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Nets Post-Up is a stream of consciousness podcast without editing. Luckily, the author can filter profanity (sort of), possesses excellent grammar (not really), and isn’t lazy about spelling (because there isn't any in the audio medium). Basically, he’s amazing (no question).

First of all, my apologies. I realize after my first Nets Post-Up that this will be the second straight week where woman parts are mentioned. I guess this just gives the website more bro points, if anything. In any case, if you hear any banging in the background, it's because my house is going through some repair and I couldn't tell the workers to be quiet as I recorded this podcast. Why? Because there were four of them and they all looked like they could eat Mr. T for breakfast, crap out Rambo, and flush it down with no problem.

Enjoy!

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Nets Post-Up: P*#@y!

Posted on: December 10th, 2010 by Dennis Velasco Comments

 

Nets Post-Up is a stream of consciousness post without editing. Luckily, the author can filter profanity, possesses excellent grammar, and isn't lazy about spelling. Basically, he's amazing.

We've all seen the videos of New Jersey Nets majority owner, Mikhail Prokhorov jet-skiing, mingling with the ladies, and even handling guns. To me, that screams the following terms - chest rug, Magnum P.I. mustache, and multiple cojones utilization. Apparently, not so to Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban. According to the Daily News, Cuban thinks Prokhorov is a "p*#@y":

If this turns into anything more than playful teasing from one outspoken NBA owner to another, let it be known that Mark Cuban threw the first punch at Mikhail Prokhorov.

And he started with a haymaker.

"He's a p---y," Cuban quipped Thursday when asked about Prokhorov.

Do I honestly think Cuban means it? I mean, let's look at the aforementioned evidence of basic pimpitude. It's basically undeniable that Prokhorov, in fact, isn't a vajayjay. Unless, you are what you... well, does a real man need to do that too? Maybe Prokhorov is packing heat, packing heat. Pause.

In any case, let's continue to look at Cuban's remark the same way we look at Cuban during these type of situations when he bloviates - a joke. Something less than serious. A great sound byte. Just another reason to admire Cuban.

I'm fairly certain that Prokhorov will take it as manly ribbing. You know, just two guys in a barber shop slinging racial epithets, questioning each others' sexual preference, and your basic "I know you are, what am I?" comments as Clint Eastwood's character in Gran Turino. Excellent movie, by the way.

So, now we wait for Prokhorov's verbal volley. I predict it will be something like this, "Your lady tells me that not everything is big in Texas." Oh! Sick burn!... MORE →

 

This past Sunday, I brought my eight-year-old son, HV, to his first NBA game - the New Jersey Nets hosting the Boston Celtics. There was a good reason why the Celtics being in town would be his first game... HV loves Shaquille O'Neal. But, I guess, what kid doesn't?

In any case, my kid's affinity for The Big Shamrock first happened when I was watching a Nets/Celtics preseason game and HV who was watching with me asked, "Who's the big guy?" Naturally, it was Shaq and ever since then, my kid asked about "the big guy" whenever he saw I was watching a basketball game. So, HV asked fairly often. Two things became obvious: 1) I had to get tickets to a game and 2) unfortunately, my son would be rooting for the Celtics probably for the rest of his life.

Below you'll find two podcasts; one recorded during the 100-75 blowout win for the Celtics and another recorded after the game. We never got to do a third part because my kid was tired when we got back home and Mondays are Mondays.

In any case, feel free to leave comments and encourage my kid! Any bad or negative comments, my kid and I will do it up Jay and Silent Bob style (video not recommended for eight-year-olds... HV, don't watch this!).

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A long time ago, maybe 78 years or so, the Pilgrims sailed along the Atlantic from Novia Scotia and landed on Plymouth Rock. They were met by the Indians who were minding their own business when the pale men approached them and bought the island of Manhattan for some gold coins and a couple of boxes of Jujy Fruit. Hence, the holiday, Thanksgiving came to be. Or something like that as I'm not too sure about the details. However, this much I know - what I'm thankful for regarding the New Jersey Nets!

