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“Let’s give it one more run” – The Denver Post

As the offseason days pile up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving still on the same roster, so do the chances of the Nets relaunching him next season.

That may seem unlikely given Durant’s trade request, which was not explained by the future Hall of Famer. But the Nets still have Durant under contract through 2026, giving them the power to threaten the idea of ​​keeping him in the season.

Kenny Anderson, who wore No. 7 as a Nets star long before Durant, thinks it’s the smartest approach for his former team.

At least give it a try until the February deadline.

“I say stay, KD stay, build around him, and they could be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference — because they got Kevin Durant,” Anderson told the Daily News. “But it’s hard with the money. You have all these guys making a lot of money. It is difficult to move them and this nature. So what I think will happen is that they will play half the season. I think they will open up and they have to play. And Kyrie has to play the first half of the season extremely well and then they could be traded.

Coincidentally, Anderson, 51, is the subject of Durant’s latest documentary, “NYC Point Gods,” which airs July 29 on Showtime. It’s a nostalgic look back at the glory years of the city’s top point guards, weaving in the street culture of the era with a glorified take on Mark Jackson, Kenny Smith, Rod Strickland, God Shammgod, Stephon Marbury and Anderson, among others.

Durant is listed as a producer with his agent, Rich Kleiman. It’s their best attempt at a basketball documentary, though audiences outside of the five boroughs may have a harder time understanding the hype.

“Everyone knows an NYC point guard when they see them,” Durant said in a statement, “and the point gods of this movie helped change the game for everyone.”

Anderson was arguably the most famous of the bunch at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, where he emerged as Gatorade Player of the Year. He was thrilled to be drafted by the Nets in 1991, rather than the Knicks, because it meant less pressure.

Other local point guards – namely Marbury, Jackson, Strickland and Kemba Walker – were with the Knicks but found more success elsewhere.

“I was glad I didn’t play for the Knicks, to tell you the truth,” said Anderson, who is now the Fisk University coach after recovering from a stroke suffered in 2019 “I didn’t want that extra pressure on me being from New York. I went to New Jersey and it was awesome. For some reason when you go to the Knicks you get all the attention, but you have to perform or they will talk about you and kill you.

“You have to produce, especially if you’re a New Yorker. So there’s a lot of pressure that comes with that.

But Anderson and the Nets also failed to realize their potential. There were problems with the off-field and the tragedy of Drazen Petrovic, the All-Star shooter who died in a car accident in 1993.

“It would have been very different if he hadn’t died,” Anderson said. “We would have had our same crew. Kenny Anderson, Derrick Coleman, Drazen Petrovic, Chris Morris. We would have had the chance to do so. I don’t know how because Michael Jordan was still in the league. Orlando was pretty good (with Shaquille O’Neal), Cleveland was pretty good (with Mark Price and Brad Daughtery). But I think we would have been there. Because everything in life, once you get it, you learn about it. So we definitely would have been a problem for the Eastern Conference. We would have been on fire. I believe that.”

Now the Nets face more potential questions about “what could have been” with the uncertainty surrounding Durant and Irving. Anderson, now just a fan, is hoping for another go-around with two of the league’s best players.

“I don’t care about the Knicks. I’m from New York, I never liked the Knicks,” Anderson said. “My family, they all love the Knicks, but they loved me when I was playing for the Nets. So I’m frustrated – like man, we have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, they’re all pissed, they want to be traded. That’s is therefore a difficult situation to live with.

“But if I was them, I would say, let’s give him one more run. Give it one more chance.


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