The Right Way of Building the Nets

Billy King (AP)

They say you can’t rebuild here, as New Yorkers demand instant results and a winner. They don’t have the patience to endure a potentially long and painful process. It’s not that they want it now, but yesterday. This misconception has been plaguing New York sports teams for what seems like an eternity. It’s a big […]

So what have we learned?


If you hadn’t noticed the dramatic shift in approach from the last few offseasons to this one, Mikhail Prokhorov put a bow on it during his video message to Nets fans last week. 
For those who missed it, the Nets’ Russian billionaire owner, the same guy who said that the team would win a title […]

Can Rondae Hollis-Jefferson bring personality — and defense — back to Brooklyn?


It’s been quite some time since the Nets have had an emotional leader with a big on-court impact. Gerald Wallace was supposed to be that guy, but the mileage on his body led to the precipitous decline in his production. Paul Pierce was that player, but his brief, late-career stint in Brooklyn limited his mark […]

Answering the big Nets questions following the NBA Draft

Nets fans celebrate after the team selected Chris McCullough with the 29th pick. (AP)

Trying to answer six of the biggest questions for the Nets following the 2015 NBA Draft.

Roundtable: Where Do The Nets Go From Here?

Stats: 80 GP, 34.9 MIN, 14.4 PTS, 3.7 AST, 4.8 REB, 0.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, 1.7 TOV, .435 FG%, .359 3P%, .801 FT%, 103.6 ORtg, 106.2 DRtg

Analysis: Steady, never speedy, strong, never bruising, talented, never unstoppable. Joe Johnson is a symbol that stands for everything you know for certain about this Nets team -- which is very little. He was your morning coffee cup, the view outside your window. Unlike the rest of the roster, he was always there, and rarely deviated from his norm.

There was one major change. After two seasons as the team's stalwart with the game on the line, Johnson hit no game-winning shots this season, taking a back-seat to Jarrett Jack and acting more as a decoy than a dominator. Fittingly, his best play in crunch time this season was a pass to Jack. He only "took over" one game -- the second of the season in Detroit, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter to propel the Nets to victory. He did not score more than 27 points in any other game this season.

But beyond that, Johnson was largely the same player he's always been. He hit open three-pointers. He created shots for himself and others out of isolations and post-ups. He was an underrated passer -- my favorite game of his might have been March 28 against the Cavaliers, when he dished out nine assists to eight different teammates. He defended enough to get by and focus on the offensive side of the ball. 

But Johnson's best was only so good. In a tragic twist, he was ultimately done in by his former Atlanta Hawks, who built their Eastern Conference juggernaut out of the flexibility they got following his departure.

Johnson dealt with numerous bumps and bruises throughout the season, which contributed to a mid-March slump. But he still found a way to run well over 200 miles in the regular season and the playoffs, far more than any other Nets player.

Johnson may have played his final game in a Nets uniform. He knows the end in Brooklyn is nigh: no one is safe from this offseason's potential purge, and Johnson's giant expiring contract and diverse offensive game will have some teams calling. If another team picks him up, at least they know what they're getting.

Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets’ win total has dwindled each year. add in Deron Williams’ stumbles, the drama surrounding Mikhail Prokhorov and Brook Lopez’s potential free agency and you’ve got a super important summer for the franchise. The Brooklyn Game tackled the hard-hitting questions that will define the Nets this summer and for many years […]

Nets and Celtics face off in pivotal game in Brooklyn

Figure out this Nets team yet? After losing five straight games, the Nets (29-39) have won four out their last five to put them just a game behind the Charlotte Hornets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. For a team that has looked beaten and fatigued on numerous occasions in […]

Former Nets coach Avery Johnson: “Disappointed I couldn’t see it through to the very end”

Former Nets coach Avery Johnson said he has no regrets about what happened in Brooklyn two years ago, but admits he wishes he had more time with the roster in a podcast recorded with Grantland’s Jalen Rose. The 37-minute podcast, which details various points in Johnson’s career, only spends one question on Johnson’s two-plus years […]

Are the Nets “non-believers” in analytics?

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will happen this weekend in Boston, and the Nets — along with every other NBA team, sans the Los Angeles Lakers — will have executives in attendance, as they have in previous years. But does that mean they’re believers in the powers of analytics? Not necessarily. ESPN ranked every […]

Nets Coaches: Would You Do It Over?

We’re looking back at the series of major decisions that led to the current state of the Nets, and asking you: if you could go back, would you do it again?

These will come in (mostly) reverse chronological order. Today, we cover the coaching carousel, looking at who’s had a shot with the Nets.

Joe Johnson: Would You Do It Over?

This week, we’re looking back at the series of major decisions that led to the current state of the Nets, and asking you: if you could go back, would you do it again? These will come in (mostly) reverse chronological order. Today, we continue with the Nets deciding to trade for Joe Johnson. The story: […]