See that video above? That's Jarrett Jack dropping 31 points and 10 dimes against the New York Knicks last season, Brooklyn's cross-town rival. Watch the video, it's a great game: Jack's scurrying around screens into the lane, setting up teammates for jumpers and layups all over the floor, and doesn't really get going from the floor until the second half, when he does to the Knicks defense what most teams did.

It was a great game, and his season high in scoring. His career high? 33 points, back in the 2008-2009 season, against... the New York Knicks. Both of those games came on the road in Madison Square Garden.

It's not just those two games: in 23 games against the Knicks, Jack has averaged 12.8 points per game, his highest against any opponent in the league.

Jack averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.8 assists in 28.2 minutes per game last season with the Cavaliers, making 31 starts in 80 games. The Nets could very easily start Jack in a two-point lineup next to Deron Williams this season, not unlike what they did with Shaun Livingston in the calendar year 2014.

This season should be fun!


Above are some highlights of "the other guy" in this deal: new Nets wing Sergey Karasev, who the Nets wanted to draft in last year's draft before he was taken by the Cavaliers with the 19th overall pick. Above is him breaking the D-League in half!

Okay, so he's not exactly tearing through the league: he can barely get off the floor and only averaged 13.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in 18 D-League games with the Canton Charge. But: he's a lefty shooter, which is the best kind of shooter, and hit three-pointers at a near 40 percent clip. He's young and has real talent, which makes him a "get" in this deal.

Like Lionel Hollins said Monday morning: you can never have too many shooters.


Jarrett Jack, Gary Neal

The Nets have acquired Jarrett Jack. (AP)

The Nets are on the verge of acquiring Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack and forward Sergey Karasev in a three-team deal that would send away Nets guard Marcus Thornton, according to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN.
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The Brooklyn Nets have given former head coach and new Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd the permission to speak with Nets assistant coach Joe Prunty, according to a report by David Aldridge of TNT:

Prunty was invited to join the Nets staff by Kidd when Kidd was hired as one of his "all-star" cast of assistants led by Lawrence Frank. He has been an assistant in the NBA since 2002, in stints with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks (where he coached Kidd), Portland Trail Blazers, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Prunty also coached the team for the first two games of the season as Kidd served his suspension for a DUI.

It's already expected that Kidd will bring along assistants Eric Hughes and Sean Sweeney, though it seems that Lawrence Frank won't be going anywhere.

There's no official word yet on Lionel Hollins's staff, and we may not get confirmation on it for some time. Nets GM Billy King said Monday that getting the assistants isn't something that needs to be done right away. Hollins added that he's already reached out to some people who have declined. We'll wait and see what happens.

Prunty is not with the Nets in Orlando during Summer League: as Aldridge mentioned, Prunty is also the head coach of the Great Britain men's national basketball team, which is why he's not with the team. "He wanted to go down (to Orlando) but I said, "look, spend time with your family, get ready, because you're going to be gone on the road for like six weeks," King said.


Paul Pierce doesn't seem to be sweating free agency too much. While the Nets and Los Angeles Clippers fight over Pierce's services -- either show me the money or show me Doc Rivers -- Pierce is in Las Vegas playing at the World Series of Poker:

Seems like Pierce had a pretty good day: he later said he won $60,000 in chips on day one.

It's worth noting that he didn't actually win $60,000 -- he won $60,000 in chips at the tournament. But if Pierce has enough good days, maybe he'll be able to come down from his asking price of $9-10 million.


Kyle Lowry, Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets and Paul Pierce still stand apart financially on a deal that would bring Pierce back to Brooklyn, according to a report from ESPN New York:
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Lionel Hollins (AP)

New Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins released a statement through the team about his new gig and the challenges he faces:
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We actually had a close Summer League game! ... Almost.

After one good blowout and one bad blowout, the Brooklyn Nets summer squad played mostly even with the Oklahoma City Thunder, before a barrage of three-pointers from Thunder guard Mario Little started a run that the Nets couldn't overcome and sent them to a 98-84 loss Monday night.

The Nets won the first quarter, giving them one point in the Summer League standings. The Thunder won the second, third, and fourth quarters, giving them seven points. Both the Nets and Thunder are now 1-2 in Orlando Summer League.

As usual: we take nothing predictive from these games. They're barely controlled chaos at a D-League level with YMCA-esque organization. We're basically watching But here's some instant reflections & reactions:

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Kevin Durant, Gasper Vidmar, Bojan Bogdanovic

Bogdanovic helping up Kevin Durant in a 2013 exhibition. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets will agree to terms on a three-year deal worth the taxpayer mid-level exception for Bojan Bogdanovic, according to Ohm Youngmusik of ESPN.
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The scene on the jumbotron looked oddly familiar.

