As 'Zo goes, so will Nets

With a healthy Alonzo Mourning, a focused Richard Jefferson and a fit Rodney Rogers, the Nets may finally win a Finals.

Updated: October 22, 2003, 10:02 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 New Jersey Nets.

Best Case Scenario
For the Nets to make the NBA Finals for a third straight season -- and win this time -- the following things must happen.

1. Good Mourning, East Rutherford. No one knows how long Alonzo Mourning will be able to play as he continues to battle focal glomerulosclerosis. So far, the results are encouraging. Mourning practiced just once a day during training camp -- coach Byron Scott would like to limit Mourning's time during the regular season to 20 to 24 minutes a night to save him for the playoffs -- and believes that he's found the right combination of medicines to allow him to play while keeping the anemia, which is a common side effect of the kidney disease, at bay. Mourning's nephrologist, Gerald Appel, works in New York, so Mourning will be able to visit him once a week instead of once a month.