Happy Monday. Here’s the latest Nets news and notes from around the ‘Nets:
The Nets signed D-League leading scorer Sean Kilpatrick over the weekend. Kilpatrick is a confirmed buckets-getter, now signed to a team that produces a general lack of buckets-getting. Above, you can watch Kilpatrick get buckets at the D-League showcase en route to 35 points. He’s now got ten days to get enough buckets to get another contract. Given the Nets’ bucket issues and roster situation (they still have one open roster spot), it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get buckets in Brooklyn for the rest of the year.
Joe Johnson, who took his talents to South Beach over the weekend, scored 12 points in his Miami Heat debut en route to a 98-81 victory over the New York Knicks. Johnson said it was his friendship with Heat players (now teammates) that resulted in his decision to travel south. After the game, Dwyane Wade revealed his pitch to Johnson: “Live in Miami, man. Live in the best place.”
Meanwhile, the post-Johnson Nets are undefeated in his absence, winning back-to-back road games for the first time this season. Their win over the Jazz was called by a Jazz blogger the “Most Damaging Loss of the Season.”
One nice thing about the road: Nets players can visit their alma maters. Case in point: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who had a chance to swing by University of Arizona, where he played college ball for the last two years.