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Kidd declines to talk for first time as Net

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd declined to speak to the
media Tuesday for the first time in his three seasons with the
Nets, a dispute stemming from the team's 47-point loss to Memphis.

Kidd is miffed that reporters overheard his closed-door tirade
in the locker room after Saturday's game.

"I don't know why people want to continue to talk about one
game," Richard Jefferson said. "It doesn't have any effect
anymore. It's just one game that we lost horribly."

Jefferson injured his back against Memphis and sat out Tuesday's
practice to receive treatment but will play against Utah on
Wednesday night.

It was the third-worst loss in team history and the most
one-sided defeat since Kidd arrived three seasons ago.

On Monday, Kidd criticized the media for reporting the
locker-room remarks. As practice ended Tuesday, with coach Byron
Scott home with an undisclosed illness, Kidd walked by reporters.
Nets spokesman Gary Sussman said the star guard chose not to speak
to the media.

Reserve guard Lucious Harris, who will play Wednesday despite
spraining an ankle against Memphis, thought Kidd's message might be
good for the team.

"I think it's always good to air it out if you have something
to say," Harris said. "It's not like we have just one person who
speaks his mind. We're like a family. If your brother has something
to say, then you listen and take it."

The loss, which dropped the Nets to 11-12, was the low point
this season for the two-time defending Eastern Conference
champions.

"I wish we could have played another game right away to put
that game behind us," Harris said. "It's not like us to get blown
out like that."