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1998-99 Season At A Glance

NBA EXPERIENCES FIRST SHORTENED SEASON IN LEAGUE HISTORY, PLAYING 50 GAMES;
NETS ACQUIRE STEPHON MARBURY AS PART OF A THREE TEAM, NINE PLAYER TRANSACTION; DON
CASEY NAMED INTERIM HEAD COACH ON MARCH 15, REPLACING JOHN CALIPARI; NETS LOSE A TOTAL
OF 176 GAMES DUE TO INJURY AMONG NINE DIFFERENT PLAYERS.

FINAL RECORD: 16-34
The New Jersey Nets began the 50-game 1998-99 season by splitting a home-and-home series with the Atlanta Hawks, giving every indication that they would challenge for the top spot in the NBAs Eastern Conference. But the injury bug hit the Nets early and hard, and the team was never able to pull itself from a severe tailspin that saw them lose 17 of their first 20 games. The Nets acquired Stephon Marbury, Chris Carr and Elliot Perry on March 11 as part of a three-team, nine-player transaction, and Don Casey became the Nets interim head coach on March 15, replacing John Calipari. By seasons end, Jayson Williams, Keith Van Horn, Jim McIlvaine, Eric Murdock, Scott Burrell, Rony Seikaly and Kerry Kittles were all unable to play for the Nets due to injury, as the team was only able to muster 16 wins for the season.

1998-99 ROSTER
Earl Boykins
Scott Burrell
Chris Carr
Sam Cassell
William Cunningham
Brian Evans
Jamie Feick
Chris Gatling
Kendall Gill
Lucious Harris
Mark Hendrickson
Damon Jones
Kerry Kittles
Stephon Marbury
Jim McIlvaine
Eric Murdock
Gheorghe Muresan
Doug Overton
Elliot Perry
Rony Seikaly
Keith Van Horn
David Vaughn
Jayson Williams