Brooklyn Nets center & first Brooklyn Nets All-Star Brook Lopez released a statement through the Nets about his All-star Selection, the first of his career... MORE →

 

As was feared by the Celtics and many basketball fans around the world, Rajon Rondo has torn his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season. Doris Burke of ESPN/ABC first reported the news during the Celtics-Heat game on ABC.

How is this news Nets related other than the fact that an Atlantic Division contender has lost one of its key players? Rondo was set to be an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference and with the injury, will obviously be sidelined for the game. Now its up to NBA commissioner David Stern to decide who Rondo's replacement will be. That then leaves the door open for a player from the Nets to be chosen. With the near unanimous outcry from fans and media about how Nets center Brook Lopez was one of the biggest snubs this year, it will be interesting to see who Stern chooses to replace Rondo. The Nets also have two backcourt guys in Joe Johnson and Deron Williams who some thought merited consideration for the ASG. Once the replacement is chosen, it is then up to the head coach of the team to decide who starts in place of the injured starter.

After all, a new team in one of the largest markets in the NBA, who is having success this season, has to get at least one all-star to Houston, right?

 

Brook LopezI’ll admit I was once a non-believer. A little less than a decade ago after reading Michael Lewis’ Moneyball and watching the 2003 Boston Red Sox –- with noted statistician Bill James as part of their front office team -– collapse in the playoffs against the New York Yankees, I questioned why there was a contingent of people who follow baseball that were so insistent on moving away from the traditional models we used to judge quality. What was wrong with home runs, RBIs and batting average as the be-all, end-all metric? Don’t even get me started on basketball. How was it possible to take a team game like basketball and develop new metrics to determine who’s better than who?

But I’ve since seen the light, and I firmly believe if others did, rather than focusing on antiquated criteria like points or rebounds per game, or silly perceived intangibles like past reputation, Brook Lopez would have been named an All-Star last night. ... MORE →