The scene on the jumbotron looked oddly familiar, but little else did.

It was much more a press conference than it was a celebration. The remnants of the past season were still there: "HELLO COACH!" stuck around as the mantra, and Barclays Center's oculus sported an enormous picture of Lionel Hollins, the new Brooklyn Nets head coach. But the welcoming was media-only and occurred in the interview room down in Barclays Center's basement, not in the atrium entrance with fans and streamers. There was no applause when he walked out. This wasn't a welcome "home" like last season, this was purely an introduction.

Some at the press conference in the organization privately joked that the Nets coach introduction was becoming an annual event. But they did their best to fix the little things, in the hopes that they wouldn't do this again next year. First-time coach? Nope. History with the franchise? None. Power-hungry point guard? Pass (figuratively speaking). Instead, they went back to the guy with a track record for motivating players.

"When I look at this team, I look at some veteran players that can score and some young guys that are coming up that need to be developed," Hollins said. "When we start talking about style, I need to sit down and see from watching tape, just exactly what we're going to do."

Hollins brings a 214-201 lifetime record after three separate stints coaching the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies. He's an old-school coach, who talks more about Cotton Fitzsimmons and being an empty nester than analytics or new trends. He says he received over 150 text messages on the day the hiring was announced. "I don't know how many of you have my cell number, but best bet it will be changed," he joked.

The process went rapidly. Hollins met with general manager Billy King and assistant GM's Bobby Marks and Frank Zanin twice, for dinner on June 30th and lunch the next day. The first meeting was more about "getting to know each other," and Tuesday they got into the brass tacks: X's and O's and strategies for how Hollins would best implement a system with this roster. By the end of the day Wednesday, the two sides had a multi-year agreement in principle to make Hollins the new coach.

"Just watching him on the board -- you can run this for Brook Lopez, or you could do this with Deron. Or how would you play pick-and-roll on this?" King said. "When you threw questions at him, he had answers."

"I'm here to try to develop a consistent championship contender," Hollins added.

Consistency and stability are desperately needed in the Nets coaching ranks: they've had three coaches in the last two seasons, including interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Hollins replaces Jason Kidd, who coached the Nets to a 44-38 record and a second-round exit before leaving to coach the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd, whose jersey hangs in the rafters after his exploits as a player helped the Nets reach back-to-back NBA Finals, reportedly sought more power in the Nets organization, usurping Billy King's role overseeing basketball operations, and was denied by the front office.

Hollins, perhaps unintentionally, threw one subtle jab in Kidd's direction. "I'm a basketball coach. I don't want to to Billy's job," Hollins said. "I don't want to do anyone else's job in the organization but the one that I'm hired to do. And that's important to me. I'm very low maintenance."

"I'm actually embarrassed. I drove up and saw the big billboard with my picture on it, I'm like, come on. I just want to coach."

King had put Hollins high on his list already after interviewing him last season. He spoke with Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, as well as owner Jerry West, who both gave him high recommendations. After speaking with Hollins, it didn't take long before he was convinced.

"The one thing that always stood out about Lionel is his teams, they win," King said. "When Rudy Gay got hurt, they won. When Zach got hurt, they won. It reminds me a bit of (Chicago Bulls coach Tom) Thibodeau, that no matter who's playing, they played a certain way. When we played Memphis, we knew it was going to be a dogfight."

Hollins didn't start off as a winner. He was fired multiple times in Memphis, and didn't record a winning record in his first three seasons coaching the team. But his teams in Memphis had a better winning percentage in every season Hollins coached, including the two best winning percentages in Grizzlies franchise history, before Hollins was let go following a 56-26 season.

So gone were the pomp and circumstance of a year prior, but the message was the same: they're looking to build a championship contender from day one, under a coach they trust to get the job done.

More notes:

  • No update on the status of Bojan Bogdanovic or Paul Pierce. The Nets acquired Bogdanovic during the 2011 NBA Draft and can offer him the taxpayer mid-level exception, which they reportedly did last season before getting Andrei Kirilenko on board. Bogdanovic is a free agent and would not need to opt out of an overseas contract. King & Hollins also watched film of Bogdanovic during their meeting last week. The Nets have a financial advantage with re-signing Pierce, but it's not clear if they're willing to pay the excess tax.

  • Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, who both recently had surgery, are progressing as usual. Lopez is doing non-contact workouts.

  • There is no timetable for figuring out Hollins's staff. He has already gotten a few no's.


The Brooklyn Nets introduced Lionel Hollins as their new head coach today at a press conference in the Ortsbo Interview Room at Barclays Center. Here's a snippet from his statements, on what to expect going forward from the Hollins-led team.