Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets imageBrooklyn 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.

 

Dorell Wright, Brook LopezFirst 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!

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.

Read More: New York Post -- Flooding prevents Nets from using practice facility

 

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

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Mikhail ProkhorovBrooklyn 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.

Read More: AP/ABC News -- Russian Tycoon to Ditch Business for Politics

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."

Read more: New York Daily News -- Prokhorov's return to politics fulltime won't affect the Nets

 

UPDATE: Deron Williams says he "might" need surgery on his inflamed left ankle following the 2012-13 season.

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will sit at least two practice days after receiving an injection to temper inflammation in his left ankle.

From the New York Daily News:

The team announced he had been diagnosed with synovitis, an inflammation of the tissue lining in a joint — in this case his ankle. While this flared up after the Nets’ preseason loss to the Knicks Wednesday night, Johnson said Williams has been having minor nagging issues with both ankles since the offseason.

“(It has been) bothering him off and on, but he didn’t think much of it,” the coach said. “It was more in the offseason and, every now and then, it would act up on him, but we didn’t limit him in practice or anything.
“He’s just been icing it, and we had to send him to the doctor and check them out. He saw a little mild tendinitis in there, and hopefully this treatment program that he’s on will help him, and he’ll be ready to go in the next 24-48 hours.”

Read More: New York Daily News -- Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson says Deron Williams has ankle tendinitis, will miss two practice days

The injury didn't keep Williams from smiling on Jimmy Fallon.

 

Check out cc.com/tattoo to vote on Deron Williams' opening night tattoo. Or vote for Betty White. Or, as Deron Williams put it, "who doesn't love Betty White?"

D-Will also talked about opening night in anticipatory terms, not something he normally does:

It's a big game. It's a big game for both teams. Just to kick off the season, kick off the rebirth of a franchise, and Brooklyn's behind us. So we're really excited about the game, just can't wait for it to get here.

Nets waive Scott, Mays

Posted on: October 27th, 2012 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

The Brooklyn Nets have waived forwards Carleton Scott and James Mays, according to the New York Post.

These were both expected; Scott & Mays had little hope of making the team over Josh Childress & Andray Blatche, the other two non-guaranteed contracts on the roster. The Nets now officially have a fifteen-man roster, the one they'll likely take into opening night.

 

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.

Read more:
Hardwood Paroxysm -- The 2012-13 Hardwood Paroxysm Season Preview: The Brooklyn Nets"

 

Andrew McNeill, writing at HoopChalk, discusses how the Nets can facilitate their offense in the post -- but not through Brook Lopez.

Through video and text, McNeill shows off how the Nets utilized starting backcourt Joe Johnson & Deron Williams on the low blocks, and how that setup leads to additional opportunities for the Nets. While none of the plays show Williams & Johnson scoring in the block, McNeill notes that the mere post threat that each possesses forces defenses to re-align, leading to multiple open opportunities for the entire offense:

According to Synergy Sports, Joe Johnson produced 1.01 points per possession (PPP) in the post last season. Deron Williams had .82 PPP. These numbers don’t take into account assists or whether or not each player’s team scored on the play, just the end result for the individual. If you factored in how often each player’s team scored on the play when they initiated the offense out of the low block, I’m sure the PPP would be much higher.

You can see in the following play how much attention Williams draws in the post. Even after kicking the ball back out to Keith Bogans at the top of the arc, Bogans’ defender is still concerned about the ball getting back into Williams on the block. After some deliberation, Bogans ends up with an open 3. In related news, the Nets are playing the Wizards.

Read more: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brooklyn, and the low block -- HoopChalk