First and foremost, I'm thankful for a new owner who doesn't mind spending money on not just players, facilities, and personnel, but also on the ladies. New Jersey Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov, if I may steal from Sade, is a smooth operator. And while his prediction of making the playoffs this season may not come to fruition, I appreciate the cojones in that bold statement. Wait, did I just say I appreciate cojones? In any case, secure in my masculinity, I can safely say that I have a man-crush on Prokhorov because he has a vision and is taking every step to see it happen.

Second on the list, without question, is the Little General, head coach Avery Johnson. He brings a strong presence, unlike that Kiki Vandenoonelistentome person. You listen to Johnson and his rules or you sit your buttocks down on the bench (c'mon Terrence Williams!). He certainly has a solid coaching record, albeit a small sample, and an NBA championship ring to his credit. Like Prokhorov, Johnson has a vision (from a shorter point of view) and when dealing with a young team like this, is selling this to his team and herding them into believing. Even though I'm a huge T-Will fan, I'm glad Johnson is laying down the gauntlet and not taking any shiznit.

I'm happy that Devin Harris seems to have found his swagger back. Watch him play and you can see how confident of a player he is and he's playing defense again! Harris is also attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line as Johnson wanted him to do before the season and it looks like there isn't any tension in the relationship between coach and player. Can Harris become an All-Star again? I think so, with the ubiquitous caveat that he stay healthy. So far, he's looking good.

There was a prolonged rough patch for Brook Lopez earlier this season, but after the Atlanta Hawks game earlier in the week, as well as his new close-cut hairstyle, Lopez looks like he can get back on track. Regardless, how thankful does everyone that loves the Nets have to be to have a young big that can do the things he does. Lopez has been getting so much hype in his young career, but yet it hasn't fazed him in the least. A potential superstar without any attitude issues? Thank you, basketball gods!

As much as most people didn't like the Nets' offseason haul, I'm thankful for Jordan Farmar, Travis Outlaw, and Anthony Morrow. Johan Petro... not so much. However, the aforementioned trio has made their presence felt in a significant way at different times during the young season. As the season moves forward, I totally expect the new guys (sans Petro) to become regular factors in games. All this team needs is to build its chemistry a bit more and this trio (again, sans Petro) will become difference-makers.

I am truly thankful that the Nets front office haven't traded rookie Derrick Favors, as of yet anyway. I'm a big opponent against bringing in Carmelo Anthony, especially at the cost of Favors. Melo is a chucker and while he scores a ton, he doesn't exactly do it efficiently. Besides, I think he would mess up Lopez's development because he would demand the ball in the half-court offense and not even give Lopez a real chance. Plus Melo doesn't play any consistent defense, if any. My favorite hashtag of late on my Twitter when it comes to the Nets and/or Melo is #nomelo. I think we need to start a movement.

In any case, on to the main point of the previous paragraph... I am thankful that Favors is still on the Nets and hope he stays on it. He's shown flashes and really did well at the beginning of the season. The revelation that is Kris Humphries (another thing I'm thankful for) has kept Favors on the bench more recently, but I'm patient and can wait for Favors. Sitting him during his rookie season is actually a smart thing in my opinion because he can get used to the NBA life and learn from the bench. Since Avery is a good teacher and Favors an equally good student, I really think Favors is going to be a keeper.

Well, that's what I'm thankful for when it comes to the Nets and I'm really hoping that soon enough there are more things to appreciate about the team. They're not the Lakers or Celtics, but the Nets are definitely better from last season (which isn't a hard thing to do), but more than the W-L record, there's tangible hope for the Nets... and I'm definitely thankful for that.

 

1. Greg Oden is once again out for the season. Should he continue to try to come back to the NBA or take his various major surgeries/injuries as a sign and quit?

Mark: My word, can this guy or the Portland Trail Blazers catch a break? The thing is, of course he should come back, because there's going to be a team that takes a chance on him regaining at least some of his form after this third microfracture surgery. So why walk away when there's a potential contract out there waiting for him. But wherever he ends up, the expectations have to be remarkably low for what he can accomplish, and for how long. Keep in mind, Sam Bowie lasted 10 years in this league, so I guess there's a precedent of some sort.

