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Good morning. Here’s the latest Nets news and notes from around the ‘net:
- The Nets will have a new roommate in Barclays Center starting this fall, and they like to keep the place cold. The New York Islanders released a third, Brooklyn-themed jersey yesterday, a black-and-white alternate with a four orange stripes on a hockey stick, representing the Islanders’ four NHL Stanley Cups (h/t Robert Silverman). They also sent a bunch to the Nets. Even the mayor (above) got one!
- Andrea Bargnani’s time in Eurobasket has come to a close. Bargnani led the Italian national team with 21 points (8-22 FG), but the men fell to Lithuania in overtime yesterday, 95-85. Bargnani had a team-worst plus-minus of -18. Bargnani finished the tournament with averages of 13.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game over seven tournament games. Next stop: Nets training camp.
- Wayne Ellington — remember, the Nets signed him too! — is making an impact off the court: the guard will march next week in a rally for peace in Philadelphia. The issue is personal for Ellington: his father was shot and killed last November in Philadelphia.
- More Ellington: From the official team website, 10 things to know about the new Nets guard. One thing I learned: He has good taste in movies.
- Looks like Paul Westphal’s got a coaching tree: his son, Michael Westphal, took a head coaching position at a private high school in North Carolina. Looks like he’s making a pretty nice salary to boot. His old school, Moorpark High, could only offer $3,500: “We can’t come close to matching.”
- Sports on Earth ranked all 30 projected starting point guards. The Nets aren’t high on the list.