A Brooklyn Jewish community leader says he was attacked by Pro-Palestine protestors outside of Barclays Center after the Maccabi Tel Aviv-Brooklyn Nets game Tuesday night, breaking his nose and requiring stitches.

From The Forward:

Leonard Petlakh, 42, director of the Kings Bay Y, said protestors shouting “Free Palestine” and “Your people are murderers,” accosted him as he left the game in downtown Brooklyn. One of them struck Petlakh in the face, he said.

“It’s ridiculous,” Petlakh told The Forward. “It’s not about the Middle East, it’s about sports.
Petlakh suffered a broken nose and a cut that required eight stitches after the attack, which he said was being investigated by police as an anti-Semitic hate crime.

Petlakh said he hoped, “vile anti-Semitic hooligans masquerading as anti-Zionists will be caught soon.”

The Daily News reported that the dispute started inside the arena when protesters unfurled a Palestinian flag near Petlakh, who was with his family and friends. The argument continued outside when one member of Petlakh’s group tried to grab the flag, police told the News.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A largely Pro-Maccabi Tel Aviv crowd witnessed the first 2014-2015 preseason win for the Brooklyn Nets, as the Nets crushed the Israeli team 111-94 at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn went out to an early 10-2 run and never trailed, holding off one quick second-quarter spurt by Tel Aviv, who threatened the Nets' second unit with transition points and quick cuts but fell to the talented Nets starters.

The crowd cheered heartily for Tel Aviv all night, with "TEL A-VIV" the most common refrain heard in the arena, and even created some controversy, with one group pulling out a "We Are Brooklyn" banner with the words crossed out. Security quickly removed the banner.

Six Nets scored in double figures, led by Brook Lopez, who scored 20 points on 8-12 shooting in 23 minutes in his first action against a professional team since breaking his foot last December. Lopez looked like his dominant offensive self early, scoring six quick points inside with a spin move in the post, a foul drawn, and a face-up jumper, and continued to score with his brute strength & length alone. He also played deep into the fourth quarter, perhaps a bit deeper than expected.

Deron Williams, who famously struggled with balky ankles last season, also looked fully healthy and quick against Tel Aviv's guards, finishing with 17 points on 7-11 shooting in 28 minutes, hitting his last four shots. Williams looked comfortable dribbling the ball but didn't appear to be playing at full speed, hitting a few mid-range jumpers and only attacking the lane when it was wide open.

Before the game, Lionel Hollins said he'd play his starters more in this first game than in the rest of preseason, and he was true to his word: he didn't make a single substitution until 3:45 had passed in the first quarter. Last year, Kevin Garnett usually didn't play beyond the first four minutes, six at the most. Garnett finished with just over 19 minutes in the game, below his season average last year but above what you'd expect from a preseason game.

Alan Anderson, who played for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in 2009-2010, did not play with a sore abdominal muscle, while non-guaranteed players Jorge Gutierrez, Jerome Jordan, and Willie Reed all did not play.

 

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Joe Johnson on Twitter

Height: 6'7"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Date of Birth: June 29, 1981
Years Pro: 13
Before NBA: University of Arkansas
Drafted: 10th overall, 2001 NBA Draft
Nickname: Joe Jesus, Joe Cool, Armadillo Cowboy
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Joe Johnson is the only Brooklyn Net that matters at this point. He’s really the only Brooklyn Net who’s ever mattered.

Since the Nets entered the borough with the fury, bravado and pedigree of a preschooler determined to spell his name correctly for the first time ever, they’ve been in over their heads (even if they didn’t know it and certainly didn’t act like it). They claimed they were aiming at immortality, but the barrel of the gun has been pointing squarely at mediocrity the entire time. And the dude who’s been successfully pulling the trigger on ordinary for his first two years as a Net, and the rest of his NBA career? Joe Marcus Johnson from Little Rock, Arkansas.

It’s near impossible to say what Joe will do this season or what Joe needs to do this season, because that all depends on how everyone else performs. Joe is the Jenga block holding this entire tower upright. He may not always stand out from the other blocks, but please believe that he is weight-bearing.

