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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

AP

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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Practices for the United States national men's basketball team pick back up on August 14th, so Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee has about one week before he continues his training against some of the best players in the world.

In the meantime, Plumlee returned home and took part in the McDonald's Community Clinic, at the practice court at Barclays Center Tuesday morning. The clinic was hosted in conjunction with Project S.Y.L.V.I.A (Saving Youth Lives through Vision, Intellect, and Athletics), a non-profit from Coney Island dedicated to giving kids opportunities through athletics, and 40 kids from the ages of five to 11 had the opportunity to play basketball with Plumlee.

Plumlee made the "last 16" for the US national team, and will have to survive at least another round of cuts if he wants to make the final 12-man roster. But hey, if Plumlee can take on 40 kids, he can definitely take on DeMarcus Cousins.

 

During the official Rookie Class Photo Shoot & media availability, the NBA hosted an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit, allowing rookies to answer questions from fans. Here's most (if not all) of the answers from Nets rookies Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson.

For the full text of the AMA (and all 2,800 comments!), go here.

Questions answered by Nets rookies below.
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Xavier Thames, Daniel Mullings

Xavier Thames (right) is the man left out. (AP)

When the Nets put together the final pieces of their roster, they signed two of the three rookies they'd drafted -- 44th overall pick Markel Brown and 60th pick Cory Jefferson -- to partially guaranteed contracts. That left San Diego State product Xavier Thames, who they took with the 59th overall pick, without a contract.

So where does that leave Thames -- and his future in the NBA?
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