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Stan Van Gundy is not impressed

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

 

Stan Van Gundy, former coach of the Orlando Magic, had some choice words on the Brooklyn Nets.

Van Gundy said:

“I think with all the injuries it’s been hard to evaluate Jason Kidd. It’s been easy to jump on him not just because of the record, but the things coming out of their locker room, the situation with Lawrence Frank, the incident of spilling the drink on the floor. I mean this has looked like a bush league organization much of the year, they don’t play with much effort at all, a very uninspired team. But at the same time they had so many people hurt you just don’t know. And now they are not they are not going to be healthy all year…

Van Gundy certainly has a point, but let's hope the ship can turn quickly.

 

- Hip hop artist Marco Polo talks about his collaboration the Brooklyn Nets, and recording the teams theme song.

- Forbes writer Mark Heisler begs the question: Where is Mikhail Prokhorov?

- Rob Chimelis from The Republican writes what we are all thinking: What a sad going away party for KG and Pierce.

- Billy Joel will headline a New Years Eve concert at the Barclays Center.

- Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz reflects on the construction of the Barclays Center.

This season needs a rewrite

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

 

A new era. (AP)

A new era. (AP)

After writing my post Sunday afternoon, I was able to clear my head in the form of a long drive in terrible weather.


Saturday’s game stuck with me, but I don’t really know why. It was another blowout loss to a better team, another eye-rolling performance from virtually everyone on the floor. Maybe it’s just starting to hit me that this team probably isn’t going to turn around, and seeing that complete number––10-20––pop on screen caused me to rethink what I thought I knew about pro basketball.

So after my long drive through snow and slush, I sat down and reread what I wrote on the game, and I’ll admit, I left some thoughts incomplete. Let’s talk.

I know that hindsight is 20/20, but I know that Jason Kidd was not the right choice of a coach for this team. I know now that coaching is way harder than we thought it was. But at the same time, I know exactly why they hired him and I know that nobody was going to bat an eye when it happened. I know that as a fan who grew up loving Jason Kidd more than any other basketball player, how could I question his return?

Let’s get some things out of the way first. I’ll repeat: hindsight is 20/20. I loved the Kidd signing when it happened, and everyone did. I’m guilty of it, you’re all guilty of it. And before any of you say anything about how you hated it, just read the comments on the NetsDaily post when it happened. We all loved it.

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Terrence Williams, who The Brooklyn Game previously reported may be signing with the Springfield Armor, has signed a deal with the Lakers affiliate, L.A. D-Fenders.

Williams, of course, was drafted by the Nets in 2009, and has been a bust for several teams, including the Lakers and Celtics.

The signing would have been a return to the franchise, who was involved in a three-way trade with the Lakers and Rockets in 2010.

Kirilenko might play tomorrow

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Andrei Kirilenko always a fan of breaking stories on Instagram, is saying that he might play tomorrow, depending on how practice goes.

It was previously reported that he would not make the trip. Or he might if he practiced well. The Nets need him back soon, and this news seems promising.

 

David Aldridge from NBA.com has some interesting thoughts on NBA teams, specifically NY teams, and the pressure to win immediately in the Big Apple.

He states:

If they were, say, the Charlotte Knicks, with a record this morning of 9-21, having lost back to back games to, um, Toronto, with no real hopes of being competitive this season and facing the prospect that their star player might walk after this season, wouldn't the choice be obvious? The Charlotte Knicks would start dealing their available assets and take a long, hard look at whether they'd move Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline. And no one would fault them for it.

If they were, say, the San Antonio Nets, with a coach that looks perilously close to being in over his head, a team that simply hasn't clicked and key players already out for the season and/or on the shelf, wouldn't the path be clear? The San Antonio Nets would "reassign" their coach, make the best deals they could for whatever teams wanted their marquee names and look forward. And no one would say anything about it.

His point questions the win-now strategies of the Nets/Knicks, essentially saying the media market and pressure to "own New York" has caused them to make unwise decisions for their future.

Definitely worth a read.

