Good morning! I know you’ve been asleep for a while. A lot has happened since you fell into a coma shortly after the buzzer sounded after the Nets lost Game 5 to the Heat. Germany won the World Cup. Conflict escalated in the Middle East.

Today is Nets Media Day, marking the metaphorical ringing of the bell on Wall Street to kick off the day (season) of trading (...trading). Or, at the very least, the ringing alarm that wakes up the stockbrokers and gets them ready to perform.

While you re-calibrate your brain to adjust to the passage of time, here's a recap of the Brooklyn Nets offseason:
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The highest-rated Nets player in NBA 2K15. (AP)

The highest-rated Nets player in NBA 2K15. (AP)

NBA 2K has rolled out most of its official ratings for players in NBA 2K15, and once they hit the top 30, they'd listed every Nets player on a guaranteed contract, from the 32nd-ranked Deron Williams (rated 85) to 417th-ranked Sergey Karasev (66).

Full list below:
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Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez


The Brooklyn Nets officially announced their 2014-2015 training camp roster today. An asterisk means the player has a non-guaranteed deal, and is fighting for one of the two remaining roster spots.
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Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson (AP)

Slam Magazine is counting down their annual top 50 NBA Players, and coming in at number 45 is none other than Brooklyn’s $23 million religious trailblazer, seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson.
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Lawrence Frank, Nets Reach Buyout

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Ryan Carbain Comments


Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank

Nets ex-coaches (AP)

Daily reports, the last vestiges of a turbulent Jason Kidd era, will no longer be filed in Brooklyn.
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Nets sign Willie Reed

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments


The Brooklyn Nets have signed Willie Reed to participate in their training camp, the team announced today. Signing Reed brings camp to 17 participants, with four players fighting for two spots.

A 6'10" forward-center, Reed spent most of last season in the NBA's D-League, splitting 49 games between the ex-Nets affiliate Springfield Armor and the Reno Bighorns and averaging 14.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. The season prior, Reed earned All D-League Honorable Mention with the Armor. The Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings both called Reed up to the NBA, but he has yet to play in an NBA game.

Reed played two years at St. Louis, averaging 12.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game in his second year. He declared for the NBA Draft in 2011 and went undrafted.

Reed will compete with Nets rookie Cory Jefferson, wandering center Jerome Jordan, and point guard Jorge Gutierrez for one of the two final spots on the Nets roster.


Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins (AP)

It's been a busy couple of months for new Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins, and CBS's James Herbert has a chance to talk to him -- pretty early in the morning, as it turns out -- about how he's adjusted to his life coaching again.

There's a bunch of interesting tidbits in the interview, but one in particular, if you're interested in how the Nets will look under Hollins next season:
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Brook Lopez, Deron Williams

Brook Lopez, Deron Williams (AP)

If you believe Brook Lopez, then Brook Lopez is doing just fine. Lopez teamed up with Keke Palmer for an nutrition education program in Harlem, teaching kids proper nutritional values in a Back-To-School program.

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York caught up with Lopez at the event, who's been fully cleared for basketball activities after breaking his foot last December. Lopez says he's been playing five-on-five scrimmages for two days now and feels "no problems... I feel great out there":

“It was great,” Lopez said Tuesday at a community event in Harlem. “I got my second day of five-on-five in today. It’s been going well. It feels good to be back out there with the guys. Everyone’s been out there, and everyone looks good. It’s been good seeing Mase [Mason Plumlee] out there being vocal, doing his thing and seeing how much he learned over the summer [playing with Team USA].”

As Lopez eases his way back into playing form, patience is going to be important. Nets GM Billy King told reporters Monday that the 26-year-old All-Star would likely not be participating in both sessions of two-a-day practices at the start of training camp (Day 1 is Saturday).

“It’s tough,” Lopez said. “Timmy [trainer Tim Walsh] yanked me after three games yesterday. I wasn’t happy about it. I played five or six today. I’m getting back into it. I’ll comply. I was difficult yesterday. I wasn’t happy to be pulled early, but I understand where it’s coming from. It’s just I understand it’ll take a while, I have to be patient. I’ve been patient since January already, so what’s another few weeks.”

Via ESPN New York -- Lopez plays five-on-five; impressed by teammates

Lopez's health may be the biggest question mark facing a team chock full of them. After fracturing a bone in his foot in the fourth quarter of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lopez played the rest of the game -- including a five-minute overtime -- and was ruled out for the season the next day. The particular bone has been a problem for Lopez for the last few years, and doctors realigned his foot in a special surgery designed to lessen pressure on the side of his foot.

Lopez has always been an offensive juggernaut. "Losing Brook, that's 20 points right there," teammate Deron Williams said at his charity dodgeball tournament in September of Lopez's offensive skill. But Lopez has tried to make defensive strides in recent years, and it'll be a primary goal for coach Lionel Hollins, a defensive-minded motivator who built league-best defenses around center Marc Gasol. Lopez was an improved defender near the rim, but struggled when he was brought out of the paint.

