Nice Guys Finish Where?

The Nets are out to earn wins, not respect

But if the Nets have indeed arrived, Williams and company could learn a few things from Patrick about not believing the hype. Maybe they're collectively too well-adjusted to fall that way. As Cassell snaps pregame, "Respect? Respect doesn't win games in this league." Cheap prediction: barring catastrophic injuries, the Nets will win more games than the Knicks and reach the conference championship. NBA finals? Nyet for now.

One of two articles in our NBA feature.

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