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The Glue Guys: Nets Season Superlatives

24 Apr 2018 22:22:16 -0400

The Glue Guys put a cap on the Brooklyn Nets season by handing out some season superlatives, including Cup of Coffee Award and The Force Awakens aka Most Disappointing Award. Subscribe to the Glue Guys on iTunes Follow the Glue Guys on Stitcher Social Media – @BKGlueGuys on Twitter | Glue Guys on Facebook



Nets hire Pablo Prigioni, Tiago Splitter

24 Apr 2018 15:23:35 -0400

A pair of former NBA players have joined the Nets’ organization, the team announced Tuesday in a press release. Pablo Prigioni has been hired as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson‘s staff, while Tiago Splitter had been named a pro scout with additional duties related to on-court player development.Prigioni, whose hiring was first reported by Brian Lewis of The New York Post, also received interest from the Knicks, with whom he spent two and a half seasons as a player. However, he ultimately chose to join the city’s other NBA team.The longtime point guard transitioned to coaching after retiring as a player — he was named the head coach of Spanish team Baskonia last summer, but stepped down after just eight games, reportedly due to family issues. In Brooklyn, Prigioni will have an opportunity to work with promising young guards like D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Isaiah Whitehead and Caris LeVert.As for Splitter, he announced his retirement as a player due to health issues earlier this year, and had exp



Brooklyn Nets: Who on the current roster to focus on for the future

22 Apr 2018 22:41:28 -0400

The Brooklyn Nets have been out of the realm of relevancy for the last few years to those fans outside of Brooklyn. For fans looking for consistent playoff caliber basketball, let’s be honest, the Nets aren’t really it. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun to watch. The regular season for the Nets is over and the playoffs are well underway. That means for the team who play their regular season games at Barclays Center and those who are fans, there isn’t much to focus on that pertains to your favorite squad. So despite the playoffs happening right this minute,  our job today is to talk about who the Brooklyn Nets need to focus on developing if they want to be playing in their own playoff series sometime in the near future. Two players that the Brooklyn front office needs to focus on are guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen. Spencer Dinwiddie Dinwiddie had been an offensive weapon for the Nets during the 2018 campaign, especially with his high energy play and ability to knock down from the three-po



Atlantic notes: The process works, Mark Jackson a fit with the Knicks?

20 Apr 2018 18:11:16 -0400

Love or hate The Process, it produced a Sixers team that is every bit an Eastern Conference contender. Beyond the roster loaded with talent, however, is a strong culture, one that ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz points out is far more developed and nuanced than we all assumed while they were losing historically.“All of that was a time of learning, a time of progression, a time of really seeing the type of person you can become when you endure hard time,” said Sixers forward Robert Covington. “That journey made us who we are. The 18-win season, the 10-win season. All that, it built us up for this moment.”A mainstay for the team during those lean years is a tradition of having players give presentations about topics that resonate with them on a monthly basis. The result? A series of PowerPoint speeches over which Sixers staffers and stars have been connecting.Arnovitz breaks down the motivation behind the Sixers’ discussions, which range from Covington’s lecture on snakes to Dario Saric‘s lesson on the Balkan conflict th



What should the Brooklyn Nets do this Offseason

18 Apr 2018 15:54:57 -0400

When talking about the Brooklyn Nets words like bad, horrible, or ugly might come up. With a record of 28-54, 12th in the Eastern Conference standings to finish the season those words are a good representation of the way they play. But the Nets are also a team that plays hard from start to finish, show grit and has a front office pushing the word “Culture” around the organization. The Nets don’t have a lot of talent on their team but their season was motivated by the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers hold their first round draft pick for the 2018 NBA Draft and the Nets didn’t want that pick to be a lottery one. The Nets didn’t reach 30 wins but going 3-2 in the teams final five games helped push them into to the offseason and search for ways to improve their roster. D’Angelo Russell is the centerpiece and star of the franchise. The 23 year-old was acquired from the LA Lakers in a trade that sent Nets all-time Scoring Leader Brook Lopez to LA. The Nets don’t have a very attractive team for free agents this sum