No matter what the Nets have needed in Brooklyn to become or remain slightly above average, Joe has delivered. If they were tied with the Pistons at the end of the second overtime and needed a win to impress Jerry Seinfeld (sitting courtside) and enrage Lawrence Frank (coaching the Detroit), Joe was there. If they needed a 10 three-pointers and 29 points in a quarter against the 76ers, Joe was there. If they needed someone to post up the young guys on Toronto in the playoffs and score on nearly every play, Joe was there. If they needed nothing more than like nine points because the rest of the team was playing well, Joe was there, too.

For the first season, all the Nets needed from Joe to become a middling basketball team was a very steady stream of very average basketball. And Joe flooded Brooklyn with average basketball. Most of his stats, both standard and advanced, were his least impressive since his Phoenix days. After having built a career primarily on his scoring ability, he averaged 16.3 points on 42 percent shooting in the inaugural Brooklyn season, his lowest marks since he was a spry 22-year-old in Phoenix. But the Nets won 49 games, so Joe could gaze upon harvest with pride. He had put in another year of honest work for a playoff basketball team. He could smile, close the screen door and head up to bed.

But the following season, the Nets were reeling. Their offseason fireworks weren’t yielding the instant championship caliber team that Mikhail is constantly chasing. And then Brook Lopez broke. By January 2, the Nets had earned a 10-21 record. If they were going to ever reclaim mediocrity, they were going to need a superhero who could yank them back up to the middle. So Joe Johnson asked Jason Kidd for the ball in Oklahoma City with the game tied at 93 with just a few seconds left. He crossed up Serge Ibaka twice, and the rest is history.

What exactly the Nets need from Joe this season is still a bit unclear. The team is, once again, hitching their apple wagon to the health of Deron Williams’s ankles and Lopez’s feet. They are, once again, hoping that a handful of unproven-but-promising young guys and past-their-prime veterans over-perform on the aggregate. Again, the discussion about Joe quickly turns to the rest of the team, but that’s because the guy’s sole directive is to serve the team, to fill in or fall back where needed.

As such, Joe doesn’t get too much time in season previews anymore because Joe isn’t the x-factor. So many previews are about “If player X does this, then…” If Williams can revert back to his Utah days and Beşiktaş nights, then the Nets will win some games. If Lopez can stay on the basketball court, then the Nets will win some games. If Garnett can play enough minutes… If Bojan Bogdanovic’s Paul Pierce impression is good enough… If a bench unit of Jarrett Jack, Andrei Kirilenko, Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson can concoct the type of pandemonium needed from a bench unit… If Mason “You’re the man now” Plumdog Millionaire learned some life lessons while in Spain…

But there aren’t any “ifs” for Joe Johnson. There isn’t any point in writing “If Joe Johnson…” because Joe Johnson doesn’t “if,” Joe Johnson “whens.” And when the season starts, Joe Johnson will be there for the Nets, doing whatever he needs to do, just to make sure they’re okay.

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Posted on: October 7th, 2014 by Benny Nadeau Comments

 

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Alan Anderson on Twitter
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Date of Birth: October 16, 1982
Years Pro: 5
Before NBA: Michigan State University
Drafted: Undrafted
Nickname: A-Squared, Double-A
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Alan Anderson was one of Brooklyn’s biggest mysteries last year, the kind of hot and cold player that perfectly represented the Nets’ tumultuous season.

He filled the final Nets roster spot last offseason, soon transformed into a viable option as a 3 and D off the bench, and ultimately culminated in Anderson starting in Games 6 and 7 in the team's first-round matchup against Toronto, a switch that may have saved the season.

This summer, he returned to the Nets on a two-year contract worth $2.6 million, and may end up being Brooklyn’s incumbent starting small forward if he recovers from an abdominal muscle strain.

Anderson won’t dazzle, but has a funny way of sticking around against all odds. In fact, his career averages of 8.1 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game have taken him halfway around the world, to Italy, Russia, Croatia, China, Spain, and Israel, plus a brief stint in the D-League upon returning to America.

Isn’t every team supposed to have a cagey professional, an unflinching fouler and connoisseur of the three? Didn’t James Posey teach us anything?

