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October 30, 2014 Updates

Not long after, he tells Mazzeo, he had to decide on a number. He chose No. 21, Isaiah Austin's number at Baylor. "I didn’t tell him," said Cory Jefferson, who wore No. 34 in college. "I just did it. He liked it, just being able to see No. 21 still out there. Like I said, it means a lot more to me now." Wednesday night, the Celtics honored Isaiah Austin for his courage and presented him with a framed No. 21 jersey. And Jefferson playing his first NBA game scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in nine minutes with Austin watching. NetsDaily

October 29, 2014 Updates

Nets Daily: team insider says @Mason Plumlee has "more swagger" after his FIBA summer. We'll see tonight. Can't let Sullinger grab 20 boards again. Twitter @NetsDaily

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez will not play in Wednesday night's regular-season opener against the Boston Celtics because of a right midfoot sprain. "He's still having some pain when he goes hard," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said at the team's shootaround. ESPN.com

Williams finally feels healthy for the first time in three seasons after undergoing offseason surgery to clean out both of his oft-injured ankles. "I'm a lot more confident," Williams said. "I just didn't have a lot of confidence in my ankles (the last two seasons). They wouldn't allow me to do the things I was capable of doing." Williams missed 17 games last season due to injury. He averaged just 14.3 points and 6.1 assists -- his lowest averages since his rookie season (2005-06). ESPN.com

October 28, 2014 Updates

Rod Boone: Lionel Hollins unsure if Brook will be available tomorrow. Said if he doesn't play then Mason would slide in alongside KG. #Nets Twitter @rodboone

On Wednesday night, Garnett will start his 20th season by playing against his former team, the Boston Celtics. Garnett doesn't believe he is about to play in his 20th season opener, even if he did tell Kevin McHale as a rookie that he hoped to match his age when he came into the league as an 18-year-old with the number of NBA seasons he'd play. "I definitely can't," said Garnett, who joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis as players to play 20 seasons. "I have always enjoyed the game of basketball, probably always will. You don't have to motivate me, to push me out of bed to do this." ESPN.com

A lot has changed in two decades since Garnett launched his first midrange jumper. But what remains constant is Garnett's hallmark desire. Even at 38, Garnett's motivation fuel tank remains filled and he still has a chip on his shoulder. "I feel good about this year like I did last year," Garnett said. "[But] obviously, I have a little bit of edge to me this year, I'll say that. "I didn't like the way I ended last year or even started last year. I am a very motivated person, very real with myself, watch a lot of film on myself, and I look to be a little different this year." ESPN.com

Cheerleaders — or dancers as they are called — for the Knicks and for the Brooklyn Nets will pull in $200 or less a game and receive no health insurance coverage from their teams, The Post has learned. “There is no way to live off that money,” Cherielee Passalaqua, a former New Jersey Nets hype team member who now cheers for the NBA, told The Post. New York Post

October 27, 2014 Updates


Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.


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