"No, really. Tell me your name again?" (AP)

"No, really. Tell me your name again?" (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets play a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers today, who under the careful eye of GM Sam Hinkie have amassed a seemingly random collection of basketball talent in an attempt to tank for a high draft pick unparalleled perhaps in NBA history. Most of their 20-man training camp roster is comprised of fringe NBA players and injured high draft picks.

To know the 76ers roster is a true test of a hardcore NBA fan, so here's a little bit of trivia to test that knowledge. There are 20 names below. Some of them are members of the Philadelphia 76ers 2014-2015 training camp roster. Some of them are characters from American novelist William Faulkner. Can you spot which is which?... MORE →

 

James Jones, Andrei Kirilenko

Everyone loves a good pocket pass from Andrei Kirilenko. But how much is it worth? (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets are one of many NBA teams that have put a premium on motion this preseason, preaching a new flex offense based on constant player and ball movement to create open shots.

But is it worth it? NBA.com's John Schuhmann had a different take, studying the correlation between ball movement, player movement, and offensive efficiency. After looking through the numbers, he ultimately concludes that "There is no correlation between ball movement and offensive efficiency," and "the same goes with player movement."

In some sense, he's right. Just moving the ball or the man doesn't necessarily mean that man's in any better position to score, and sometimes more passes can actually be bad for an offense: After all, you've only got 24 seconds to score. But that begs a question:... MORE →

 

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Reigning NBA MVP and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot and will require surgery, the Thunder announced today. The Thunder did not give a specific timetable for Durant's return, citing a typical recovery time of six to eight weeks.

The injury will rule Durant out of the Brooklyn Nets home opener on November 3rd, and barring a speedy recovery, also likely means he won't play against the Nets on November 22nd, the only two games the two teams play this year.

Durant has led the NBA in scoring for five consecutive seasons, averaging 29.3 points per game in that span and a career-high 32 points per game last season.

The NBA Offseason, Recapped

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Eddie L. Bolden, Jr. Comments

 

This past offseason in the NBA was one not to be missed. Just in case you may have, here is a brief recap of some the biggest offseason moves and news:
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Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King defended Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry in a statement to Zach Lowe of ESPN's Grantland, following a report and a leaked audio tape of Ferry using racially charged language to describe Sudanese-born NBA player Luol Deng:
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Via Arizona Sports -- Lionel Hollins honored by ASU jersey retirement

Lionel Hollins had his jersey retired at Arizona State University back in 2011, when Hollins was coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Three years later, now as the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Hollins got on the radio with Doug & Wolf for the ASU Sun Devil Fork Report to talk about his jersey retirement and his new job in Brooklyn.

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Larry Drew

Larry Drew (AP)

Larry Drew's moving forward, so he says.
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LeBron James, Deron Williams

Deron Williams (AP)

In a follow-up to a long-form article tracking Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant through six days in China, Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard released a series of bonus stories that came out of his time with the future Hall of Famer.

In perhaps the most Kobe-intense quotes ever, Bryant told his documentarian Gotham Chopra "I would go 0-30 before I go 0-9." Why did he say that? Because he'd just seen Deron Williams do the same thing, in a game against the Miami Heat.
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Mason Plumlee

Not even Mason Plumlee's Team USA ascension impacts Vegas. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets aren't the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title, nor are they even close.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a trade to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Vegas oddsmakers Bovada released updated NBA title odds for each team, which are as follows:... MORE →

 

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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.

Is Joe Johnson a Hall of Famer?

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by Ryan Carbain Comments

 

Dwyane Wade, Chris Andersen, Joe Johnson

Seven-Time All Star and likely Hall of Famer Joe Johnson (AP)

Is Joe Johnson a Hall of Famer?... MORE →