Jason Collins

Jason Collins (AP)

Jason Collins, who played on the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008 and later joined the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional sports, is likely to retire from basketball, moving into the next stage of his life as an ambassador for the LGBT community.

That gives him a rare distinction among retiring NBA players: he's better suited for his next job than his last one.

From Marcus Thompson II of Inside Bay Area, who attended the Inforum Convention in San Francisco, where Collins spoke to roughly 600 people:
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Below is the official Brooklyn Nets 2014-2015 schedule.
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While the United States takes a week off from basketball to complete their essays on why Mason Plumlee is a good fit for Team USA, the rest of the world is still in action. Today, Nets sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic was at the center of it all during a EuroBasket Qualifier in London.

Teletovic poured in 25 points and 6 rebounds as Bosnia and Herzegovina held on to win 80-67.

BallinEurope, an ESPN Affiliate, said that Teletoivc "kept having his own way through the third quarter. Facing tough D? Nails the 3. Loses his handle? Recovers for the bucket and the foul."

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Do the pundits have a point?

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

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After seasons of 49 and 44 wins, the purely predictive ESPN’s Eastern Conference Forecast ranked the Brooklyn Nets to finish 8th in the conference with a 39-43 record, barely making the playoffs.

Do they have a point?

The same core as their 49-win 2013 expansion squad will anchor this 2015 Brooklyn team: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez. Of course 2 seasons of father time has its fickle effects amongst players, but if we’re looking to set a benchmark for the upcoming year, don’t stop any further than to look at the 2013 roster. Let's look at how the Nets roster is constructed from then to now.

Position

2013

2015 Role Replacement

Stock

G

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

?

G

C.J. Watson

Jarrett Jack

Up

G

Tyshawn Taylor

Marquis Teague

Down

G

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

?

G

Keith Bogans

Alan Anderson

Up

G

MarShon Brooks

Jorge Gutierrez

Down

F

Gerald Wallace

Andrei Kirilenko

?

F

Jerry Stackhouse

Bojan Bogdanovic

Up

F

Josh Childress

Markel Brown

Up

F

Toko Shengelia

Sergey Karasev

Up

F

Reggie Evans

Kevin Garnett

Down

F

Kris Humphries

Cory Jefferson

Down

F

Mirza Teletovic

Mirza Teletovic

?

C

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Up?

C

Andray Blatche

Mason Plumlee

Up?

 

Other than a few question marks, it's safe to say that in a broad sense, the Nets have improved since that year.

There are questions. Deron Williams received double ankle surgery back on May 27th. He has battled injuries since putting on a Nets jersey, but maybe this time will do the trick and he’ll return to Utah mode. (We hope.)

Brook Lopez is also coming off a surgery, a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot that cut his season short in December, but he has already proven that when he’s on the floor, he's an All-Star-caliber center.

The NBA is a different monster than it was 2 seasons ago. Talent disseminated, youth entered, age set in. It’s a cycle. Competition certainly plays a huge factor in a team’s record, but when over two-thirds of their roster improves, is saying that team will lose 10 more games logical?

I think not. Much of the Brooklyn fan base is behind me on that one.

Bleacher Report’s Thomas Duffy predicts the Nets to finish 7th in the conference with a 46-36 record, which is closer to what fans would forecast. However, a 46-win 7th seed in the East is giving the conference more credit than it deserves, holding it to Western Conference standards. For comparison, last year's 7th-seed, the Charlotte Bobcats, won just 43 games.

Only time will tell. What do you think?

Nets will open season in…

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

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According to a report from NetsDaily, the Nets will open up the 2014-15 regular season in Boston against the Boston Celtics on October 29th.

Following that, they will play another game on the road and then return home on November 3rd to host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. You can certainly expect former Nets owner and current Kevin Durant representative Jay-Z to attend.

Reports are that the Nets will not play on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve for a third straight season, though a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinee is expected between the Knicks and Nets at Madison Square Garden.

The full regular season schedule is set to release Wednesday night at 6 PM EST on NBA TV.

 

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.

 

Markel Brown

Markel Brown (AP)

On Monday, the Nets announced that rookie guard Markel Brown sustained a non-displaced fracture in the fourth metacarpal bone of his right hand during a workout in Las Vegas. He’ll be out 4-6 weeks in a cast, and should be back for training camp.

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via Shake Shack official release

via Shake Shack official release

In February of 2013, we noted a glorious, incredible story about a mystical creature landing near Brooklyn's Barclays Center: a Shake Shack was destined to open right across the street, scheduled for autumn of that year.

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THE PAST AND THE FUTURE AND THE *croaks*

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Monday afternoon, ESPN released its Summer Forecast of the NBA’s Eastern Conference ranking the Brooklyn Nets as the eighth seed. The forecast record was not any better at 39-43.

Each year, ESPN’s Forecast sets off a series of contentious debates among local fan bases, and sure enough, Brooklyn Nets fans are irritated by the ranking:


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Brooklyn Nets rookie Markel Brown took over the Nets official Twitter account to answer some fan questions this weekend. As Brown is most known for his dunks, most questions were about his high-flying prowess.

The question on most minds: could Brown join in on the All-Star Weekend Sprite Slam Dunk contest, scheduled to take place at Barclays Center this year?
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