LeBron James, Deron Williams

Deron Williams (AP)

In a follow-up to a long-form article tracking Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant through six days in China, Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard released a series of bonus stories that came out of his time with the future Hall of Famer.

In perhaps the most Kobe-intense quotes ever, Bryant told his documentarian Gotham Chopra "I would go 0-30 before I go 0-9." Why did he say that? Because he'd just seen Deron Williams do the same thing, in a game against the Miami Heat.
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Jason Collins

Dear Jason Collins:

Let me preface this by saying you have no obligation to listen to me. We both know that. I am a lowly editor of a local sports site that happens to cover the team that helped you make history a few months ago. You are a professional athlete, a sports icon, and perhaps most importantly, an adult with agency. Your pursuits are your decision.

You've taken time this summer to roam the speaking circuit, using your voice at the Inforum Convention, holding a public forum with out ESPN editor Kevin Arnovitz, and attending various other events around the country, after becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional US sports.

It also appears that, at 35 years old, you're legitimately torn about whether you'd like to keep playing next year, waiting until the end of the summer before you decide on your next step.

So with that in mind, know that I mean this from the bottom of my heart, from the same place that wants the world to be a better, more inclusive place for all.

Please never play in the NBA again.
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Mason Plumlee

Not even Mason Plumlee's Team USA ascension impacts Vegas. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets aren't the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title, nor are they even close.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a trade to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Vegas oddsmakers Bovada released updated NBA title odds for each team, which are as follows:... MORE →

 

AP

AP

It's time: individual tickets for the 2014-2015 Brooklyn Nets season are now on sale as of August 22nd, the team announced.

According to a team spokesperson, tickets are available for purchase by calling 800-4NBA-TIX, by visiting the Nets website (not Nets.com, which will make you feel like you're addicted to typos), or at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK.

 

That's new Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack, accidentally(?) bringing new a new wrinkle to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If only we were all so fortunate to have somewhere to land.

 

-   Members of Team USA continued to praise Mason Plumlee, but it was Coach Tom Thibodeau who compared Plumlee to future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reported Thibodeau saying, “He's a great communicator. You see that he sees things early. He’s a multiple-effort guy. That’s what Kevin [Garnett] is, and any time a young guy has an opportunity to be around a guy like Kevin, it’s very beneficial. “Kevin is a great player and just the way Mason developed last season, I thought he had a great year and I think it’s carrying over into the summer. He’s a guy that plays with a lot of confidence.” 

-   Mirza Teletovic likes his Turkish coffee strong and thinks American food is fast and high caloric. NetsDaily was able to translate an interview of Mirza, where the Nets forward talks about everything from life in the States to his charity work with children.

-   In case anyone missed it, ex-Net Andray Blatche led the Philippines with 33 points and 17 rebounds in a game against Angola. Apparently he's fallen in love with the 3, something Nets fans wouldn't be too surprised to hear. This was courtesy of Smart Gilas Basketball, your one stop shop for all of your Filipino basketball needs.

-   Bontemps just keeps bringing the good news for Nets fans, reporting that Brook is out of a walking boot and began running a little over a week ago.

-   Scott Howard-Cooper of Hang Time Blog called the Nets vs. Bucks game on November 19th in Brooklyn one of the top ten most intriguing games this season. 

-   Here's Marquis Teague doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

 

 

 



The theme of this pod is "If You Were Commissioner For A Day." Basically, if you could change one thing about basketball, the NBA or the Nets, what would you do. You can tweet at us @bkglueguys or comment below for what you would do. Thanks for listening as always.

Rundown:
TGG starts with some chit-chat about splicing animal genes into our own (among other things) then Nets News Nuggets
(13:00) Jack's Jersey Number: How do we feel about the #0
(17:10) Brook's Weight Loss: What would be a successful season for Brook
(22:45) Plums Team USA Experience and Hollins Big-Man Rotation.
(35:30) If you were commissioner for a day, topics include: L.E.D. Basketball Courts, Relegation, 5-Boro Mascots, the Mid-level Cumulative Continuity Bonus, and a Referee Command Center.

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-   Mason Plumlee failed to see court time for Team USA in last night’s blowout exhibition against the Dominican Republic. Still, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York reports that Plumlee remains confident he can make the final USA Roster.

-  A few of Brooklyn’s European players fared much better last night. Nets Daily took a look at Sergey Karasev and Bojan Bogdonavic’s double-digit (and quite efficient) scoring performances in FIBA play.

-  Another hat tip to Mazzeo who had a few questions for a slimmed down Brook Lopez who appears to be healthy and ready for the regular season.

-   AM New York reports that Hollins may lift a minutes restriction on veterans like Kevin Garnett. You may not want to sit the kids courtside at Barclays this year.

-  Andy Vazquez of The Bergen Record wrote that whether he makes the team or not, Plumlee  certainly stands to benefit from his summer school session with Team USA.

- Nets individual game tickets are now on sale.

 

AP

AP

The Cleveland Cavaliers engineered a trade this summer with the Nets that gave them the cap space to re-sign forward LeBron James to a maximum contract, shedding Jarrett Jack's $6.3 million salary. To facilitate the deal, the Cavaliers also sent the Nets 20-year-old Russian prospect Sergey Karasev, who the Nets coveted in the draft but went a few picks early.

Karasev isn't a high-profile athlete, so we haven't heard much from him since the trade. But Alexander Chernykh of Rush'n Hoops translated an interview with Karasev with Nikolay Mysin of Sovetsky Sport, which touched on Karasev's new role, new team, and new apartment.
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