Are you one of the countless folks who are curious about the idea of the Brooklyn Nets but didn't quite get around to following the team much this year? No problem! Here's your guide to the 10 things newbie fans need to know to enjoy the playoffs (which the Nets are in, by the way).
1) Don't know what to make of this team? Don't worry, no one else does either. Along with my own objective eye, I've talked to coaches, analysts, and writers all over, and one common theme plays throughout: no one knows just what to make of this Brooklyn team. When they're good, they're really good. When they're bad, they're really bad. They beat up on bad teams… except when they get embarrassed. They get smoked by great teams… except when they sweep the season series from Indiana and blow out the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. Their offense is stagnant… until it starts moving. Their defense is bad… until it makes key stops against the Los Angeles Clippers, the 4th-best offense in the league.
2) One franchise record and one related NBA record was set this season: Deron Williams finished the season with 168 three-pointers, the most in franchise history. He also set an NBA record for most three-pointers in a half, with nine:
3) Kris Humphries began the season as a starter, now barely plays. The Nets signed Humphries, more famous these days for his infamous 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian than his basketball career, to a two-year deal worth $24 million in this past offseason, only to see him lose his starting spot after just 17 games to Reggie Evans. Humphries, who has season averages of 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game on a paltry 44.8% shooting percentage, has fluctuated in and out of the rotation all season, most notably sitting for three weeks without an injury as P.J. Carlesimo tried anyone else as a backup power forward.
As for his love life? After skipping a divorce hearing in Los Angeles on April 12th (the Nets played the Indiana Pacers that day in Indiana), Humphries agreed to a settlement with Kardashian just before the playoffs.
Season Numbers: 18.9 PPG, 7.7 APG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 44.0 FG%, 37.8 3P%, 85.9 FT%, 20.3 PER, 10.9 WS
As Max noted earlier in his case for Brook Lopez as team MVP, the definition of just what an MVP award is is a discussion rampant with side-stepping opinions. People often talk past each other, relying on their own rigid definition of the meaning of the word "value." Do you value peak? Consistency? Longevity? Memorability? All of them? How do you weigh them?
I, personally, have always valued a sustained peak. I'd take Pedro Martinez's seven-year stretch from 1997-2003 over almost any stretch any pitcher has ever pitched, and I think his 58 starts from 1999-2000 rank as the best a pitcher has ever been. If a player's great, I value that player's greatness over perhaps a longer "good, but less memorable" streak.
I've extolled Brook Lopez's virtues non-stop on this site; I've argued that he deserves a first-team All-NBA ranking at center, that he's been enormously undervalued and put together the best season of his career. But as far as a sustained peak goes, nobody topped Deron Williams.... MORE →
I respect darren rovell a lot but he is wrong about the nets not giving out tshirts for sat nights game. We are giving fans tshirts. Thanks
— Brett Yormark (@brettyormark) April 18, 2013
I was misinformed about darren rovells tweet. Fans are getting free tshirts at sat's game. Sorry for the confusion. Will be a great night.
— Brett Yormark (@brettyormark) April 18, 2013
Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark confirms via Twitter this morning that the Brooklyn Nets will give out shirts to fans for Saturday night's game against the Chicago Bulls. This comes after an interview on YES Network last night where Yormark said the Nets "encourage" fans to wear black for the "Blackout in Brooklyn," and a report yesterday that the Nets were selling Blackout in Brooklyn shirts.
Yormark only confirmed that the Nets were giving away shirts for Saturday night's game.
Season Numbers: 74 G, 74 GS, 30.4 MPG, 19.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 52.1 FG%, 75.8 FT%, 24.7 PER, 9.0 WS
The debate over what an MVP award means rages and enrages. Some may say that it should go to the best player, while others might argue it should go to the player who is most critical to a team’s success. While the best player, in most cases, is often the most critical to a team’s success, the situation with the Brooklyn Nets this season is somewhat different.
For me, an MVP is someone who changes the team dynamic when on the floor and when taken off, the team is simply not the same. Brook Lopez -- though not as flashy and provocative as most star players in the NBA -- is that player for the Nets this season.... MORE →
The Brooklyn Nets found out their opponent in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in the fourth quarter of a 103-99 regular season finale win over the lowly Detroit Pistons: by virtue of a New York Knicks victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls solidified the fifth seed and will travel to Brooklyn to take on the fourth seed Nets on Saturday.
Late Wednesday night the NBA released the schedule of the Nets/Bulls series:... MORE →