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Seeing the inevitable "Kirilenko listed as OUT" tweet on the afternoon of Nets game day was becoming a frustrating sight.

As days turned into weeks turned into months, Kirilenko's absence became just one more drop in the Nets' ever-cresting wave of disappointment.

But back healthy (relatively) and in the lineup again, it's easy to see why many teams were envious of the Nets inking the lanky Russian.

In one 4th quarter sequence, Kirilenko showed off the skills that made him the “steal” of the offseason.

On this particular possession, Kirilenko displays great effort on the defensive end and does what any effective NBA defender must do in today’s game - give multiple efforts.

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The debate is an old and tired one: If you could have any player taking the last shot for you in an NBA game who would it be?

LeBron?

Kobe?

Melo?

All nice choices. Except for the fact that there is a player who has proven time and again to be significantly more clutch than them in recent memory.

We all know who it is.

Jason Pratt of SB Nation (aided by Tim Bontemps of the New York Post) had a post today that compared Joe Johnson's numbers to those of other clutch players in the league. And Joe Cool's were significantly better.

It's definitely worth a read. I'm not sure if Joe is out of his slump yet, but he's proven to be the guy you want taking the final shot, whether is he fiery hot or ice cold.

 

The Nets and Heat will wear jerseys with nicknames on the back for their game on January 10, and today, Slam Magazine has released a few of the images.

A few of the Nets jerseys are as follows:

And for the Heat:

For the Nets, the D-Will and Truth ones were no-brainers. Kirilenko's is so cool with the Russian spelling of his name.

I got really sad in realizing that we'll never see Brook Lopez's "Brooklyn on the front, Brooklyn on the back" jersey.

 

Well, it finally happened.

Kevin Garnett spoke with reporters today and admitted that he isn't sure what his role is in the Nets offense.

The Nets beat writers recorded the exchange on Twitter. The Daily News' Stefan Bondy presented the quotes as follows:

Obviously, this is getting bad. These "I don't know my role" quotes have haunted the Nets these last two years. Gerald Wallace famously said it after game 80 last season. Nine games later, their season was over.

For KG, a guy who was brought in to lead and "intensify" this roster, to not know where he fits is very troubling.

Andrei Kirlenko listed as probable

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Per Brooklyn Nets PR, Andrei Kirilenko is listed as probable to play tonight against the Spurs. Kirilenko has been out since Nov. 8 with back spasms.

Tyshawn Taylor is also listed as out with a mild haram string sprain.

Update: Kirilenko is a go and will play 10-12 minutes at SF.

Stan Van Gundy is not impressed

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Stan Van Gundy, former coach of the Orlando Magic, had some choice words on the Brooklyn Nets.

Van Gundy said:

“I think with all the injuries it’s been hard to evaluate Jason Kidd. It’s been easy to jump on him not just because of the record, but the things coming out of their locker room, the situation with Lawrence Frank, the incident of spilling the drink on the floor. I mean this has looked like a bush league organization much of the year, they don’t play with much effort at all, a very uninspired team. But at the same time they had so many people hurt you just don’t know. And now they are not they are not going to be healthy all year…

Van Gundy certainly has a point, but let's hope the ship can turn quickly.

 

Terrence Williams, who The Brooklyn Game previously reported may be signing with the Springfield Armor, has signed a deal with the Lakers affiliate, L.A. D-Fenders.

Williams, of course, was drafted by the Nets in 2009, and has been a bust for several teams, including the Lakers and Celtics.

The signing would have been a return to the franchise, who was involved in a three-way trade with the Lakers and Rockets in 2010.

Brook Lopez to have surgery Jan. 4

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

The Brooklyn Nets announced yesterday that Brook Lopez will surgery on his fifth metatarsal on January 4th.

Lopez broke the foot in last weeks lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. Billy King since announced that the center is out for the season.

The Nets stated that more details on the surgery will be forthcoming as is.

And we are all still depressed.

