On the latest episode of #BKConnect, YES Network's Chris Shearn, Newsday's Rod Boone, and I discuss the team's third-quarter woes, whether or not Deron Williams will ever be fully healthy again, and break down the play of the month, Joe Johnson's game-winning floater in overtime against the Phoenix Suns.

The next episode of #BKConnect airs during tomorrow night's pregame show on YES Network at 8 P.M. To submit questions or comments, hit up YES Network on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, using the hashtag #BKConnect.


At halftime of Tuesday's game between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, Nets general manager Billy King spoke with YES Network's Sarah Kustok on a variety of topics, including trust (which isn't there yet), Kidd (who King feels has the confidence and voice to lead), injuries (which he doesn't blame for their struggles) and the state of the Nets. Watch above.


At practice Monday afternoon, the Nets learned about Derrick Rose's season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, sending their well-wishes to the Chicago Bulls point guard and former MVP. This is the second straight season that Rose will miss with a knee injury after tearing the ACL in his other knee in the 2012 NBA playoffs, forcing him to sit out the entire 2012-13 season. He played in just ten games this season before going down with the injury.

Deron Williams & Joe Johnson both spoke about the seriousness of Rose's injury. Video after the jump.
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Our good friends at YES Network have tracked how many passes the Nets have made on each possession in the team's first three games, and how well the team has shot in those situations.

The research found that the Nets are best when they pass between two and four times per possession, shooting a robust 50% through the first three games when they throw that many passes. When the Nets pass fewer than twice, they've shot only 33% from the field, but when they pass more than five times, they shoot a paltry 28%:

YES Nets passing graphic

h/t YES Network/Daniel Soriano

It's still early and trends may reverse, but that's a pretty strong indication that not only will passing too little hurt this team (which is obvious), but passing too much might, too.

One thought: that many passes may indicate that the team hasn't found anything in its regular offense, and is just throwing the ball around hoping to get a good look.


In an interview with YES Network as part of the series "Championship Dreams," Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko hints at a two-to-four-year timetable for his career, citing that as a reason for joining the Nets this offseason.

"This year, finally, I think Brooklyn built a team which... potentially can win the title," Kirilenko said, before adding that Brooklyn's mission to be a global brand -- particularly in Russia, Kirilenko's home country -- was also a factor in his decision.

Kirilenko opted out the last year of his contract with Minnesota, worth $10 million, before signing with the Nets on a two-year deal worth approximately $6.2 million total, the second year of the deal a player option. Kirilenko opted out under the impression that other offers were available, but warmed to the Nets once the market dried up and he saw an opportunity to play with a contending team.

Kirilenko will turn 33 in February this season, putting his projected retirement age around 35-37.


Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson reflect on their reactions to the blockbuster trade agreed to on draft night that brought Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the franchise.

Williams was in the "war room" at Barclays Center as the Nets made their decision to draft Mason Plumlee, communicating with Garnett and King. Lopez, naturally, was "playing video games or drawing or something." Johnson told me earlier this month that he heard about the trade on HoopsHype, reiterated that he was with his family back in Arkansas.

Garnett, Pierce, and Terry also spoke about their reaction. Pierce said he had "an understanding" after the season that it was likely he'd be moved (which he had said publicly prior to the trade as well), while Garnett was a bit more shocked. Garnett did have a no-trade clause, which could have blocked the trade, but waived it to join the Nets. Terry said he got a text from Garnett that said simply, "we're outta here."

Though not featured in this video, I learned during training camp that Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans were in Jamaica at the time of the trade, helping the RuJohn foundation. When he heard originally he was in the trade, Evans didn't have much of a reaction. "I was in Jamaica, so..." he trailed off with a laugh.

(Courtesy of YES Network)


YES Network's Brooklyn Nets Preview, "Nets 2013: Championship Dreams," premieres tonight on YES Network at 6:30 P.M., one hour prior to the 7:30 P.M. Nets-Celtics preseason broadcast.

The preview includes in-depth sit-down interviews with Nets GM Billy King, Nets coach Jason Kidd, as well as most of the team's roster.

One particularly intriguing part: King, Kidd, forward Kevin Garnett, forward Paul Pierce, and center Brook Lopez will recant their roles and reactions throughout the process of trading for Garnett, Pierce, and Terry, including Jason Kidd and Deron Williams's recruitment pitch to Garnett.

Here's a sneak peek at Paul Pierce's interview (which we originally posted on October 10th):


"I'm excited as hell."

Since media day AKA first day of NBA school on September 30th, Kevin Garnett and Reggie Evans have been effusive in their praise of one another. On media day, Evans talked of a mutual respect between he, the ferocious rebounder, and Garnett, the future Hall of Famer. Garnett acknowledged yesterday that he would not have waived his no-trade clause had Reggie Evans left the Nets, citing him as a "dog, a workhorse" that he always respected. In this preseason interview with YES, Evans stresses his excitement once again. Check it out.


Seriously, what happened? Every time he talks about this it gets more and more confusing.



We're like a soup, you see. Because you make the soup, and eat the soup, and it's delicious, but sometimes it's not so delicious, because you put crappy things in the soup. But we're not crappy things, we're delicious soup. Like a nice tomato basil. Yeah. I'm a big fan of tomato basil. Especially when you add fine ground black pepper? Oh, man, that hits the spot. None of that store-bought mess, I mean the real black pepper that gets ground right in front of you at a fancy Italian restaurant where the waiters all have their own individual accents from different parts of Italy. You ever been to Italy? It's amazing. The tomatoes there must've been purified in triple-distilled spring waters or something. They're wickedly delectable. Wait, what were we talking about again? Oh, that's right. Yeah. Go Nets.

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YES Network has hired Donny Marshall as an in-game Brooklyn Nets analyst.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Marshall in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft, he spent five years in the NBA, the final two with the back-to-back New Jersey Nets NBA Finals teams led by Jason Kidd in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Marshall replaces Greg Anthony as YES's third color analyst behind Mike Fratello and Jim Spanarkel, who left YES to join CBS as a college basketball analyst.

Marshall was most recently a color commentator for Comcast SportsNet, covering the Boston Celtics. He also works for NBC Sports Network.