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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Friday: Sunshine and a few clouds. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mainly clear skies. Low 27. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Full-ish Deck

The Secret Theatre and the Queen’s Secret Improv Club present a roster of house-formed and veteran indie improv teams, including Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers, Petting Zoo (musical), Sister Sex Wolf, Funkle Todd, Mercury and Goose. Six sets featuring two shows each run every hour until 10:30 pm. $7 for as many shows as desired. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Port Authority toll hike Sunday for EZ Pass drivers

Starting this Sunday, the Port Authority will 75 cents to the EZ Pass toll for all of its bridges and tunnels. Read more: ABC New York

ObamaCare to put 300,000 NYers on Medicaid

ObamaCare is going to push 300,000 additional New Yorkers onto the Medicaid rolls by next year — a hefty 7.3 percent increase, Gov. Cuomo’s budget office predicts. Read more: New York Post

Report: City to take down signs reminding people to pick up after dogs 

The city has decided to take down the signs warning dog owners not to leave their pets’ feces lying behind, and will not be replacing them, according to a published report. Read more: CBS New York

NBA fines Kidd $50,000 for spilling drink on court

Jason Kidd dropped more than a soda in an attempt to delay a game. He ended up dropping $50,000 for the stunt. Read more: NBC New York

President Obama: ‘Nowhere to go but up’

Despite facing a disastrous rollout of his health care plan, criticism over his policies and approval ratings that have plunged to an all-time low, President Obama said he remains confident that his signature health care law will be an important part of his legacy and things can only get better. Read more: ABC News 

Brooklyn Nets make blockbuster trade

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The Brooklyn Nets reportedly completed a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics that puts the revamped franchise back into the spotlight for the second time this off-season.

The trade will send future hall of famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and sharpshooter Jason Terry as well to Brooklyn, while the Nets will ship shooting guard Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and three future first-round picks to Boston, according to reports.

Although the trade has been circling the Internet from various news organizations and bloggers, no trade can be officially recognized until July 10.

The Nets first made noise this off season when they chose to replace the team’s second head coach, PJ Carlesimo, with the team’s former star player, Jason Kidd, who led the Nets to their last NBA finals appearance in 2003. The 2013-2014 season will be Kidd’s first season as a head coach.

The Brooklyn Nets will also add Duke University center Mason Plumlee, who the team drafted 22nd overall in the 2013 NBA draft last night at the Barclays Center.





Jason Kidd named Brooklyn Nets head coach

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Famed NBA player Jason Kidd couldn’t stay away from the game for long. Roughly a week after he announced his retirement, the Brooklyn Nets hired Kidd as its next head coach.

“The game of basketball has been great to me,” Kidd said. “In my heart, this was the thing to do after 19 years [playing].”

But Kidd, known for being a smart, team-oriented player, said his decision to coach “didn’t happen overnight.”

“Later in my career, I was trying to set myself up for later being in the position to become a coach,” he said. “Hopefully I can rely on the experience I’ve had as a player, and also my staff.”

As a player, Kidd was a ten-time NBA All Star, five-time NBA first team member and named to the all-defensive team nine times.

The California native played in college for the California Golden Bears and in 1994 was the first-round draft pick for the Dallas Mavericks. In his first season with the Mavericks, he was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

After two years with the Mavericks, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then played with the then New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. With the Nets, he visited the NBA Finals twice but came back defeated. He was traded back to the Mavericks and ended his career with the New York Knicks.

Now, as head coach, Kidd knows what it takes to win a championship.

“You can’t win a championship if you don’t play defense, and that’s where we’re going to start,” he said. “The vision is to win.”

“I understand when a player’s hot, you’ve got to give them the ball,” he said.

As a longtime player, Kidd said he was very fortunate to play for “great coaches” he could “take little things from.” Now running a team himself, he’s ready to put his players “in a position to be successful.”

“Guys have to be patient and listen,” he said. “I was a player, and I felt like I knew everything.”

When asked about the Knicks-Nets rivalry, Kidd said he thinks it’s great for the city.

“Hopefully the Brooklyn Nets get the upper hand at the end of the day,” he said.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Thursday: Overcast with rain, then thunderstorms and rain in the afternoon. High of 66. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible. Thursday night: Overcast with rain. Fog overnight. Low of 55. Windy. Winds from the NNE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 2.1 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Summer carnival and petting zoo 

There will be a summer carnival and petting zoo at Roy Wilkins Park from June 13 to 23 featuring over 20 rides, 30 animals, games and food. Free admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Lawmakers approve changes to NYC’s Muni Meter system

The City Council on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that will end unnecessary parking payments at Muni Meters. Read more: CBS New York

Queens Borough President hopeful Melinda Katz adds Working Families Party endorsement to Democratic Party nod

The Working Families Party has thrown its support behind Democrat Melinda Katz in her bid to become Queens’ next borough president. Read more: New York Daily News

Brooklyn Nets hire Jason Kidd as coach

The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. Read more: AP

Justice Dept. supports NYPD monitor

The U.S. Justice Department says it would strongly endorse a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes at the New York Police Department if a judge were to find its stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. Read more: AP

Restaurant owners protest NYC foam containers ban

A proposal to eliminate plastic foam takeout containers in New York City was met with criticism Wednesday by restaurateurs who said a ban on the ubiquitous containers would drive up costs and potentially put them out of business. Read more: NBC New York

Judge approves FDA plan to drop limits on morning after pill

A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday approved a U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, a one-pill version of the emergency contraception drug. Read more: Reuters