Around the ‘Nets: Ben Simmons puts up 20-20 at Barclays Center

Around the ‘Nets: Ben Simmons puts up 20-20 at Barclays Center

The latest Brooklyn Nets news and notes from around the ‘nets:

  • Shane Larkin and Andrea Bargnani didn’t exactly fit in with the New York Knicks. Now they’re hoping to fit in across the river.

  • A few hours after the Nets practiced at Barclays Center on Monday, LSU forward and future top-five pick Ben Simmons put up 21 points, 20 rebounds, and seven assists in the Legends Classic in the same arena. That’s the closest Simmons will get to playing a home game at Barclays Center for a long, long time: the pick the Nets would hope to select him with goes to the Boston Celtics.

  • Here’s a cool thing: following the Nets practice, the entire team went to a community center in Bed-Stuy to hand out Thanksgiving food at Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

  • Upside & Motor looks at the Nets’ “rebuild,” which is only kind of a rebuild.

  • Thaddeus Young, on how the Nets went from losing 120-95 to winning 111-101 to the same team in 48 hours: “We did everything opposite of what we did the game before.”
  • Buried in Zach Lowe’s weekly column is a Thing He Does Not Like about the Nets: how they’re over-hedging on damn near every pick-and-roll.

  • Former Nets watch, Part I: Mason Plumlee has an assist in all 15 Blazers games thus far this season, and is averaging close to three assists per game after averaging 0.9 in his two years in Brooklyn.

  • Former Nets watch, Part II: Mirza Teletovic spoke about his time in Brooklyn thusly: “I tried to change since my Brooklyn years. I think I can do so much more on the court, especially understanding basketball. Playing (professionally) already for about 15 years, I really understand it.” Teletovic also threw a pass off Anthony Davis’s face and hit a 3.

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s new nickname: “The Brooklyn Bandit.” Thoughts?