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The Cleveland Cavaliers engineered a trade this summer with the Nets that gave them the cap space to re-sign forward LeBron James to a maximum contract, shedding Jarrett Jack's $6.3 million salary. To facilitate the deal, the Cavaliers also sent the Nets 20-year-old Russian prospect Sergey Karasev, who the Nets coveted in the draft but went a few picks early.

Karasev isn't a high-profile athlete, so we haven't heard much from him since the trade. But Alexander Chernykh of Rush'n Hoops translated an interview with Karasev with Nikolay Mysin of Sovetsky Sport, which touched on Karasev's new role, new team, and new apartment.
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The USA Men's National Basketball Team made its practice rounds in the Brooklyn Nets facility in Rutherford Tuesday, with the team posting the above Vine of Mason Plumlee hitting two non-successive jumpers in a facility he's assuredly comfortable in. (Granted, he'll only practice there for one more year: the team's moving to a fancy facility in Brooklyn after the 2014-15 season.)

The team will play two games at Madison Square Garden this week, both exhibitions: vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and Puerto Rico on Friday. The team's final cuts could come as soon as Thursday. The team has an exhibition in Spain next Tuesday, and they wouldn't bring any players they weren't planning on keeping.

Anyway, these shots are boring. BRING ON THE DUNKS!

Plumlee's competing with Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins for a center spot as Anthony Davis's backup. There are rumors that Plumlee's curried favor with USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who Plumlee played under for four years at Duke. We'll know soon whether Plumlee's commitment to dunks and more dunks will win him a spot over the more talented but mercurial Cousins.

RELATED: Why Mason Plumlee Over DeMarcus Cousins Makes Sense (For Basketball Reasons)

 

That's Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark pouring a bucket of ice water on himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised over $13 million for ALS according to ALS Association.

Billy, Lionel: you're next.

 

Jason Collins

Jason Collins (AP)

Jason Collins, who played on the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008 and later joined the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional sports, is likely to retire from basketball, moving into the next stage of his life as an ambassador for the LGBT community.

That gives him a rare distinction among retiring NBA players: he's better suited for his next job than his last one.

From Marcus Thompson II of Inside Bay Area, who attended the Inforum Convention in San Francisco, where Collins spoke to roughly 600 people:
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Below is the official Brooklyn Nets schedule for the 2014-2015 regular season.... MORE →

 

Below is the official Brooklyn Nets 2014-2015 schedule.
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Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert (AP)

Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert (AP)

Get your calendars ready. The NBA will release the full official league schedule to the public at 6 P.M. EDT on NBA TV, the league announced today. That includes all 82 Nets regular season games.

The Nets aren't expected to play on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve, after two straight years of holiday games after the move to Brooklyn.

 

via Shake Shack official release

via Shake Shack official release

In February of 2013, we noted a glorious, incredible story about a mystical creature landing near Brooklyn's Barclays Center: a Shake Shack was destined to open right across the street, scheduled for autumn of that year.

Nearly a full year after that original arrival time, the Shack has finally made it.... MORE →

Markel Brown out 4-6 weeks

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Brooklyn Nets rookie Markel Brown broke a bone in his right hand while working out in Las Vegas on Monday, the team announced this afternoon.

Brown suffered a non-displaced fracture in the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, and is expected to miss four to six weeks. He has been fitted for a cast.

Four to six weeks means it's likely he'll play in training camp, which starts in late September. That means we shouldn't miss any of this come opening day.

Is Deron Williams slow?

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

AP

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How fast is Deron Williams?

It's a simple question that used to be impossible to answer definitively. But now, thanks to NBA.com's newly public optical tracking data, we can learn not just how fast Deron Williams ran, we can also figure out how his speed evolved over the course of last season.

Let's start with this:
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Today's creepy story of the day comes from NBC New York:
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