The Brooklyn Game and its predecessor (NetsAreScorching) have long offered grades of the players after each game. No doubt you've agreed with some and violently, angrily, psychotically disagreed with others.
Now you can take over. We're proud to introduce a new gizmo enabling the fans to grade each player, each game. In fact, you can grade them multiple times during the game, to reflect how they're playing at any given moment.
Go here to submit your grades.
The results page will display a running average of all the fans' grades of each player.
After you've voted, you can go the Forums and explain how you came up with your grades, and why the other folks on the message boards are horribly, horribly wrong.
Brook Lopez's defense may not be stellar, but it looks night and day from two years ago.
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Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King downplayed the bone spurs in Deron Williams' ankle today, saying he'll get it cleaned up after the season but it won't affect his play during the season.
"It's manageable," King repeated. "A lot of players have had them. Don't read too much into it. It's not that big of a deal. I know it's Deron, but there's a lot of players that have had it, and they get it cleaned out. ... It's not a problem."
Williams said yesterday that he has bone spurs in his ankle but it felt "like new" after a cortisone shot.
First impressions can make an indelible impact on us as human beings. Once we have an idea of what makes a person, place, or thing, it's difficult for them (us) to shed that perception. In sports, it's part of the reason why players considered to have high potential continue to get second, third, and fourth chances despite having played at below-average levels; conversely, it's why players that sign surprise-high contracts with substandard numbers tend to have a poor league-wide image.
Sometimes those perceptions are borne from comparison. No less than a half-dozen guards were compared to Michael Jordan once Jordan passed the baton in the late-90s. None of them lived up to those lofty standards, and as a result they're often considered by their flaws, rather than their accomplishments. ... MORE →
UPDATE: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is speaking now on the Hurricane aftermath.
Confirming earlier reports, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the Nets-Knicks game on Thursday night is officially cancelled, at his personal recommendation. The Nets home opener is officially Saturday night vs. the Toronto Raptors. Bloomberg noted that the city will provide extra public transportation by bus to Saturday's game. All the Nets need to do to give this game juice is trade for 2008 Vince Carter!
Appears to be true: Knicks-Nets game will be cancelled. Mayor Bloomberg about to announce it.
— Richard Sandomir (@RichSandomir) October 31, 2012
This announcement comes on the heels of last night's official announcement from the NBA that the game would proceed as scheduled.
The Nets just couldn't leave their storied tradition of confusing their fans behind in New Jersey.
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.
Video below of Billy King talking about his players and the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Also, Nets players were throwing around a football at practice today. Watch around 1:20 to see Toko get affected.
On the heels of the opening night that may not happen because of Hurricane Sandy, Mikhail Prokhorov sat down with Steve Serby of the New York Post and dished it out on some of his favorite topics, and it's everything you've ever wanted and expected from the Brooklyn Nets' Russian billionaire owner.
Some of the more notable quotes:
Q: Who are you more like, your mother or father, and in what ways? Describe each of them.
A: My father was an emotional person, but I’m much more like my mother. She was cool as a cucumber, as you say in English. In Russian, we say calm as a boa constrictor!
Q: Best piece of advice your mother or father gave you.
A: It’s a long story, but basically I had written an essay in school about wanting to grow up to be a Red Army commander, because I’d seen in a film how well they ate and, as I was in the middle of a growth spurt, I was hungry all the time. The school called in my parents and asked them why they weren’t feeding their child. They were aghast. At that point my parents told me: “It’s bad to lie, but you don’t have to tell everybody everything.” They made me re-write my essay to say I wanted to grow up to be a cosmonaut.
Q: Describe your ideal mate.
A: Beautiful, smart, sexy and makes a mean bowl of borscht.
Q: Is marriage something you would consider some day?
A: I have said that if the Nets don’t win the NBA championship within five years, I will punish myself by getting married. We are in year three. So no one is more interested in winning a championship than yours truly.
Those are some of the better quotes... from the first page. There are four pages. Prokhorov dishes on Ben Franklin, the Knicks rivalry, Honey Boo Boo, the US presidents, if he would move the NBA to Siberia, and oh geez just go read it already.
Read more: Serby's special Q&A with Mikhail Prokhorov
Brooklyn Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov doesn't spend much time in the spotlight, but when he does, it's guaranteed goodness. From his jet-ski tricks to his gun collection to his often-derisive tone about other players franchises, he's always good for some entertainment value.
However, it seems that those days are numbered, as Prokhorov has announced he'll leave the business world and focus full-time on politics in Russia. From ABC News (The mistaken Moscowian "New Jersey" reference aside):
Russian tycoon and former presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov says he is leaving business to do full-time politics.
Prokhorov, who is believed to be worth about $13 billion, finished third place in Russia's presidential election in March.
He said Saturday that he is retiring from business altogether to focus on building his own party.
Prokhorov, who owns control of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, told his party meeting that he will put his money in a trust fund and let his partners at the investment vehicle Onexim run the shop, Russian news agencies reported.
That said, it appears that Prokhorov's decision will not impact his future with the Nets, according to Prokhorov's publicist Ellen Pinchuk:
"This does not affect his ownership of any assets, including the Brooklyn Nets," Pinchuk wrote in an e-mail. "The current managerial group that makes the day-to-day decisions for the team will continue to do so. Mikhail will continue to show his support for the Brooklyn Nets in every way, both as an owner and a fan."