Yes, we're back in the podcast game!
For The Brooklyn Game's first-ever podcast, I'm very happy to say that I spent some time chatting with Ian Eagle, YES Network announcer, voice of the Brooklyn Nets, and the only man I know that can make a mundane basketball phrase like "the pull-up pop" sound like a cool breeze on a warm summer day.
In our 25-minute sitdown, Ian and I chatted about the new team, the re-branding, and our terrifying elementary school flashbacks.
We also, near the end, talked about the anticipation surrounding the team on November 1st, and since we had this chat earlier this week, we had no idea that the game was going to be cancelled. So depending on relevance, just shift that part of your brain over to Saturday/whenever the game gets rescheduled for, and our discussion will make more sense.
via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:
Because of extensive flooding around their New Jersey practice facility, the team will be unable to practice there for an indefinite period of time. It’s unclear how that will impact the Nets going forward, as the team will be unable to always use Barclays Center as their practice site because the arena will be hosting other events.
From the section named "Jesus Christ Your Team Sucks," by Jared Dubin:
But… you’re still the Nets. You’ll never truly own the city that has had Knickerbocker-blue blood since 1946. Like the Mets, Jets and Islanders, you’ve always come second, and probably always will. Brooklyn’s hip and all, but it ain’t Broadway (to be fair, neither are the Knicks, but this is my section, damn it). Your elite point guard hasn’t really been elite since he came to your team a year and a half ago. Your shooting guard is hilariously overpaid, on the wrong side of 30, and isn’t Dwight Howard, the guy you really wanted this offseason. Your small forward is also overpaid, is in decline, and used to be a Bobcat. Your power forward is basically a Kardashian. And your center grabs more comic books than rebounds, and is so bad at defense that he can’t even defend himself from that terrible joke. Your bench consists of vaguely valuable cast-offs, an unknown Euro-dude and Jerry Stackhouse. And Avery Johnson still has a really annoying voice. You’re capped out from now until eternity with a team that isn’t quite a contender.
Prokhorov can needle Jimmy Dolan and the team across town all he wants. You can strike up rivalries from now until forever. It won’t matter. You’re still the Nets.