Devin: The sad tale of Greg Oden seems to be spiraling out of control. It's no coincidence that a few days before the announcement of the surgery, The Onion ran this article. I still maintain that Oden's got a ton of talent - in those rare instances when he was on the floor he was a huge difference-maker for the Blazers. But this last injury is the 50th or 60th nail in the coffin for the Oden-vs.-Durant discussion. He's a truly nice guy, and I hope he makes it on the floor as an effective player one of these days, but for all sorts of unfortunate reasons it looks like he's the biggest #1 bust since Kwame Brown.

Justin: If Greg can still get enjoyment after going through another surgery and a long rehab process, then I say go for it. At the end of the day he's not going to make more money doing anything else most likely and someone will be willing to pay for him, even if its the league minimum. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a good example of a center who constantly seemed to be injured and eventually managed to find a way to put together a pretty nice career, so there is still hope.

DV: I'd quit if I were Oden to save his knees and not be one of those former athletes in his 40s that can barely walk without pain. The dude is still young enough to go back to college, get his degree, and get a regular job. However, because he was a former elite athlete, I'm sure he'll have some doors open to him somewhere in the real world. And best of all, he has millions already in the bank (I hope) as a base for the rest of his days. This isn't about quitting on basketball, it's about building on life.... MORE →

 

Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Mark, Devin, Evan, Justin, Danny, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.

1) Kevin Durant seems to be having a "slow" start considering all of the praise and hype thrown his way before the season, particularly when it comes to preseason MVP predictions.  That said, is he even the MVP of the Oklahoma City Thunder?  Overall, Russell Westbrook is looking strong and has a higher PER (25.1) compared to Durant (20.0).

Mark: Well, it's a little chicken or egg here, but does Westbrook even put up his numbers without a player as good as Kevin Durant on the court pretty much demanding the attention of opposing defenses 24/7. Don't get me wrong, Westbrook is a very good player and would love someone with his talent on the Nets, but Durant is the NBA of that team, and by season's end, I think he'll be MVP of the entire league.

Danny: I think Durantula is pressing a little bit now that, for the first time, he's bearing the weight of lofty expectations on his shoulders. His team gave the Lakers a run for their money in the playoffs last year, and he was the clear leader at 21-years-old for the USA Basketball team in the World Championships this summer. Taking all that into account, the slow start isn't a total surprise. But I don't anticipate that his slump (if you can really call it that) will last much longer. He's only shooting 36 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc, and there's no doubt those rates will normalize to past levels over the course of the season. Not to mention his block, steal, and rebound numbers are up so far this year. As for the comparisons to Russell Westbrook, he showed that he can also be a great player in this league. But he won't be the MVP of that team until he can hit jump shots regularly and convert in late-game, high-pressure situations. If you're just going to go on PER, Pau Gasol was the MVP of the Lakers last season.

DV: Durant will be fine.  Perhaps he's dealing with the high expectations, not only on the court, but off the court as well.  Durant has basically been labeled the Golden Child (Numpsi!) and juxtaposed to the "evil" LeBron James, which heightens Durant's paragon status.  While Westbrook will be a great player in the NBA, he'll never be as naturally talented as Durant.  However, a Scottie Pippen type of role is more than achievable for Westbrook.  Considering Pippen is an NBA Hall of Famer that ain't bad at all.... MORE →

 

Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Mark, Devin, Evan, Justin, Danny, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.

1) Kevin Garnett allegedly called Charlie Villanueva a "cancer patient" and Villanueva took to Twitter and essentially ratted Garnett out.  Was this a personal issue that Villanueva could have kept between himself and Garnett?

Justin: This to me seemed like a personal issue and something that should have been kept between them. While I don't doubt Garnett said something in bad taste, I don't feel it was necessary for Villanueva to make it a public ordeal, though its easy for me to say.

