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Barkley Likes Nets, Even if No One Else Does

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Charles Barkley was one of the very few pundits to give the Nets a chance in their 2001-02 breakout season, predicting Jason Kidd would take them places they had never been to before. Now, in spite of what Sports Illustrated and ESPN think, Charles is picking the Nets as the Eastern Conference champs. In an interview with Bill Simmons of ESPN, Barkley says "New Jersey is going to be terrific" because "Jason Kidd plays so smart".