Kevin Love will not join Deron Williams in Turkey, which is all right, really, because a team with Kevin Love and Deron Williams would both a) be incredibly unfair at the TBL level, and b) make Deron highly depressed when he comes back and Brook Lopez only grabs four boards a night. Luol Deng is still a possibility for Besiktas, as is Marcin Gortat and former D-Will teammate Carlos Boozer.
Speaking of Besiktas, its 11-game winning streak was finally snapped this weekend, as they lost a close match to Erdimir, 88-84. Deron scored 16 points on 6-16 shooting and dished out eight assists in the loss. Bojan Bogdanovic also scored 16 points this weekend with roughly the same efficiency (5-14, 4-5 from the line) in a 79-77 victory over Karsiyaka.
Jordan Williams is the latest Net to flee the NBA’s collective bargaining destruction, signing a contract (with an out) in Poland.
The first college game (and, depending how this lockout shakes out, maybe the first basketball game at any level) in Barclays Center history will be… Kentucky-Maryland! No surprise, given John Calipari’s connection to the Nets franchise, and the fact that Kentucky may have more NBA players on its roster than the Nets do.
Julius Erving’s memorabilia auction, AKA the “holy crap it’s depressing that Dr. J has to auction off his memorabilia” auction, raked in a total of $3.5 million. His highest-priced piece? His 1974 ABA Nets championship ring, which sold for a little under $500,000.
Emile Avanassian looks back at some great Nets moments. Check it out, if only for what may be the cleanest alley-oop ever.