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Andrei Kirilenko received in an injection in his back over a week ago that has delayed his return, the small forward told the Daily News. The 32-year-old missed the last six games with back spasms, a recurring pain that kept him home for last week’s West Coast trip. The Nets never revealed the injection, but a team source confirmed Kirilenko had an epidural. “It usually takes 10 days to 2 weeks (for recovery following the injection,” Kirilenko said before he was on the inactive list before Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats. “Right now it’s probably at eight or nine days. Otherwise, I’m good. I usually never have that long period of this injury sustained for that long, for about a month. …The last three or four days there were no feelings of pain. It’s just the medicine they injected you have to for.” New York Daily News

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Andrei Kirilenko received in an injection in his back over a week ago that has delayed his return, the small forward told the Daily News. The 32-year-old missed the last six games with back spasms, a recurring pain that kept him home for last week’s West Coast trip. The Nets never revealed the injection, but a team source confirmed Kirilenko had an epidural. “It usually takes 10 days to 2 weeks (for recovery following the injection,” Kirilenko said before he was on the inactive list before Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats. “Right now it’s probably at eight or nine days. Otherwise, I’m good. I usually never have that long period of this injury sustained for that long, for about a month. …The last three or four days there were no feelings of pain. It’s just the medicine they injected you have to for.” New York Daily News

Andrei Kirilenko, who has missed the past four games with back spasms, also will sit out Wednesday night, though he did accompany the team on their trip this week after staying home for last week’s West Coast trip. New York Post

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Kirilenko sat out Monday’s practice at the team’s New Jersey facility as he continues to recover from an ongoing bout with back spasms, and how he fares in 5-on-5 portions of Tuesday’s practice likely will determine whether or not he is available when the Nets face the Cavaliers in their opening game Wednesday in Cleveland. New York Post

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After chasing $8 million to $10 million a year on the market, Kirilenko settled on a $3.2 million exception with the Nets. Much of the NBA cried conspiracy, and the league office was forced into conducting an impossible investigation to understand the fluidity of Kirilenko's free-agent process. If the league office was trying to find an opening for a side deal, Kirilenko and the Nets simply explained this as a circumstance where the market dried up and a player accepted less to play for a big-market contender. Yahoo! Sports

The NBA brought AK-47's agent and a union representative into the league office to meet with the lawyers, but the stories checked out. League lawyers reached out to front-office executives who had been in contact with Kirilenko on free-agent discussions – some who had interest, some who didn't. Ultimately, people couldn't do anything but grudgingly congratulate owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King on a job well done. Yahoo! Sports

Several teams demanded an investigation, but the Heat never complained, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Part of the reason is that Miami owner Micky Arison has a strong relationship with King and respect for him, but mostly the Heat understand what it means to be a target in free-agency conspiracy accusations. Truth be told, too: Miami's an organization that craves the competition. Yahoo! Sports

October 11, 2013 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko has the unique ability to stuff the stat sheet in a variety of ways. Nets coach Jason Kidd was asked Thursday who AK-47 reminded him of in terms of skill set. “I mean, LeBron James,” Kidd said. “And I’m not putting AK in [LeBron's class in terms of talent], but when you talk about guys who fill up the stat sheet, that’s what he does and that’s what he’s always done. From rebounding to assists, points, steals, blocked shots, he’s done it all. That’s the kind of skill set he brings.” ESPN.com

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