Nets on the Net: 1/4/10 Edition

In a great read from Dave D’lessandro, he talks about the Nets and their lack of an offensive identity: It’s one thing to have balanced shot distribution, which the Nets have had of late. Since this pairing of coach and point guard (15 games), a Nets player has taken 20-plus shots only six times, and four times, he has justified it by being the team’s top scorer that night.  But it is hard to know from game to game what the Nets are trying to accomplish – especially in the last six fourth quarters, when they have averaged 21 points on .373 shooting. And with yet another offensive player (Jarvis Hayes) coming out of the trainer’s room Tuesday to play against Milwaukee, it could get more confusing yet.

Kiki Vandeweghe says his team is still learning the little things: “You have to execute the little things that you drill on every day,” Vandeweghe said. “I’m talking about executing your plays, executing your defensive strategies and realizing that down the stretch you’ve got to [increase] focus.

Prospective Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is hosting Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his French Alps chalet, as a thank you for clearing his name in the French prostitution scandal.

Net Income over at NetsDaily debates whether or not we’re seeing the real Yi right now, or has his performance since his return from injury been an aberration: So now everyone waits to see if he’s the old Yi, the “eternal tease” as one fantasy expert called him, or the new one, the guy Nets broadcaster Tim Capstraw gushed was looking “looking like a potential all-star” in recent games. He’s played well in stretches before, but not at this level. So, it’s worth discussing: what would an aggressive, confident, productive Yi mean for the Nets?

The Atlantic Yards Report looks at the past year of progress for the project, but warns, “the arena’s not a lock.”