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Looking at Brooklyn Nets news and notes from around the web:
- The Nets officially released their preseason schedule a couple of weeks ago, but I hadn't seen it until this morning. One team they'll play twice is none other than the Boston Celtics: once home, once away. My guess? Don't expect Pierce or Kevin Garnett to make the trek up to Boston for a preseason game. That's a moment they'll save for the regular season.
- If there's anyone who knows what Paul Pierce feels like right now, it's former Celtics great Robert Parish, who spent a full 14 seasons with the Boston club before ending his career with Charlotte and Chicago for three seasons. What Parish thinks? It's going to be "awkward."
- J.R. Smith: The Knicks are still the marquee team in New York.
- NBA Deputy Commissioner/soon-to-be Commissioner Adam Silver seems upset that the NBA has a system that allows Mikhail Prokhorov to pay $87 million more than he has to. Uh-huh.
- Remember when Mikhail Prokhorov said he didn't own a cell phone? Now Prokhorov's company Onexim is in talks to buy a majority share of Russian mobile phone retailer Svyaznoy. Brooklyn really does change people.
- It's been less than a month and Celtics fans are already wondering if they should #TradeMarShon.
Some pointed to the lack of production and inability to space the floor from forwards Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. At SBNation, Mike Prada delves into these spacing issues with a thorough piece on how much the Bulls have been sagging off of Evans and Wallace in order to double, sometimes triple team the likes of Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. In conclusion, Prada says:
But something has to change if the Nets are to come back in this series. Carlesimo may be reluctant to give up size on the defensive end, but his offense is in such bad shape that the tradeoff is necessary. If I were Carlesimo, I wouldn't play Evans and Wallace together for another minute this series.
PJ doesn't necessarily need to change his starting lineup, but he also doesn't need to play Wallace & Evans together for the entire quarter.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) April 26, 2013
This has not been a good half for PJ Carlesimo.
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) April 26, 2013
Evans & Wallace have played 25 minutes together. Unbelievable.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) April 26, 2013
P.J. is saving Brooks for his successor....
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) April 26, 2013
Everything that scared me about the Bulls is coming true…led by them having a big coaching edge
— Evan Roberts (@JoeandEvan) April 26, 2013
You get the point. Schumann also offered a stat that will assuredly leave most Nets fans shaking their heads: in the last two games, Brooklyn is a -26 in 42 minutes with both Wallace and Evans on the court together and a +15 in the other 54 minutes with them off.
So how does P.J. Carlesimo respond? He had this to say:
“Thoughts about it (changing the starting lineup)? Yeah.... But we’re not going to change the starting lineup. If we’re struggling offensively then we need to address that. If changing the lineup or changing who we put on the floor helps us to score points then we’re going to have to do that.... It’s a tough balance because some of the problems we have is not because those guys (Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans) are not scoring. If we do some of the things that we normally do – if we make some threes, if we finish in the paint, then we’re okay and we can take advantage of other guys skill sets.
Not long after, Gerald Wallace sounded off about his role (or lack thereof) on this Nets team:
“I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you my role now,” Wallace said Friday at the team’s hotel in Chicago. “I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team.”
How did Carlesimo respond to that?
“I think we’re going through a tough time right now and that’s what playoffs are all about,” Carlesimo said. “We’re all frustrated. And we have to -– I have to -– do a better job of constantly defining roles and redefining roles so we perform the way we’re capable of performing.”
Wallace isn't alone in expressing disappointment with his role. Rookie point guard Tyshawn Taylor says he's been upset that he hasn't gotten a chance to perform this season on a consistent basis and that there's a chance he may need to go to a different team in order to play. We would tell you to check out the full interview somewhere, but unfortunately it appears as though the video has been taken down for reasons unknown. Luckily though, Netsdaily has transcribed much of the content here.
On top of all of this, Nets swingman MarShon Brooks sounded off on his role as well:
"It seems like I'm the last resort, honestly.... If things aren't going well for the team, throw MarShon out there. That's been the rhythm all year. I kind of know when my name is going to be called, in a sense."
New York University Professor Jonathan Zimmerman argues that college sports hurts higher education because schools overspend on athletes and lower admissions standards:
Colleges in the Football Bowl Subdivision – the most competitive of the Division I programs – spent an average of nearly $92,000 per athlete in 2010, according to a January study by the American Institutes for Research. For the student population at large, the average per capita spending was less than $14,000.
He says evidence now shows this rarely leads to higher sustained alumni giving and that few schools make back the investment through TV deals:
True, some programs bring in rich revenues via TV contracts, ticket sales, and concessions. But fewer than one-quarter of FBS programs generate more money than they spend. The others rely on institutional subsidies and student fees to keep their sports teams going.
What's more, Zimmerman argues, schools lower admissions standards. In fact, the impact on admissions is far greater for athletes than through affirmative action for minorities.
While affirmative action for minorities continues to cause controversy across our higher education system (they have an 18 to 24 percent advantage in admissions), almost nobody objects to the much greater affirmative action that we grant to athletes.
One other issue Zimmerman doesn't mention. With colleges taking more and more foreign students, colleges have ever fewer slots for non-Athlete Americans. Read the whole piece here
Some Nets news and notes from around the web:
- Found yourself nodding your head during Nets games at Barclays Center? Meet the man responsible.
- Brook Lopez knows what's it like to see a brother across the field of battle, so he feels no pity for the Harbaugh brothers in tomorrow's Super Bowl. But, who does he want to win? Look no further than the Cardinal roots.
- P.J. Carlesimo continues to get ringing endorsements for his future as the Nets head coach, even from his competitors.
- Always classy Avery Johnson expects to be coaching again soon.
- The Barclays Center hosted its one-millionth guest on Friday.
- Howard Beck of the NY Times asks a great question about this Nets squad - Who is their soul?
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