Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

The Brooklyn Nets' current talent only goes so far. (AP)

A league-best won-loss turnaround only goes so far. The Brooklyn Nets ranked just 21st out of 30 NBA teams in ESPN's annual "Future Power Rankings," (Insider) with a Future Power Rating of 541, down seven spots from last year's ranking. They rank just one spot ahead of the Orlando Magic, the team that finished the season with the worst record in basketball.

The Future Power Rankings assess five separate markers of success -- "Players," "Management," "Money," "Market," and "Draft," weigh the importance of each (Players matter much more than any other designation), and rank each team based on how well they're set up for the future in each category.... MORE →

 

ESPN.

The New York Daily News reports that former Brooklyn Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo has been hired by ESPN to work as a studio analyst for the 2013 playoffs and fill the void that was left when Flip Saunders was hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves to become their President of Basketball Operations.

Says Carlesimo:

“The conversations have been let’s do the playoffs,” Carlesimo said. “Then we’ll sit down and talk about the future.”

"I’ve got to look at both options. But the likelihood is that I’ll be broadcasting next year,” Carlesimo. “I’m looking at broadcasting as what I’m going to do moving forward."

Carlesimo's experience with broadcasting includes stints with NBC Sports, Spurs television, FOX Sports West, and ESPN Radio.

Similar to Avery Johnson after he was let go by the Mavericks in 2008, it is likely that Carlesimo hopes the ESPN gig will keep his name afloat in the event that any coaching positions become available in the future.

"I have enjoyed television and radio way more than I thought when I first started,” Carlesimo said. “But if I told you it is the same as coaching I would be lying."

Carlesimo was released by the Nets following the team's Game 7 loss to the Chicago Bulls on May 5th.

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The Nets haven't reached out to Phil Jackson... yet. (AP)

One day after firing Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, General Manager Billy King went on Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith's radio show on ESPN 98.7 FM to discuss the disappointing Game 7 loss to Chicago, the Nets vacant coaching position and off-season roster moves.
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Brook Lopez, Deron Williams

Brook Lopez, Deron Williams (AP)

Brooklyn Nets franchise point guard Deron Williams clocked in at #17 and All-Star center Brook Lopez came in at #26 on ESPN's #NBARank, ranking the 30 best players in the NBA. Williams had a total score of 7.95, placing him below Golden State Warriors sharp shooter Stephen Curry and in front of the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh. Lopez's score of 7.53 landed him one spot behind Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and directly in front of injured Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who was taken five spots ahead of Lopez in the 2008 NBA draft. In a poll on The Brooklyn Game earlier this season, Brook Lopez was far and away voted the team's MVP.... MORE →

 

In the follow-up to a comprehensive, brilliant piece by Zach Lowe of Grantland on the data gleaned from optical tracking SportVU cameras and analyzed by the Toronto Raptors analytics department, the Brooklyn Nets get an ignominious mention, after the cameras analyzed how effectively (or ineffectively) Brooklyn uses its pick-and-rolls:... MORE →

 

The Brooklyn Nets are one game back from the New York Knicks for the lead in the Atlantic Division with 15 games left on the schedule, but what's their shot at winning the division outright?... MORE →

 

Gerald Wallace, Brook LopezLeBron James. Dwyane Wade. Chris Paul. Kevin Durant. Brook Lopez?

Maybe not so far-fetched.

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