The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective

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The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective It’s January 15th, 2017, the Brooklyn Nets are 8-31, and Jeremy Lin has played in just 12 games this season. The Nets are behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conferences but they don’t have the distinction of rolling through the next decade with Ben Simmons and Joel […]

Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn, will receive video tribute tonight

1. Joe Johnson (3 seasons, 231 games) Joe Johnson has been close to very good, and for the Brooklyn Nets, that’s enough to be the best. Throughout injuries and moping and 141 wins and low-impact playoff runs and four coaches and general disappointment, Joe has been the main reason that it’s not that bad here. While his stats have been as pedestrian as his name­—15.5 points on 43% shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals per game—he has been the closest thing to a superstar the Brooklyn Nets have had for the most cumulative minutes. Deron Williams had a few games, Brook Lopez had a few games, Paul Pierce had his moments, Andray Blatche a few quarters. But Joe Johnson looked the part more often than anyone else. He was the most important player in the Brooklyn Nets' only playoff series win to date, where he beat up on Toronto's young wings like an older brother dominating pool basketball on a summer afternoon. He had the stretch of games in January 2014, starting with the OKC nail-biter that kickstarted Jason Kidd’s redemption run and prevented that second season from becoming too much of a disaster. In general, preventing the Nets from completely falling off has been Joe Jesus' main role. And for the most part, he's succeeded. The Brooklyn Nets are the Large Hadron Collider. I’m not sure what their purpose is, but the people involved claim they are important, and catastrophe always seems imminent. But Joe has been standing by, making sure every decimal point is in the right spot and everyone is wearing their safety goggles. Joe also hit a bunch of clutch shots after arriving in Brooklyn, cementing himself as the guy who kept getting the ball at the end of games. This is surely an anachronistic way to measure achievement (and a fairly nihilistic long-term strategy on the court), but it also says something positive about how the team has perceived Joe's talent and nerves. The guy who keeps getting asked to take the most important shots at the end of games is some sort of superlative, whatever that may be. While not the most advanced way of thinking, this gives Joe some "I know it when I see it" level of superstardom. And with the Brooklyn Nets' lack of actual superstardom, degrees matter. Spiritually, Joe Johnson has been the Nets true mascot—even before the Nets shipped the BrooklyKnight off to the big practice gymnasium in the sky. Coming to the Nets, Joe was couched in a stratospheric contract, six All-Star appearances and the promise of being the second half of a blue chip backcourt. This pedigree positioned him as a gaudy piece of Brooklyn's business model, but Joe ain’t gaudy. Despite his garish contract and any brash claims made by the Nets, Joe has been nothing but an efficient, consistent, blue-collar employee of the Brooklyn franchise. And this has been enough to make him the best player in Brooklyn franchise history. -Andrew Gnerre

Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn, will receive video tribute tonight Joe Johnson, who spent the better part of four seasons in black and white, will return to the Barclays Center for the first time as a member of the Utah Jazz. In a classy move, the Brooklyn Nets will honor Johnson with a sweet video […]

The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett

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The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett As far as the eye can see, Anthony Bennett was the perfect risk for the Brooklyn Nets to take on this summer — the former no. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft had bounced around from team to team, and nearly found himself out of the league completely […]

Mikhail Prokhorov to sell minority share in Nets, will remain majority owner

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by Ben Nadeau


Resolution: Stay patient and committed to 2018


The Brooklyn Nets are in this precarious position because of owner Mikhail Prokhorov -- but believe me when I say it's not the end of the world, truly. Show me a person that immediately disparaged the Celtics trade and I'll show you a liar. 


The point is, Prokhorov has been a dream leader, the kind of owner that fans of franchises have longed for since Mark Cuban's endless wallet pushed the Dallas Mavericks to new heights. Hindsight is always 20/20, but you grow to appreciate an owner like Prokhorov that's willing to roll the dice with their eyes on the prize instead of penny-pinching to another seventh seed and first round defeat.


And yet here we are in 2017, so what has changed with Prokhorov?  In no uncertain terms, everything.


Now having officially punched the reset button and committed to the long road, Prokhorov must now be willing to stay the course and be patient. With Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks, the franchise is in better hands, so let them work their magic -- that alone is, perhaps, the Russian billionaire's most important role. 


