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Taking A Step Back

Posted on: October 11th, 2010 by Sebastian Pruiti Comments

 

I have been with NetsAreScorching, posting on a consistent basis, since April 7th, 2009.  Through that, you have seen the site go from a terrible wordpress.com blog (seriously, only go there if you want to have a few chuckles at my expense), to having its own domain, to being a part of the TrueHoop Network.  NetsAreScorching.com was my first foray into blogging, and that is why it is really tough to say this:

I am going to be stepping away from NetsAreScorching starting today.  I don't want to get too deep into explanations, because this isn't the place, but with grad school finishing up a job search that is about to begin  there isn't going to be enough time for me to dedicate myself to the site fully.

So what does this mean exactly?  Nothing really as the NetsAreScorching that you all know and love will still be here.  Just that as I move editor emeritus role, Mark Ginocchio will take over as the lead man and de facto editor (a role that Mark and I basically shared).  You all know Mark, and you will be in good hands with him running the show.  It is no coincidence that the site started taking huge strides in the right direction as soon as he came along.  Not only that, but Devin, Dennis, and Evan (who will be posting more often now) are still here.  Plus, there are two new guys that you guys will be meeting later today.  Trust me, this site is only going to get stronger and will continue to be the best Nets blog around (that's my opinion, but I am kind of biased).

So what about me?  Well, I am going to still be around.  You have my e-mail address, I may be posting here every once in a long while, and I am still going to be on twitter.  If you are still looking for my writing, you can find it over at NBAPlaybook.com (I know I pimp this site all the time, but check it out!).  In addition to the reasons I mentioned earlier, I am stepping away to focus most of my blogging efforts over there.  I have a lot of special things planned for this season, and for me to be able to get those things done, I need to focus all my attention over there.  Its funny, I am leaving NetsAreScorching to focus more on doing something that started here.

Before I finally step aside, there are a few people who were important to the growth of NetsAreScorching that I want to thank.  Mark has basically been the co-editor with me since he joined the site last August.  Devin and Dennis has been big to the growth of the site since joining, helping cover what was an insane offseason.  Evan, who has been killing it ever since he started it, too.  Nate Jones who was able to hook me up with a Terrence Williams interview shortly after he was drafted.  Ben Couch, NJNets.com fantastic blogger who e-mailed me when I first joined the TrueHoop Network, and was very helpful when I showed up to my first Nets' event as a credentialed member of the media.  Speaking of that, Aaron Harris (with the Nets' PR department) has been very gracious in allowing the site to be credentialed to various practices and most recently, Media Day, allowing us to bring unique content to you guys.

A special thank you needs to go out to Henry Abbott, Kevin Arnovitz, and the rest of the great writers of the TrueHoop Network.  Obviously, the NetsAreScorching.com (I don't even know if it would even exist anymore) that you guys have been accustomed to wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Henry and Kevin allowing the site to become a part of the TrueHoop Network, even if the site wasn't that good when they did (Did you click that first link?).  The rest of the guys of the Network (guys like Matt Moore, Tim Varner, Royce Young, Zach Harper, Jared Wade, Eddy Rivera, Dan Feldman, and everyone else) have been so kind offering up advice and tips that also have led to the growth of not only me as a blogger/writer, but the site as well.

Last but not least, I gotta thank the readers who come over the site and comment every single day.  The interesting takes in the comment sections not only kept me entertained, but has also made me smarter (well, most of them at least).

 

Name: Quinton Ross
Position: SF
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 195 lbs
Birth Date: April 30, 1981 (age 29)
Birth Place: Dallas, TX
Number: 13
Drafted:  Undrafted out of SMU
Experience: 6 years
Contract: $1.1 million

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By Evan Kaplan

Name: Johan Petro
Position: C
Height: 7’0’’
Weight: 247 lbs.
Birth Date: January 27, 1986 (age 24)
Birth Place: Paris, France
Number: 27
Drafted: 25th pick of the First Round in 2005 by the Seattle Supersonics
Experience: 5 years
Contract: $3.25 million

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For the second straight game, the New Jersey Nets scored more than a 100 points in a game (preseason or not, a total improvement over last year) and this time it was against an actual NBA defense.  The Nets are now 2-0 during the preseason, and their next game is coming up this weekend against the Celtics (and thankfully it should be aired on NBATV).  Here are some quick thoughts from the game:

  • The outside shooting continues to impress me.  Tonight, the Nets knocked down 8 of their 12 three point attempts good for 66.7%.  I don't expect them to shoot it like this every night, but this is very comforting to see.
  • The Nets got to the line a ton, another thing I really like to see.  The two guys who got to the line most were Brook Lopez and Terrence Williams...that is good for this Nets team.
  • Speaking of Brook, boy did he sure bounce back?  24 points on 8-13 shooting is what you like to see against a team that doesn't really have a defensive presence inside.
  • Terrence Williams also looked much improved.  He scored 20 points, but maybe most importantly he recorded 8 assists compared to just two turnovers.
  • Derrick Favors struggled with fouls the entire night and fouled out in slightly more than 12 minutes of playing time.  I didn't see the game, but I am guessing that Favors got pump faked one or two times.  Bad games are going to happen with a 19 year who is still learning.  The key is for these bad games to take place less and less.
  • The Nets sent the Sixers to the line 45 times.  That shouldn't ever happen.
  • Something tells me that the Nets are being extra cautious with Devin this preseason.  Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't play until the team gets to China.  I'd rather have a rusty Devin than a hurt Devin.
  • Again, preseason, but good signs...

