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UPDATE: Marc Stein reports that the Nets are wrapping up a deal with Lionel Hollins to be their next head coach:

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets are "closing in" on hiring former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.

Stein is also adding that the Nets and Hollins are hammering out a multi-year contract that will pay him at least $4-million annually.

In the 2012-13 season, his final with the Grizzlies, Hollins led the team to 56 wins and to the Western Conference Finals. His Grizzlies saw the playoffs in each of last three years with the team. He was let go due to "philosophical differences" between him and ownership.

In the ESPN New York article, Stein says:

Sources say the Nets wanted to move quickly in the wake of the Kidd saga and lasered in on Hollins immediately, meeting with him Monday and Tuesday.

Hollins has been a favorite of Nets officials for some time and was pursued by Brooklyn to serve as an assistant to Kidd after the in-season departure of Lawrence Frank, but the former Grizzlies coach was determined to wait for a head-coaching opportunity. Hollins was also chased hard this spring by the Houston to serve as the top aide to Rockets coach Kevin McHale in the event that he didn't land a top position.

Nets general manager Billy King, during an appearance Wednesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike," said experience would be key when making the team's next head-coaching hire.

"One, I think we're looking for experience, someone we'll build with for a long time," King said. "Someone who can develop young players, develop veterans and have a tough mindset. But someone also who has the experience who can take us to where we want to go."

On Tuesday, King praised Hollins' work in Memphis.

"If you look at track record and what he did in Memphis, they consistently got better every year," he said.

A deal with Hollins would cap a tumultuous week for the Nets.

Stay tuned.

 

Xavier Thames

Xavier Thames

After giving a million dollars to Minnesota and drafting OK State's Markel Brown with the 44th pick, the Nets made two quick moves back-to-back.

They first bought the 59th pick from the Toronto Raptors and used it to pick San Diego State senior guard Xavier Thames. Thames, a 6-3 guard averaged 17.6 points and 3.2 assists his senior year. Draft Express had him ranked #85 on the top 100 prospect list.

Second, they purchased the 60th pick from San Antonio and drafted Baylor big man Cory Jefferson. Jefferson averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds his senior year and was ranked 66 in the Draft Express prospect list.

I don't know anything about either of these dudes, but I like the fact that the Nets realized what Mason Plumlee brought to the team and added more athleticism. I also liked that they added two guys who were able to score a lot in college (both Brown and Thames put up over 17 a game), and got guys who can rebound. It's interesting that none of these guys are Eurostashes, and a good reminder that the Nets don't have a D-League team anymore, so they clearly see these three as potential role-fillers.

Check out highlights of Thames and Jefferson here.

Oh, and give them a welcome to Brooklyn on Twitter: @Xthames2 and @CoryJay34

 

Markel Brown

Markel Brown

The Nets sent one million dollars to the Minnesota Timberwolves and received the 44th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. With the pick, they drafted Oklahoma State senior guard Markel Brown.

Brown averaged 12.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.3 APG over his four-year career at Oklahoma State. The 6-3. 190-pound guard averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 total rebounds his senior year.

DraftExpress.com had Brown ranked as the #51 prospect and #13 senior. He's known for his athleticism and jumping ability. Here's what the guys over at Draft Express had to say about him:

Capping off his third year as a starter for the Cowboys, Markel Brown wrapped up his collegiate career with a 20 point performance in Oklahoma State's 85-77 loss to Gonzaga in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. One of the bright spots in what was an up-and-down campaign for Travis Ford's program, Brown earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season, showing significant improvement playing alongside Marcus Smart and solidifying himself as a potential NBA draftee, averaging 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per-game.

Brown's intrigue at the next level has always started with his phenomenal athleticism. Undersized for a shooting guard standing 6'3, the Alexandria, Louisiana native has a 6'7 wingspan to go along with good speed and quickness, but his calling card is unquestionable his outstanding leaping ability, landing him on Sportscenter multiple times this season and prior.

The former top-150 recruit has improved considerably over his four year career, making major progress since arriving in Stillwater. A highlight reel dunk waiting to happen, Brown was often maligned for his lack of perimeter skills and shooting early in his career, but developed into a reliable jump shooter. Ending his senior season as Oklahoma's State's second leading scorer, Brown still did most of his damage using his athleticism in transition, but had a very efficient season scoring in the half court, where his improved shooting helped him make teams pay for leaving him open beyond the arc and giving him space operating off the bounce in the midrange and when dribbling off ball screens.

From DraftExpress.com

Check out some of his highlights here.

Oh yeah, and then there is this. Uh, wow.

You can follow Markel on twitter @iMarkelBrown22. Join me in welcoming the newest Brooklyn Net!

 

Despite previously saying that the Nets probably wouldn't be picking in the first round, it looks like Billy King might have something up his sleeve...

