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 […]

Woj: Rockets match offer sheet to Motiejunas

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The Houston Rockets have matched the Brooklyn Nets’ 4-year, 37 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Houston has matched Brooklyn's offer sheet and retained Donatas Motiejunas, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 5, 2016 On Friday, the Lithuaninan big man signed a 4 year/$37 million dollar sheet, […]

Nets wrap up road trip against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder

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Nets wrap up road trip against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder The Brooklyn Nets will look to improve their record to 5-8 as they conclude a tough four-game Western Conference road trip against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brooklyn fell in consecutive losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers earlier in the week, but things […]

Searching for Silver Linings in Nets’ Small Sample Sizes

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Searching for Silver Linings in Nets’ Small Sample Sizes The Brooklyn Nets are not a good basketball team right now, even considering most any measure. They’re in the NBA’s bottom-ten for ORtg and DRtg and they’re on-pace to win just 27 games  — even though, to be fair, that’d be an improvement over the 2015-2016 […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Anthony Bennett

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Anthony Bennett, forward 2015-2016: 4.4 MPG, 1.5 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, .3 SPG, 0.0 BPG, 29.6 FG%, 21.4 3PT%, 90.0 FT%, 19 GP Who is Anthony Bennett? To the casual fan, Anthony Bennett is probably the fourth-most known member of the Brooklyn Nets, and not for the right reasons. Currently in the conversation, if not […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Randy Foye

Randy Foye

Randy Foye, guard 2015-2016: 20.3 MPG, 5.9 PPG, 2.0 APG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 SPG, .04 BPG, .351 FG%, .300 3PT%, .824 FT%, 81 G Who is Randy Foye? Randy Foye is 6’4 combo guard that came to the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent after the team’s massive offer sheets to restricted free agents Tyler Johnson […]

Diaries from an Unimportant Preseason Game, Vol. 3

Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic, right, prepares to shoot over Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Diaries from an Unimportant Preseason Game, Vol. 3 We witnessed a preseason game alright. Brook Lopez rested, Kenny Atkinson went with hockey change lineups, and we saw the experimental offense, sloppy passes, and missed overages and assignment that are the hallmark of early October basketball in a 121-100 Brooklyn Nets loss to the Miami Heat. […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin, point guard 2015-2016: 26.3 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.8 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, .412 FG%, .336 3PT%, .815 FT%, 78 G Who is Jeremy Lin? Essentially, Jeremy Lin is the NBA’s version of the Rorschach test. To some, the 6’3 point guard is still the player who captivated the imagination of […]

Diaries from an Unimportant NBA Preseason Game, Vol. 2

Brook Lopez

On Thursday, the new look Brooklyn Nets kicked off their preseason tour by defeating the Detroit Pistons 101-94 behind fresh-faced Jeremy Lin’s 21 points. While it’s always so tough to discern any valuable information from the preseason, there’s been fleeting glimpses of the Nets’ new-look offense and a defense that doesn’t bleed points at such […]

Did the Nets actually improve their bench this offseason?

Greivis Vasquez

Did the Nets actually improve their bench this offseason? Last year was a painful one to endure for fans of the Brooklyn Nets and their 21-win season came without the gift of a high lottery pick. Although they didn’t technically have the worst record in the league, one could make the case that the roster […]

TBG’s Far Too Early Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after a foul call in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

by Simon Harrex Believe it or not, we’re less than forty days away from the newest NBA season. While the days of the Golden State Warriors’ epic collapse at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are now in the rear-view mirror, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead. Naturally, the Brooklyn Nets […]