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Jason Kidd appeared at a season ticket holder event Monday and spoke about the upcoming season and upgrades to the Nets roster.

Not being a season ticket holder, I was not at the event, but lucky for us, there were some folks tweeting. And they got us covered on quotes. All of these are from Kidd.

Give @TheBKN3, @CowbellNets and @mgbushwick1 a follow to say thanks!

On the team's age...

"It's okay to be older and wiser."

On turning weaknesses into strengths, @TheBKN3 tweeted that, "Compared to last season, Kidd believes depth, b-ball IQ and mental toughness were weaknesses that have now become strengths with new roster."... MORE →

 

In an interview from Gary Washburn, Doc Rivers spoke at length about his former players in Brooklyn.

And if anyone knows what these two had left, it's Rivers. He believes they will have an impact in Brooklyn, but he didn't stop there.

"I get very emotional whenever I talk about Kevin and Paul. To see them somewhere else, our business sometimes it's tough. I leave (Boston) and people get upset at me and I don't think there's a lot of difference in their case but it was obvious the Celtics decided to move on."

"So Paul and Kevin had to go and that's a tough part of the business. But that will be strange for me, I want them to do well. For a lot of reasons I want them to do well, they could knock off Miami. But it will be interesting. It will be a whole different feeling."

Knock off Miami? I'd take it.

"I think obviously Paul's younger and in tune to play more minutes than Kevin. But I think they're still at the top of their games. I think Paul is still one of those guys who can go off for big nights and still have big scoring nights. Kevin is a culture change. He won't play but 20 to 25 minutes a night and there'll probably be nights when he doesn't play but his presence there alone will absolutely change the culture of Brooklyn. There's no doubt about it. I think for some of the young guys, even some of the veteran stars, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, will learn and understand what a winner is and looks like and professionalism and being prepared."

"That's what I was most impressed with Kevin, how every game he prepared himself for games. That's what I told our young guys that I just wanted them to watch him prepare for games. It was why he was so consistent. I thought it was that important."

He also has great things to say about Jason Kidd.

"I think Jason will be fantastic in that because he probably when through that a little bit himself last year. He'll be able to relate to that 100 percent. I think Lawrence Frank will be so important for Jason as well. You think about Lawrence, he worked with (the Celtics) staff, so he's worked with Kevin and he's knows Kevin as well as anybody. So I think that combination will be great for Kevin."

Doc is a pretty respected guy in the NBA world, so this is definitely a worthy co-sign.

WOJ: Nets sign Alan Anderson

Posted on: July 26th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

The Nets, who apparently stole Entertainment 720's money printing machine, have signed G/F Alan Anderson to a two-year deal worth an, as of right now, unknown amount of money.

This is borderline crazy because a vet-minimum deal (which is probably what this is) would cost something around $5M out of pocket for Mikhail Prokhorov due to the absurd luxury tax the Nets are at.

This is also crazy because Anderson isn't a bum. In 65 games last year, Anderson averaged 10.7 points and 2.3 rebounds, while being known as a excellent wing defender off the bench. How do the Nets keep doing this?

My take: after the playoffs, it was clear the Nets were lacking steady play at the 3 and 4, any and all defense, physical/emotional/mental toughness and a deep bench. They addressed and fixed every one of those -- before adding Anderson. Bringing in yet another piece who can help, all while way over the luxury tax, is simply amazing.

I love this.

Nets preseason schedule

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

The moment you've all been waiting for!

Sort of.

The Nets announced their preseason schedule today. It features home and away games against Miami. Cue the excitement.

Here it is:

10/8/13, Tuesday, 7:00 PM, at Washington (Verizon Center)

10/12/13, Saturday, 7:30 PM, vs. Detroit (Barclays Center)

10/14/13, Monday, TBA, at Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Arena)

10/15/13, Tuesday, 7:30 PM, vs. Boston (Barclays Center)

10/17/13, Thursday, TBA, vs. Miami (Barclays Center)

10/23/13, Wednesday, 7:30 PM, at Boston (TD Garden)

10/25/13, Friday, 7:30 PM, at Miami (American Airlines Arena)

Toko needs surgery

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Tornike Shengelia will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee, Billy King announced today through an emailed press release.

That is all we know so far and there will be updates on his situation as we get them.

Bloggers rank Nets in East

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Bloggers from NBA.com's Hangtime ranked the top teams in the Eastern Conference, and no one is ready to dethrone the Heat just yet.

Most bloggers have the 1-2 staying the same, with Heat-Pacers. Some have Nets-Bulls or Bulls-Nets 3-4.

There is a clear difference of opinion of who fills that 2-3-4 slots in the East, as is with most reporters/bloggers.

The thing people point to with Brooklyn is the lack of head coaching experience and injury history.

It's clear that the Nets won't earn any respect until they prove it. Good.

 

According to a report from the New York Times, the Nets' Barclays Center sold the most tickets in 2013.

