Nets look to jump start final month of the season against Orlando

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After a (relatively) successful March, the Brooklyn Nets will look to kick off the final month of the regular season with a win at home against the Orlando Magic. Brooklyn had its most successful month of the season by notching seven wins after winning just nine games the previous five months. The Nets have just […]

Nets wrap up March against the Pistons

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Opponent: Detroit Pistons Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: The Palace of Auburn Hills Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880AM The Brooklyn Nets have played their best basketball in the month of March posting a 7-9 record. The Nets will try to add to its own version of March Madness with their eighth win of the […]

Nets try to make it a trifecta against the Wizards

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Opponent: Washington Wizards Time: 7:00 PM EST Location: Verizon Center, Washington D.C. Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: WCBS 880 AM Whew. For the first time this season, the Nets won consecutive games. They beat the Phoenix Suns handily last night, 126-98. On Friday night, Brooklyn will try to make it three in a […]

Nets try to dash Detroit’s Playoff hopes

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Nets try to dash Detroit’s playoff hopes Opponent: Detroit Pistons Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM It was a tough weekend. The Brooklyn Nets lost two close games over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. On Friday, they lost to the Boston Celtics in […]

Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position

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Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position March Madness is here! The NCAA’s most profitable (for some) venture has already seen first round action. Brackets have been busted and stocks have and will rise. (Except for Lonzo Ball.) Back in the NBA, teams are gearing for playoff runs and the inevitable the-Warriors-are-in-trouble takes are […]

TBG Trade Deadline Roundtable Extravaganza

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With another trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the Brooklyn Nets have found themselves in purgatory once again. Already having plummeted to the Eastern Conference basement without Jeremy Lin’s guidance, the Nets are the only team yet to reach double-digits in the win column. On Twitter, The Brooklyn Game and their writers have been asked […]

Woj: Nets agree to trade Bogdanovic, McCullough to the Wizards

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The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to trade Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Washington Wizards for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and their 2017 first-rounder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Brooklyn Nets are trading Bojan Bogdanovic to the Washington Wizards, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 22, 2017 In order […]

Patience is Paramount: Revisiting Billy King’s first year with the Nets

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Patience is Paramount: Revisiting Billy King’s first year with the Nets Sean Marks recently celebrated his one-year (and a day) anniversary of becoming the Brooklyn Nets’ general manager. In his first year, to say the least, the Nets have struggled mightily. Marks made bold offseason moves, some of which have panned out, and some that […]

Nets lower price on Lopez, choosing best deal for Bogdanovic

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by Jaymz Clements


Resolution: Get a fresh cut, take over the world


It’s been a weird 2016 for Swaggy B aka Bojan Bogdanovic. He took Croatia to the Rio Olympic quarterfinals, and led all players in scoring with 25 points per game. Bogdanovic was so hot in Rio that many speculated that this might be year he finally made good on his NBA potential. Under Atkinson, he spent the almost all of 2016 portion of the 2016-2017 season as the Nets' starter… until he was demoted from the starting lineup against Charlotte in Brooklyn’s final home game of the year. In that game, he promptly cruised to 26 points and Brooklyn won -- coincidence?


Oh, also, there was the time in the offseason when he had to escape Turkey as a military coup was taking place. Weird, right? 


Either way, Bojan seemed to solidify his role on Atkinson’s new-look Nets and in December, Bogdanovic averaged 15.1 points per game on 43.6% shooting and, importantly, hoisted five three-pointers a game, making 38.5% of them as well. Even more importantly, his free throw rate has skyrocketed, more than doubling from 1.7 attempts to 3.6 this year. That’s crucial to Bogdanovic's game and his continuing relevance in the NBA as he averaged over 9 FTA per game in Rio. 


So, then, what does Bogdanovic need to wish for in 2017? The easy answer is to focus on capturing some of that Swaggy B Olympic scoring and free-throw-gaining chutzpah. It’d also be nice if he worked on improving as a secondary ball-handler as the Nets have run into plenty of issues without Lin at times, leaning on Bogdanovic hard during the offense-creation -- but those are the obvious answers. 


Doesn’t it feel like a new look might change Swaggy B’s prospects? If there’s one thing holding Bojan back, it’s his hair: a feathery dusting of thinning-brown thatch. It looks like the hair of a Greek shipping scion. It looks like the hair of an accountant who specializes in small business taxation. It looks like the hair of a politician with a past that will come back to haunt him. So… shave it. It’s thinning, so just, y’know, be done with it already.


If Bojan shaved his head and maybe grew his beard out, suddenly he becomes a basketball-playing version of a second-tier henchman Liam Neeson fights in Taken 4... now that's a Swaggy B no-one would ‘eff with. 


So there’s your real resolution, Bojan: shave that bonce. It means a fresh look, a fresh start, a fresh injection of badassery, and no one will ever screw with you again -- well, apart from maybe Liam Neeson.

Nets lower price on Lopez, choosing best deal for Bogdanovic Now that we’re past the DeMarcus Cousins frenzy, it’s about time for rumors on the Brooklyn Nets front to ramp up — and, according to some sources, they are. First, Bojan Bogdanovic’s market has finally begun to heat up, says Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Bogdanovic will […]

Lowe, Windhorst reveal a guard-focused free agency plan for Nets

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Lowe, Windhorst reveal a guard-focused free agency plan for Nets The Brooklyn Nets will likely target guards in this summer’s free agency class — like George Hill and Kyle Lowry — noted Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst of ESPN on “The Lowe Post.” While most of the Nets’ anxiety right now is about the status […]

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 […]

Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense, Part II

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Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense, Part II Rebuilding an NBA franchise is a painful process that every NBA team — aside from the San Antonio Spurs — must undergo. Without their own draft picks, the Brooklyn Nets must look everywhere to find players that fit Sean Marks’ envisioned program and the […]