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There is a few things in the sports world that we give grades to, that drive me nuts.

Post-draft grades are number one. Preseason rankings are number two.

Okay, I'm complaining because I would have ranked the Nets higher than 8th. I think they are better than a few of these teams that they were ranked below. See a big post coming on Monday about this.

For now, here are the top 10 teams according to the fabulous writers at SB Nation.

1. Miami Heat

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

3. San Antonio Spurs

4. Indiana Pacers

5. Los Angeles Clippers

6. Chicago Bulls

7. Houston Rockets

8. Brooklyn Nets

9. Memphis Grizzlies

10. Golden State Warriors

What do you think?

 

In today's worthless news story of the day, Jason Kidd revealed at the premiere of the movie Elysium (yeah, I've never heard of it either) that he plans to use the plot of the movie to help with his coaching style.

Okay.

Here's some quotes.

Growing up did you have any futuristic movies or books that made you think the future would look something like the world of “Elysium?”

Jason Kidd: I’m a big fan of the “Matrix.” I thought that was a classic, it kind of gave us something of what the future could be. But also some of the plot of this movie! He’s fighting for what he believes in and so it’s something that hopefully when I see them, now that I’m a coach, I can use this as one of my tools.

Speaking of which, how have the new members of the Nets meshed with the team?

Jason Kidd: They’ve been great, we got a great group of guys. And so I’m very excited about the veteran guys and I’m looking forward to it. But you know, when you come to movies like this you pick up different things. So I’m excited to see what this brings.

Yeah, I don't really know what any of that means either. Bring on the games!

NBA schedule to unveil Tuesday

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Mark your calendars, folks. The NBA will unveil the complete schedule Tuesday at 3pm on NBATV.

We already know some tentative games, like Nets in Cleveland to open the season and Nets vs. Heat for the home opener, but nothing else is official.

That, of course, will change on Tuesday. And I'm excited.

 

Alan Anderson. (AP)

In case you can't tell by my Twitter feed, we are now entering one of my favorite times of the year: NFL training camp.

If you've never been, for a football fan, it's the best. All your favorite players, practicing in front of you in a small, intimate environment. You get to meet everyone. You get to watch the coaches yell at them. You sit among diehard fans and talk football. I've had so many good times being a Bills fan at Bills training camp.

For the second year in a row, however, I'm working camp, which is a trillion times better. Because of this, I've actually got to pay attention to what the team is working on, and not just how to get in good autograph position. I've come to appreciate training camp in a different light. The NFL has this whole system down perfectly. The NBA doesn't. And they really need to figure it out.

Anyway, I'm rambling, because talking about how great NFL camps are is not what this is about at all. But one of the great things about training camp is seeing what your team has in the new guys, the drafted and undrafted rookies, the veterans fighting for roster spots. Usually, the answer is nothing. But occasionally, it's something.... MORE →

Game 1 in Brooklyn? HEAT.

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

 

So, Stefan Bondy from the New York Daily News sent this tweet out:

And that is pretty exciting.

Bondy also sent out some more schedule notes, which consist of:

As of right now, we know that the Nets will be opening their season against the Cavs in Cleveland in a date before November 1, and then the home opener against the Heat on November 1. It's sort of weird that all these schedule leaks are coming out. "Tentatively" is an odd word to describe schedules.

There are a few more schedule leaks out there on the web, but I don't want to advertise them because I have no idea where they are coming from.

We'll know very soon if Brooklyn can keep up with the defending champs.

 

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.