Anderson was a small piece of the puzzle; his usage rate of 14.5% for Brooklyn in 2013-2014 ranked him at 256th in the entire NBA, just ahead of Andrei Kirilenko, Martell Webster, Kyle Korver and Andre Iguodala. Of course; different systems mean different game plans – ie, with Curry and Thompson ranking at 28.2 and 20.9, there just aren’t a ton of plays run for Iguodala—but the fact remains that Anderson was more often than not a last option on offense on the floor. That's part of what makes him dangerous; he's no Kyle Korver, but he'll make a defense pay for leaving him. Double team on Lopez? Anderson will hit the corner three. Did the defense collapse on a penetrating Deron Williams? Anderson makes the cut to the basket.

In an odd way, you know exactly what you’re going to get from Alan Anderson: a mixed bag full of highs and lows, everything you’ve never needed and everything you didn’t know you needed. He's old reliable the unreliable. There are few things more frustrating than a possession wasted by his isolated contested jumper, but few things are sweeter than his back-to-back corner threes.

Anderson is duct tape: the old, gritty, classic silver kind. Need a ball handler in a pinch? Anderson. Need someone to check LeBron James? Anderson. Need someone to display an irrational range of confidence? Alan Anderson, at your service. Need someone to do a sketch, comfortably imitating a newscaster while still being 6'6"? You got it.

Unless Bojan Bogdanovic is ready to start, expect to see Anderson in heavy doses. With plenty of scorers in the starting lineup, Anderson’s defensive acumen is well-suited for the defensive-minded Lionel Hollins. Anderson will be asked to do a little bit of everything this season, and he'll answer the call.

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Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Date of Birth: January 29th, 1992
Years Pro: 0
Before NBA: Oklahoma State University
Drafted: 44th overall, 2014 NBA Draft
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After the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Brown with the 44th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Nets nicked Brown's rights for cash considerations, adding the 6'3" senior with a 44-inch vertical to the end of their bench. Considering their depth on the wings, Brown's not expected to play a lot of minutes this season -- he's slated behind Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack at the point guard position, as well as Joe Johnson, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Alan Anderson at shooting guard.

But considering how 22nd overall pick Mason Plumlee emerged out of nowhere as a surprise offensive threat for the Nets almost exclusively based on his athleticism, Brown could sneak into the rotation if he relies on his strengths. Specifically: the fact that he can do this.

And this.

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Same backcourt, just different jerseys. @imarkelbrown22 with the OK State throwback jam during today's rookie photo shoot!

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@imarkelbrown22 has a 43.5" max vertical. Don't believe it? Then watch this monster slam from today's rookie photo shoot!

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Okay, so there's a pretty good chance that Brown won't get a chance to put down one of those last two in a game. But there's something to be said for considerable athleticism in a specialized role -- again, just look at Plumlee's emergence last season -- and if Brown can rely on his bounce and extend his 37.9 percent shooting from the college three-point line to the pros, he'll carve out a niche off Brooklyn's bench.

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The owners of a luxury suite at Barclays Center last year for roughly $1 million is suing Barclays Center for the second time within one year.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Ludwig's Drug Store in Prospect Heights, who claim that arena officials told them that they could make $600,000 return on the suite by reselling the tickets to the suite, but only recouped slightly over $100,000 according to the filed lawsuit accessed by the New York Post.

"We take great exception to the assertion that Ludwig’s would have licensed a suite for the purpose of reselling suite tickets . . . when this . . . is completely contrary to the terms of the suite license," Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum said to the Post in a statement.

Three of the owners at Ludwig's are already in the midst of a lawsuit against Barclays Center, which seeks $4 million in damages for racial discrimination that they allege occurred after they bought the suite.

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Paul Pierce offered a different account of events that led to his signing with the Washington Wizards today while adding in some not-so-lofty expectations for his former team.

In an interview with David Aldridge of NBA.com, Pierce suggested that the Brooklyn Nets did not exactly put out the welcome mat for his return despite The Truth’s willingness to resign with the team.

Truthfully, I thought I was going to end up back in Brooklyn, with Kevin [Garnett]. I told Kevin, if you're not going to retire, then I probably will come back. But when Brooklyn didn't give me an offer, it was like, I talked to him, and I kind of started looking at my options then.

In response to a question about a lack of effort by Brooklyn to work a sign and trade with The Clippers, Pierce again cited his surprise by Brooklyn’s lack of interest and offered more on the team’s expectations this season.

