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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.

The weird part: unlike last season, the four wore green uniforms, visitors in the Brooklyn arena for the first time in their careers. ... MORE →

 

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Who's the marquee team in New York? (AP)


Looking at Brooklyn Nets news and notes from around the web:

  • The Nets officially released their preseason schedule a couple of weeks ago, but I hadn't seen it until this morning. One team they'll play twice is none other than the Boston Celtics: once home, once away. My guess? Don't expect Pierce or Kevin Garnett to make the trek up to Boston for a preseason game. That's a moment they'll save for the regular season.

  • If there's anyone who knows what Paul Pierce feels like right now, it's former Celtics great Robert Parish, who spent a full 14 seasons with the Boston club before ending his career with Charlotte and Chicago for three seasons. What Parish thinks? It's going to be "awkward."

  • J.R. Smith: The Knicks are still the marquee team in New York.

  • NBA Deputy Commissioner/soon-to-be Commissioner Adam Silver seems upset that the NBA has a system that allows Mikhail Prokhorov to pay $87 million more than he has to. Uh-huh.

  • Remember when Mikhail Prokhorov said he didn't own a cell phone? Now Prokhorov's company Onexim is in talks to buy a majority share of Russian mobile phone retailer Svyaznoy. Brooklyn really does change people.

  • It's been less than a month and Celtics fans are already wondering if they should #TradeMarShon.

 

The magical day is finally upon us: the 2013 NBA Draft kicks off at Barclays Center tonight at 7 P.M. The Brooklyn Nets currently hold the 22nd pick in the draft, but having one pick has never stopped them from drafting more than one player. Here are five predictions for tonight's draft.

All predictions down the right side are from The BK Draft Game. It's free, and if you win, you win prizes. So go check it out. Good luck!

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From Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

  • The Brooklyn Nets are trying to find a home for their 2011 first-round selection, MarShon Brooks. Sources say the Nets are trying to land a second first-rounder in return. One team to watch is the Minnesota Timberwolves. If the Wolves will give the Nets the No. 26 pick in return, they'll probably have a deal on draft night.

  • Minnesota is a likely target because they already have a first-round pick (9th) and two additional second-round picks. Yesterday, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported that the Nets were engaged in trade talks with the Timberwolves, with Brooks as the centerpiece.

    Brooks was the 25th pick in 2011 and has mixed flurries of excellent scoring with inconsistency and poor defensive awareness. Still, it's odd that they'd do a straight one-for-one to get rid of Brooks and add a late first-rounder in what's widely perceived as a weak draft. It's possible that someone wowed them in workouts (such as Tim Hardaway Jr. or Brazilian newcomer Alexandre Paranhos), and they think losing Brooks is a worthy tradeoff to ensure picking up a second selection.

    Brooks is one of those tantalizing talents that looks the part but doesn't always play it. That said, I'm not sure a 26th pick in the draft is worth losing him unless they're sure they can develop someone there.

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    The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves are close to a trade that would send Brooks to the Timberwolves, a source tells Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. One source says that a proposal is on the table waiting for the Timberwolves' approval.

    The rest of the trade parameters were not discussed, and the report makes it clear that no deal is imminent. But two fits that make sense (and the Daily News speculated) were Timberwolves players Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea, backup point guards that would fill the hole expected to be left when C.J. Watson opts out of his contract. However, the Nets would need to include more salary to take on either player -- Barea earns $4.7 million next season, while Ridnour earns $4.3 million.

    It's also no secret that the Nets have shown interest in Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is friends with Deron Williams. Kirilenko earns $10 million next season, making Kris Humphries (who earns $12 million) a viable option to help balance salaries.

    Alexey Shved, who was a rookie last season, is also a possibility, but the Nets would still need to add pieces to make the salaries match.

    The Nets pick 22nd in this year's upcoming NBA Draft. The Timberwolves pick 9th and 26th, and also have two late second-round picks.

    New York Daily News -- Source: Timberwolves are interested in MarShon Brooks

     

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    This photo, allegedly taken in New York City recently, seeks to prove that MarShon Brooks is doing just fine, thank you, and that if you step towards the hat king, you best not miss.

    Well, unless you're Andray Blatche.

    (h/t Beyond the Buzzer)

     

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    By the numbers: 73 G, 2 GS, 12.5 MPG, 5.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .463 FG%, .273 3P%, .734 FT%, .523 TS%, .485 eFG%

    Advanced: 13.5 PER, 101 ORtg, 107 DRtg, 22.5 USG%, 4.1 ORB%, 9.4 DRB%, 6.7 TRB%, 14.6 AST%, 2.0 STL%, 1.3 BLK%, 1.3 estimated wins added

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    Check out Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks and his top highlights from the 2012-13 season above, set to "Cissy Strut," a 1969 single by The Meters.

