One game in, one Nets player gone: Team USA sent Jorge Gutierrez & Mexico home in the first round of the FIBA World Cup Playoffs with an easy blowout victory, 86-63.

USA raced out to a 23-13 lead after one quarter and never looked back, dominating the game both with offensive rebounds inside and Stephen Curry burying three-pointers throughout.

Plumlee, an integral part of the Nets roster, didn’t see the court until the game was well out of hand in the fourth quarter, while Gutierrez, who only has a non-guaranteed contract, was arguably Mexico’s second-best player. That should give you an idea of the state of both teams: USA is arguably the favorite to win it all, while Mexico is still developing its international talent.

Plumlee did little in his few minutes, choosing to play it safe instead of risking injury in a blowout. He threw down one emphatic putback dunk with four minutes left, but the basket was waved off due to an offensive foul call.

Plumlee finished with only one stat -- an offensive rebound -- in garbage time.

Gutierrez struggled against Team USA’s length, getting a few passes batted around and giving up a couple of rough turnovers. As Brian Mahoney said, Team USA’s a tough matchup for any point guard:

That doesn’t mean Gutierrez didn’t get some nice plays in. He was able to stick with USA’s smaller guards defensively, though it was a nightmare when he was switched onto James Harden. He also attacked the lane on a few occasions, including one pretty layup over Team USA’s DeMarcus Cousins in the third quarter.

Gutierrez finished with 7 points on 3-7 shooting in his lone tournament playoff game, adding two assists, one steal, and one rebound.


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With the first week of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in the books and behind us, basketball fans from all walks of life can finally embark on the exciting part of this end of summer matinee: the coveted round of 16. These games mean more than just basketball: players wear their country’s name across their chest with pride.

The Nets have 3 players who’ve contributed in their respective countries’ efforts in making it to this late stage: Mason Plumlee (USA), Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico), and Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia). This trio will continue their journey for global supremacy this Saturday, September 6th. Except only two can make it past Day 1: USA and Mexico immediately battle it out for a pass into the quarterfinals Saturday morning.

Make sure you’re following along and scouting your players on this intercontinental stage as they look to bring the Gold to their hometown less than a week from now.

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It's become an annual tradition for Nets forward Kevin Garnett to disappear into hiding during the offseason, eschewing media visibility and public comments for workouts and recuperation. "I think more players should do that instead of doing all the stuff all summer," his former coach Doc Rivers told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. "You see players everywhere. The reason Kevin has been able to play so long is during the offseason he goes underground. He recuperates. Not just physically."

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Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov (AP)

According to Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's LiveJournal account, Prokhorov will not be participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in any public way, but hinted with a quote from the Bible's book of Matthew that he'd be charitable in a "don't-kiss-and-tell" way.

Prokhorov was nominated by Russian political activist Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Prokhorov responded on his LiveJournal account in Russian. According to a rough Google Translate, Prokhorov wanted to remind Zhirinovnsky of scripture, particularly the book of Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 2-4.

Here's the translation from the New International Version of those passages:

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

So it looks like we won't see Mikhail Prokhorov dump a bucket of ice water on his body. Too bad. To make up for that loss, you can watch other Nets like Jarrett Jack, Billy King, and Brett Yormark take part.


Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is the cover model on this month's Resident Magazine, self-described as the "Monthly magazine for the affluent and culturally savvy Manhattanite." In a feature by Rory Winston, Williams describes his adjustment to New York City life in his new TriBeCa home, as well as his commitment to Autism Speaks, the autism awareness foundation that has close ties to Williams and his family. Williams's son D.J. was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old.

Some quotes from Williams:
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Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee is the latest scorn victim of the basketball snark universe, since some find it hard to believe that a late first-round pick in 2013 could rise from the USA Select Team all the way to making a real spot on the USA Men's National Basketball Team roster. He's an easy pick: he went to Duke and played basketball under coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is also the head coach of USABMNT, and his main competition is the talented but mercurial Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

When a report surfaced that Plumlee might actually make the team over Cousins, it sent some into sports-fueled uproar, since Cousins is a more talented player. Coach K & Team USA ended up bringing every big man to Spain anyway.