 

The Nets get their first preseason game against NBA competition tonight against the Sixers.  This game is going to be played at a neutral court in Virginia.  This is the first of two games between the Nets and the Sixers, and it features a match-up of the #2 and #3 picks of the NBA draft...it isn't going to be aired on TV.

A few things to pay attention for:

  • Evan Turner looked really sluggish in his summer league performances, but now since he has been working out with the Sixers consistently and will be playing with the Sixers' best players, he should look better.
  • Derrick Favors had a big time game in his preseason debut.  I know it is just the preseason, but it would be nice to see him have back to back performances.  With a player this young, consistency is the key.  There is no-doubt the talent is there, but can he bring it every night (something guys like Sean Williams and Yi were unable to do).
  • I expect to see the Nets hold out Devin this game.  They don't want to see him sitting out the first 10 or so games of the season, like last year.
  • Lets see if Terrence Williams can limit his turnovers tonight.
  • Maybe Brook Lopez will respond to playing against NBA competition and have a breakout game.

This is your open thread guys, discuss the game here!

Rod Thorn Vs. Brett Yormark

Posted on: October 5th, 2010 by Sebastian Pruiti Comments

 

This weekend provided an interesting back and forth between former Nets' president Rod Thorn and current Nets' CEO Brett Yormark.  It all started when Peter Vecsey talked to the Thorn over the weekend, and Thorn (now with no reason to hold back) let everyone know how he really felt about Yormark:

From what I had told, Yormark had gotten down on Thorn down the stretch, feeling he'd gotten lazy and done a poor job. Though unable to talk Bruce Ratner into firing him (the master plan was to rehire friend John Calipari and re-position him on the sidelines with complete power regarding personnel), Brett had no problem undermining Rod.

There was persistent friction between the two executives.

"Yormark was Ratner's go-to guy for everything," said someone in the know. "They'd speak 30 times a day. Whenever Thorn wanted to do something of substance he'd reach out to Ratner who'd immediately run it by Yormark."

According to past and present team employees, regardless whether or not Yormark endorsed Thorn's idea, a proposed trade, signing, whatever, was soon in the newspapers and/or on the air.

"Brett is the Nets' chief leak," maintains one and all.

"I don't deny my dislike for the guy," Thorn admitted last Friday when asked by phone about their contentious relationship. "But he's not the reason I left."

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Unless you were one of 5,174 in attendance, you were unable to catch the Nets' first preseason game of the season, since it wasn't televised anywhere.  That doesn't mean that you were left in the dark during the game.  Both NetsDaily and Al Iannazzone where live tweeting the event, and Stefan Bondy gave us some live commentary.  Here are some quick opinions based on the boxscore and the reports:

  • The one number that really jumps out at you is 28 assists as a team (on 39 makes).  That is a fantastic number, and especially important for the Nets because they were so bad distributing the ball last year (28th in the NBA when it came to Assist Ratio).    This indicates that the team is knocking down shots, running an effective offense, and working together.
  • Derrick Favors had 14 points and 9 rebounds.  If he can give this to the Nets every night, they should be pleased.
  • T-Will had 6 assists, but 4 turnovers.  Only hit 1 of 5 shots, but got to the line six times.  A mixed bag for him.
  • Anthony Morrow went 4-6 from three.  It sure didn't take him a lot of time to get adjusted to the rims.
  • I think Al Iannazzone sums it up best. "Still, it’s just one game, against non-NBA talent. No need to get too high or to low."

Central Division Previews

Posted on: October 4th, 2010 by Sebastian Pruiti Comments

 

Here we have yet another set of these great blogger previews.  This time we take a look at the Central Division, where the Bulls may have lost their status as favorites (in my opinion) to win the division with the news that Boozer will be out eight weeks with a fractured hand.

Bucks: Brew HoopNBAMateSBNation Recap

Bulls: Blog-A-BullSBNation Recap

Cavs: Fear The SwordWaitingForNextYear

Pacers: Indy Cornrows

Pistons: DetroitBadBoysDetroit BasketballNeed4Sheed.comSB Nation Detroit

Recaps: All Previews

 

By:  Evan Kaplan

Welcome to part IV in our “Breaking Down the Schedule” series. For those of you who may not have followed the first three parts of our breakdown, here’s where we have the Nets after 60 games. Sebastian predicted a 9-11 start, Mark followed with an 8-12 prediction over the next 20 and Devin had the team going .500 with a 10-10 record in Games 41-60. So we at NAS have the Nets at 27-33 after the first 60 games.

