Michael Prokhorov's comment that the Nets are "one good player" away from being an "a really strong team" may be true, but isn't it sort of an odd time to say that?
First, some of us fans have temporarily entered into the belief -- perhaps fantasy, but emotionally real -- that the Nets already are "a really strong team." Apparently not, says the Nets owner. If we can't at least imagine the team going all the way right now, or very far, it takes some of the fun out of the playoffs.
Second, as you're suiting up for this crucial second game, how are you going to feel about these comments if you are Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, or MarShon Brooks, each of whom are potential trade bait for that "one good player" that the team still needs? I imagine one or two of them might have been under the impression that they themselves were "good" players.
So I know we're knee-deep in playoff mode right now, but this needed to be shared. Shawn Donnelly of Made Man caught up with Brooklyn Nets center and first-time All-Star Brook Lopez to talk about himself, being a twin, his love of Michael Jackson, his advice about talking to women, and his guess at what NBA basketball player has the best chance of breaking Wilt Chamberlain's *ahem* womanizing record. (Hint: it's a teammate.)... MORE →
Are you one of the countless folks who are curious about the idea of the Brooklyn Nets but didn't quite get around to following the team much this year? No problem! Here's your guide to the 10 things newbie fans need to know to enjoy the playoffs (which the Nets are in, by the way).
1) Don't know what to make of this team? Don't worry, no one else does either. Along with my own objective eye, I've talked to coaches, analysts, and writers all over, and one common theme plays throughout: no one knows just what to make of this Brooklyn team. When they're good, they're really good. When they're bad, they're really bad. They beat up on bad teams… except when they get embarrassed. They get smoked by great teams… except when they sweep the season series from Indiana and blow out the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. Their offense is stagnant… until it starts moving. Their defense is bad… until it makes key stops against the Los Angeles Clippers, the 4th-best offense in the league.
2) One franchise record and one related NBA record was set this season: Deron Williams finished the season with 168 three-pointers, the most in franchise history. He also set an NBA record for most three-pointers in a half, with nine:
3) Kris Humphries began the season as a starter, now barely plays. The Nets signed Humphries, more famous these days for his infamous 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian than his basketball career, to a two-year deal worth $24 million in this past offseason, only to see him lose his starting spot after just 17 games to Reggie Evans. Humphries, who has season averages of 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game on a paltry 44.8% shooting percentage, has fluctuated in and out of the rotation all season, most notably sitting for three weeks without an injury as P.J. Carlesimo tried anyone else as a backup power forward.
As for his love life? After skipping a divorce hearing in Los Angeles on April 12th (the Nets played the Indiana Pacers that day in Indiana), Humphries agreed to a settlement with Kardashian just before the playoffs.
So implies the grammatically-challenged Vladtv.com.
P.s. for those who have always appreciated The Brooklyn Game's reluctance to ding Kris Humphries' social life (as opposed to his defense) we point out that we're mocking VladTV, not Humphries. It's sort of a grammar joke, and they're always funny.
With just twelve games left in their inaugural season in New York City, the Brooklyn Nets have clinched a playoff spot and are on their way to somewhere between the third and sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. They've got a talented enough roster to beat most teams in the East (the Miami Heat excluded -- sorry), but have struggled with inconsistency this season: an 11-4 start followed by a 3-10 collapse followed by a coach firing followed by a 12-3 start to the interim coach's career... you get the idea. It's been a roller coaster.
But: there is the potential for a smooth ride into the playoffs. Here are five things the Brooklyn Nets can improve on heading into their first postseason in Brooklyn.
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At the start of the fourth quarter in the Brooklyn Nets-Los Angeles Clippers game last night, Nets forward Kris Humphries got tied up with Clippers forward Lamar Odom going for a rebound, causing the referees to call for a jump ball.
Now, normally a jump ball between two overpaid backup forwards wouldn't be cause for any interest,... MORE →
After three full weeks without leaving the bench, even when healthy or in garbage time, Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries made his return to the rotation Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, logging first-quarter minutes over Mirza Teletovic as the first power forward off the bench. Humphries responded positively, swatting a shot off the backboard that led to center Andray Blatche leading the break and setting up guard C.J. Watson for an open 3.
Watch, of only to hear Chris Carrino compare Blatche to Magic Johnson:
Tonight: The 40-28 playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets are on game three of their eight-game Circus Trip, taking on their hardest opponent thus far on the trip: the 47-22 Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers most recently beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-72, and are led by Chris Paul, who currently ranks third in the league in PER. (Brook Lopez ranks fourth.) The Nets are 2-0 on their trip after taking down the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks.
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Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Chris Carrino and Mike Fratello are on the call. The game is also broadcast on ESPN. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
More on tonight's game, including injuries and stats, after the jump... MORE →