Nets on the Net: 12/17/09 Edition

Despite the team’s struggles, Devin Harris told reporters that he’s standing by the Nets, unlike what happened with the organization’s last point guard: “Right now I’m the leader on this team,” Harris said. “My job is getting guys to come out and compete every night. That’s my job at the moment. Everything else will take care of itself.”

Jazz forward, and Russian native, Andrei Kirilenko continues his praise of prospective Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who was formally approved yesterday by Bruce Ratner and now awaits NBA league approval before he can take control of the team: “He’s really going to turn around the team,’’ Kirilenko said. “It’s not like he’s going to get the team and they’ll play a little better. They’re not playing that well right now.

John Brennan of The Record writes, if the Nets still want to move to Newark, they are going to have to pony up the $7.5 million fine for breaking their lease at the Izod Center.

Dave D’Alessandro of The Star-Ledger sees an improvement in Josh Boone’s numbers: He’s averaging only 5.0 points (.509 shooting from the field), 6.0 rebounds, and 0.84 blocks in 20.7 minutes this year as a token starter who rarely gets to finish. But over the last 11 games, with just a short increase in minutes (23.4), Boone has hiked his numbers in every area: 6.3 ppg (.529), 6.8 rpg. He has also had 11 blocks in the last seven games.

Another lawsuit by opponents of the Nets’ Brooklyn move was dismissed by the courts.