

Friday, January 15th, 2010

In episode #81, Rusty bids a not-so-fond farewell to Eduardo Najera’s career as a Net, sorts out some confusion over the name ‘S. Williams’, and joins Pmac in discussing the latest in the life and times of one Eddy Curry.

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Nets v. Knicks in the 2009 finale

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

I’m not going to lie… heading into the 4th quarter - but still with a comfortable lead - I was sweating bullets. Time and time again this season, we’ve seen the Nets invent ways to lose contests - whether it be through a lack of focus, a lack of confidence, or a lack of hustle on both ends in crunch-time situations. For me (and Pmac too, I’m guessing), there’s always a degree of nervous energy surrounding the tri-state derby.

Unlike the last two encounters however, the nervous energy surrounding this game was spawned by excitement (from within the Nets’ camp). Yi has looked like a completely different beast since his return from injury. When I say completely different, I mean completely different. He’s no longer the passive, un-sure, un-willing passenger he seemed to be in his first couple of years in the league. He’s now a bonafide starting-calibre power forward in the NBA with a game to cause headaches for any defense. Today’s game showed just how far his game has evolved. He’s now looking to score in the paint first (before even contemplating a perimeter shot), he’s crashing the boards, and he’s blocking shots like a seven-foot player should. In fact, his inside game has come along so well since his return that Kiki and Del have had the dilemma of trying to find shots for both Yi and Brook. Yi’s recent play has demanded it. Because of this, over the last couple of games, Brook has struggled to maintain his consistency. His scoring and rebounding efficiency has dropped away. Why, then, is this not a cause for concern? Because Brook’s confidence in his own ability should just about always see him through any slump… just like it did tonight. Del, Kiki - take note. From now until the end of the season, the offense must be run through Harris (obviously), Lopez, and Yi. Not Harris, Lee, and Douglas-Roberts. That’s not to say the effort from the two sophomore swingmen hasn’t been admirable, but compared to what the tandem of Lopez and Yi bring to the table, it just isn’t as conducive to success. Yi has been labelled a draft bust by many throughout his career to date, and until recently, it was hard to mount an argument to the contrary. He was shown a tremendous amount of faith by the Bucks in being drafted so early in the lottery and he simply hadn’t delivered in his first couple of seasons. Now, he’s showing just what the Bucks hoped he would, albeit for them, 2 years too late.

I’m trying to keep my composure in writing this post. Afterall, I’m writing about a 3-29 outfit that’s still mathematically favoured to snatch the dubious “worst team of all time” title away from that god-awful 9-73 Philadelphia 76ers team. Thing is though, with this win, a new leaf looks to have been turned. The Knicks of season 09/10 - so far - have actually impressed. They’ve overachieved in my mind, certainly. Until tonight’s game, the last time they gave up more than 100 points was on December the 4th. This is the Knicks we’re talking about… thought of, instantly, as a defensive laughing stock. However, their current playoff-contending position in the Eastern Conference standings indicates just how competitive this side has been - despite the questionable decision making of Mike D’Antoni and myriad of issues surrounding arguably the team’s best player, Nate Robinson.

The Knicks were always going to produce offensive bursts tonight (by the likes of David Lee, Al Harrington, and Wilson Chandler) that would be enough to strike fear into the hearts of even the most confident Nets fan (if he still exists), and they did, but through heart, determination, and the arrival on to the NBA scene of Yi Jianlian; Kiki Vandeweghe’s group of rag tag misfits not only weathered the storm, they made it through to the other side to see light on the formerly bleak horizon.

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