November 28th, 2013 at 10:58 AM
By Jason Leach
When the Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry the feeling was that it would take time for the team to gel, especially under first year head coach Jason Kidd. But even the most pessimistic observer didn't think the Nets would start the season 4-11.
Garnett who has averaged 19 points per game throughout his hall of fame career is only averaging 6.7 points per game. Pierce scoring average is down from 21.7 for his career to just 13.1, and is shooting just 37% from the field. Kidd’s expression and demeanor on the sidelines has looked like a fish out of water at times.
It seems inconceivable that a team with this much experience on the floor has yet to win back to back games this season. The way the schedule sets up over the next few games it seems likely that this trend will continue.
For the next three games the Nets have two road games against the Rockets and Grizzlies before they travel back home to play the Denver Nuggets on December 3rd. Those teams have a combined record of 27-18. Adding to the Nets woes is their two best players Brook Lopez and Deron Williams have missed a combined 13 games.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 25th, 2013 at 10:52 AM
By Jason Leach
There’s no mistaking that the Deron Williams is one of the best point guards in the league when healthy. But that’s the key, as Williams has often dealt with injuries throughout his career.
This season Williams’ ankles have once again failed him as he has missed a total of six games and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the starting lineup. The ankles have plagued him for years as Williams as he often has to take cortisone shots and other various treatments on his ankles.
It’s a shame how injuries can suddenly affect and change an athlete’s career. Some young and promising basketball players such as Grant Hill have had their potential Hall of Fame careers altered due to ankle injuries. Whether or not Deron Williams’ ankles will derail his career the same way it did to Grant Hill has yet to be determined. However, in each of the last three seasons Williams’ scoring average has decreased.
Hopefully Williams will rebound and recover from his latest injury and lead the Nets to a long playoff run. But as of right now, there’s a huge uncertainty on how Williams' ankles will hold up this season and for the remainder of his career.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 28th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Sports Media 101
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September 24th, 2013 at 2:36 PM
By Donald Lappe
Paul Pierce might be wearing a jersey with "The Truth" on the back when the Brooklyn Nets take on the Miami Heat this season. It has been reported that the NBA is looking into Nets and Heat players wearing nicknames on the backs of their jerseys when the teams face off this season. With Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on the Nets and Lebron James and Dwyane Wade on the heat, there's plenty of fodder for good nicknames.
The Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat are the only teams involved in the plan so far. There are plenty of nicknames in that bunch, with some players being forced to choose between multiple nicknames. It's not a bad way to break up the grind of an 82-game season for one night. Many players have been supportive of the idea, but others have pulled back and aren't on board.
The matchup will be a high-profile one as the Nets and Heat are expected to be two of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference this season. That means it will likely be a nationally televised game that has the attention of the country as the NBA debuts nickname jerseys. Depending on the success of the idea it could eventually grow to include more teams.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 28th, 2013 at 11:45 PM
By Christopher Mann
Today the Brooklyn Nets officially announced that they will be hosting training camp at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The team has several ties to the university including General Manager Billy King and rookie center Mason Plumlee who are both alumni.
The team will hold media day in Brooklyn on September 29th in an effort to fully introduce the players to the New York City press and get fans excited for the upcoming season. Then on September 30th the team will travel together down to North Carolina. Training camp will then begin on October 1st and run through October 5th.
The team will be working out at Coach K Court for the 5 days and King believes it will provide for a great setting to allow the new look Nets to bond with one another:
"With many new players and a new staff, going on the road for training camp will offer a unique opportunity for our players to bond and focus solely on basketball as they prepare for this season."
The team will then begin pre-season games on October 8th against the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital. Read more... Join the Conversation...