Danny: If there's one thing in sports I hate more than cultural insensitivity, it's libel. Villanueva had no business exposing this supposed conflict to the public. Even if Garnett did, in fact, say what Villanueva reported he said, sparking public discourse about it certainly isn't going to solve anything. Go to Garnett directly and work it out with him. Instead, now we have to face thinly veiled cover-ups like the claim that Garnett said Villanueva is a cancer to his team and the league. I don't buy that for a second. Honestly, while Garnett has been one of the forerunners of trash talk over the years, I think he has been inclined to ratchet it up lately now that his game can no longer speak for itself. Bad move both ways.

DV: I wouldn't be surprised if Garnett actually said what Villanueva said he said.  However, since I'm neither one of them and I wasn't anywhere near the vicinity when this went down, I can't say for certain.  Despite that, whatever was said happened during the heat of battle and I'm pretty sure that those of us who trash talk say the wildest things to get into an opponent's head.  Do I really think Garnett doesn't have an honest grasp of how serious cancer is?  Of course I don't.  But what I do think is that Villanueva was being a baby here.  It's the equivalent of telling your second grade teacher that so-and-so threw a ball at your head during a game of dodgeball.

2) There are three undefeated teams in the NBA early on - Lakers (5-0), Hawks (5-0), and Hornets (4-0).  What is working early on for the Hornets and what needs to happen for it to sustain the whole season?

Justin: I think what you're witnessing with the early success of the Hornets is the impact Chris Paul has on a basketball game. I think people are quick to forget just how good this guy is, and how his teams perform when he's healthy. While they won't sustain quite the success they are having now, I do believe they can remain in the Western Conference playoff hunt all season as long as Paul is in the lineup.

Danny: While I expect that the Hornets' unbeaten start will end tonight at the hands of the Miami Heat, New Orleans is succeeding for two primary reasons: (1) they're playing stifling defense and (2) they aren't turning the ball over. I'm surprised at the cohesiveness of the team considering all the rumors that Chris Paul would be gone by the season's outset, but new coach Monty Williams has this team believing in the fundamentals. Any team that controls the ball and plays defense like the Hornets are now could be very successful in this league. It remains to be seen, though, if they can keep it up throughout the season. Trevor Ariza will be a key cog to sustaining the solid play.

DV: The Hornets are ranked fifth in points allowed (93.8), sixth in opponent's field-goal percentage (42.8%), and ninth in opponent's 3-point percentage (31.8%).  If the Hornets can keep up the D and have Chris Paul inspired, the Hornets will contend for a playoff spot.  The additions of Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli should pay off in a significant way.

3) After a handful of games, which team has surprised you, good or bad, the most?

Justin: My surprise team in the early season: LA Clippers. While I know it's not much of a surprise that the Clippers are bad, I think that this season, in particular, is surprising. Many believed including myself that the Clips would be near the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. They certainly have the talent to do so. Eric Gordon had a great summer playing with the US team, and I thought he would carry over that momentum with him to the NBA. He, along with rookie Blake Griffin, the Clippers were certainly a team everyone was excited to see this season, but they have been anything but exciting. Eric Bledsoe did look impressive against the Thunder though which is a sign of encouragement.

Danny: You've got to be shocked at the Houston Rockets right now. At 0-4, they are the only winless team in the league other than the Detroit Pistons, and it doesn't really make sense. Yes, two of their games were against the Lakers and Nuggets, but there are some very bad signs about this team. The Golden State starting backcourt torched them for 71 points and they've allowed 107 points or more in all four games. If they hope to make the playoffs, the defensive effort needs to show up to supplement the potent offensive combination of Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, and a limited Yao Ming. It's a real shame that they're spoiling Luis Scola's smoldering start.

DV: The Miami Heat are a disgraceful 4-1.  How could they have lost their first game of the season to the Boston Celtics?  The Boston Celtics!  What have they done recently?  The Heat are allowing 84.0 points per game to their opponents and that makes zero sense.  It should be 46 points per game, 50 at the most!  Unbelievable.  You'd think with all the hype surround them, they'd at least try.

 

Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Mark, Devin, Evan, Justin, Danny, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.

