Here’s the latest Nets news and notes from around the ‘Nets:
- Spend lunch reading this fantastic Brook Lopez profile, in which Lopez opens up about his childhood, his father (who has not been a part of his life since he was five), his favorite shot (“left shoulder jump hook middle with my right hand”), and more.
- Joe Johnson’s biggest fan is still Joe Johnson’s biggest fan.
- Now in Portland, Mason Plumlee wants to be a playmaker, and said he felt limited in the Nets offense: “That was a little frustrating because I felt like that was one of my strengths. Here it’s going to be seen and coach is putting me in a good position to show it. I love having the ball in my hands. I love making decisions.”
- Spurs blog Pounding the Rock predicts a second straight 15-point Nets loss tonight.
- New Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg heaped praise on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson after the rookie’s solid debut: ““I think he’s going to be a terrific player. He’s got great size and is a tough kid who can really defend. I think he’s got a great future.”
- Here’s a fun nugget: Andrea Bargnani’s 17 points off the bench were the most for a reserve in his Nets debut since Aaron Williams scored 20 points on Halloween 2000.
- Nets guard Wayne Ellington, on growing after the death of his father.
- There aren’t many optimistic takes about this Nets season. So read one.