Today and tomorrow, we're going to look at six things we've seen from the Brooklyn Nets in the first six games. Here's part one.

Kevin Garnett has been more of a wart than a stalwart on defense this season. (AP)

Kevin Garnett has been more of a wart than a stalwart on defense this season. (AP)


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Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace (not pictured) have a fresh start in Boston. (AP)

After their morning shootaround at Barclays Center, Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks were involved in a shooting contest, the final shot from about 35 feet out. As they were playing, Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans iced down various parts of their body, as is commonplace for veterans after practices.

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Last week, Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries battled Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay on Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Skype Scavenger Hunt." In the game, Kimmel asks them to bring back random items from their home as fast as possible to win a secret prize.

The first item is "something worth more than $10,000." Rudy Gay brings back his car keys. As you'll see in the video below, Kris Humphries brings back... MORE →

 

In an interview on ESPN's First Take today with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, Kris Humphries dished on his disappointing season, calling his personal life a "distraction" and hinting that the situation with the team in Brooklyn was troubling.

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"I think there's always a little bit of distraction in any situation like that," Humphries said in reference to his personal life, notably his highly-publicized divorce. "Sometimes it's a tougher situation within the team as well."

While Humphries didn't get into specifics with his team -- whether it was the high-profile nature of being on the NBA's first team in Brooklyn, or if there were inner conflicts with his roster -- he made it clear the situation wasn't perfect for him and that while he wasn't requesting a trade, he was open to the possibility.

"Obviously, if it's a good situation in Brooklyn, I'm excited to be there," Humphries said, before noting the reality of NBA trade talk. "Guys in the last year of their deal, making a lot of money, a lot of times find themselves in trades, so if that happens, you want to go to a good situation. I've always been told, control what you can control."

Humphries also didn't hesitate to mention that he's looking to land another big contract with his play in this upcoming season. "I'll be a free agent after next year. Miraculously, NBA players always seem to have a little more fire that year. I mean, it is what it is. But I'm excited to be back."

Humphries averaged 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season, losing his starting spot at the beginning of December. Read more about Kris Humphries's season here.

 

In an interview with Joan Rivers - Fashion Police, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo opens up about the fight he got into with Kris Humphries on November 28th in Boston.

In that situation, it's a heated game," Rondo said. "I think I'm going to war with him. I'm out there competing. Which we are, in a sense. I thought he made a dirty play on my teammate and I wasn't trying to start a fight.

"It was a pushing war, that was about it. It got carried into the stands. Nothing more, nothing less. I don't have a problem with Kris Humphries."

Rondo was suspended two games for his role in the fight. Humphries was not suspended.

Many thanks to intrepid sports journalist Joan Rivers for getting to the bottom of the Rajon Rondo-Kris Humphries beef/non-beef.

Video of the fight in November below.

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

What's next for Mikhail Prokhorov's Brooklyn Nets? (AP)

After a first-round exit to a decimated Chicago Bulls team, the Brooklyn Nets have an eventful offseason ahead of them. Even though they don't have the cap room to sign any major free agents or add any salary in trades, they've got a lot of decisions to make that will significantly alter the future of the franchise.

It's a misconception that Nets general manager Billy King, freshly re-upped with a contract extension, has done his work and just needs to sit on his hands through 45-50 win seasons with the team's core. There's work to do, and I've taken a look at what I feel are the five biggest offseason questions -- and decisions -- the Nets need to make.

(Warning: tangential rant forthcoming)
One you won't see here: whether or not the Brooklyn Nets have some chance at acquiring Dwight Howard, who can be a free agent this season. The Nets would have to cut about $30 million* in salary without taking any salary back to even consider acquiring Howard. No team is taking on Joe Johnson's salary for draft picks. Stop it.

*-It's not entirely clear exactly how much they'd have to cut, since it all depends on what the "tax apron" is set at in July. It's expected to be around $75 million, which is where I've based my estimate.
(End tangential rant)

Anyway, the five biggest questions of the Brooklyn Nets offseason. Start below.
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Will Kris Humphries (left) still be in Brooklyn next season? (AP)


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Basketball players are human beings with lots of money. This is just a simple fact. As young, physically fit human beings with lots of money, many tend to go out to nightclubs and party. Again, a simple fact. But compound that fact with being Kim Kardashian's ex-husband and a former reality show star, and it suddenly becomes news.

According to US Magazine, Kris Humphries was seen out at Beauty & Essex in Manhattan the Friday night before Game 7 of the Brooklyn Nets' first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, and in proper US Magazine fashion, uses the space to disparage him for it:

Timing is everything. And Kris Humphries, who recently became a free man once more after his divorce from ex Kim Kardashian was finalized on Apr. 19, should know that better than anyone. But the Brooklyn Nets player threw caution to the wind on Friday, May 3, partying into the late hours of the night despite having to be ready to go for Game 7 against the Chicago Bulls the next day.

US Magazine considers "the late hours of the night" around 1 A.M., which is true if you work a 9-to-5 job. But Game 7 was at 8 P.M. Saturday. You don't exactly have to get up early for that. If Humphries needs to be at work at 6:00 P.M. -- and that's generous -- he's got more than enough time to sleep it off.

Humphries, 28, was at the venue to celebrate his older model sister Kaela's 30th birthday and didn't hold back as he "fist pumped a little bit" and showed off a few dance moves, the source added.

He FIST-PUMPED!? That changes everything. Didn't hold back, indeed.

US Magazine goes on to cite sources who were also at the nightclub, which makes them airtight:

"Kris was drinking champagne and stayed late. He was a jerk to everyone," another eyewitness told Us.

But another source told Us, "He left with his mother. He wasn't out of control, he was celebrating his sister's birthday. If anyone knows Kris, they know that family and basketball are the most important things in his life."

"In the pros, you are not monitored, so to speak, unless you are on the road," another source explains to Us Weekly. "It is assumed you know what to do the night before a game. But, no! You do not go out the night before a Game 7 of the playoffs. You don't do it, period."

I'm not sure who this source is for US Magazine, but they obviously never heard of Allen Iverson. Or J.R. Smith. Or possibly every player in NBA history not named A.C. Green.

If Humphries was spotted doing jello shots off strippers at 7 A.M. while punching bespectacled waitresses, that would be notable. But this is harmless. This entire "shame Kris Humphries" thing was old a year ago. Humphries went out the night before a big game to celebrate with his family and left at a reasonable hour for his profession. He was also hardly the reason they lost; Humphries played all of 12 minutes, 8th-most in the team's 9-man rotation, almost exactly what he averaged throughout the series (11.9). Any other NBA 8th man goes out to party before a Game 7, and it's a non-story. This one is, too.

And even after everything, women still seem to like hanging out with him. So power to him.

 

Happy #HumpDayThursday.

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Plus: Kris Humphries year-end grade and video highlight reel.

 

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By the numbers: 65 G, 21 GS, 18.3 MPG, 5.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG, .448 FG%, .000 3P%, .789 FT%, .515 TS%, .448 eFG%

Advanced: 13.6 PER, 109 ORtg, 105 DRtg, 16.5 USG%, 12.4 ORB%, 23.9 DRB%, 18.1 TRB%, 4.3 AST%, 0.7 STL%, 2.1 BLK%, 1.3 estimated wins added

At the beginning of the season, I got a shirt designed for myself that said:

"Deron&
Joe&
Gerald&
Kris&
Brook."

I haven't worn it since November.

That pretty much sums up Kris Humphries's season.
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