Meet the Nets! 10.23.14

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by raya lim Comments

 

At 3:30pm yesterday, Nets players were spread out around Brooklyn for a "takeover", and fans got photo ops and giveaways!

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@yagottabeametfan with Mirza Teletovic, Jarrett Jack, Andrei Kirilenko, and Mason Plumlee, via Instagram

 

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The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are engaged in talks that would sent third-string point guard Marquis Teague to the 76ers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The report adds that the Nets likely would receive nothing "of significance" in return for Teague, who they acquired from the Chicago Bulls on January 21st for Tornike Shengelia.

The 21-year-old Teague played in 21 games for the Nets in the 2013-14 season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.4 assists in 9.6 minutes per game, mostly in garbage time. His career player efficiency rating of 4.8 is the lowest in NBA history of any player that's played more than 82 games.

Teague's departure could signal that the Nets prefer Jorge Gutierrez as their third-string guard. Gutierrez is on a non-guaranteed contract and unloading Teague without adding a player would allow them to retain him along with Cory Jefferson and Jerome Jordan, who both played more in preseason than Gutierrez.

Nets waive Willie Reed

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

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The Brooklyn Nets have waived training camp invitee Willie Reed, the team announced today.

The Nets signed Reed to a training camp deal on September 25th, but Reed only played in two preseason games, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds in preseason garbage time. He was not expected to make the team.

The Nets preseason roster now stands at 16, with three non-guaranteed players -- Jorge Gutierrez, Jerome Jordan, and Cory Jefferson -- vying for up to two spots. The Nets must cut their roster down before the October 29th opener against the Boston Celtics, and with no preseason games left before the season starts, decisions should come quickly.

The Nets also have until October 31st to pick up the 2015-2016 team options for Sergey Karasev, Mason Plumlee, and Marquis Teague.

Reed posted about the decision via his Instagram account thanking the Nets for the opportunity:
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Joe Johnson (AP)

Joe Johnson (AP)

Though the Brooklyn Nets have played at Barclays Center for the last two years, the team still practices in its facility in Rutherford, which has kept most of the team's roster and personnel in New Jersey and Manhattan. But according to the New York Post, Joe Johnson might buck that trend, looking at a two-bedroom condo in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood:

Johnson looked at a $9,500-a-month two-bedroom unit — which sports 11-foot-high ceilings and hardwood flooring — at the Clocktower Building in DUMBO.

The gourmet kitchen features a Sub-Zero fridge, Thermador oven and Bosch dishwasher.

The building, at 1 Main St., is where Anne Hathaway just sold her $4.25 million, 2,592-square-foot unit. Johnson’s broker, Jon Epstein of Corcoran, declined to comment.

There are three yoga studious within walking distance of 1 Main St., which could tip the scales for Johnson, who has long been the Nets player who would adjust best to Brooklyn.

New York Post -- Joe Johnson has Brooklyn on the mind

Nets romped in preseason finale

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Benny Nadeau Comments

 

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With all of New York television shut out of the Nets' preseason game in Boston Wednesday night, it's up to me to provide the eyes and ears for the final tune-up before the real games start -- if only I could stay awake through the team's 100-86 loss to the Celtics.

Let's cover this one Good/Bad/Ugly style:

The Good:
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Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins (AP)

The NBA runs an "Annual GM Survey" before each season, anonymously polling the league's 30 general managers to get a sense of what the people that run the teams think about their league. For example, 46.2 percent of GM's think the San Antonio Spurs are due for their first repeat title ever, while 15.4 percent think that LeBron James will finally bring a title home to Cleveland.

But after featuring prominently in the list last season thanks to some major offseason moves, the Brooklyn Nets have taken a step back from the spotlight this year.

GM's were not allowed to vote for their own team or personnel, so all Nets votes didn't come from within the organization.

Here's what the league thinks of the Nets:
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On Sunday night, the Boston Celtics abused the Brooklyn Nets on the glass, collectively out-rebounding them 50-42, with only a late push closing that gap within single digits.

After the game, Lionel Hollins admonished his team for a lack of toughness. "You gotta hit first," Hollins said about his team's issues on the inside, with center Mason Plumlee his key target.

He acknowledged that Plumlee "didn't play poorly," but also said that "we need... a primary rebounder, and with (Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett) out, I was hoping he would come out and show a big splash on the glass." Plumlee finished with just four rebounds in 21 minutes, one fewer than Joe Johnson.