Brooklyn's been, or New Jersey, Brooklyn, they're a franchise that's going in a different direction, I think. They said they wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren't going to be a contender. Right now, they're kind of in the middle right now. And I really didn't want to be in the middle.

Pierce’s account differs quite a bit from General Manager Billy King’s interpretation of events. Late last month King suggested that from the onset of free agency Pierce seemed interested in signing elsewhere. This forced The Nets to pursue another route ultimately signing Euro-stash Bojan Bogdonavic and trading for combo guard Jarret Jack and swingman Sergey Karasev.

Whatever the truth (not Truth) is there is no denying bring back Pierce would’ve cost The Nets far more than the 2 year, $11 million contract he received from the Wizards. Repeater tax provisions included in the last collective bargaining agreement would have cost The Nets $22 million or roughly the same salary as LeBron James.

Costs aside, Pierce’s comments suggest that The Truth may be a little extra motivated when he returns to Barclays on January 17th.

-- David Aldridge, Morning Tip, NBA.com

 

 

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Nets coach Lionel Hollins and point guard Deron Williams spoke with Sirius XM NBA radio hosts Frank Isola and friend of The Brooklyn Game Jerry Stackhouse to talk about the team.
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Hey, so here's some cool footage from Brooklyn Nets practice using the NBA's fancy "Phantom" cams, which allow you to see the game in super-slow motion. There's a lot of Kevin Garnett talking & directing his teammates, some cool action shots of everyone from Joe Johnson to Cory Jefferson, and at least one slow-motion high-five featuring Lionel Hollins.

One thing you don't see in any of the shots: Jason Kidd's retired jersey, which does still hang in the rafters on one of the baseline walls, but doesn't sneak into the background in the footage. But that's probably just a coincidence, given the locations they shot the footage from. (Probably.)

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Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Date of Birth: June 26, 1984
Years Pro: 9
Before NBA: University of Illinois
Drafted: 3rd overall, 2005 NBA Draft
Nickname: D-Will

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The Brooklyn Nets will once again hand the keys to their unquestioned floor general and leader, Deron Williams, as he enters his 10th year as a pro and his third full season with the franchise. But after confidence and durability issues, is Williams still capable of leading the Nets?

That’s the 98 million dollar question.

Williams has been the franchise face since the Nets acquired him from the Utah Jazz on February 11, 2011. At the time of the trade, Williams was an elite player, one of the best point guards in the league. Standing at 6’3” and over 200 pounds, Deron Williams possesses an array of skills in his arsenal that allow him to use his size and agility to beat defenders with a quick cross-over and then square up for a jump-shot. Early in his career as a member of the Jazz, Williams was able to attack the rim at will using his large frame against smaller defenders.

But there's no denying the significant role injuries have played in his diminishing numbers. Williams has spent time on the injured list multiple times in the past three seasons due to an assortment of injuries ranging from his calf, knee, ribs, wrist, and his now-infamous ankles.

Williams has received countless cortisone shots, and underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment designed to ease the discomfort in his ankles. In the offseason, Williams had surgery on both of his troublesome ankles, which Nets officials hope will bolster his production and confidence.

Williams’ long, winding road to redemption will ultimately depend on his ability to recover both physically and mentally. Williams must put behind him the disappointment of last season’s failed experiment, the win-now mentality, the tragic divorce from Jason Kidd, and his aching ankles. With Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce gone, and a new coaching staff led by Lionel Hollins set to take over head coaching responsibilities, Williams must be a major contributor on both sides of the ball.

Williams has attacked the basket less during his time with the Nets, instead he has relied heavily on shots from beyond the three point line. In 64 games played last season, Williams averaged 14.3 points per game with an effective field goal rating of 50.4 percent on three point attempts. Last season, 468 mid-range and three point attempts made up the bulk of Williams’ offense output.

When Williams isn’t looking for his shot, he relies on his court vision and passing abilities to weave the ball past defenders and through to his teammates. Williams averaged 6.1 assists per game last season with an assist rate of 32.8 percent; both were his lowest totals since his rookie season.

Is it too early to write off his return? Is Williams, now 30 years old, relegated to second-tier status in the NBA's point guards? Or will this ankle surgery finally take?

The battle may be tough, but the Nets will ultimately go as far as Deron Williams can lead them.

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