"I think it just takes being vocal, and then working on my lateral quickness," Lopez told ESPN New York. "But the most important thing is our team defense. Obviously you’re only as strong as your weakest link -- we have a lot of guys that are great defenders and great team defenders -- and I hope to learn from them. I was learning from (Kevin Garnett) last season, and even as I sat on the sideline last season I watched him play, so I expect to learn from him and guys like (Andrei Kirilenko) more and more.”

The Nets have media day on Friday, September 26th, and begin training camp the day after until October 6th. Their first preseason game comes against Maccabi Tel Aviv on October 7th in Barclays Center.


Sleeve patch (Brooklyn Nets)

Sleeve patch (Brooklyn Nets)

The Brooklyn Nets will co-host the NBA All-Star Game with the New York Knicks this upcoming season, and the Nets announced a few initiatives in conjunction with the All-Star game, including a new uniform patch worn in the games leading up to All-Star Weekend and a logo at the baselines of the court at Barclays Center. The uniform patch will go on the right side of the chest.

Per their deal with the Knicks, Barclays Center hosts the "pre-game" events, like the Rising Stars Challenge, Slam Dunk Contest, and the Three-Point Shootout, while Madison Square Garden hosts the actual All-Star Game on Sunday night.

Along with the aesthetic designs, the Nets will also host specialized events leading up to All-Star Weekend, including an indoor cycling class by "SoulCycle."


The B2 tower behind Barclays Center in May. It will be unfinished indefinitely. (AP)

The B2 tower behind Barclays Center in May. It will be unfinished indefinitely. (AP)

Skanska USA Building, the company licensed by Forest City Ratner to construct modular affordable housing behind Barclays Center, has terminated its agreement with FCRC, citing "material breaches" and millions in extra costs, leaving the B2 tower connected to Barclays Center unfinished indefinitely, the company announced today.

"Today is an incredibly disappointing day. Our company has a long history of working with our clients through all kinds of challenges so, at the end of the day, we deliver the best product possible to our clients and the communities in which we live and work," Skanska USA Building Co-Chief Operating Officer Richard Kennedy said in a prepared statement.

Forest City Ratner President and CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin called Skanska's tactics "deplorable and disappointing" and will look elsewhere to get the B2 tower's modular housing completed.

“We... have worked tirelessly to get B2 back on track since Skanska blind-sided us by ceasing construction and putting 157 workers on the street last month," Gilmartin said in a statement requested by The Brooklyn Game. "Skanska has responded with inaction and inertia, trying to leverage us financially by stonewalling B2's progress. These are deplorable and disappointing tactics that show remarkable indifference to the wellbeing of these workers and the project."

A source told The Brooklyn Game that a judge today granted a preliminary injunction for the two sides to meet and discuss their business practices, in the hopes that both sides could re-enter negotiations to try to solve their disputes. An injunction that would force Skanska's modular company to re-start was denied. The two companies seem gridlocked, with millions of dollars and jobs separating the two.

"While the B2 project certainly has its issues, we were hopeful that our client and partner would address them so we could move forward with building much-needed affordable housing in Brooklyn," Kennedy added. "But we could not continue to incur millions of dollars in extra costs with little hope that Forest City would take responsibility for fixing the significant commercial and design issues on the project."

Skanska and Forest City currently have pending lawsuits against the other, both filed on September 2nd within 16 minutes of each other.




The Nets had every opportunity to re-sign free agent Paul Pierce. They owned his full Bird rights, meaning that they could sign him for any amount up to the maximum salary, even though they were over the cap and into ludicrous luxury-tax territory. They had the means, in the form of a billionaire owner who'd free-wheeled his way into three players on their maximum contracts.

But in the end, Pierce surprised everyone by inking a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards late on a weekend night, announcing his intentions to make his house closer to the White House on Twitter at 1 AM EST.

So why did Pierce end up going? Why did the Nets decide not to match, or beat, Pierce's offer from the Wizards?
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Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez (AP)

Brook Lopez reportedly dropped 15 pounds this offseason, slimming down for a new shot at staying healthy after playing just 17 games last season before suffering a fractured foot. Now, Lopez is teaming up with actress Keke Palmer to help kids in New York City make better, healthier decisions as they go back to school.

From All Hip Hop:

Palmer and Lopez will take part in a nutrition education summit at Opportunity Charter School. The host of Just Keke and the NBA All-Star will speak to the teens about sports nutrition, super foods, how to avoid diet-related diseases, and more. Students will also get the chance to take a pledge to live healthier by making one healthy choice at a time.

The Change One Thing Back-to-School Tour featuring Keke Palmer and Brook Lopez is scheduled for today, September 23 at 11 am. For more information visit www.foodbanknyc.org.