Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position

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Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position March Madness is here! The NCAA’s most profitable (for some) venture has already seen first round action. Brackets have been busted and stocks have and will rise. (Except for Lonzo Ball.) Back in the NBA, teams are gearing for playoff runs and the inevitable the-Warriors-are-in-trouble takes are […]

Nets look to end the losing streak against the post-Boogie Sacramento Kings

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Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings Time: 10:30 PM EST Location: Golden 1 Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM After spending three days off in California, the Brooklyn Nets will continue their eight-game circus road trip on Wednesday, facing the Sacramento Kings. It will be the Nets’ only trip to Sacramento this season, their first […]

New-look Nets look for tenth win in Denver

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Time: 9:00 PM EST Location: Pepsi Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports Go Listen: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM With the NBA trade deadline passing on Thursday, Brooklyn was one of the most active teams, completing two trades to bolster their roster for the rest of the season. The Nets first completed a deal with Washington […]

Nets lower price on Lopez, choosing best deal for Bogdanovic

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by Jaymz Clements


Resolution: Get a fresh cut, take over the world


It’s been a weird 2016 for Swaggy B aka Bojan Bogdanovic. He took Croatia to the Rio Olympic quarterfinals, and led all players in scoring with 25 points per game. Bogdanovic was so hot in Rio that many speculated that this might be year he finally made good on his NBA potential. Under Atkinson, he spent the almost all of 2016 portion of the 2016-2017 season as the Nets' starter… until he was demoted from the starting lineup against Charlotte in Brooklyn’s final home game of the year. In that game, he promptly cruised to 26 points and Brooklyn won -- coincidence?


Oh, also, there was the time in the offseason when he had to escape Turkey as a military coup was taking place. Weird, right? 


Either way, Bojan seemed to solidify his role on Atkinson’s new-look Nets and in December, Bogdanovic averaged 15.1 points per game on 43.6% shooting and, importantly, hoisted five three-pointers a game, making 38.5% of them as well. Even more importantly, his free throw rate has skyrocketed, more than doubling from 1.7 attempts to 3.6 this year. That’s crucial to Bogdanovic's game and his continuing relevance in the NBA as he averaged over 9 FTA per game in Rio. 


So, then, what does Bogdanovic need to wish for in 2017? The easy answer is to focus on capturing some of that Swaggy B Olympic scoring and free-throw-gaining chutzpah. It’d also be nice if he worked on improving as a secondary ball-handler as the Nets have run into plenty of issues without Lin at times, leaning on Bogdanovic hard during the offense-creation -- but those are the obvious answers. 


Doesn’t it feel like a new look might change Swaggy B’s prospects? If there’s one thing holding Bojan back, it’s his hair: a feathery dusting of thinning-brown thatch. It looks like the hair of a Greek shipping scion. It looks like the hair of an accountant who specializes in small business taxation. It looks like the hair of a politician with a past that will come back to haunt him. So… shave it. It’s thinning, so just, y’know, be done with it already.


If Bojan shaved his head and maybe grew his beard out, suddenly he becomes a basketball-playing version of a second-tier henchman Liam Neeson fights in Taken 4... now that's a Swaggy B no-one would ‘eff with. 


So there’s your real resolution, Bojan: shave that bonce. It means a fresh look, a fresh start, a fresh injection of badassery, and no one will ever screw with you again -- well, apart from maybe Liam Neeson.

Nets lower price on Lopez, choosing best deal for Bogdanovic Now that we’re past the DeMarcus Cousins frenzy, it’s about time for rumors on the Brooklyn Nets front to ramp up — and, according to some sources, they are. First, Bojan Bogdanovic’s market has finally begun to heat up, says Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Bogdanovic will […]

Nets look to stop the bleeding against the Sacramento Kings

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Nets look to stop the bleeding against the Sacramento Kings Opponent: Sacramento Kings Time: 6:00pm EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Without a timetable for the return of the Brooklyn Nets’ floor general Jeremy Lin, they’ll continue to rely on their unproven platoon of point guards to steer them out of a demoralizing losing streak. […]

TBG Player Preview 2016-2017: Brook Lopez

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Brook Lopez, center 2015-2016: 33.7 MPG, 20.6 PPG, .511 FG%, 7.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.7 BPG, 2.4 TOV, 73 G Who is Brook Lopez? If you’re a reader of The Brooklyn Game, this player is one that doesn’t need introducing. Or, in an even broader stroke, if you’re a fan of the NBA in general, you’re […]

How Valuable Is Brook Lopez?

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A discussion.

Report: John Calipari wants $120 million to run the Nets

Calipari last coached the Nets in 1999. (AP)

With Lionel Hollins and Billy King out, the Nets may seek to fill two positions with one man: John Calipari. The mutual respect and adoration between Calipari and Nets CEO Brett Yormark is hardly a secret; the two spoke at length about their relationship with ESPN last month, while Hollins was still coaching the team. […]

Hassan Whiteside leads stingy Heat defense into Brooklyn

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Consistency has become elusive for the Brooklyn Nets (7-17) lately after another lackluster performance against the Orlando Magic on Monday night. Done in by poor shooting (38.8 percent), sloppy play (17 turnovers), and non-existent defense (53.9 percent shooting from the Magic), the Nets inevitably fell 105-82 after being outscored 53-37 in the second half. On […]

DRAFT DAY! 5 Predictions For The NBA Draft

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The NBA Draft is usually the best day of the year. At least two trades happen every time that make you go “WHAAA?” and shake your head vigorously to get the cobwebs out. Some team trying to retain their free agent decides to draft a major player at his position, then explain why they’re doing […]