"The Association" Talking Playoffs ... "Blackout in Brooklyn"

Bruce Bennett

The Nets are all but assured of the fourth seed --and homecourt advantage-- in the playoffs, meaning that on April 20 or thereabouts, Barclays Center will host its first playoff game and as the latest episode of the "The Association" shows, the Nets players and front office are preparing for it, in depth.

Beyond players talking about their level of anticipation, there's a front office meeting at MetroTech where Brett Yormark reveals the theme for the team in the playoffs: "Blackout in Brooklyn." Fred Mangione, the team's executive v.p. and chief marketing officer, tells fellow executives, "Even the website, as you see it, will flip into a total black, not black and white, but all black with a 'blackout' theme."

And get ready, word is the Jerry Stackhouse will sing the national anthem before one of the games, as he has in playoffs past. Stack, who leads the Nets in playoff experience with 71 games, admits, "I've been hearing some rumors about it, but I don't know for sure."

One big part of the episode, the last before the playoffs, is a look back at Deron Williams injuries and the treatment that returned him to superstar level in the NBA. (Don't take our word, review last night's game!)

The episode also features a quick look at the Nets cryotherapy chamber. Word is that Reggie Evans loved using the one the Clippers had and recommended the Nets buy one. They bought two. The process is an alternative to cold water immersion or ice packs and Mirza Teletovic highly recommends it.

And if you haven't heard about it, "The Association" reveals the subterfuge Evans and Andray Blatche carry out in pre-game introductions. There's also mini-features on former Bulls and now Nets teammates Keith Bogans and C.J. Watson.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join NetsDaily

You must be a member of NetsDaily to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at NetsDaily. You should read them.

Join NetsDaily

You must be a member of NetsDaily to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at NetsDaily. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker