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Nets once went entire draft with phone unplugged

John Calipari with New Jersey Nets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 23: John Calipari of the New Jersey Nets looks on during a game played on February 2, 1997 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Nets infamously traded Kyle Korver’s draft rights for summer-league expenses and a copier in 2003.

Their 1998 draft was apparently also a doozy.

Former Nets executive Bobby Marks on ESPN:

John Calipari was on vacation. We didn’t have a first- or second-round pick. We go through the whole draft, and the phone didn’t ring once. When we looked over to the wall, the phone was actually unplugged the whole night. So, when teams are trying to call to make a trade, the phone was not.

The John Calipari era in New Jersey really was something.

Yes, this still falls on him, even though he was on vacation. The coach who holds front-office control shouldn’t vacation during the draft.

At least the Nets – who’ve moved to Brooklyn and multiple times turned over owners, executives, coaches and rosters – are no longer awash in ridiculousness. Oh.