Stein: Pau for Brook discussed

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets discussed a Pau Gasol-Brook Lopez trade before Brook went down with his foot injury last week.

He states:

Sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com that the Lakers did indeed engage the Nets earlier this month in some exploratory talks to see if Brooklyn had interest in such a swap. Sources say that the Nets balked at the idea when it was presented before Lopez's injury, but it's still noteworthy if it happened.

This trade would be ridiculous, even with Brook's injury. The Nets are trying to get younger, not older, and even if Brook's body is broken, Pau is not getting any better.

Please don't let this happen.

 

Jason Kidd yells at one of his 15 miserable basketball players. (AP)

Jason Kidd yells at one of his 15 miserable basketball players. (AP)

Hey.

Hey guys. What’s up?

Is anybody out there?

I have to say, you guys were pretty quiet yesterday during last nights Nets-Pacers game. I didn’t get any comments on the game grades following the loss, and your Twitter presence was, how do you say, not as loud as usual. Do you guys not like me? Do you miss Devin this much already?

I’m not a needy girlfriend, so I am going to assume the problem is the team and not me. You guys are fed up, and I am too. This is a team that I picked to win the title this year, and if you take out my team bias, then I at least thought they should be in the Eastern Conference Finals. And now, sitting at 10-20, they might not even make the eight-seed. It seems stupid to think about the playoff standings after 30 games, but when your team that was, at the very least, supposed to win more than the 49 games from last year, and is now already ten games below .500, it’s okay to start panicking. It’s okay to maybe not care as much as you did a month and a half ago.

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Brook Lopez to have surgery Jan. 4

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

The Brooklyn Nets announced yesterday that Brook Lopez will surgery on his fifth metatarsal on January 4th.

Lopez broke the foot in last weeks lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. Billy King since announced that the center is out for the season.

The Nets stated that more details on the surgery will be forthcoming as is.

And we are all still depressed.

 


Jason Terry POINT GUARD

Made one shot and had a goofy collision with Lance Stephenson that resulted in a foul. That's about all I remember.

Mason Plumlee CENTER

Finished two big alley-oops from D-Will and had some better defensive moments than in recent memory. He didn't shut out Roy Hibbert, but I thought he played him tough and provided his usual instant energy style of play. There's a case to be made for more minutes, but his one-dimensional game did hurt that case.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

One of his best offensive days of the season in the first half, as he was simply on fire shooting and was making buckets from all over the floor. But Paul George was the better Paul tonight, and a lot of that was because of the defense Pierce played on him. In the third quarter collapse, he was the reason the Nets stayed in the game, but they also ran a few iso plays for him that didn't go well.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Deron Williams was simply not good tonight, and Livingston should have played more minutes before of it. Played good D on Watson and even hit a jump shot!

Kevin Garnett POWER FORWARD

Kevin Garnett cannot shoot a basketball to save his life.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

Good defensive moments and made a couple of buckets. I like what he brings on both ends of the floor, but with the state of the roster right now, it's tough to argue that he should be back to being a starter.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Got burned by George Hill on several occasions and was lazy with the basketball. I don't understand what went on with him tonight. Played with little energy and urgency and refused to attack the basket. Didn't start the fourth quarter and it was warranted.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Speaking of playing with little energy and urgency, Joe Johnson was apparently playing NBA 2K tonight. He couldn't shoot, he couldn't defend and appeared to be checked out by the fourth quarter. Should not have played in the last 12 minutes.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

Had a nice little put back dunk. That's it.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Your quintessential Mirza game. Made a few threes and had some nice offensive moments, but then he started missing. Then he made a few more buckets, and then he missed some. Had a hard time guarding David West, because David West is about a million times stronger than Teletovic. I don't think he should be starting, but more on this later. Still, for a moment in the second quarter, we got a nice little #FEARZA hashtag rolling. That was fun.


 

With Lopez out, Reggie Evans must play a bigger role in the Nets back court rotation. Here he is with a strong put back slam to put Brooklyn up four.

Jason Kidd, the rookie veteran

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

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