More Doc on Nets trade

Posted on: August 4th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Rod Boone from Newsday interviewed Doc Rivers on the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade, and Doc had some nice things, again, to say about his former players.

With Paul, Doc believed that the trade to the Nets would "rejuvenate his career."

There are tons of good quotes in the article, but here are some highlights:

"Brooklyn is trying to win it. They got that, so it’s a win-win for both teams. The tough part of that trade was Paul. That’s tough because he was a Celtic. Kevin was kind of from Minnesota and the other guy, Jason, had been there one year. But Paul, that was a tough one."

"I think (the Nets) will come together. Listen, anything comes together when a lot of people want it to come together, and they have a lot of guys that want it to come together. Paul, Jason and Kevin want to win another title and everyone else wants to win their first. So, if they all want to do that, then it all will work out.”

 

In today's worthless news story of the day, Jason Kidd revealed at the premiere of the movie Elysium (yeah, I've never heard of it either) that he plans to use the plot of the movie to help with his coaching style.

Okay.

Here's some quotes.

Growing up did you have any futuristic movies or books that made you think the future would look something like the world of “Elysium?”

Jason Kidd: I’m a big fan of the “Matrix.” I thought that was a classic, it kind of gave us something of what the future could be. But also some of the plot of this movie! He’s fighting for what he believes in and so it’s something that hopefully when I see them, now that I’m a coach, I can use this as one of my tools.

Speaking of which, how have the new members of the Nets meshed with the team?

Jason Kidd: They’ve been great, we got a great group of guys. And so I’m very excited about the veteran guys and I’m looking forward to it. But you know, when you come to movies like this you pick up different things. So I’m excited to see what this brings.

Yeah, I don't really know what any of that means either. Bring on the games!

 

Jason Kidd appeared at a season ticket holder event Monday and spoke about the upcoming season and upgrades to the Nets roster.

Not being a season ticket holder, I was not at the event, but lucky for us, there were some folks tweeting. And they got us covered on quotes. All of these are from Kidd.

Give @TheBKN3, @CowbellNets and @mgbushwick1 a follow to say thanks!

On the team's age...

"It's okay to be older and wiser."

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In an interview from Gary Washburn, Doc Rivers spoke at length about his former players in Brooklyn.

And if anyone knows what these two had left, it's Rivers. He believes they will have an impact in Brooklyn, but he didn't stop there.

"I get very emotional whenever I talk about Kevin and Paul. To see them somewhere else, our business sometimes it's tough. I leave (Boston) and people get upset at me and I don't think there's a lot of difference in their case but it was obvious the Celtics decided to move on."

"So Paul and Kevin had to go and that's a tough part of the business. But that will be strange for me, I want them to do well. For a lot of reasons I want them to do well, they could knock off Miami. But it will be interesting. It will be a whole different feeling."

Knock off Miami? I'd take it.

"I think obviously Paul's younger and in tune to play more minutes than Kevin. But I think they're still at the top of their games. I think Paul is still one of those guys who can go off for big nights and still have big scoring nights. Kevin is a culture change. He won't play but 20 to 25 minutes a night and there'll probably be nights when he doesn't play but his presence there alone will absolutely change the culture of Brooklyn. There's no doubt about it. I think for some of the young guys, even some of the veteran stars, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, will learn and understand what a winner is and looks like and professionalism and being prepared."

"That's what I was most impressed with Kevin, how every game he prepared himself for games. That's what I told our young guys that I just wanted them to watch him prepare for games. It was why he was so consistent. I thought it was that important."

He also has great things to say about Jason Kidd.

"I think Jason will be fantastic in that because he probably when through that a little bit himself last year. He'll be able to relate to that 100 percent. I think Lawrence Frank will be so important for Jason as well. You think about Lawrence, he worked with (the Celtics) staff, so he's worked with Kevin and he's knows Kevin as well as anybody. So I think that combination will be great for Kevin."

Doc is a pretty respected guy in the NBA world, so this is definitely a worthy co-sign.