The Brooklyn Nets’ Top 5 Trade Deadline Deals

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The Brooklyn Nets’ Top 5 Trade Deadline Deals With the NBA deadline swiftly approaching, the Brooklyn Nets find themselves at the bottom of the league with a putrid 9-47 record. The team has been sellers at the deadline already with Bojan Bogdanovic on the move and more to possibly come. The potential moves will do […]

Sean Marks: The First 367 Days

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Sean Marks: The First 367 Days Almost one year ago today — February 18th, 2016 — Sean Marks was hired as the Brooklyn Nets’ next general manager. With the Nets, Marks inherited a franchise with possibly the bleakest future in the entire NBA, suffering a draining of assets rarely seen in professional sports. With no […]

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 […]

New Year’s Resolutions for the Brooklyn Nets in 2017

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Brooklyn Nets in 2017 Congratulations, we made it to 2017, somehow, almost inexplicably. Although the world may or may not be on the verge of nuclear annihilation, it’s always important to look back on the year that was and reflect. For the Brooklyn Nets, 2016 was an incredibly trying year […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roundtable: Uncovering the Brooklyn Nets’ best lineups

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Our former leader Devin Kharpertian may be on to new adventures and The Brooklyn Game is definitely changing, but let’s be clear: we still love our roundtables. In fact, our affinity for the group conversation is about as strong as Jarrett Jack’s adoration for the mid-range jumper. That is to say, we’re going to rely on our bread-and-butter until […]

The Best of Devin Kharpertian

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The Best of Devin Kharpertian While we’re all dealing with the fact that Devin Kharpertian is officially a free agent — somebody give this man the max! — it’s important to give this human the proper send-off that he deserves. Since The Brooklyn Game launched alongside the Nets’ move to New York in 2012, Devin has […]

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 […]

Nets introduce Kenny Atkinson at HSS Training Center

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The Brooklyn Nets introduced new head coach Kenny Atkinson to the media and fans — and it was well worth the wait. Atkinson, a former assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, was given a warm introduction by general manager Sean Marks at HSS Training Center Monday afternoon. Marks cited the importance of Atkinson in the […]

Report: Nets have approached Lokomotiv’s Malcolm Delaney

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  The Brooklyn Nets have approached Euroleague point guard Malcolm Delaney, as first reported by Eurohoops. Any specific details are not yet known, however. Delaney played basketball for the Virginia Tech Hokies from 2007-2011. After going undrafted, Delaney went on to have a very successful career in Europe and is currently one of the best players […]

Nets add cap and contract specialist, scouts to front office

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The Brooklyn Nets have announced the hiring of five new front office additions — including a cap and contract specialist, a strategic planning coordinator, and a couple of scouts. On the heels of signing Kenny Atkinson, the Atlanta Hawks’ current assistant coach, general manager Sean Marks continues to build out the evolving organization. You can read […]