In their annual NBA League Pass Rankings, Grantland's Zach Lowe and Bill Simmons gave the Nets (or "Nyets," as they called them) 51 points out of 100, ranking them as the 21st-most fun team to watch in the league, almost exclusively because of YES Network announcer Ian Eagle.

The two ranked each team on watchability from 0-10 by five categories: Relevance/Zeitgeist, Hoops Nerdgasm Potential, League Pass Minutiae, Individual Player Appeal, and Unintentional Comedy/Irrational Affection/Personality Intangibles. They then combined their scores to make an official ranking out of 100.

Lowe says the team "isn't fun to watch," but ranked highly thanks to their herringbone court and "the single best top-to-bottom announce team in the league." Both Lowe and Simmons had high praise for Ian Eagle, who Lowe called a "god among mortals" and Simmons added, "I hope Prokhorov is paying him $20 million a year."

On the court, Lowe also touted the possibility for positional wonkiness with their three European players: Andrei Kirilenko, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Mirza Teletovic, but there's not much beyond that to bring in an outside viewer. There is the intrigue about how Deron Williams's ankles will hold up, or if Brook Lopez can come back fully healthy from his latest foot injury.

In another section of the rankings, Simmons and Lowe kick back-and-forth a Kings-Nets Deron Williams trade, saying the Kings would "roll the dice" on Williams and the Nets should jump at the opportunity to get rid of him:

Simmons: Anyway, I can’t wait for Vivek’s annual Make-A-Splash trade that will undoubtedly boost this ranking. Do they have the balls to rent Rondo for a few months? Would they roll the dice with Deron Williams? Could this be our David West team? My money is on Deron. Just a gut feeling.

Lowe: The Kings trading the farm for a point guard after signing Darren Collison and anointing him the missing piece even though he’s not good, then signing Ramon Sessions to play ahead of Ray McCallum, then trading the farm for a point guard — that would be fantastic. The Nets are optimistic about Williams’s ankles, but they should dump him the first chance they get.

By these five standards, I give the Nets a 27 out of 50.

Grantland: The Annual NBA League Pass Rankings, Part 1


The Brooklyn Nets improved their postseason record to 4-1 with a 99-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. It's hard to break down much of anything when the Nets, who are missing two starters, take on the 76ers, who are missing fifteen NBA-quality players. But here's a few quick takeaways:

  • The 76ers are barely a basketball team, and the crowd showed the fervor that they'd show while watching a high school team that lived 200 miles away; fans were noticeably deader than in their loss to the Boston Celtics Monday night. Matchups matter.

  • Mirza Teletovic (save one half in China) and Bojan Bogdanovic have not shot well in preseason. It's preseason. Don't be concerned yet.

  • With Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez both out for the second straight game, Lionel Hollins tinkered with the Nets lineup, starting Andrei Kirilenko in place of Teletovic. Kirilenko looked spry in his debut start, attacking the lane with confidence and throwing passes from weird angles, but I don't know if he'll ever make consecutive free throws again.

  • Mason Plumlee, who had a below-average rebound rate, picked up 17 rebounds in the starting lineup. So there's that.

  • The Nets ran out their official pregame introduction video, interspersing photos of the players in action with Brooklyn brownstones, bridges, bistros, and bicycles as "Put On" by Atlanta native Young Jeezy played in the background. Understated cool, if a bit confusing.

  • Some nice pocket passes, drives, and fanciness from Deron Williams, and outside of the requisite "it's preseason, so shoot whatever the hell you want" moments, he did nothing to disprove his health. He did wear a wrap on his right wrist, but it didn't appear to impede his play.

  • With four players on non-guaranteed contracts, two open roster spots, and a big man with notorious foot problems, have to imagine that Jerome Jordan and Cory Jefferson make the team out of preseason, while Willie Reed and Jorge Gutierrez get the boot.


"No, really. Tell me your name again?" (AP)

"No, really. Tell me your name again?" (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets play a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers today, who under the careful eye of GM Sam Hinkie have amassed a seemingly random collection of basketball talent in an attempt to tank for a high draft pick unparalleled perhaps in NBA history. Most of their 20-man training camp roster is comprised of fringe NBA players and injured high draft picks.

