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How Mourning's exit affects Nets

Updated: November 25, 2003, 1:57 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

At a time when you really have to strain to find an upbeat news dispatch from the NBA, Monday's bulletin out of New Jersey was maybe the most disheartening development of the season.

No one, not even the Nets, realistically expected Alonzo Mourning to last until the end of his new four-year, $22.6 million contract. Yet the Nets have been cautiously optimistic about getting a good season or two from Mourning, or at least a good playoff run or two. That was until Monday, when the Nets learned ...

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