Brooklyn Nets rookie center Mason Plumlee has been one of the team's few bright spots, and he showed off his skills again with an athletic reverse two-hand dunk off a pretty Andray Blatche feed against the Los Angeles Lakers. This isn't the first time Plumlee has taken flight, and it's refreshing on a team lacking athleticism. Watch above.
After a 2-6 start to Jason Kidd's head coaching career with the Brooklyn Nets (technically 3-7, but Kidd did not coach the first two games while serving a suspension for pleading guilty to driving under the influence), there's certainly trouble in paradise. Kidd has struggled with rotations in his first few games, and put Monday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on his "bad coaching."
I'm not sure anything encapsulates Kidd's struggles through his first eight games than this video, showing a slowed-down, befuddled Kidd over "Hello Darkness My Old Friend." Hello Brooklyn.
After jawing at Sacramento Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez, Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry picked up a technical foul. He argued that Vasquez elbowed him in the face, confronting him after the play and causing a bit of a scuffle between the two teams.
Except, as you'll see, Vasquez never even hit Terry with an elbow:
Vasquez did dig into Terry a bit with his forehead before the play, but as you can see clearly in the replay, there's no contact between Vasquez's elbow and Terry's head. That didn't stop Terry from taking offense to Vasquez getting close, nearly starting a fight.
I wouldn't necessarily say Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett turned back the clock with this slam dunk, since he's been doing this for a while. But maybe he turned it back to just last year. Garnett's struggled to score both at the rim and from midrange this season, and he was primed to put this one back as soon as the shot went up. A powerful jam from the team's emotional leader.
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov sits down with Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes, both at CBS Studios and in Prokhorov's box at Barclays Center, to talk Nets, head coach Jason Kidd, and the future of Russian politics, noting that political operations are his primary day-to-day work. He also shares his thoughts on Edward Snowden, and how Snowden is representative of the sharp divide in foreign relations between Russia and the United States.
Prokhorov, when asked about his promise to punish himself by getting married within five years of buying the Nets if the Nets don't win a championship, told Rose the promise was "a joke," but quickly backed off, saying "Just for the time being, I'm not looking for the wife." Call it confidence in his team.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams has been on a minutes restriction for the first few games of the season, as he nurses his injured right ankle back to health. In those limited minutes, Williams hasn't looked NBA-ready; he's played sloppy on both ends of the floor, and has yet to crack double digits in scoring or assists.
That all changed tonight.
Against the Jazz, Williams played like the D-Will we expected to see. While his numbers aren't jaw-dropping, Williams has made the extra pass and hit his shots. With the Nets up 24 after 3 quarters, Williams is likely done for the night. In his 24:24 minutes of play, Williams shot an efficient 4-6 from the field, to the tune of 10 points, dishing out 8 assists.
Sometimes the stat sheet isn't indicative of a player's success on the court. That's the case for Deron Williams tonight- his play has been sublime.
The last time Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson, and Lawrence Frank were in the same building, it was for the 2007-08 New Jersey Nets. Even though it's 2013, RJ is still giving Nets fans a taste of the good ol' days. Jefferson, now with the Utah Jazz, went vintage against the Brooklyn Nets, throwing down a nasty reverse dunk midway through the 2nd quarter.
To my amazement, Jefferson still has a little bit of gas left in the tank. No matter what team RJ is playing for, I'll always appreciate one of his classic dunks.
With the Brooklyn Nets looking lost against an Orlando Magic team in rebuilding mode, Paul Pierce rose to the occasion. Literally. On a fast break, Pierce crossed over rookie Victor Oladipo, driving for the emphatic dunk. Entering his 15th season in the NBA, Pierce can still play with the fresh legs of NBA rooks. Pierce has been an unequivocal leader of the Nets since Deron Williams is off to a bit of a slow start.
The Nets might be losing to a really bad team, but at least Paul Pierce showed us that he can still ball.
Well, that didn't take long.
The first bucket of the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets season goes to Paul Pierce. It took Pierce all of 13 seconds to get off a shot, sinking his very first bucket off a screen-and-roll with Deron Williams. Pierce continued to make buckets, scoring the first 6 Nets points. While the first few buckets of the game went to The Truth, every member of the Nets' starting five scored within minutes.
Welcome to Brooklyn, Mr. Pierce.
Yes, it's only preseason. Yes, LeBron James wasn't playing for the Miami Heat, and most of the game was played with the intensity of a garden snail. But it's still incredibly encouraging to see Brooklyn Nets hit seventeen three-pointers last night on 27 attempts in their 108-87 blowout victory.
What's most intriguing about the shots isn't that they hit 17, it's how easy those 17 looked. Sure, Joe Johnson had an iso or two, and Mirza Teletovic's 3 couldn't have had less space, but most of them were wide open shots, created from crisp ball movement or player movement in transition.
Or look at it this way: the Nets 2012-13 season high for three-pointers made was 16, which they did twice (once against the Houston Rockets in January, and once again against the Denver Nuggets in February). They beat that last night.
I can't stress enough that #WeTalkinBoutPreseason, but the ball and the court won't change once the regular season starts. The firepower the Nets have from top to bottom is incredible, and when they're firing on all cylinders, they're going to be so much fun to watch.