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

1) Who makes it to the NBA Finals? Who wins?

I still think it is going to end up being the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers (after Ron Artest's dagger last night). The Orlando Magic have too much to overcome to win four in a row, and I think they will have a stretch of bad three-point shooting that will cost them. I think the Lakers will win for the same reasons they have been winning these entire playoffs, Kobe is really good and they are bigger than everyone.

Well, both the Phoenix Suns and the Magic are making their respective series interesting, but I can't see Phoenix knocking off the Lakers and the Celtics, despite the fact that I thought they were an inherently flawed team entering the postseason; they can't possibly lose four in a row to the Magic... can they? I mean, wouldn't that be a kick in the pants for the city of Boston? With that said, I say the Lakers beat the Celtics 4-2 for the outgoing Phil Jackson, who will have vodka with Mikhail Prokhorov and tease New Jersey Nets fans for a few weeks before retiring.

Are you kidding? First I pick Phoenix-Orlando, and the teams go down 0-2 and 0-3. Then I say Orlando has the best chance of coming back, and Phoenix pulls a high school zone out of nowhere and ties the series. Clearly I have no idea what's going on, and anything I say gets completely flipped like we're living in Bizarro World. Honestly though, put a gun to my head and I'd say it's looking like another LA-Boston matchup (although it would be an awesome matchup if the two underdogs pulled it out - Orlando especially, for historical reasons). In a seven-game series between LA and Boston, I think it'd come down to HCA, and because of that I think the Lakers pull it out and Kobe fans get to wax more poetic about how amazing he is and how amazing LeBron isn't. Sigh.

Before the postseason, I was saying it would be a repeat of last year's NBA Finals and I still believe that.  Thanks to some instant goat-to-hero antics by Ron Artest, the Lakers find themselves up 3-2 in their series with the Suns and I believe they close them out in Game Six, riding the momentum.  I believe the Magic will also ride the momentum and make some history, coming back from 0-3 and take their series with the Celtics.  In the finals, it's Kobe time once again as the Lakers repeat and the Artest detractors keep quiet.... MORE →


Regarding this year's NBA Draft, conventional thinking has John Wall going first to the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers, in all likelihood, selecting Evan Turner, the second best prospect by most standards.  So, how about the Nets with the third pick?

What I gather most from what I've read of New Jersey Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is he likes to take calculated and minimized risks in business. Sure, a certain amount of luck is needed to succeed, but for the most part, he seems like he makes moves with a purpose (his recent media circus around the tume of the NBA Draft Lottery and his ownership becoming official being an obvious example). So, just knowing that, I don't think he would chance having a potential seemingly issue-laden player on his team, drafted third overall in Prokhorov's first NBA Draft, despite this player's talent. It's a new beginning for the Nets and DeMarcus Cousins shouldn't be a part of it.
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Nets of the Round Table I

Posted on: May 21st, 2010 by Dennis Velasco Comments


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

Please note that Mark was not able to answer the inaugural questions because he decided to take a more active role and is SEARCHING for Godot.  Yeah, NAS writers are smart and cultured like that, able to throw in literary references with the greatest of ease.  SWAGGER!

1) If The Washington Wizards keep the first overall pick and draft John Wall, would Wall and Gilbert Arenas be able to co-exist?  Or do the Wizards have a chance of moving Arenas and his big contract?

I think the Wizards are going to be keeping the first pick and draft John Wall.  As for Wall playing together with Gilbert Arenas, I think it is possible.  In my opinion, both Wall and Gilbert have the size to be a 2-guard in this league, but I think Gilbert will be the one moved while Wall stays at point.  Gilbert Arenas has always been more of a scoring point guard, and sliding him to SG will allow the Wizards to to get Arenas the ball in scoring areas easier.  Plus now Arenas won't have to chase around opposing point guards, and that is a good thing considering all the damage done to his knees in recent years.

Unfortunately for us, absolutely. Arenas and Wall are both great scorers and distributors, and Wall is long enough that he'd be able to guard twos on the defensive end. Arenas gives Wall someone with a good outside shot and team-running skills to defer to, and Wall gives Arenas an exciting slasher with some of the best court vision we've ever seen at the college level. However, if the Wizards have a chance to move Arenas, I don't think they pass it up solely because of financial reasons. They'd still take Wall though. I don't see how they pass on him.