Not sure who the target is with this, but we'll see as the draft develops.

Draft Day Open Thread

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Draft begins now. The Nets don't have a pick, but Marc Stein is reporting that they are looking to buy into the 20s. We'll see how it unfolds.

Let's chat in the comments here and on twitter @TheBKGame. Enjoy the show everyone!

Kyrie Irving out tomorrow

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

The Cavs biggest weapon, stud point guard Kyrie Irving, won't play tomorrow against the Nets.

Irving injured his left knee on a transition play in Tuesday's loss against the Indiana Pacers.

Irving won't even travel with the team to Brooklyn to suit up. He is averaging 22.2 points and 6 assists this season.

 

The debate is an old and tired one: If you could have any player taking the last shot for you in an NBA game who would it be?

LeBron?

Kobe?

Melo?

All nice choices. Except for the fact that there is a player who has proven time and again to be significantly more clutch than them in recent memory.

We all know who it is.

Jason Pratt of SB Nation (aided by Tim Bontemps of the New York Post) had a post today that compared Joe Johnson's numbers to those of other clutch players in the league. And Joe Cool's were significantly better.

It's definitely worth a read. I'm not sure if Joe is out of his slump yet, but he's proven to be the guy you want taking the final shot, whether is he fiery hot or ice cold.

 

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In my family, whenever someone brags about something that is in any way complaining, we say, "Would you like a cookie?"

It's a terrible joke that is baked (pun intended) in sarcasm. And the response is usually a flat ha-ha.

The reason why I tell you this is because I would like to say, before I tell this story, that I would like a cookie. I deserve one.

I recently took a job as the sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Ithaca. I just moved into to my new apartment yesterday, and learned last night that I wouldn't have internet or cable until next week. Knowing I had an assignment to cover this game, I was left in a predicament as to where I could go to stream, grade and recap.

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Mason Plumlee CENTER

Brought his usual energy, but he really shot a 1-3 because of his involvement in botched alley-oops.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

The stats look really bad, and he was really bad for 3.5 quarters. He couldn't shoot and was the mayor of Turnover City. But then halfway through the 4th quarter happened and he and D-Will brought the Nets back. As well, Pierce looked like he cared and tried really hard. This was what we wanted.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Oh boy. It was a Shaun Livingston hate-fest on Twitter and it was all warranted. He was awful. His shot attempts are automatic Thunder points.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

For his limited minutes, he showed why he's missed. Played great D, displayed his athleticism and shot very well.

Kevin Garnett POWER FORWARD

I wrote all this before his last shot with 13 seconds left: "Almost as if he admitted his shooting woes continue, KG took two shots and played pretty good defense. I didn't get sad watching him (except for that Ibaka block) so that's something."

And then that play happened.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

Had a few big shots, but his defense left much to be desired.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

He was really frustrating at times, and that has to be taken into consideration. But, in quarters one, three and four, he played the best basketball of his season. He put up his season high in points, steals and three-pointers and hit a crazy clutch three with 2:39 left.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

I DELETED EVERYTHING I WROTE THAT WAS NEGATIVE AND MEAN AND QUESTIONABLE ABOUT JOE JOHNSON BECAUSE HE HIT THE GAME-WINNER TO BEAT THE THUNDER AT HOME JOE COOL YOU ARE MORE COLD-BLOODED THAN KOBE AND MORE CLUTCH THAN LEBRON

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

Had a huge foul on Durant to give KD five fouls, but then air balled the free throw he earned. So, an A play and an F play gives you a...

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

I don't remember him playing.


 

The Nets and Heat will wear jerseys with nicknames on the back for their game on January 10, and today, Slam Magazine has released a few of the images.

A few of the Nets jerseys are as follows:

And for the Heat:

For the Nets, the D-Will and Truth ones were no-brainers. Kirilenko's is so cool with the Russian spelling of his name.

I got really sad in realizing that we'll never see Brook Lopez's "Brooklyn on the front, Brooklyn on the back" jersey.

 

Well, it finally happened.

Kevin Garnett spoke with reporters today and admitted that he isn't sure what his role is in the Nets offense.

The Nets beat writers recorded the exchange on Twitter. The Daily News' Stefan Bondy presented the quotes as follows:

Obviously, this is getting bad. These "I don't know my role" quotes have haunted the Nets these last two years. Gerald Wallace famously said it after game 80 last season. Nine games later, their season was over.

For KG, a guy who was brought in to lead and "intensify" this roster, to not know where he fits is very troubling.

Andrei Kirlenko listed as probable

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Per Brooklyn Nets PR, Andrei Kirilenko is listed as probable to play tonight against the Spurs. Kirilenko has been out since Nov. 8 with back spasms.

Tyshawn Taylor is also listed as out with a mild haram string sprain.

Update: Kirilenko is a go and will play 10-12 minutes at SF.