To know the 76ers roster is a true test of a hardcore NBA fan, so here's a little bit of trivia to test that knowledge. There are 20 names below. Some of them are members of the Philadelphia 76ers 2014-2015 training camp roster. Some of them are characters from American novelist William Faulkner. Can you spot which is which?... MORE →


James Jones, Andrei Kirilenko

Everyone loves a good pocket pass from Andrei Kirilenko. But how much is it worth? (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets are one of many NBA teams that have put a premium on motion this preseason, preaching a new flex offense based on constant player and ball movement to create open shots.

But is it worth it?'s John Schuhmann had a different take, studying the correlation between ball movement, player movement, and offensive efficiency. After looking through the numbers, he ultimately concludes that "There is no correlation between ball movement and offensive efficiency," and "the same goes with player movement."

In some sense, he's right. Just moving the ball or the man doesn't necessarily mean that man's in any better position to score, and sometimes more passes can actually be bad for an offense: After all, you've only got 24 seconds to score. But that begs a question:... MORE →




BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Nets played a seemingly oxymoronic historic preseason game Sunday afternoon, losing 95-90 to the Boston Celtics in the first 44-minute game ever in the NBA. The game featured one fewer minute per quarter, and one fewer TV timeout in the second and fourth quarters.

But neither the players nor the coach really seemed to notice much difference.

"I look up there and we're already to the first timeout, so that was kind of surprising," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. "That was the only time it really seemed like it was quick. But other than that, I didn't really notice."

Deron Williams, who played 25 of the first 33 minutes but skipped the fourth quarter, said he didn't see much difference, partially due to the preseason rotations, but mostly because it's only a minor factor.

"I kind of play my same rotation, I think, except for not playing the fourth quarter," Williams said. "It's really hard to tell. A minute a quarter, four minutes total in the game, when you're out there real-time you're not really thinking about it. You can't really tell anything."

Nets guard Joe Johnson even admitted that he'd forgotten entirely about the change.

"Honestly, I forgot all about it. At the end of the game, there was probably about a few minutes left in the fourth, and I forgot we was even playing eleven -- what was it, eleven-minute quarters?" Johnson inquired.

Backup guard and 10-year NBA veteran Jarrett Jack agreed that there wasn't much in-game change. "Not in the flow of it," Jack said. "Being that we're used to playing a 48-minute game, you kind of feel it with coming out the last two minutes of the game, you're like, 'man, we really would've had six minutes.' You might get to a time-out or two faster than usual, or you might look up and be like, 'we're already at the six-minute mark.' But it wasn't too noticeable."

Before the game, Hollins said it would take time to implement as a rule, if it ever happened, and that it wouldn't make much of a difference for stars. "If Joe Johnson's playing 35 minutes in a 48-minute game, he's gonna play 35 minutes in a 44-minute game," Hollins said. "It just means the guys coming off the bench will have four less minutes to operate with."

Johnson agreed. "I mean, I don't think it makes that much of a difference, honestly," Johnson added. "It really doesn't. If you still loggin' 36 minutes, it's not really a difference."

The game's official running time was 1:58, nearly 20 minutes shorter than the league's average regulation time of 2:17 last year. Johnson expressed skepticism that they'd ever implement it as a rule.

"I can't sit there and take a minute off every quarter," Johnson lamented. "I know they've been talking about it, but I don't really see it happening."




Jason Kidd & his Milwaukee Bucks were in New York City Sunday afternoon for the first time since the Bucks coach left the city, and in discussing his tumultuous departure from the Brooklyn Nets, Kidd hinted it could've come much earlier.

Kidd told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York that where there's smoke, there's fire, alluding to reports that the Nets considered firing Kidd in December during the team's 10-21 start, evading a question about whether or not he wanted to move on from Brooklyn:

"Did I want to be traded?" said Kidd, whose Bucks play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. "I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs."

Kidd also denied the report that he'd sought more power in Brooklyn, which led to his departure. "No, I don't need any power. My [job] is to learn how to be a coach and be the best coach that I can be."

ESPN New York -- Jason Kidd discusses Nets' tenure


Jared Sullinger, Mason Plumlee

Jared Sullinger dominated as the Celtics won in 44 minutes, 95-90. (AP)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Nets are no longer undefeated in preseason, losing 95-90 to the Boston Celtics in an historic NBA preseason game.

The Nets raced out to an early lead, holding most of the first half by at least double digits behind 15 first-half points from Jarrett Jack. But the Celtics fired back in the third quarter, getting most of their shots close to the basket and drawing shooting fouls, before the Celtics poured on the points in the fourth behind Jared Sullinger, who finished the game with 19 points and 19 rebounds.