     

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    Let's just say today has not been the best day for the Brooklyn Nets and their fans. After watching their team shoot 34.6% from the field on Thursday night in a 79-76 loss at the hands of the defensive minded Chicago Bulls, many writers, fans, and analysts have tried to figure out what is wrong with the Nets' offense. Seems as though it's not too hard to figure out...

    Some pointed to the lack of production and inability to space the floor from forwards Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. At SBNation, Mike Prada delves into these spacing issues with a thorough piece on how much the Bulls have been sagging off of Evans and Wallace in order to double, sometimes triple team the likes of Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. In conclusion, Prada says:

    But something has to change if the Nets are to come back in this series. Carlesimo may be reluctant to give up size on the defensive end, but his offense is in such bad shape that the tradeoff is necessary. If I were Carlesimo, I wouldn't play Evans and Wallace together for another minute this series.

    You get the point. Schumann also offered a stat that will assuredly leave most Nets fans shaking their heads: in the last two games, Brooklyn is a -26 in 42 minutes with both Wallace and Evans on the court together and a +15 in the other 54 minutes with them off.

    So how does P.J. Carlesimo respond? He had this to say:

    “Thoughts about it (changing the starting lineup)? Yeah.... But we’re not going to change the starting lineup. If we’re struggling offensively then we need to address that. If changing the lineup or changing who we put on the floor helps us to score points then we’re going to have to do that.... It’s a tough balance because some of the problems we have is not because those guys (Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans) are not scoring. If we do some of the things that we normally do – if we make some threes, if we finish in the paint, then we’re okay and we can take advantage of other guys skill sets.

    Not long after, Gerald Wallace sounded off about his role (or lack thereof) on this Nets team:

    “I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you my role now,” Wallace said Friday at the team’s hotel in Chicago. “I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team.”

    How did Carlesimo respond to that?

    “I think we’re going through a tough time right now and that’s what playoffs are all about,” Carlesimo said. “We’re all frustrated. And we have to -– I have to -– do a better job of constantly defining roles and redefining roles so we perform the way we’re capable of performing.”

    Wallace isn't alone in expressing disappointment with his role. Rookie point guard Tyshawn Taylor says he's been upset that he hasn't gotten a chance to perform this season on a consistent basis and that there's a chance he may need to go to a different team in order to play. We would tell you to check out the full interview somewhere, but unfortunately it appears as though the video has been taken down for reasons unknown. Luckily though, Netsdaily has transcribed much of the content here.

    On top of all of this, Nets swingman MarShon Brooks sounded off on his role as well:

    "It seems like I'm the last resort, honestly.... If things aren't going well for the team, throw MarShon out there. That's been the rhythm all year. I kind of know when my name is going to be called, in a sense."

     

     

    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.

     

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    MarShon Brooks (AP)

    With a feature this afternoon on Brooklyn Nets second-year swingman MarShon Brooks, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York details the trying season that it's been for the 24-year old out of Providence. Brooks thinks that part of his inconsistency this season stems from a lack of trust from the Nets coaching staff:

    "I don't think they [trust me] because I haven't really played against any good teams," Brooks told ESPNNewYork.com after scoring 12 points in a 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night at Barclays Center.

    After saying before the season that he wanted to be the Sixth Man of the Year, Brooks' playing time and production have been wildly up and down: under former Nets head coach Avery Johnson, Brooks was often out of the rotation for his defensive ineptitude. When the coaching change occurred after 28 games, many, including Brooks, thought things would change.

    It hasn't. For the season, Brooks has averaged just 5.4 points on 12.5 minutes per game, down from the 12.6 points in 29.4 minutes per game he received last season.

    Brooks isn't quite sure when his opportunities will come, but he's sure to stay ready when they do:

    "I have no clue," Brooks said. "I just roll with the punches and have to be ready for whatever happens."

    One thing that has plagued the slender swingman this season has been turnovers. Brooks carries a 13.4% turnover rate this season and admits that taking care of the ball is something he has to work on:

    "I just need to take care of the ball. I think I've been turning the ball over a little too much," said Brooks, who has handled the precarious situation like a consummate professional. "I just have to find a rhythm instead of doing too much in such a short period of time in order to make an impression.

    "I just try to go out there and play perfect basketball, and the way I play, it's kind of tough because I'm a risk-taker, and I try to make things happen. Every once in a while I make a mistake. It's just tough."

    It remains unclear whether Brooks will have a significant role in the postseason. Likely, head coach P.J. Carlesimo will shorten his rotation even further, thus potentially reducing the role of the inconsistent Brooks to almost nothing. Putting aside his individual worries, Brooks does say that he thinks the Nets will have a significant opportunity to go deep into the playoffs.

    Read More: ESPN New York -- Brooks trying to earn coaching staff's trust