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One reporter couldn't take the suspense anymore, asking Plumlee what he thinks of the criticism that he only made the team because of his Duke connection, or apparently, his Nike connection, prefacing the question with "no offense":
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Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins (AP)

In the wake of Jason Kidd's departure, the Nets wanted to replace him with a motivator with coaching experience, who would hold players to a higher standard on the defensive end.

Enter Lionel Hollins.

ESPN spoke with Hollins at the team's inaugural Brooklyn Nets basketball camp, getting a sharper sense of the 19th head coach in the franchise's history and the fourth since the team moved to Brooklyn in the 2012-13 season.

Hollins made sure everyone knew the important stuff: he is not a human-eating beast of folklore.
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Seen here in May, construction has since stalled. (AP)

Seen here in May, construction has since stalled. (AP)

Barclays Center was the crown jewel plopped in the center of downtown Brooklyn that brought the Nets to the borough for the 2012-13 basketball season, but the arena was also built as a gateway, with the promise of affordable, modular housing soon to follow. Modular housing meant efficiency and fiscal responsibility, and soon after the arena opened, construction began on its southwest corner, on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street.

Now, the New York Times reports that construction on the buildings has halted entirely, due to slow development, rising costs, and disputes over who's footing the bill:

Skanska, the operating partner for a joint venture with Forest City at the factory, had a $117 million contract to supply 930 modules for the tower, she said. Skanska had also signed a contract with a separate entity, which includes Forest City, to erect the tower.

But a variety of problems resulted in the cost overruns, with the two sides arguing over who should pay.

“They owe us the building, based on a fixed price,” Ms. Gilmartin said. “They’re responsible for overruns.”

But Richard A. Kennedy, co-chief operating officer of Skanska USA, was emphatic that, contrary to Forest City’s claims, it had not “cracked the code.” Its design, he said, was flawed.

“It just doesn’t work the way it was sold to work,” he said. “We’ve had real challenges with it that’ve delayed the project and led to cost increases. We finally came to the decision to stop work on the project until our significant commercial issues are resolved.”

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Forest City, Mr. Kennedy said, had ignored its “design responsibility” under the contracts.

“It was represented to be a complete and buildable modular design,” he said. “That simply was not the case and that’s what we’ve been struggling with.”

The buildings were slated to be finished in 2015, which was a date that had already followed numerous delays. As of now, Barclays Center is the only completed building from the since-renamed Pacific Park Project.

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Russian airline Aeroflot, who has been a Nets sponsor since Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov took over as the team's primary owner in 2010, will cease sponsorship with the team.

According to a spokesperson with the airline that spoke with Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, the contract between Aeroflot and the Nets had expired and the airline had no plans to renew the agreement.

The airline entered a "multi-tiered sponsorship alliance" with the Nets in October 2010, and hosted "An Evening of Russian Culture" at Nets games in 2011 and 2013. They renewed the team's sponsorship in 2013 despite criticism from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who wanted the team to sponsor Russian teams rather than the Nets and British soccer club Manchester United.

ITAR-TASS -- Aeroflot decides against extending sponsorship contract with NBA’s Brooklyn Nets


Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov (AP)

Via ShalomLife:

Born on May 3rd, 1965, in Moscow Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov would one day go from being upper middle class in a Russian Jewish household, to the Brooklyn Nets owning billionaire that he is today. Born to Dimitri and Tamara Prokhorov, a lawyer and a materials engineer respectively, Prokhorov was raised alongside his older sister Irina. His father traveled abroad frequently for work, however his mother stayed fairly close to home during her career.

According to its website, ShalomLife is a place to "share, discuss and inspire our readers with stories about Jewish culture and life. Shalom Life launched in 2009 and has become Canada's largest independent Jewish news source dedicated to covering culture, arts, society, technology, business, and general news, both locally and internationally."

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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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