Barclays also led the country in gross revenue for concerts and family shows.

Overall, Barclays ranked No. 2 worldwide in ticket sales with $46.9 million, second to the O2 Arena in London, with $119 million, Billboard reported.

Madison Square Garden was fourth with $39 million.

Looks like the Brooklyn owns Manhattan in more than just basketball.

 

ShamSports has posted some updates regarding the Nets salary situation for this season. We all know the big stuff, but here is a few tidbits (as beautifully told by NetsDaily) we didn't know about until now.

  • Andray Blatche can't be traded this season without his permission. Because Blatche signed a one-year contract (with a player option for year two) and will have Early Bird Rights next summer, he can veto any trade.
  • Jason Terry's contract included a 7.5 percent trade kicker, worth $400,313, which the Celtics have to pay both this year and next. But the $4000,000 goes on Nets salary cap since it was added to Terry's contract value upon the trade to Brooklyn. With the incremental luxury tax in place, that cost Nets more than $1 million this year and presumably next year as well.
  • As is customary, but not required, the Nets added a 20 percent bonus to Mason Plumlee's contract, making his rookie contract worth $1.298 million this season and his four year deal worth $6.399 million.
  • Kevin Garnett's contract for 2014-15 was only guaranteed for $6 million but upon being traded to Brooklyn, it became fully guaranteed at $12 million.
  • Shaun Livingston's vets minimum contract actually pays him $1.272 million but the Nets are only billed $884,293 because his deal is only for one year. The league pays the difference under the CBA.

ShamSports also puts the Nets current payroll at $101,263,102 and total guarantees at $277,782,434. This means that, for the second straight year, the Nets will have the league's highest payroll.

#HelloLuxuryTax

 

Via Paul Pierce's Instagram account.

This past May, I graduated from my college, Susquehanna University, a small liberal arts school near Harrisburg, Pa.

I know I was supposed to be excited about graduating, and part of me definitely was. You go out into the world, find a job that makes you happy, make money, contribute to society. You grow up. You don’t spend your weekends out until two in the morning. You don’t have to go to class, write papers (well...), study for meaningless tests. College is fun, but there comes a point where it’s time for a change.

But it wasn’t a change I was ready for. I had an incredible four years. I made a ton of friends. I was a resident assistant. I joined a fraternity. I was the sports editor of my college newspaper. These are all things I’m going to miss, despite the fact that I am excited for what is come. These are things that as I move forward in my life, I will look back on with enthusiasm and nostalgia. These are things I’m not ready to forget or move past, even though, someday, I may.

You spend any amount of time in your life doing anything, and when it’s over it will always feel weird. It was weird not going to swim practice at 3:00 after my senior year high school season ended. It was weird not giving an update in chapter after my term as my fraternity’s Vice President of New Member Education finished. It was weird not hearing from my high school ex-girlfriend after we split up. It was weird not talking football on a daily basis with one of my good friends after he changed schools.

Who am I? I’m just a human being and I’ve gone through changes. I’ve moved houses, lived in different states, hung out with different people, tried new things. If it’s hard and weird for me, why wouldn’t it be hard and weird for anyone else?

These are all the things I thought about as I watched Paul Pierce speak at today’s press conference. ... MORE →

 

It's here.

The Nets will introduce Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry right now.

Andrei Kirilenko will not be in attendance. I'm not sure why...

The press conference will be televised live on YES and ESPN, and streamed online at brooklynnets.com.

Talk all thing press conference here and be sure to follow along with the @TheBKGame twitter for updates if you'll be missing it.

Hello Brooklyn. We're in.

 

JET. (AP)

Episode three of We're In Week sees Chris Hooker talking the forgotten member of The Trade, Jason Terry.

You know what I love about the Mikhail Prokhorov-era Nets? Money doesn’t matter. Luxury tax, salary cap, who cares? Trading away good players because the team can’t afford him? Not in Brooklyn.

So as we go through the Nets newest pricey bench player, let’s just remember that money doesn’t matter. It’s irrelevant and invalid to any anti-Jason Terry argument. At least that’s what I believe. Got it? Let’s move on.

Here are the facts: If you pick up Terry and his disappointing and down statistics from last season and put him on last years Nets roster, he, per 36 minutes, put up more points per game than CJ Watson, shot better from behind the arc than single-season made-three-pointers record holder Deron Williams, and better from the field than Joe Johnson. Outside of Andray Blatche, and whatever you would consider Reggie Evans, he would have had the best win share rating of anyone coming off Brooklyn’s bench.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that Terry is the perfect bench player. He’s not. He’s 35, his numbers have declined every year since the 2008-2009 season that won him NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. The biggest drop in numbers took place this last season.... MORE →

 

Paul Pierce has taken to Instagram to say his goodbyes to Boston.

With the press conference that will officially make him a Net happening on Thursday, Pierce went on a posting spree, uploading his favorite images from his 15-year career as a Celtic.

Classy move and great photos. Definitely check it out.