1) The Miami Heat lost their first game of the season to the Boston Celtics and while they valiantly came back to make it an interesting game, they still lost.  It was obvious the chemistry wasn't there yet, so how many games before the Heat get that chemistry and start kicking butt?

Mark: I think they're going to have some hiccups between now and the end of 2010, but with the pieces they have there, and with Mike Miller due back in January, I can see them going on the mother-of-all-tears in January and finish the season as the undisputed team to beat in the postseason (at which point, they will lose to the Celtics in the second round).

Evan: Nothing would make me happier than to see the Miami Heat struggle all season and never get the right chemistry to win 65-plus games. But I’m a realist and I know that the talent of The Big Three will eventually outweigh any chemistry issues they have.  Although it looked at times in their first two games like they didn’t practice once all preseason, I don’t think it will take very long to turn that around. If their schedule were a bit tougher, I’d say the Heat would struggle finding the right way to play together into late November. But a stretch of six straight home games in the middle of the month will be what they need to get on track. They won’t have to worry about traveling anywhere, and will have plenty of time to iron out any issues they have in practice. The Heat have 16 more games between now and the end of November, and I’d be surprised if they don’t win at least 12 of those games.

Justin: It's very hard to put a number on that kind of thing, but I think barring any injury setbacks, this team will be clicking pretty well by Christmas time. Up till then, they'll continue beating teams with pure talent like we saw against the Sixers. Making judgments based on how they looked against the Celtics could be a mistake. Let's not forgot the Celtics were about one quarter away from winning the NBA Championship last season and their core has been together for a number of years. Also, the Celtics defense is one of the best, if not the best in the NBA, and on most nights they will make teams look like they have bad chemistry.

DV: The saying goes, "The cream always rises above everything else that is now below them" or something like that.  The talent of The Big Three is too good to deny the Miami Heat winning 60+ games.  The team is rusty right now with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James befalling to injury at some point during the preseason.  And, let's not forget, that Boston Celtics club is pretty good.  I expect the engine to start running smoothly by the end of November because "the cream always rises to the top"... hey, I should make that a saying!... MORE →

 

Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Mark, Devin, Evan, Justin, Danny, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.

1) Carmelo Anthony rumors are brewing again and this time, it's alleged that the New York Knicks have skipped over the New Jersey Nets as the favorites.  They'd give up Danilo Gallinari and/or Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry's expiring contract, and trade Wilson Chandler for a first round pick to give to the Nuggets.  How would this affect the Knicks?

Mark: It would certainly bring a lot of attention back to the Garden, and my guess is Chris Paul would soon be pining to play there too, though I don't know how the Knicks could acquire him with a now bare pantry.  Personally, unless the Nets totally back out, I don't see 'Melo going to the Knicks. The Nets could top their best offer and still have assets leftover to try and get one more player.

Devin: It would make them more appealing, definitely. Carmelo is a spotlight kind of guy, and pairing him with Amar'e at the Garden would make James Dolan a lot of money and at least get them from the 7th-seed range where they are now up to the 4th-5th. They'd still need one more piece (like Chris Paul, for instance) to really compete with the biggest and baddest of the NBA, but it would be a step for them - and while losing The Rooster and Wilson Chandler would hurt, Carmelo is a pretty worthwhile prize.

Evan: Over the last 48 hours the Carmelo Anthony rumors have once again heated up, and it now seems as though the likely destination for ‘Melo will be either New York or New Jersey. There is no doubt that he wants to play in this area, and while he initially didn’t seem to want to be in Jersey, he may have changed his mind on the Garden State and the Nets. If this proposed deal between the Nuggets and Knicks went through, the Nets’ biggest rival would immediately become a playoff team.  Raymond Felton, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo would be quite a nucleus and as much as I hate to say it, the Knicks would once again be very relevant. That’s why I think the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes are very important in terms of the pecking order between the Knicks and Nets. Don’t get me wrong, the Nets should not overpay just to get him and need to make a smart deal, but if they were able to get ‘Melo and keep him away from the Knicks, that would greatly help their standing in the tri-state area.

Justin: While I don't give much weight to the allegations of the Knicks being the new frontrunners, not with the latest reports out at least, let's live in hypothetical world for a moment and say this trade does indeed go through. First of all, that and/or is a big factor in this deal. If its Gallinari or Randolph, whichever one of those two remains would give the Knicks Stoudemire, Carmelo and either Gallinari or Randolph which to me would be an improvement upon what the Knicks have now and would certainly put them in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference. If the trade becomes Gallinari and Randolph, well now you're losing two of big time talents and the team is going to have to very heavily rely on the talents of Stoudemire and Melo as what would be left on the Knicks roster would be a collection of role players. The big key here in my opinion is Gallinari. I think he's already a good player and has the potential of being a multi time all-star. If the Knicks can somehow swing a deal for Anthony and still manage to keep Gallinari, they would have a nice roster. As far as the other stuff goes, the draft picks, cap space, even a young asset like Wilson Chandler, to me don't matter. The Knicks are not a team that is going to attempt to rebuild through the draft anyway. Making this deal would then put them in great position to make a serious run at Chris Paul. Now, before I get sick to my stomach let's come back out of hypothetical world, and let's trust the latest reports from David Aldridge and Chris Broussard who both report the Nets are still the front runners for Anthony and not the Knicks.

Danny: While it seems to me that the Nets still have the lead in the Carmelo Anthony deliberations, if the Knicks had to give up Gallinari, Randolph, Chandler, and a first-round pick to get him, it wouldn't put them any better than fifth in the Eastern Conference. While they would be immensely talented and entertaining at the forward spots with him and Amar'e Stoudemire, and decent at point guard with Raymond Felton, they'd be bare at the pother two positions — save the development of Timofey Mozgov into a legitimate NBA center. Even if everything went great, they'd still finish behind the Heat, Celtics, Magic, and Bulls.... MORE →

 

Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Mark, Devin, Evan, Justin, Danny, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.

1) The Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas faked an injury recently to give Nick Young a start.  Was this a noble gesture or just another way for Arenas to get shipped out of the nation's capital?

Mark: There are two things wrong with this scenario. One, Gilbert Arenas faked an injury to his knee, which given his history of injuries, is not something he should be making light of. Two, he ADMITTED he lied about the injury. It boggled my mind that a player could just be so tone deaf. He's obviously got the league's eyes watching his every move this season. Why is it impossible for him to just cease the ridiculous behavior and play basketball? It's players like Arenas who just ruin the image of the NBA for the casual fan. Who out there wants to root for this guy?

Devin: I don't know what to make of Emo Gilbert. It's a complete code switch: the former fun-loving blogger-athlete has basically become a shell of his former self. I appreciate his candidness with regards to faking the injury, but... come on, man. Even if you DO fake an injury, you don't tell the media that's what you did. Gilbert of all people should know how the media can run with a story. One thing he said was especially true: the team is definitely loaded at the guard spots, and if the Wizards can find a suitor for his massive contract, there's no doubt they'll take advantage.

Evan: If I were a Washington Wizards fan I would want to trade Gilbert Arenas for a rack of basketballs at this point. While he may have thought it was a noble gesture to fake an injury and allow Nick Young to get some PT, it was just another example of Arenas’ immaturity and constant need to be in the spotlight. His action completely undermined Coach Flip Saunders, who was well within his right to fine Arenas. Despite being one of the best players on the team, Gilbert Arenas is not the coach, and he should not be making decisions on whether or not Nick Young should be playing. His act with the media the next day was also laughable. After he got suspended for 50 games for carrying a gun into an NBA locker room, he really thought that this incident with the injury wasn’t going to be a big deal? If the Wizards and new owner Ted Leonsis want to be taken seriously, they need to get rid of Arenas; even if that means simply releasing him.

Justin: Maybe in Gilbert's head this was a noble gesture, but in reality this was just another antic in a long line of antics that will lead to Gilbert's departure from DC. He has to understand the professionalism that comes with his job, and though his intentions may have been okay, he needs to know there were better ways to get the same result (Nick Young starting).