Here’s a look at the final 22 games of the 2010-11 season and how the Nets will finish based upon their current roster.

March 04 vs. Toronto (The O2 Arena in London)

The Nets travel across the Atlantic to London, England to face off against the Raptors in the first of two games to begin the month of March. Toronto will have a down year with the tremendous turnover of their roster and the loss of Bosh, and with all of the travel and unusual playing circumstances for both teams, I think it’s safe to say they will split these two games. Nets win the first one. 28-33

March 05 vs. Toronto (The O2 Arena in London)

The second of two London games against the Raptors is a 3:00 Eastern Time Saturday matinee. The Nets have more talent than Toronto but you would think jet lag and the time difference could be a factor in the second game of a back-to-back. The more I think about these two games, the more I envision a split. Toronto takes the finale overseas. 28-34

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Pacific Previews Recap

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by Sebastian Pruiti Comments

 

Alright guys, in continuing the great team preview series, we are now going to look at those who covered the Pacific Division:

ClippersClips NationSBNation Recap

KingsSactown RoyaltyCowbell KingdomSBNation Recap

LakersSilver Screen and RollForum Blue & GoldNBAtipoffSBNation Recap

SunsBright Side Of The SunSB Nation ArizonaValleyoftheSuns SBNation Recap

WarriorsGolden State of MindSBNation Recap

Recaps: All Previews

(Tardy) Knicks Preview: Straight Bangin'

Where The Nets Stand

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by Sebastian Pruiti Comments

 

By all accounts (and Mark linked to it this morning), the four team trade that has been rumored since Friday is dead in its current form.  Don't believe me?  Here is Coach Avery Johnson talking about it:

"I think we're at a point where nothing's alive," Johnson said. "So if the opposite of that is dead, nothing's alive. Only thing alive is this team. We're alive and well and we're practicing hard."

All reports say that the Nets and the Nuggets are still trying to get this trade done (whether it be a straight up deal or if they are going to have to find new teams to include), but with Carmelo Anthony showing up at Nuggets' media day, putting the jersey on, and getting in front of the cameras I don't know if a deal is going to get before the season starts (though reports say that Melo didn't do any of the green screen stuff for local TV or the in stadium graphics).

There are a lot of Nets' fans who are happy to see this deal fall apart (including all of us who write here), however, with a deal not getting done the Nets have some damage control to take care of.  In my opinion, Derrick Favors is fine.  He has been dealing with rumors since before the draft.  First, there was all the buzz about whether or not he should be drafted ahead of DeMarcus Cousins, and then after the draft, the Nets were basically trying to hold off signing him as long as possible  because they were shopping him around.  Even though he is just 19 years old, he has been dealing with rumors for four months now, and he seems to not even be bothered by it anymore.

The player that Avery Johnson and the Nets have to try and keep focused is Devin Harris.  When Harris talked to the assembled media, he was asked about how the trade for Jason Kidd went down.  He went on to say that he had no contact from the GM or the coach (though in fairness, he did say that it was the All-Star break and the fact he was hurt at the time meant he wasn't with the team a whole lot), and while he said the trade didn't bother him, it did seem like the fact that he wasn't told about it ahead of time did.

He is basically in that same situation now.  So when I got in my car and turned on the radio and heard the details about the rumored 4-team deal for the first time I thought, "If this doesn't get done, we might have problems."  Sure enough:

Even if a deal for Anthony never materializes, New Jersey coach Avery Johnson has serious repairs to make with Nets point guard Devin Harris(notes), a league source told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.

Harris had been a huge advocate for Johnson with former Nets officials by endorsing the hiring of Johnson over the summer, and a source says Harris is feeling “a little put off” that the coach is so quickly looking to send him out of New Jersey as part of a trade for Anthony.

Devin Harris was a large part of Avery Johnson getting hired (the Nets asked Harris if he was ok with Avery being the coach, and he said yes), and I don't think he's mad about being traded, he's probably mad about Avery, the guy he stuck up for, isn't talking to him about it.

Some Themes From Media Day

Posted on: September 27th, 2010 by Sebastian Pruiti Comments

 

Nets' Media Day was interesting this year because right after it concluded is when the latest Carmelo Anthony rumors surfaced (The ones involving the potential four team trade).  A lot of the quotes that came from Media Day were Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and trade rumor related and rightfully so.  However, that wasn't the only thing talked about on Media Day.  Topics ranged from the team's preseason international trip to the effect that shooters will have on this team:

On The Preseason Trip

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