The Wizards will probably do all they can to trade Arenas, not strictly for financial reasons, although that plays a big part, but for the sake of image.  When Arenas got in trouble for his firearm shenanigans, the Wizards immediately took down every image or mention of Arenas in their building. Wall is a refreshing start in every sense and I can see the organization not wanting it tainted in any way.  However, moving the contract will be difficult, so the question becomes, can both enigmatic and charismatic point guards with the ability to score be able to work together?  No question.  Arenas won't mind the attention taken away from him because of Wall, partly because the road to redemption for Arenas meets the road to stardom for Wall.  If Arenas and Wall succeed as a backcourt, for the most part, people will point finger guns in true jest and not a symbol of disrespect to the Association, but most of all to a career.... MORE →


I recently happened upon Washington Wizards owner, Ted Leonsis' personal blog in a roundabout way after reading TrueHoop's Wednesday Bullets.  In any case, he blogged about luck, deserving the first pick, and thanked Irene Pollin for being at the NBA Lottery Draft amongst other things.  From what I've read, Leonsis seems like a genuinely happy and regular kind of guy who happens to have a ton of money.  In any case, I have to say, I now like the dude.  One reason being is he actually approved the above comment when he really didn't have to.  Yes, his comments do require moderation.  In any case, thanks for approving the comment, Ted... you're good people.  You can check out the blog entry itself here.


I'm sure most New Jersey Nets fans are a bit disappointed by the other night's NBA Draft Lottery. Actually, maybe more than a bit. It could even be seen in new Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, a man who has appeared every bit as super cool as 1990s Samuel L. Jackson. However, once the placard showed the Nets were picking third overall, Prokhorov looked a bit rigid and tight, the opposite of his usually loose and focused demeanor. In one fell swoop, "accepting every single role" 2000s Samuel L. Jackson appeared... still kind of cool, but definitely tainted.

Prokhorov, like most Nets fans wanted the first overall pick, which the Washington Wizards won, and the draft rights to Kentucky point guard, John Wall. Although, I personally wanted Evan Turner, the versatile swing man from Ohio State. Unless the Philadelphia 76ers, owners of the second overall pick, decide to go big and select someone like DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors, I'm afraid the Nets won't be able to draft Turner either.
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A new series begins this week on where we take a look at the possible coaching candidates for the New Jersey Nets. First up will be Mike Krzyzewski, and you may not believe this, but I actually spelled his surname without looking. Seriously. Anyway, we have a good list of candidates, which I won't spoil here, but feel free to chime in and let us know what you think about our choices. Like we could stop you anyway.

Mike Krzyzewski has never coached in the NBA, though he did lead the Redeem Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, helping Team USA capture its first gold medal since 2000. He was offered the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job in 2004, but politely declined after some thought and since not accepting the Lakers job, Krzyzewski has said he was committed to Duke and USA Basketball only. However, will the promise of money, potentially coaching LeBron James, leading a winning team in the NBA in the New York market, and knowing that ownership will be as committed to winning as much as him, be enough to get Krzyzewski on NBA sidelines?

New Jersey Nets fans should hope so.

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There is no questioning that John Wall is an excellent talent and NBA prospect.  Ask anyone that watches basketball and they will tell you in no uncertain terms that he's phenomenal, an athletic freak, and quite the dancer.  My NAS colleague, Devin, praises Wall and makes excellent points about Wall's game.  However, if I were the New Jersey Nets, I'd select Evan Turner if the Nets' luck is as good as a picture of a bikini-clad Jessica Alba and the team wins next week's NBA Draft Lottery.  Turner is as versatile as they come and many consider Wall and Turner, Pick 1A and 1B, but we'll get down to Turner and his skill set a bit later.  First, let's peep the point guard that most people think is no longer in the Nets' plans and seemingly expendable.

Oh, and for the record, the Nets have a 25% chance of winning the NBA Draft Lottery and receiving the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft and I have a -25% chance of gaining any attention from the aforementioned Alba.  Snowball meet hell.

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