Nets notes: Joe Harris, Jeremy Lin, cap room

17 Apr 2018 13:56:13 -0400

The Nets are committed to re-signing free agent Joe Harris this summer, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. The fourth-year swingman is coming off his best NBA season, averaging 10.8 points per game while shooting .419 from 3-point range. He emerged as a rotation player in Brooklyn last season after two years of trying to earn a role in Cleveland, and said “I don’t really envision myself being anywhere else” during a media session last week.Scotto talked to eight NBA executives who estimate Harris will get offers between $4M and $7M per season. That shouldn’t be an issue for the Nets, who will have up to $20M in available cap space. Harris just wrapped up a two-year veterans’ minimum deal he signed with Brooklyn in 2016.“I think Joe made it pretty clear in some of the statements he made that he’d love to be back here,” GM Sean Marks said. “That’s how the organization feels about him, too. As [coach] Kenny [Atkinson] alluded to before, we’ve got some decisions to make on several, but definitely, Joe i



Nets notes: Lin, Russell, Vaughn, Okafor

14 Apr 2018 12:56:09 -0400

Jeremy Lin went down with a season-ending injury on opening night, adding another chapter to what has been an injury-riddled first two seasons in Brooklyn. Lin is on track to return to full health for next season and he expects to start for the Nets, Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes.Lin appeared in just 36 games last season and just 25 minutes this season before a ruptured patella tendon ended it. Despite his limited playing time for the Nets, the 29-year-old —  focused on improving his health — envisions himself on the court as a starter.“€œI came here having the same role. I don’€™t expect it to change,” Lin said. “if it does, it’;l be something we communicate over. But I’m not even thinking that far in advance. I’m thinking about my health, about moving properly. And I have full confidence if I’m doing that, everything will be [OK]. Everything will make up for lost time, and we’ll see what I’d envisioned my time in Brooklyn being.”With Lin healthy, the Nets face a crowded backcourt with D’Angelo R



Nets Notes: Okafor's future; Lin's return crowds backcourt; ownership

12 Apr 2018 19:04:18 -0400

With the Nets‘ season complete, one focus will be what happens to Jahlil Okafor as he’s headed for free agency. After Okafor was traded from the Sixers to the Nets, the expectation was he would see more playing time in Brooklyn but that was not the case. After the early December trade, Okafor only appeared in 26 games.Michael Scotto of The Athletic (subscription required) spoke to several Eastern Conference personnel to gauge possible interest in Okafor as a free agent. While the former third overall pick does have upside, particularly on offense, his limited rebounding and defensive skills will impact his ability to secure guaranteed playing time. One Eastern Conference executive described Okafor’s style as “antiquated” while another said that Okafor’s best bet may be a one-year deal where he can rebuild his value as a starter.“He’s a pretty impressive force in one singular area,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Athletic. “He doesn’t defend, and he doesn’t rebound. Coach K did not do him any favors by h



Joe Tsai completes purchase of 49 percent stake in Nets

12 Apr 2018 16:10:40 -0400

Mikhail Prokhorov has officially sold a 49% stake in the Nets to new minority owner Joseph Tsai, according to Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg (Twitter link). Soshnick writes that the Nets received an overall valuation of $2.35 billion in the transaction, a new NBA record.“As a lifelong sports fan, I am very proud to join the Nets ownership and the NBA family,” Tsai said in a statement, per the Nets’ official announcement. “I lived in New York in the early days of my career and the City holds a special place in my heart. I share the vision and culture that Mikhail Prokhorov, CEO Brett Yormark, general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson have put in place, and I look forward to being part of this great franchise.”Tsai’s agreement to buy a significant share in the Nets was reported way back in October of 2017, but took some time to finalize. In addition to giving the Alibaba executive vice chairman and co-founder a significant stake in the Nets, the deal will also give him the opportunity to buy the fra



Three Takeaways from the Brooklyn Nets’ 2017-18 Campaign

12 Apr 2018 15:52:44 -0400

The Brooklyn Nets, despite only winning 28 games, had a rather successful season in the eyes of their management, coaches, and fans. Sure, 28 wins are horrible for most franchises, but this year was less about wins and losses for this team and more about developing their young players for the future. It is obvious that the plan to develop their players worked, as Caris Levert, Rondae-Hollis Jefferson, and Spencer Dinwiddie took huge strides in their respective games. So, with another season in the books, let’s look at three takeaways from the 82-game campaign. They Have Their Coach of the Future Ever since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, it has been a constant coaching carousel. Avery Johnson, P.J Carlesimo, Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins, and Tony Brown were a part of this seemingly-never-ending carousel of coaches. Each one came in hoping to be the man for the future, but they were all kicked out the door in short periods of time. In Kenny Atkinson, however, the Nets seem to have finally found their coach of th



