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Now That the Dust Has Cleared...East No Longer Least

Off-season still has three months to go, but after blockbuster deals that sent Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Zach Randolph, Rashard Lewis and Jason Richardson from West to East, now is as good a time as any to reassess. "I don't think it's the junior varsity anymore," said Rod Thorn of the Eastern Conference. Where do the Nets fit in? In the most recent appraisals, the team has either stayed where it is or improved, if only because of team health.