We're not exactly happy when stuff like this happens, but it's impossible not to post for the good of the NBA canon. Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson snuck behind Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce on a quick backdoor and threw down a huge one-handed reverse dunk. The replay in YES Mo makes it look even better, too. Watch.
At practice Monday afternoon, the Nets learned about Derrick Rose's season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, sending their well-wishes to the Chicago Bulls point guard and former MVP. This is the second straight season that Rose will miss with a knee injury after tearing the ACL in his other knee in the 2012 NBA playoffs, forcing him to sit out the entire 2012-13 season. He played in just ten games this season before going down with the injury.
Deron Williams & Joe Johnson both spoke about the seriousness of Rose's injury. Video after the jump.
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Wow. Just when I thought Paul Pierce had the Dunk of the Night, Orlando Magic rookie sensation Victor Oladipo threw down a 2-handed 360 dunk in fast-break. Granted, it looks like Oladipo fouled Deron Williams when he got the steal, but the dunk was an insane display of Oladipo's athleticism.
Even with all of these impressive dunks, this game was still ugly. In the words of former ultra-minority owner Jay-Z, "On to the next one."
After a wild offseason, it’s hard to believe that we’re just seven days away from opening day. With all the movement in the NBA, one would think that a new contender might be in prime position to dethrone the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
Nope. In a survey completed by all 30 NBA general managers, the Miami Heat’s chances of repeating have gone up from last year, increasing from 70 to a 75% of becoming back-to-back-to-back winners. Other teams receiving votes to win the NBA Finals included Indiana, Chicago, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the L.A. Clippers. The Brooklyn Nets? Nowhere to be found.
The Nets, however, were runaway winners for the Atlantic Division, posting 75.9% of the vote -- with the crosstown rival Knicks coming in with the remaining 24.1%.
Here's where else the Nets earned votes:
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Former Boston Celtics and current Brooklyn Nets Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce came under fire from the Miami Heat's LeBron James this week. James called the two hypocritical for criticizing Ray Allen for leaving Boston for Miami in the summer of 2012, then leaving Boston themselves a year later.
"I think the first thing I thought was, 'Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,'" was James's exact quote. "I think it's OK; I didn't mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically s--- on Ray for leaving, and now they're leaving."
Garnett and Pierce were asked about James's comments after the 86-62 Nets victory last night over the Heat, and both responded about how you'd expect.... MORE →
After their morning shootaround at Barclays Center, Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks were involved in a shooting contest, the final shot from about 35 feet out. As they were playing, Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans iced down various parts of their body, as is commonplace for veterans after practices.
The weird part: unlike last season, the four wore green uniforms, visitors in the Brooklyn arena for the first time in their careers. ... MORE →
NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver refuted a claim in CBS Sports that the NBA and the National Basketball Player's Association have a long way to go before reliable testing for human growth hormone (HGH) can be achieved, but acknowledged there were still significant hurdles to overcome before anything can be put into practice.
Silver says there's two primary factors holding back the testing. Former executive director of the NBPA Billy Hunter was placed on "indefinite leave" back in February following numerous accusations of illicit behavior, including nepotism, and NBPA attorney Ron Klempner has acted as interim executive director in his place until the NBPA can find a proper director. The NBPA also just recently hired Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul as their union president.
The NBPA recently retained a firm to help with their search, but while Klempner is acting on an interim basis, it's hard for anything to get done, Silver alleges.The second issue is that the NFL has yet to come to an agreement on their testing methods, something that Silver sees as a benchmark for other sports. "Because they haven't reached their agreement on HGH, it would've been easier for us, especially with an interim executive director, to fall in line behind them. So I don't think we're that far apart."
"I think there's a philosophical understanding, an agreement between the two parties, that it's necessary," Silver added. "(The players) want a level playing field as well. It's just we've got to come together and figure out the right way to ensure the sanctity of the testing."
Paul reportedly is ready to fight any league proposal that includes HGH testing. At least one Nets player has said privately that he's willing to take any and all testing necessary.
Silver understands that the issue is a significant one for the Player's Association. "It's taking blood from players as part of a testing process, and ensuring that the testing is state-of-the-art and is done in all the appropriate ways."
At an event available only to media in Manhattan's West Village, the NBA announced that the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will co-host the 2015 NBA All-Star Festivities. The Nets & Barclays Center will host the Friday and Saturday night events, including the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout, while Madison Square Garden plays host to the actual game Sunday.
NBA Commissioner David Stern and NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver were on hand for the announcement. Stern plans to step down from the position on February 1, 2014, with Silver taking his place as NBA head. It was the NBA's idea for the Knicks and Nets to co-host the event, and once both teams showed an interest in co-hosting, the league moved forward.
Also in attendance were former athlete and former host of NBA Inside Stuff Ahmad Rashad, New York Knicks owner James Dolan, Barclays Center majority owner and former Nets owner Bruce Ratner, President of ONEXIM Holdings USA Irina Pavlova, Nets & Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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We've been dealing with a few tech issues here for the past week. My apologies for the lack of updates. We'll take the next couple of days catching up on opponents around the league, unless we're destroyed by another serpent. Cross your fingers.
Today's installment of Better Know An Opponent focuses on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Let's take a look.... MORE →