The Rising Stars Challenge, which used to pit rookies against sophomores, now pits a mixture of the two in a U.S.A. vs. World format. Plumlee, who also played on the U.S. Men’s National Basketball Team this summer, will represent America, while the Croatian-born Bogdanovic will play for the world squad.
The Nets are a mess. They’re mired in a 2-10 stretch, with the last two losses coming by a combined 74 points. They’re stuck between $90 million in rocks and a hard road to the playoffs. It’s led some in the Nets organization to turn inward, specifically looking at Nets coach Lionel Hollins, according to a report from ESPN.
It’s not hard to see why the Nets, or the fanbase, would want to make this deal. The team is stagnant, and stagnation means death for a business based in entertainment. A change loosens the debris and scratches the itch. New players! New system! New fun! Getting rid of Joe Johnson’s huge deal! Getting Lance Stephenson back home! Do I have something to hope for yet!?