The Nets look for first win of New Year against the Pacers

Thaddeus Young

The Nets look for first win of New Year against the Pacers The Brooklyn Nets’ season is rapidly devolving into an audition to decide who will stick with the team beyond this year. With Philadelphia picking up a win on Tuesday against Minnesota, the Nets now own the worst record in the entire NBA. However, the […]

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 […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker, power forward 2015-2016: 20.7 MPG, 5.9 PPG, .490 FG%, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 1.0 TOV, 79 G Who is Trevor Booker? Trevor Booker is a 6’8 power forward that functions as a more souped-up version of Reggie Evans and he immediately joins the Brooklyn Nets as one of the […]

Woj: Nets agree to deal with Chase Budinger

Chase Budinger

Just when you least expect it, the Brooklyn Nets strike again. This time, they’ve signed forward Chase Budinger, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.  Free agent forward Chase Budinger has reached agreement on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) September 21, 2016 No further details have been […]

TBG’s Far Too Early Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after a foul call in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

by Simon Harrex Believe it or not, we’re less than forty days away from the newest NBA season. While the days of the Golden State Warriors’ epic collapse at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are now in the rear-view mirror, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead. Naturally, the Brooklyn Nets […]

Update: Nets sign Trevor Booker

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Update: The Brooklyn Nets have signed power forward Trevor Booker to a 2-year, 18 million deal, according to Tony Jones of The Salt Lake City Tribune. Trevor Booker's deal with the Nets will be 2 years and 18 million, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune — Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) July 2, 2016 Adrian Wojnarowski […]

Nets aim for two in row against the Jazz

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Opponent: Utah Jazz Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena (Salt Lake City) Time: 9:30 PM EDT Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO app Playing their first game without Joe Johnson since the franchise moved to Brooklyn, the Nets (16-42) came out guns blazing in Phoenix Thursday night, winning 116-106 over the Suns. Bojan Bogdanovic, starting his […]

Nets begin long road trip against the scorching Blazers

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Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers Location: Moda Center (Portland) Time: 10:00 PM EDT Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO app It’s that time of year again! The circus has made its way to Brooklyn, and now the Nets will make a 20-day, nine-game road trip around the country. The Nets (15-41) ran into a hot Charlotte […]

Bojan Bogdanovic on Team World for Rising Stars Challenge

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It’s hard to imagine anyone from the Nets headed to Toronto for the All-Star Game, but at least one player will make the trip up for a secondary challenge. Second-year guard Bojan Bogdanovic will join Team World in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge to be held on Friday night of All-Star Weekend, as the […]

Can Brook Lopez and the Nets pounce on the Heat?

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Opponent: Miami Heat Location: Barclays Center Time: 7:30 pm EDT Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO app So… Who saw that coming? After Winter Storm Jonas took hold of New York last weekend, Brookzilla invaded Barclays Center and dominated the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, extinguishing their seven-game winning streak with a 116-106 victory. Brook Lopez […]