To add Dwightmare to insult, Lakers center Dwight Howard beat out Lopez for All-NBA third team center. San Antonio's Tim Duncan and Memphis' Marc Gasol took the first and second team spots, respectively. Brook finished first among players not on an All-NBA team, garnering 132 points and 7 first place votes from the 119 sportswriters and broadcasters that decide the selections. Though being the first among the losers feels like more of a slap in the face than not being voted for at all. Or maybe that's just me being bitter.
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A trip to the Barclays Center offers a wealth of neural stimulation: ample stimuli for the visual cortex, from Andray Blatche's point-center crossovers to the rare-but-thrilling dunks of Deron Williams and the many entertaining faces of Brook Lopez; auditory treasures from the sonorous chants of "Broook-lynnn" to the Warrior cries of Gerald "Crash" Wallace.
And then there is the olfactory system. According to a DNA Info source, Brooklyn's Barclays Center pumps in a "signature scent" into the arena, thanks to ScentAir. The aroma is a a "fresh-smelling fragrance with citrus notes."
"(ScentAir) manufactures custom fragrances pumped into the air at theme parks, stores and hotels around the world. The odors function like mood music for your nose. They're meant to enhance the consumer experience and build brand identities."
Fans have chimed in with their take on Barclays' Odor, or B.O.
A fan on Twitter described the smell as that of a Calvin Klein Store , while another told DNAInfo that the aroma was akin to Axe Body Spray.
Josh Newman, who covers the Nets for SNY, finds the smell appealing, and attributes the added amenity to Nets owner and Russian billion oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov's spare no expense mentality.
"It's a brand-new building. They've spent over a billion dollars. [The scent] kind of goes along with the whole over-the-top nature of the building."
ScentAir said it couldn't discuss what it does or doesn't do for Barclays and arena officials declined to comment on the smell.
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In honor of Brooklyn's inaugural season, we're rolling out analysis, highlights, and more on each Brooklyn Nets player, one per day. Welcome to Tornike Shengelia Day, AKA #TokoLoco.
Nets forward Tornike Shengelia played 93 minutes in 19 games this season. To put that in context, Chicago guard Jimmy Butler played 96 minutes in Games 6 and 7 of the Nets/Bulls series. Toko didn't even dress for either of those games, or any playoff games for that matter.... MORE →
On May 11, 2010, the NBA approved the sale of controlling interest in the Nets franchise to Mikhail Prokhorov, a 6’8” self-made Russian billionaire oligarch playboy. The announcement came less than a month after the completion of the final New Jersey Nets season at the Izod Center, a franchise worst 12-70 campaign that saw an NBA record 0-18 start and the firing of Nets coach Lawrence Frank, the winningest coach in Nets NBA franchise history. At arguably the nadir of a fandom with many low points, Nets fans looked to Prokhorov, who Bill Simmons dubbed the “Mutant Russian Mark Cuban,” as their savior.
Prokhorov hasn’t produced the championship he promised in the first five years yet -- he’s got two more chances, and has promised to punish himself by getting married if he doesn't come through. From broken English braggadocio to the move to Brooklyn and Russian Presidential runs, we’re never bored with you, Mikhail.
We’d send him an e-card, but he doesn’t even use a computer. So on this, the day
of after our leather anniversary, let’s take a look back at some of the more memorable moments of the past three years.
According to Newman, "a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv on Thursday afternoon that there is a ’90-95 percent chance’ that the 6-foot-8 swingman makes his NBA debut in Brooklyn in 2013-14."
The Nets acquired the 24-year-old Croatian in a draft-day trade with the Heat and Timberwolves in 2011. In order to obtain Bogdanovic, the Nets gave up this year's second round pick (52nd overall) and cash.
After playing for Eurobasket clubs Read Madrid and Cibona Zagreb from 2006-2011, Bogdanovic signed a multi-year deal with Turkish club Fenerbahce in the summer of 2011 that runs through 2014. The agile forward showed off depth to his jumper in Turkey, shooting 41.1 percent and 40.5 percent from 3-point range in the last two Euroleague seasons.
In this year's Eurobasket round of 16, Bogdanovic led all players in both scoring and index rating, the European version of PER. According to NetsDaily, Nets insiders say that Bogdanovic would be a top eight pick in this year's draft on talent alone.
Considered by many as NBA-ready, Bogndanovic could break the rotation as Gerald Wallace's backup at small forward in the 2013-14 season. According to Newman's source, Nets GM Billy King is very high on the Eurostash swingman.
