That's new Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack, accidentally(?) bringing new a new wrinkle to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If only we were all so fortunate to have somewhere to land.

 

-   Members of Team USA continued to praise Mason Plumlee, but it was Coach Tom Thibodeau who compared Plumlee to future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reported Thibodeau saying, “He's a great communicator. You see that he sees things early. He’s a multiple-effort guy. That’s what Kevin [Garnett] is, and any time a young guy has an opportunity to be around a guy like Kevin, it’s very beneficial. “Kevin is a great player and just the way Mason developed last season, I thought he had a great year and I think it’s carrying over into the summer. He’s a guy that plays with a lot of confidence.” 

-   Mirza Teletovic likes his Turkish coffee strong and thinks American food is fast and high caloric. NetsDaily was able to translate an interview of Mirza, where the Nets forward talks about everything from life in the States to his charity work with children.

-   In case anyone missed it, ex-Net Andray Blatche led the Philippines with 33 points and 17 rebounds in a game against Angola. Apparently he's fallen in love with the 3, something Nets fans wouldn't be too surprised to hear. This was courtesy of Smart Gilas Basketball, your one stop shop for all of your Filipino basketball needs.

-   Bontemps just keeps bringing the good news for Nets fans, reporting that Brook is out of a walking boot and began running a little over a week ago.

-   Scott Howard-Cooper of Hang Time Blog called the Nets vs. Bucks game on November 19th in Brooklyn one of the top ten most intriguing games this season. 

-   Here's Marquis Teague doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

 

 

 



The theme of this pod is "If You Were Commissioner For A Day." Basically, if you could change one thing about basketball, the NBA or the Nets, what would you do. You can tweet at us @bkglueguys or comment below for what you would do. Thanks for listening as always.

Rundown:
TGG starts with some chit-chat about splicing animal genes into our own (among other things) then Nets News Nuggets
(13:00) Jack's Jersey Number: How do we feel about the #0
(17:10) Brook's Weight Loss: What would be a successful season for Brook
(22:45) Plums Team USA Experience and Hollins Big-Man Rotation.
(35:30) If you were commissioner for a day, topics include: L.E.D. Basketball Courts, Relegation, 5-Boro Mascots, the Mid-level Cumulative Continuity Bonus, and a Referee Command Center.

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-   Mason Plumlee failed to see court time for Team USA in last night’s blowout exhibition against the Dominican Republic. Still, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York reports that Plumlee remains confident he can make the final USA Roster.

-  A few of Brooklyn’s European players fared much better last night. Nets Daily took a look at Sergey Karasev and Bojan Bogdonavic’s double-digit (and quite efficient) scoring performances in FIBA play.

-  Another hat tip to Mazzeo who had a few questions for a slimmed down Brook Lopez who appears to be healthy and ready for the regular season.

-   AM New York reports that Hollins may lift a minutes restriction on veterans like Kevin Garnett. You may not want to sit the kids courtside at Barclays this year.

-  Andy Vazquez of The Bergen Record wrote that whether he makes the team or not, Plumlee  certainly stands to benefit from his summer school session with Team USA.

- Nets individual game tickets are now on sale.

 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers engineered a trade this summer with the Nets that gave them the cap space to re-sign forward LeBron James to a maximum contract, shedding Jarrett Jack's $6.3 million salary. To facilitate the deal, the Cavaliers also sent the Nets 20-year-old Russian prospect Sergey Karasev, who the Nets coveted in the draft but went a few picks early.

Karasev isn't a high-profile athlete, so we haven't heard much from him since the trade. But Alexander Chernykh of Rush'n Hoops translated an interview with Karasev with Nikolay Mysin of Sovetsky Sport, which touched on Karasev's new role, new team, and new apartment.
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The USA Men's National Basketball Team made its practice rounds in the Brooklyn Nets facility in Rutherford Tuesday, with the team posting the above Vine of Mason Plumlee hitting two non-successive jumpers in a facility he's assuredly comfortable in. (Granted, he'll only practice there for one more year: the team's moving to a fancy facility in Brooklyn after the 2014-15 season.)

The team will play two games at Madison Square Garden this week, both exhibitions: vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and Puerto Rico on Friday. The team's final cuts could come as soon as Thursday. The team has an exhibition in Spain next Tuesday, and they wouldn't bring any players they weren't planning on keeping.

Anyway, these shots are boring. BRING ON THE DUNKS!

Plumlee's competing with Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins for a center spot as Anthony Davis's backup. There are rumors that Plumlee's curried favor with USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who Plumlee played under for four years at Duke. We'll know soon whether Plumlee's commitment to dunks and more dunks will win him a spot over the more talented but mercurial Cousins.

RELATED: Why Mason Plumlee Over DeMarcus Cousins Makes Sense (For Basketball Reasons)

 

That's Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark pouring a bucket of ice water on himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised over $13 million for ALS according to ALS Association.

Billy, Lionel: you're next.

Share a Coke with… Brook Lopez

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

Brook Lopez, Carlos Boozer

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Back from his adventures in Moscow, Brook Lopez is continuing his pursuit to maximize his free time in the offseason by giving back to the community.
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Brooklyn Nets rookie Markel Brown accepted a nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge through Instagram, pouring a bucket of ice water over his head and nominating three of his friends to either take the challenge or donate to ALS research.

You might notice one big thing: Brown's not wearing a cast:
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Jarrett Jack to wear #….

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Alex Mazer Comments

 

According to Jarrett Jack himself, he will wear the number 0 for the upcoming 2014-15 season with the Nets.

Jarrett Jack in his new Nets jersey (BKNFC)

In his prior days, Jack wore #1 with the Blazers, Pacers, Raptors, and Cavaliers, and #2 with the Hornets (New Orleans) and Warriors.