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ESPN: Nets Middling Future

None of ESPN's rankings --power rankings, top 100 draft picks-- are particularly objective measures, but an argument can be made that the most subjective is the annual future power rankings, a five year outlook on each team. They rank Nets 14th.

Nets Spent $2.75M on Draft Night

In another indication of Mikhail Prokhorov's willingness to spend, the Nets paid out $2.75 million on Draft Night to secure the draft rights of Tyshawn Taylor, taken at #41, and Toko Shengelia, taken at #54.

Connecting The Nets To Brooklyn Sports History

Expect more of this in the coming weeks: nostaglic stories that hark back to the Dodgers' last days in Brooklyn while connecting with the Nets' arrival. The Times delves into how baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax first gained fame as a basketball player at Brooklyn's Lafayette High. Richard Sandomir writes, "For more than five decades, Koufax has been a symbol of Brooklyn’s lost sports history. It turns out he was something more — a heck of a basketball player whose exploits way back when take on new meaning with the Nets’ arrival."

Street Contact Leads To Internship

The day after the Draft, Vivek Shah was walking near Rockefeller Center when he spotted Brett Yormark exiting a sushi restaurant with a member of the team's ownership group. From that encounter came a tour and an internship.

Camp Invite for Scalabrine?

ESPN reports that the Nets are amoung three teams that might give Brian Scalabrine a training camp invitation.

Ratner: Prokhorov Deserves Credit

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal's Lee Hawkins, Bruce Ratner talks about how well the Nets have done this off-season, crediting Mikhail Prokhorov and his team, as well as Billy King, for rebuilding the Nets.

In Pundits' Latest Off-Season Grades, Brooklyn Gets an A, A- and B+

in the latest punditry on the Nets off-season, Ben Golliver of CBS Sports gives the Nets an A-, noting that the grade is more about what they could have been this off-season

Deron Williams Back at PNY Center

Williams has said that with eight (or more) new players on the roster, he'd like to see his teammates back in East Rutherford for informal practices on September 15, a month from Wednesday. 48 hours after the medal ceremony in London, he already is.

Jay-Z NBA2K13 Soundtrack Revealed

Electronic Theatre, a UK gamer site, says it has the soundtrack Jay-Z has compiled to NBA2K. It featured a number of Jay-Z hits like "Pump It Up" and "Run This Town" as well as songs by U2, Cold Play, Kanye West and Nas. No word on what surprise the Nets owner has for Nets fans who buy the game, but we'd be surprised if there weren't any.

How Joe Johnson Fits Into Nets Plan

Devin Kharpertian dives deep in Joe Johnson's stat sheet and playbook and offers details on how the Nets can use him in situations both familiar and new.

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