Brooklyn Nets: A look at coach Kenny Atkinson’s season

08 Apr 2018 15:14:43 -0400

The Brooklyn Nets don’t have a ton of notable names for the casual NBA fan to know, and their coach isn’t a superstar name too. However, Kenny Atkinson is a popular name in the basketball community, as his ability to develop young talent cannot be denied. The players get the bulk of the credit, but coach Atkinson’s ability to relate to the players makes him a likeable coach both on and off the court. He’s also able to find the weaknesses in his players, and turn them into strengths in the matter of one season. Coach Atkinson has shown promise, but he has also made some common mistakes you can expect out of a young head coach in the NBA. Let’s go back to discussing his ability to develop young talent. Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie have not been looked at as key contributors in their young professional careers, but coach Atkinson helped them breakout this year and turned them into key pieces in this Brooklyn rebuild. Both players were coming into the season as likely backups, but coach Atkinson had them read



Three reasons why the Brooklyn Nets will be in the playoffs next year

08 Apr 2018 15:10:47 -0400

It was another year to forget for the Brooklyn Nets, as their lack of depth at the talent pool proved too much in close games. Despite another 50-plus loss season, the Nets did show some promise with the improved play of their young core throughout the year. This is the final year of the Nets not having their own first round pick, so there is a little shine of brightness at the end of the tunnel. Expectations aren’t high, but with another off season to work on developing their young core, the Nets will finally make a return to the playoffs next year—yeah, you read that right. D’Angelo Russell will be healthy It’s been an interesting first season in Brooklyn for D’Angelo Russell, as he has struggled to find his place due to injuries. However, when Russell was orchestrating the offense with his craftiness as a ball handler, there was excitement for how good he can be. Russell’s ability to create offense out of nothing is what the Nets were missing this year, so just imagine what he can do for this team with a f



Atlantic Notes: Fultz's energy, Redick's excitement for Sixers; Atkinson's hope for Nets

07 Apr 2018 11:37:19 -0400

First overall pick Markelle Fultz missed 68 games due to injury and at one point, it seemed that his entire rookie year would be lost to a phantom shoulder ailment. Instead, Fultz has returned and given a spark to the Sixers the last seven games.Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer relays that Fultz was “hurt” with the situation because he was not able to play.“It wasn’t anything about expectations or anything,” Fultz said. “I just felt like something I loved doing I couldn’t do anymore, and it hurt for a little while.”The 19-year-old has now appeared in 11 games this season and posted modest numbers of 6.8 PPG and 3.4 APG. However, simply being part of the team — which sits in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 49-30 record — has Fultz excited for the remainder of the regular season and beyond.“I feel like I can help them hopefully by picking up the energy and, when they come out and feel down, just picking them up,” Fultz said. “And for me, when I’m not feeling good, they are doing the same t



New York notes: Knicks to address center position; D'Angelo Russell knows he must improve

05 Apr 2018 14:02:42 -0400

Despite starting the season with four centers, that could become a position of need for the Knicks this summer, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Enes Kanter has signed with Mark Bartelstein, one of the NBA’s most powerful agents, as he ponders whether to opt out of an $18.6MM salary for next season, adds Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News.Backup center Kyle O’Quinn has a $4.3MM opt out that he is expected to exercise, as he recently expressed a desire to join a playoff contender. Joakim Noah is on an extended leave of absence from the team, and Willy Hernangomez has already been traded to the Hornets. Berman expects the Knicks to use the stretch provision on Noah once Sept. 1 arrives to open up future cap space.There’s more today out of New York: Trade rumors have surrounded veteran Courtney Lee, but he hopes to remain with the Knicks, relays Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com. Lee doesn’t fit in with the youth movement in New York and may not have a future spot in a crowded backcourt. “All I can co



