New Jersey remains beast of the East

The Nets have bucked a trend of Eastern Conference Champions who floundered the following season.

Updated: May 27, 2003, 11:02 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Former Laker guard and current New Jersey Nets head coach Byron Scott is preparing his team for the upcoming NBA Finals and, after being the first Eastern Conference representative to make a repeat appearance in the Championship Series in six years, he's got to have one question begging to be asked.

Where's Dyan Cannon?

"I've been in that environment as a player, when we'd go out for layups and you'd watch the other team come out and you'd look at them and see how they're looking around, and you'd say, 'We've got 'em,' " he said in the NY Times. "I saw that going in that day, and I said, 'We're in trouble.' Our guys are looking around the stadium. They're looking at the Laker girls. They're looking at Jack Nicholson, and I said, 'We're in trouble.' "But this year, we went to Boston. The crowd is crazy, obviously, and I looked at our guys and they were just focused. That didn't faze them, and that just showed me that we've come a long way. (The Spurs) are a great team, there's no doubt about that. But do we feel that we have a great chance against them if they get there? Of course we do."