Nets Try to Stun the 76ers on Tuesday Night

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Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers Time: 7:30 PM EST  Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Watch: YES Network, CSN Philly, Fox Sports GO  Listen: WCBS 880 AM The Brooklyn Nets have had a solid March. They hold a 7-8 record for the month – it may not be a Miami Heat-level change, but the Nets have improved. That […]

Nets riding high before showdown against the Atlanta Hawks

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Time: 7:30 PM Location: Phillips Arena Watch: YES Network Listen:: 660 AM, 101.9 FM How about those Nets?! The Nets dropped 122 points on the Memphis Grizzlies in a 122-109 victory Monday in game six of their eight-game road trip. That was an example of what could’ve been this season with a healthy Jeremy Lin […]

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 […]

The Struggles Continue: Nets’ 4th Quarter Woes, Part II

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The Struggles Continue: Nets’ 4th Quarter Woes, Part II The Brooklyn Nets face new struggles every game. Just a few days ago, I documented two games where the Nets had victory slip away from them. But now, The Struggles Strike Back (Again.) This past week, in particular, Nets fans have gone through an emotional roller […]

Before the Super Bowl, catch the Nets in a divisional matinee against the Raptors

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Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time : 12:00 PM EST Location: Barclays Center TV: YES Network Radio: WFAN It’s funny how so close can seem so far… The Brooklyn Nets have led in the fourth quarters of both of its previous games to the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, but, of course, both ended with the […]

Animal Wranglers: Nets must tame a wild KAT in cold Minnesota

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Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves Time: 9:00 PM EST Location: Target Center Where to Watch: YES Network/Fox Sports Go Listen: 101.9FM//WFAN 660 AM The Brooklyn Nets will look to snap a four-game losing streak as they travel to take on Karl Anthony-Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite being shorthanded, the Nets played spirited basketball against the defending […]

First place Cavaliers take on last place Nets

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First Place Cavaliers Take On Last Place Nets Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers Location: Barclays Center Time: 7:30 PM EST Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM, 660AM In a classic best versus worst scenario, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take their talented lineup to the Barclays Center in hopes of continuing their hot streak, particularly so following […]

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. […]

Nets shorthanded in Indiana and looking for fifth win

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Nets shorthanded in Indiana and looking for fifth win Opponent: Indiana Pacers Time: 8:00pm EST Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse Watch: Yes Network/Fox Sports Go Listen: Wfan 660AM 101.9FM Things are not great in Brooklyn right now as they are losers of five-straight and have allowed north of 110 points in each of those games. Curry […]

Straining Issues: The Problem With Jeremy Lin’s Hamstring

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Straining Issues: The Problem With Jeremy Lin’s Hamstring First and foremost, the Brooklyn Nets dearly miss Jeremy Lin, that much is clear. The summer starlet will miss his eighth-straight game this afternoon, officially spilling over the initial two-week prognosis he was given after straining his hamstring on November 2nd against the Detroit Pistons. Understandably, supporters have […]

On and off the court, Jeremy Lin is the right leader for the Nets

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On and off the court, Jeremy Lin is the right leader for the Nets The Brooklyn Nets are 4-5. Four wins. Five losses. In their five defeats, the margin has been by five points or less in three of them — including a buzzer-beating loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a […]

Nets look to go streaking on second night of back-to-back against the Bucks

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Nets look to go streaking on second night of back-to-back against the Bucks Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center Time: 8:00 EST Watch: Yes Network/Fox Sports go Listen: 660 AM WFAN 101.9 FM Spirits are high for the Brooklyn Nets following their first official win under head coach Kenny Atkinson, as well as their […]