Nets rumors: Harris's career year, Okafor angles for playing time

02 Apr 2018 12:56:52 -0400

In his second season with the Nets, Joe Harris has enjoyed a career year, establishing new career bests in PPG (10.7), FG% (.486), 3PT% (.411), and several other categories. However, as Michael Scotto of The Athletic details, Harris isn’t necessarily eager to parlay his success into a big payday with a new team.“In my short experience in the NBA, this has been a very ideal fit just overall in terms of having the opportunity to play and all the great people that are within the organization,”Harris said of the Nets. “It’s hard to say the grass is greener on the other side or somewhere else.”While Harris sounds interested in staying in Brooklyn, and agent Mark Bartelstein calls the relationship between the Nets and his client a “great marriage,” the young wing will be in line for a raise. Scotto cites eight NBA executives who believe that Harris will command between $4-7MM annually on a new deal after earning the minimum in 2017/18.“He shoots, plays hard, cuts, and moves well off the ball,” one Eastern Conferenc



Andre Drummond rips jersey Hulk style after ejection

01 Apr 2018 20:02:53 -0400

An altercation between Andre Drummond and Quincy Acy led to ejections and a jersey being ripped in half.During Sunday’s game between the Pistons and Nets, tempers flared late in the third quarter. After battling for a loose ball, Drummond and Acy got tangled up, leading to the two getting in each other’s faces and exchanging words. Drummond then shoved Acy, who charged after Drummond while being held back. Both Drummond and Acy were ejected for their roles in the altercation. Drummond reportedly ripped his jersey Incredible Hulk style before heading to the locker room.



WATCH: Quincy Acy clips ref in head going after Andre Drummond, both players ejected

01 Apr 2018 19:58:24 -0400

On Sunday evening as the Brooklyn Nets hosted the Detroit Pistons, Quincy Acy and Andre Drummond got into a heated exchange that could potentially have Acy in some hot water with the NBA.During the incident, Acy appeared to accidentally clip one of the refs in the head going after Drummond.Here’s the entire sequence, from start to finish. Now here’s a look at the part involving the ref, from few different angles. Both players received technical fouls for this, and both were ejected.This incident occurred right as the third quarter was winding down, with Detroit leading 83-70 at the time.



Whiteside calls minutes limit ‘bull—-‘ in OT loss

01 Apr 2018 03:00:06 -0400

Hassan Whiteside appears to be over the Miami Heat.Saturday night, the Heat would lose to the Brooklyn Nets 110-109 in overtime. However, Whiteside would play just 20 minutes. After missing nine games with a hip flexor, the Heat are easing him back into the fold. But the big man is far from happy about it.“Man, it’s annoying, you know. Why we matching up? We got one of the best centers in the league. Why we matching up? A lot of teams don’t have a good center. They’re going to use their strength.”But he doesn’t stop there. In fact, he hints at what he could do in the near future. And that’s not something Heat fans should be excited about.“It’s bullshit. It’s really bullshit, man. There’s a lot of teams that could use a center. Shit. That’s bullshit.”Whiteside would compile 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in those 20 minutes. And he doesn’t like the pattern that’s developing.“No. I don’t know if it is because of a minutes restriction or what. The minutes have been like that all year. It’s just real



D'Angelo Russell plans to be Net 'for life'

28 Mar 2018 11:00:16 -0400

D’Angelo Russell‘s first season in Brooklyn has been up and down, with injuries limiting him to just 40 games so far. However, Russell isn’t overly discouraged by those missed games, suggesting on Tuesday that he’ll be able to make up that time in the coming seasons, since he plans to be a Net “for life,” as Brian Lewis of The New York Post details.“I plan on being here for life, so I think that time will happen. I feel like it’ll catch up. I won’t [lose that time from injury],” Russell said. “Eighty-two games sounds like a lot, but that went by quick. I missed a lot, but it went by fast. Imagine what two or three healthy seasons, which relationships can be built, what creative strategies you and the coaches can create, timing.”While Russell’s comments on his potential long-term future with the Nets don’t guarantee anything, the front office should still be happy to hear them. Nets management, led by GM Sean Marks, rolled the dice on the former second overall pick in last June’s blockbuster trade with the Lak