These problems are impossible to solve overnight, or even in the next year and change, so letting Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Chris McCullough develop without the twinge or worry that they'll be shipped off for Carmelo Anthony tomorrow will be his best action plan this year.


Prokhorov deserves some of the blame for this mess, make no mistake, but he certainly deserves much of the praise for turning the horrendous New Jersey-based franchise into a legitimate New York brand -- in time, the players will come as well.

Mikhail Prokhorov to sell minority share in Nets, will remain majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Brooklyn Nets’ owner, has retained Allen & Co. in order to sell a minority share of the franchise, reports Darren Rovell of ESPN and many other New York-based outlets. As our friends at NetsDaily reported, importantly, Prokhorov intends to just […]

The ABCs of Thanksgiving

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The ABCs of Thanksgiving  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the ABCs of the Brooklyn Nets just under one month into the season. Sure, it’s been rough, at times, and unfortunate, of course, that Jeremy Lin has missed so much time already — but with a renewed […]

New-look Nets open the season against Al Horford and the Celtics

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New-look Nets open up the season against Al Horford and the Celtics Opponent: Boston Celtics Location: TD Garden (Boston) Time: 7:30 EST Watch: YES Network Injuries: Randy Foye (hamstring) and Caris LeVert (foot) are out. After a major offseason overhaul that saw more roster turnover than any other team in the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets […]

2016-2017 Brooklyn Nets Season Preview: Up From Below

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The Brooklyn Nets 2016-2017 Preview: Up From Below “Cause I’ve already suffered, I want you to know God I’m riding on hell’s hot flames, coming up from below.” — Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes Last year, the Brooklyn Nets, by any liberal definition of the word, were an absolute trainwreck. Surely, expectations had plummeted after […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Trevor Booker

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Trevor Booker, power forward 2015-2016: 20.7 MPG, 5.9 PPG, .490 FG%, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 1.0 TOV, 79 G Who is Trevor Booker? Trevor Booker is a 6’8 power forward that functions as a more souped-up version of Reggie Evans and he immediately joins the Brooklyn Nets as one of the […]

Landon Donovan, Julius Erving, and the unretirement

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On Thursday, the internet was captivated by of the news of Landon Donovan coming out of retirement to play, once again, for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan, the best American-born men’s soccer player in history, walked away in 2014 following the Galaxy’s victory over the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup. The United States’ […]

Chris McCullough and Isaiah Whitehead team up for back-to-school giveaway

Chris McCullough Per-Game Statistics:24 G, 4 GS, 15.1 MIN, 4.7 PTS, 2.8 REB, 0.4 AST, 1.2 STL, 0.5 BLK, 0.6 TOV, .404 FG%, .382 3PT%, .478 FT%, .463 eFG%, .470 TS%, 12.2 PER It’s hard to grade Chris McCullough after rehabbing a major injury, but he deserves some sort of extra credit for just making it on the court. There’s a long way to go for the Syracuse product, but you can see the traces of a draft steal. A smooth jumper that needs just a little bit of refinement to be consistent, the speed and activity on defense to defend the pick-and-roll and make the extra rotation, the height and vertical to protect the rim and put an opposing player on the wrong end of a poster. The traces of a modern power forward are there, it’s up to Mr. McCullough to do the work. -Ryan Carbain

A couple of New York-born ballers will spend the day tomorrow giving back to the community, reports Ian Begley of ESPN. Chris McCullough, raised in the Bronx, and rookie Isaiah Whitehead, who, of course, is from Brooklyn, will give away backpacks and school supplies at MCU Park from 4-6PM on September 7th. Always good to see […]

Bondy: Kris Humphries has a strong possibility of returning to Nets

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There’s a “strong possibility” that Kris Humphries will return to the Brooklyn Nets, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. Kris Humphries is a strong possibility to return to the Nets, according to a source. — Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 2, 2016 Humphries, an unrestricted free agent, has bounced around the league since […]

Rumor Mill: Nets looking for quick rebuild, want to add established veterans

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The Brooklyn Nets and Sean Marks are looking to bring established veterans to the team this summer, reports Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. Marks, who has said over and over that the Nets will build the right way this time around, may be deviating from the plan he’s preached since Kenny Atkinson was unveiled as head coach […]