The USA Men's National Basketball Team made its practice rounds in the Brooklyn Nets facility in Rutherford Tuesday, with the team posting the above Vine of Mason Plumlee hitting two non-successive jumpers in a facility he's assuredly comfortable in. (Granted, he'll only practice there for one more year: the team's moving to a fancy facility in Brooklyn after the 2014-15 season.)

The team will play two games at Madison Square Garden this week, both exhibitions: vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and Puerto Rico on Friday. The team's final cuts could come as soon as Thursday. The team has an exhibition in Spain next Tuesday, and they wouldn't bring any players they weren't planning on keeping.

Anyway, these shots are boring. BRING ON THE DUNKS!

Plumlee's competing with Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins for a center spot as Anthony Davis's backup. There are rumors that Plumlee's curried favor with USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who Plumlee played under for four years at Duke. We'll know soon whether Plumlee's commitment to dunks and more dunks will win him a spot over the more talented but mercurial Cousins.

RELATED: Why Mason Plumlee Over DeMarcus Cousins Makes Sense (For Basketball Reasons)

 

That's Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark pouring a bucket of ice water on himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised over $13 million for ALS according to ALS Association.

Billy, Lionel: you're next.

Share a Coke with… Brook Lopez

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

Brook Lopez, Carlos Boozer

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Back from his adventures in Moscow, Brook Lopez is continuing his pursuit to maximize his free time in the offseason by giving back to the community.
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Brooklyn Nets rookie Markel Brown accepted a nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge through Instagram, pouring a bucket of ice water over his head and nominating three of his friends to either take the challenge or donate to ALS research.

You might notice one big thing: Brown's not wearing a cast:
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Jarrett Jack to wear #….

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

According to Jarrett Jack himself, he will wear the number 0 for the upcoming 2014-15 season with the Nets.

Jarrett Jack in his new Nets jersey (BKNFC)

In his prior days, Jack wore #1 with the Blazers, Pacers, Raptors, and Cavaliers, and #2 with the Hornets (New Orleans) and Warriors.

 

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Jason Collins, who played on the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008 and later joined the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional sports, is likely to retire from basketball, moving into the next stage of his life as an ambassador for the LGBT community.

That gives him a rare distinction among retiring NBA players: he's better suited for his next job than his last one.

From Marcus Thompson II of Inside Bay Area, who attended the Inforum Convention in San Francisco, where Collins spoke to roughly 600 people:
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Below is the official Brooklyn Nets 2014-2015 schedule.
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While the United States takes a week off from basketball to complete their essays on why Mason Plumlee is a good fit for Team USA, the rest of the world is still in action. Today, Nets sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic was at the center of it all during a EuroBasket Qualifier in London.

Teletovic poured in 25 points and 6 rebounds as Bosnia and Herzegovina held on to win 80-67.

BallinEurope, an ESPN Affiliate, said that Teletoivc "kept having his own way through the third quarter. Facing tough D? Nails the 3. Loses his handle? Recovers for the bucket and the foul."

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Do the pundits have a point?

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

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After seasons of 49 and 44 wins, the purely predictive ESPN’s Eastern Conference Forecast ranked the Brooklyn Nets to finish 8th in the conference with a 39-43 record, barely making the playoffs.

Do they have a point?

The same core as their 49-win 2013 expansion squad will anchor this 2015 Brooklyn team: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez. Of course 2 seasons of father time has its fickle effects amongst players, but if we’re looking to set a benchmark for the upcoming year, don’t stop any further than to look at the 2013 roster. Let's look at how the Nets roster is constructed from then to now.

Position

2013

2015 Role Replacement

Stock

G

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

?

G

C.J. Watson

Jarrett Jack

Up

G

Tyshawn Taylor

Marquis Teague

Down

G

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

?

G

Keith Bogans

Alan Anderson

Up

G

MarShon Brooks

Jorge Gutierrez

Down

F

Gerald Wallace

Andrei Kirilenko

?

F

Jerry Stackhouse

Bojan Bogdanovic

Up

F

Josh Childress

Markel Brown

Up

F

Toko Shengelia

Sergey Karasev

Up

F

Reggie Evans

Kevin Garnett

Down

F

Kris Humphries

Cory Jefferson

Down

F

Mirza Teletovic

Mirza Teletovic

?

C

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Up?

C

Andray Blatche

Mason Plumlee

Up?

 

Other than a few question marks, it's safe to say that in a broad sense, the Nets have improved since that year.

There are questions. Deron Williams received double ankle surgery back on May 27th. He has battled injuries since putting on a Nets jersey, but maybe this time will do the trick and he’ll return to Utah mode. (We hope.)

Brook Lopez is also coming off a surgery, a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot that cut his season short in December, but he has already proven that when he’s on the floor, he's an All-Star-caliber center.

The NBA is a different monster than it was 2 seasons ago. Talent disseminated, youth entered, age set in. It’s a cycle. Competition certainly plays a huge factor in a team’s record, but when over two-thirds of their roster improves, is saying that team will lose 10 more games logical?

I think not. Much of the Brooklyn fan base is behind me on that one.

Bleacher Report’s Thomas Duffy predicts the Nets to finish 7th in the conference with a 46-36 record, which is closer to what fans would forecast. However, a 46-win 7th seed in the East is giving the conference more credit than it deserves, holding it to Western Conference standards. For comparison, last year's 7th-seed, the Charlotte Bobcats, won just 43 games.

Only time will tell. What do you think?