It was the first preseason loss for the Nets, who had previously beaten Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Sacramento Kings twice.

The game's outcome was secondary to the running time: for the first time in league history, the two teams played a 44-minute game, with one fewer minute per quarter and one fewer timeout in each half, to assess both the flow of an NBA game and how the game might fit better into a TV slot.

If the NBA thinks it could work, they would implement it in the D-League before turning its eye to the NBA. It would be a massive rule change in a league that doesn't come across rule changes of that magnitude lightly. It would affect the record books, though perhaps not significantly for the league's premier players.

"The change will be for the guys who don't start," Lionel Hollins said about the potential rule change. "If Joe Johnson's playing 35 minutes in a 48-minute game, he's gonna play 35 minutes in a 44-minute game. It just means the guys coming off the bench will have four less minutes to operate with." It a macro sense, he's right: no player has averaged more than 44 minutes per game since 1978, when a 26-year-old Truck Robinson averaged 44.4 in 82 games. It was a different era -- last season's leaders, Carmelo Anthony and Jimmy Butler, played 38.7 minutes per game.

But in preseason, those minutes don't matter. Teams don't play a regular rotation in exhibition games, so there's not much for the league to glean from substitution patterns. Likely, the league was more interested to see if a 44-minute game could fit neatly in a TV window. The game ended at 5:11 P.M., exactly two hours after it began. It's not clear what the NBA will take from that, but given the flow of the game, it could fit more neatly into a 2.5-hour window.

Notes on the night:

  • Jerome Jordan's making this team. Jordan's played exceptionally well for an end-of-bench big, and kept the streak going with a beautiful spin-and-slam, following it up with a block on the defensive end and a tip-in basket on the next possession. Jordan carried the Nets through a close fourth quarter with his scoring in the paint, With the Nets needing depth in the event of future injury to their big men, Jordan fills a need in the paint and has earned his roster spot.

  • Jordan aside, the Nets struggled mightily in the paint: oversized Celtics forward Jared Sullinger rebounded like there were two of him, and the Nets were outscored heartily in the paint and on second-chance points. Missing Kevin Garnett makes a big difference, but Brook Lopez isn't filling the rebounding gap when healthy. These Nets may project as the worst-rebounding team in the league.

  • Not a pretty game for Brooklyn's European players: Bojan Bogdanovic and Mirza Teletovic both struggled with their outside shot, and Andrei Kirilenko looked off-balance on a couple of possessions.

  • Deron Williams is fast, I would say, faster than most human beings. Other than one egregious airball in the second half, Williams looked strong.

  • Great decision-making in the first half by Jarrett Jack, who looked to pass first and still ended up with 15 first-half points.




Brooklyn Nets forward/center/monk Kevin Garnett will rest during Sunday afternoon's 44-minute preseason game against the Boston Celtics, Lionel Hollins announced before the game. He joins Nets center Brook Lopez, who has a mild right midfoot sprain. Garnett has a stomach virus, according to the team.

Nets center Mason Plumlee will start in his place, next to Mirza Teletovic. Tipoff is at 3 P.M. EST.




The Brooklyn Nets play their fourth preseason game today against the Boston Celtics, and it's a unique game in NBA history: in honor of the number of presidents in U.S. history, it's the first time two teams will play a 44-minute contest, for the league to gather data on how such a game might work.

Each quarter will be shortened by one minute, with one fewer mandatory timeout in the second and fourth quarter. The league's likely to take more notes about about game operation and running time than any rotational changes, since teams don't run regular rotations in preseason.

Brook Lopez will not play for the Nets after suffering a mild right midfoot sprain during the team's trip in China. Kevin Garnett, who played for the Celtics from 2008-2014, is questionable with a stomach virus. Since it's preseason, he's unlikely to play; even if he does, he's played sparingly thus far in preseason, and likely won't see many minutes.




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Knockout in China. (AP)

Knockout in China. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets will hold their open practice on October 26th at 11 A.M. at Barclays Center, and while most open practices are little more than an excuse for a basketball team to jog through various basic drills in front of hardcore fans, the Nets have added a bonus element to their preseason event.
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The Nets’ new roommate

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments




For two years, Barclays Center has been the epicenter of major Brooklyn entertainment, both with around-the-year events and Brooklyn's lone professional sports team, the Brooklyn Nets.

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