Daniel: It was Arenas being Arenas. As much as I want USC athletes, Nick Young in this case, to get their chance in the professional ranks, doing something like this completely undermines your coach, your front office, and the team as a whole. Gilbert Arenas is lucky that Flip Saunders is playing him at all right now, let alone starting him, so he needs to be more appreciative of that opportunity instead of just sitting around and cashing in on the rest of his $111 million contract. Fortunately, karma has come back to bite Agent Zero; he left Thursday's preseason game with a groin injury.

DV: Arenas is crazy like a fox.  He obviously wants out of the Wizards organization because he's not getting hugs from mommy and daddy (ownership and fans) anymore.  It's John Wall's team and in Arenas' world, it's obviously not a good look, so how do you get your way?  You do the equivalent of a Vlade Divac flop and hope you get the call in your favor.... MORE →

Scouting Reports: Jordan Farmar

Posted on: October 11th, 2010 by Dennis Velasco Comments

 

Name: Jordan Farmar
Position: PG
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 180 lbs
Birth Date: November 30, 1986 (age 23)
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Number: 2
Drafted:  26th pick of the First Round in 2006 by the Los Angeles Lakers
Experience: 4 years
Contract: $4 million... MORE →

 

Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Sebastian, Mark, Devin, Evan, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.

1) The much anticipated debut of the three-headed monster in Miami went down earlier this week. However, after Dwyane Wade hurt his hamstring and LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and the rest of the Heat gained a big lead, the crowd was gone by halftime.  Is Miami deserving of this collection of superstars?  What city without an NBA team deserves a shot at having a franchise?

MARK: Well, I think Wojnarowski said it best when he compared LeBron's "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" line to something along the lines of a high school kid picking a party school for college. Whereas when Boston put their superteam together before 2008, the city seemed to embrace that team and talked about how "special" that championship was, I get the sense that Miami fans will only pay attention to this team when they have to. Courtside for Heat games will be a "scene." Expect more obnoxious behavior from the city before this is all over.

As for a city without a team deserving - I'm hard pressed to name one. The NBA is not necessarily at the peak of popularity and good college hoops cities don't always translate to pro hoops (see Charlotte, NC). However, I would find it fascinating to see a "superteam" set up shop in a place like Indiana, where those fans are hardcore and awesome - especially when the team was on their run in the early 2000s.

EVAN: Let me say this first; Miami absolutely does not deserve to have the trio of D-Wade, LeBron and Bosh. The fans are so fair-weather and couldn’t be less interested in the actual game action. All they care about is going out in South Beach and seeing celebrities. Here is the perfect example that sums up Miami fans: After a brutal last-second Dolphins loss to the Jets on Sunday Night a few weeks ago, all of the late-night clubs at Sun Life Stadium were packed with people partying. Any fan that cared would have left the stadium immediately, far too depressed to go out and party after a tough loss. That is a Miami sports fan in a nutshell.

However, Pittsburgh is a city that should get an NBA franchise. The steel city has a very loyal fan base, as the Penguins and Steelers are always at the top of their respective leagues in attendance. Sure the Pirates are dreadful, but that has nothing to do with the fans. Pittsburgh is hockey-crazy during the winter, but if they had an NBA team I think the fans would show up in full force. The team would also have two natural rivals in the cross-state 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who would be less than 150 miles away in Ohio. So I say give the steel city a shot; their fans couldn’t possibly be worse than Miami’s.

DV: Miami definitely does not deserve to see this trio on the regular.  It was amazing to me watching the game versus the Pistons earlier this week and seeing how indifferent the crowd seemed during the early part of the game.  And when a batch of the good courtside seats were empty, I was screaming at the love of my life like a madman!  Oh, by the way, that would be my 46" HDTV.  In any case, I expect regular season games to have patches of people missing, but come playoff time, every single seat will be packed with every celebrity and wannabe celebrity in South Beach... until the third quarter.

Seattle needs a team again because they were some die-hard fans when the SuperSonics played there.  Also, a lot of really good players are from around the area - Terrence Williams, Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson - to name a few.  They definitely got short-changed when the Sonics left to Oklahoma City.

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