Billy loves him,” the source said. “I would call it a 90-95 percent chance he is with the Nets next season. This time last year, it was probably 50-50.”
Bogdanovic still has a year left on his Turkish contract, but has an out clause that would allow him to come to the NBA if Fenerbahce and the Nets can reach a buyout. The buyout is roughly $1 million, with NBA rules capping the Nets contribution towards the buyout at $525,000. The remainder of the buyout would be the player's responsibility, though NBA teams often pay the import enough to cover the player's liability.
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One day after firing Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, General Manager Billy King went on Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith's radio show on ESPN 98.7 FM to discuss the disappointing Game 7 loss to Chicago, the Nets vacant coaching position and off-season roster moves.
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Here is the official statement about PJ Carlesimo:
"The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team's success both on and off the court. We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come."
This won't come as a surprise, and if it does you don't even have a rudimentary understanding of the NBA, but the Nets don't have as illustrious a history as the Los Angeles Lakers. Shocker. The Lakers are an NBA team from the league's second season in 1947, while the Nets are a 1960s ABA team turned NBA expansion franchise in the late 70s. The Lakers have Wilt, West, Kareem, Magic, Kobe and Shaq. The Nets have Jason Kidd and three seasons of Dr. J in the ABA. The Lakers have 16 NBA championships and the Nets have 2 ABA titles.
So when you learn that the Nets have only been in seven "Winner Take All" games in franchise history to the Lakers' 26, it shouldn't surprise you. By "Winner Take All," we mean the final game of a series, that the winner of the game wins the series. That's either the fifth game of a best-of-five series, which the NBA used to decide first round series from 1984-2002, or the more popular seventh game of a best-of-seven series.
Starting with game seven of the 1970 ABA first round against the Kentucky Colonels, here's a history of all seven "Winner Take All" games in Nets franchise History, in which the Nets have a 4-3 record overall.
|Start Here: April 29, 1970|
In order to play the game on Saturday, the Rihanna concert originally scheduled at the Barclays Center on Saturday has been moved to evening of Tuesday, May 7.
The game comes just a week after the Nets blew a 109-95 lead in the fourth quarter of Game 4 to lose 134-142 in triple overtime, and fall behind 3-1 in the series. After a 110-91 win in Brooklyn on Monday night in Game 5, the Nets defeated a depleted Bulls team in Chicago Thursday night to extend the series to the maximum seventh game. Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich missed his second straight game with a bruised left calf and Chicago's starting small forward Luol Deng missed game 6 due to illness.
This will be the fourth Game 7 in franchise history for the Nets. The first two came in the 1970s ABA, when the franchise was known as the New York Nets. In their first franchise playoff appearance, the New York Nets lost to the Kentucy Colonels, 112-101, in Game 7 of the opening round of the 1970 ABA playoffs. Led by Julius Erving, the eventual 1976 ABA champion Nets defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 121-114, in game 7 of the ABA Semifinals.
This will be the second Game 7 for the Nets in the NBA. The first came in 2004 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Pistons. After defeating the Pistons, 127-120, on the road in triple overtime of Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead, the Jason Kidd led Nets lost Game 6 at home before being blown out 90-69 in Game 7 at Detroit.
Before the NBA switched to a best-of-seven format for the first round in 2003, the Nets played in two Game 5s of opening round best-of-5 series. In their first decisive NBA playoff game in 1993, the Nets lost 99-89 to the Cavs in Cleveland . The game would be the last in the career of Drazen Petrovic, as the burgeoning Nets star died in a car accident just a month later. In 2002, the Nets defeated the Indiana Pacers 120-109 in double overtime of a deciding game 5 in the first round en route to the first NBA finals appearance in franchise history.
For the Bulls, it is the tenth Game 7 in franchise history. The Bulls are a perfect 3-0 in Game 7's at home, but 0-6 when the deciding game takes place outside Chicago. The Bulls last played a Game 7 in 2009, when they lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round. Led by 2008-09 Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose, the Bulls dropped the deciding Game 7, 109-99, in Boston. Rose has not played in the current series against the Nets, nor in any games in the 2012-13 season after tearing his ACL in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
Former New Jersey Nets forward (1997-99) and Elizabeth, N.J. native Chris Gatling faces several criminal charges after police said he squatted in a Paradise Valley, AZ home for over a year and then tried to list the house for rent on Craigslist.
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Kirk Hinrich out for the Bulls tonight...I swear this the most injury riddled playoffs ever, except for the Heat they good smh lol
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