Two games into the first-round matchup between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, and the most talked about players are Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Jeff Green.
That wasn't always the case. Around the turn of the century, two other players, who are both involved in this series, ruled the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
The Atlantic Division has been lorded over by the Celtics for five straight years, and the Knicks just won their first title since 1994.
It should come as little surprise that Jason Kidd was a part of that title-winning New York team. Winning the Atlantic is old-hat for him. He won four of them during the 2000s with the New Jersey Nets.
One of the Nets biggest rivals during that time was the Boston Celtics. More importantly, the Paul Pierce-led Boston Celtics. Pierce took home the Atlantic Division just once during Kidd's New Jersey tenure, in 2004-05. Of course, as soon as Kidd left, Boston reeled off those five straight crowns.
The Nets and ...