Kidd declines to talk for first time as Net

Updated: December 16, 2003, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

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."

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