Tommy Dee over at The Knicks Blog, has an interesting tidbit about Tracy McGrady and the Nets from last summer: The Rockets had a deal in place to send McGrady to New Jersey for Vince Carterand other pieces, similar to the Nets-Magic deal on draft night. When McGrady’s agent Arn Tellem informed his client he was about to be on the move, McGrady abruptly ended his season by saying he needed micro-fracture surgery on his ailing knee.
Three major NYC city streets are going to be wiped off the grid to make room for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to the Brooklyn Paper: Since leaping one of the last remaining major legal hurdles in late November, Ratner has moved forward with his project far more rapidly than a Nets fast-break. And in December, he sold $511 million in tax-free bonds — roughly half the money needed for the arena.
Meanwhile, another court hearing is scheduled regarding the Atlantic Yards development.
Dave D’Alessandro comes to the defense of Devin Harris: For starters, he’s missed one-third the schedule. And even when he does play, the mandate he’s received from the new staff is pretty clear: “Run the same four plays for Yi and Brook, take your shots down from 18 to 8 per game, and by the way, do it with a smile and pretend you’re on board with this disaster even though we know you’re not.”
Matt Moore at Hardwood Paroxysm has some advice for the Nets when it comes to trading Devin Harris: Don’t do it.
NBA.com sees some light at the end of the tunnel for the Nets: Winning next season might be an order the size of the Atlantic Yards arena project, but in addition to the money the Nets will throw at the loaded 2010 free-agent class, they’ve got 10 Draft picks, five in the first round, over the next three years. New Jersey could end up being a major player before the Feb. 18 trade deadline depending on the status of prospective owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Bethlehem Shoals over at NBA Fanhouse talks about swapping one Sean Williams for a Shawne Williams.
Marc Stein talks about a potential Utah/Dallas swap involving free agent to-be Carlos Boozer.
Fighting for Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn on Fox News: