Around the Nets: Casual Friday

  • David Stern, on the brewing Nets-Knicks rivalry: “I am hoping, for more sparks, a few verbal, some build up. We are going to have two spectacular new buildings in New York City and we are going to have two very aggressively managed teams. We are awaiting the summer to see how the Nets fulfill their assurances and their aspirations, but we have seen the Knicks moving up quite a bit, and I think that we are going to have, two sold-out arenas, not just for games against each other, but for all games.”

  • More Stern: “I’ve been out to Brooklyn. It’s going to be kind of interesting. I’m not sure how much I’m going to drive there, but I’m going to get there and it’s probably easier not to drive. And both teams, I think, are awaiting — of course, they are not wishing each other well on the court, but then again, none of our teams wish teams ahead of them well on the court.”

  • Your latest Brooklyn Nets targets: Ersan Ilyasova, Kevin Garnett. The former seems more likely.

  • Dallas writers have now moved past the “Deron Williams is signing with Dallas” talk and into the “how do we complement Deron Williams talk. That’s kind of like looking past the first round to the Conference Finals. Better not get swept, Dallas.

  • Could the Nets throw out a buyout loan and bring over Bojan Bogdanovic this year?

  • Mikhail Prokhorov, apparently unsatisfied with his unsuccessful Presidential bid, may run for Mayor of Moscow. For a billionaire, he sure does seem bored with his day-to-day.

  • The name of this station has changed. It is now…

  • Local residents near the Barclays Center want a bigger voice in its operations.

  • A heartwarming story on “Jac of All Nets” Jaclyn Sabol, former Nets dancer and cancer survivor.

  • Rajon Rondo had perhaps his best game ever two nights ago in the Celtics’ loss to the Miami Heat. Who do we have to thank for that? According to Brian Scalabrine, Brian Scalabrine.

  • Video highlights of Andrei Kirilenko‘s MVP season.