NYSD’s Top 10 New York Sports Moments of the Decade

#6) 2002, 2003: The Nets Reach Consecutive NBA Finals

Okay, so technically, this might be on a short list of top New Jersey sports moment of the decade, but since they play walking distance from the Giants and Jets, NYSD covers them, and since they’re really considered part of New York City area sports, we’ll include the Nets (the same goes for the next team on the list). Though they had a pair of ABA championships in the mid-1970’s, the Nets hadn’t played for an NBA title since joining that league in 1976. The Nets mostly struggled through a lot of losing seasons and were one of the NBA’s “forgotten franchises” until the Jason Kidd era (2001-04) finally put them back on the map (although, they have returned now, of course, to a league laughing stock at 2-29), the Nets won three straight division titles in 2002-04 (to this date, they still have just one other in their history, in 2006), and captured the only conference titles in their history, in consecutive years (2002-03). Though the Nets were swept in the 2002 NBA Finals by the Lakers and lost to the Spurs in six games the NBA Finals the following year, for two seasons, the Nets finally mattered, both in New York, and on a national level in the NBA.

About the Author

Jon Wagner

Jon has been a credentialed writer with New York Sports Day since 2009, primarily covering the New York Knicks and Hofstra men's basketball. He has also occasionally covered other college basketball and New York's pro teams including the Mets, Giants, Jets, Islanders, Rangers and Cosmos (including their three most recent championship seasons).Jon is former Yahoo Sports contributor who previously covered various sports for the Queens Ledger. He's a proud alum of Hofstra University and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (which he attended on a full scholarship).He remains convinced to this day that John Starks would have won the Knicks a championship in 1994 had Hakeem Olajuwon not blocked Starks' shot in Game 6 of the 1994 NBA Finals.

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