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November 20, 2014 Updates

Kidd denied trying to get himself positioned above general manager Billy King but also said they didn't have much of a relationship. He believes the Nets wanted to fire him in December, when they were en route to a 10-21 start. "I think it really helped me to see what I was dealing with, what type of people I was dealing with, you know?" Kidd said. Boston Herald

He has barely spoken about the terms of his departure and wasn't comfortable having to do it Wednesday. He said he had spoken to some Nets players since he left and was asked about last month's comments from owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who said the team made the trade with the Bucks because: "There is a nice proverb in English: Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you." "I thought it was a great quote. I've heard it before, so was it something new? No," Kidd said. Boston Herald

Irina Pavlova, the President of Onexim and a buffer between Prokhorov and the Nets’ front office, spoke out this week — issuing a statement that said, “Bad-mouthing our former franchise player and Head Coach does not help the current team one iota.” But even as he has forged a Hall of Fame résumé Kidd also has left a path of destruction in his wake, teams angry, coaches’ careers in tatters. He moves on, but as friends? Bergen Record

On Wednesday night, Kidd returned to Brooklyn to face that hostile environment and scored a 122-118 victory for the Bucks in three overtimes. Amid the boos and heckling, the events surrounding Kidd's departure from the Nets have invited scrutiny from league power brokers concerned about how much influence some agents have carved out within franchises, league sources told CBSSports.com. At issue is the role that Kidd's longtime agent during his playing career, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, played in Kidd's attempt to achieve personnel authority with the Nets -- and, when the power play failed, his role in ultimately landing Kidd a handsome raise to supplant a coach, Larry Drew, who had not yet been fired in Milwaukee. CBSSports.com

Not often does one player leaving one agency for another result in a lawsuit but that's what happened after Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders left agent Andy Miller and ASM Sports for agent Dan Fegan and Relativity Sports in the summer of 2013 during the height of free agency. Last month, a New York judge dismissed that lawsuit, which accused Relativity of client stealing and sought financial compensation, and ruled the "Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint is granted for failure to state a cause of action." The ruling is vindication for Fegan, president of Relativity Sports' basketball division, and Happy Walters, the CEO of Relativity Sports, who was also a defendant in the complaint filed nearly a year ago. USA Today Sports

November 19, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Kidd was asked again whether talk he might be fired by the Nets last December contributed to his decision to go to the Bucks last summer. "It really helped me to see what type of people I was dealing with," Kidd said. "But I understand they did want to fire me in December." Twitter @cf_gardner

The Pistons, who host the Phoenix Suns at 7:30 tonight, are 29th in the league through five home dates with a 14,485 average. Only the Milwaukee Bucks (14,047) are drawing less. Even the 76ers, who are not remotely trying to win games, have averaged 910 more fans per game than the Pistons. Booth Newspapers

With the Bucks’ lead down to 2 points with less than 10 seconds to play, J. R. Smith nearly stole an inbounds pass, which would have given the Knicks a chance to tie or go ahead. Instead, an official review confirmed that Smith — and not the Bucks — had knocked the ball out of bounds. “Play harder,” a somber Smith said after the game, when asked about Fisher’s halftime message. “For some reasons, it’s something we have to be reminded of — to play hard — which is something that’s really embarrassing.” New York Times

Kidd and the Nets went through a sudden and stunning divorce and this will be the first time the two sides are reunited since the coach was dealt to Milwaukee in June. This won't be the typical Nets-Bucks regular-season affair. There will likely be some emotion on Wednesday night. "Obviously, he is someone that you went hard for, gave everything that you had for," said Garnett, who waived his no-trade clause to be dealt to Brooklyn in part to play for Kidd. "It will be good to see him in the building. Hope people don't forget that, what he has done for Brooklyn and New Jersey and over the years. "I think that sometimes we as fans forget and I think that's important to remember the good," Garnett continued. "Obviously, he is in another organization but don't forget the good that he's done for this organization and that is the message here." ESPN.com

“I’m only thinking about the Knicks right now, so . . . You should’ve known that was coming,” Kidd said before Tuesday’s game against the Knicks. “(Brooklyn is an) NBA city, that’s it, but the big thing right now is I’m in Milwaukee preparing for the Knicks, so tomorrow you can ask me that question.” New York Daily News

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