Plumlee responded in a big way, grabbing 17 rebounds against the assorted collection of human men contractually obligated to wear a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. But can he keep it going?

History says: probably not.
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For the third consecutive year, Ian Eagle joins The Brooklyn Game for a very special preseason podcast, catching up on all things Nets and Birdman.

Topics of conversation include: the Brooklyn Nets & the Eastern Conference landscape, the storylines in this upcoming Nets season, how Eagle actually got the job as the TV voice of the Nets (and how it involved a diner at 5:30 in the morning), Kevin Garnett's future, and more. At the end, I continue an annual tradition: asking him what he hates most about his color commentators. This year, it's Jim Spanarkel's turn.

Listen above, or download here by clicking the link and selecting "Save Link As..."

 

Deron Williams

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Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, and Markel Brown will all miss the Brooklyn Nets preseason finale Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, the team announced today. Williams will stay home just to rest, while Brown & Garnett fight a stomach virus and Lopez a midfoot sprain.

Williams had played in all five preseason games up to this point. Lopez suffered the injury to his foot during the team's preseason game in Beijing, while Garnett & Brown haven't played since the team returned from China.

Lopez's status for opening night against the Celtics on October 29th is unclear. The other three are expected to play.

 

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We can all agree that the Brooklyn Nets 2013-14 season was a strange one. The Pierce/Garnett experiment, the return of a favorite son in Jason Kidd, the loss of Brook Lopez, that crazy small—big-ball second half, a memorable first-round playoff series win, and an ignominious second round playoff exit.

A constant throughout was Barclays Center and the 17,251 people (on average) who saw the Nets play there… and the almost-commonplace mutterings of ‘huh, this Brooklyn crowd isn’t as crazy as you’d expect’.

And you know what’s amazing? The Nets came in 17th in the NBA last year for attendance. To put that into perspective, the terrible ’13-’14 Cavs squad, who regularly started Alonzo Gee at small forward — came in 16th. 16th!

Why is that? When they moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn, the Nets opened up unprecedented levels of fan exposure; suddenly NYC residents from each of the boroughs could jump a subway and get to a game. Tourists who didn’t want to fork out mega bucks for a ticket to see last year’s execrable Knicks squad could just as easily get to Brooklyn and watch the NBA in an arena that’s not as steeped in history, but brims with potential.

A big problem, one that bugged me as season ticket holder, was not so much the product on the floor (even if that Christmas Day game against the Bulls made me want to burn down our tree and steal the presents of every kid in our building), but how their in-arena experience was, at times, about as creative as a Nicole Scherzinger single.

The Nets organization and Barclays worked on some of the problems throughout the year, and when the building is jumping, it’s electric. But too often the Nets, with one of the slickest color schemes in the league and an all things Brooklyn ethos to get behind, were as cool as the guy hassling the DJ to play “an Eve 6 throwback tune, bro”.

So what the Nets need to do is focus on making the Nets fan-going experience something everyone in New York City should be wanting to be a part of, something tourists hear about and go ‘man, we’ve got to see the Nets, I hear their games are awesome fun’. As such, having sat through 44 home games last season, here are some simple observations about how the team can make a Nets game a must-go experience.

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On Bleacher Report's Team Stream Now, our Devin Kharpertian broke down the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for the Brooklyn Nets heading into 2014-2015. Check it out above.

 

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If you're looking at Facebook Likes, the New York Knicks still run the city.

DNAInfo did a massive study of over 5 million New York City Facebook users between 18-65, and found the Knicks have a stronghold on the borough in terms of pure social media engagement, with almost 11.5 percent of the city's inhabitants clicking "Like" for the New York Knicks on Facebook, as opposed to just 4.9 percent for the Nets. The Nets rank fourth in the city, behind the Knicks, Yankees, and Giants.

The study also found that the Knicks had more "Likes" than the Nets in every available zip code with data across all five boroughs, including Brooklyn.

The post includes an interactive chart, which you can scroll through different zip codes to see how strong fandom is for the Nets, Knicks, Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Islanders, Giants, and Jets. The post adds that just over 2 percent of Queens residents label themselves Nets fans on Facebook.

The Nets have compiled a 93-71 record since moving to Brooklyn, including one playoff series win. In the same span, the Knicks are 91-73, winning one postseason series in 2012-13 before missing out on the playoffs last year.