Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense

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Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense Constructing an NBA roster requires balance. The general manager needs to understand on-court schemes, but also must account for attitude and effort. Putting big-name talent that fails to gel usually results in disappointment (see Brooklyn Nets, 2013-2014). Assembling a high character team that lacks raw […]

Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target? Part II

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Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target? Part II Here are some facts for you: the Brooklyn Nets are 9-44 and easily own the NBA’s worst record, Jeremy Lin has played all of 12 games thanks to a difficult hamstring, and numberFire puts their odds of making the playoffs officially at […]

The loss of Yogi Ferrell is a swing and a miss, not a strikeout for Nets

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The loss of Yogi Ferrell is a swing and a miss, not a strikeout for Nets If you’re reading this, you’ll likely all too familiar with the 10-day contract and how it has both benefitted and hurt the Brooklyn Nets since Sean Marks took over the general manager position about one year ago. The 10-day […]

Sources: Nets shopping Lopez, Bogdanovic, no deal imminent

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The Brooklyn Nets are shopping around Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic ahead of February’s trade deadline, reports Keith Smith of RealGM. To most, this news should come as no surprise given what we know about Lopez, Bogdanovic, and general manager Sean Marks’ stance on two of the franchise’s better players. In other recent reports, specifically […]

Jeremy Lin re-aggravates hamstring, out 3-5 more weeks

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Jeremy Lin re-aggravates hamstring, out 3-5 more weeks Better late than never, right? Jeremy Lin re-aggravated his hamstring during rehab and will miss another 3-5 weeks of basketball, the Brooklyn Nets announced today. The news offered some much-needed clarity on a murky situation, but this is just another nail in the Nets’ six feet deep […]

4 Potential Nets Targets for 10-Day Contracts

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4 Potential Nets Targets for 10-Day Contracts The Brooklyn Nets are at the bottom of the NBA, the absolute basement. You cannot make an argument for a situation worse than the Nets in the NBA — they’re simply in no man’s land. They lack the talent to compete in the present, but also lack the […]

Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home

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Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home With each passing game, it becomes clearer and clearer that the Brooklyn Nets, as currently composed, are not long for this world. With teams now able to sign players to 10-day contracts, it appears as if the Nets will be giving plenty of waiver-wire players the […]

#TrustTheProcess vs. #TrustTheProgress: A Nets-Sixers Matinee

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#TrustTheProcess vs. #TrustTheProgress: A Nets-Sixers Matinee  The Brooklyn Nets are in an absolute freefall and their five-game losing streak has left the Nets with the worst record in the NBA at 8-27. Friday’s 116 -108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers continues an eleven-game streak where the Nets have given up 100 or more points to their […]

Stein: Nets asking for two first-round picks in deal for Brook Lopez

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Finally, perhaps, a bit of clarity. The will they/won’t they saga that is Brook Lopez’s long, long career with the Brooklyn Nets has added a new wrinkle as they’re apparently asking for two first-round draft picks in any deal, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Instantly, the internet and feeds alike were lit by trolls of all […]

Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target?

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Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target? Here are some facts for you: the Brooklyn Nets are 8-25, tied for the NBA’s worst record with the Philadelphia 76ers, Jeremy Lin has played all of 12 games thanks to a difficult hamstring, and numberFire puts their odds of making the playoffs officially […]

Greenberg: Nets are bad, but they’re playing like a playoff team

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Greenberg: Nets are bad, but they’re playing like a playoff team Well, we’re only a few days into 2017, but it isn’t shaping up to be much better than last year. After the Brooklyn Nets threw away 40 good minutes against the Utah Jazz in the blink of an eye, wanting to hibernate until the summertime […]

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 […]