Two Nets, Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray, were honored by the Contra Costa Times as among the best athletes ever to come out of the San Francisco Bay area. Kidd was named the 24th best athlete ever out of the East Bay, while Murray was awarded honorable mention. No. 1 on the list: Bill Russell. Another NBA veteran and Kidd playground rival, Gary Payton of the Heat, was named 17th best.
- Top 25 East Bay athletes: No. 1, Bill Russell - Ann Tatko-Peterson - Contra Costa Times