(Richard Jefferson scored 21 against Atlanta and made a mental note to change the channel the next time Charles Barkley starts lecturing him)

With the lowly Nets now having won 3 of 4 since the return of Jason Kidd, I can’t help but wonder how competitive they might still be in a weak Eastern Conference had the team kept Kenyon Martin and Kerry Kittles.

But god forbid the public gets the wrong impression of ownership, as quoted by Nets beat writer Omh Youngmisuk .

Nets owner Bruce Ratner said he wants to keep Kidd and Mourning and would rather not trade the two disgruntled veterans. Ratner also said he was not disappointed by Mourning’s remarks last month about how the owner is not committed to winning. “It didn’t bother me,” Ratner said. “Alonzo is a good person, generous, he is a great player. I don’t have anything negative at all. It would be hard for what Alonzo says to bother me given how I really feel about him.”

Speaking of the weak Eastern Conference, one night after losing to Atlanta by 16 points, Detroit were held to 68 in losing to Memphis., Sacramento beat Indy in OT, and the Spurs shot a ridiculous 66% from the field (Tim Duncan, 13-15, 34 points) while schooling the Cavs.