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As Roof Rises at Barclays, King Tells Writers It's NBA's "Best Building"

Billy King says the new arena is a big positive for the franchise and Brooklyn, comparing it to Chicago's United Center and Staples Center in L.A. “We have the best owner, and we’re going to have the best building. We’ll have all the tools. If a guy doesn’t want to play here, he doesn’t want to play in the city".

Brooks: Not Playing This Week

In a short tweet late Wednesday afternoon, MarShon Brooks announced he will not be playing in either the Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Rucker Park Wednesday night or the Nike Pro-City Tournament at Baruch College Thursday night.

CBS Tries Ranking All 30 Teams

As the lockout goes on and on, the attempts to keep fan interest high get stretched further. We know of this phenomenon. CBS Sports' Ben Golliver tries his best, with a ranking of the NBA's currrent rosters, minus trades, rookies and free agent signings.

Berger: Biggest Stars Missing in NBA Labor Fight

Ken Berger writes Wednesday about the absence of top players, including Deron Williams, from the lockout wars. He notes that the NBA stars have been remarkably quiet, other than to suggest they could be headed overseas. He contrasts that with the NFL's stars who led the fight against owners.

Bogdanovic Leads Croatia Over Bulgaria in Eurobasket Warm-up

MarShon Brooks and Sundiata Gaines have already played one summer league game each and on Wednesday will play together at Rucker Park. Next up will be Bojan Bogdanovic. He's still a year or two away from Barclays Center, but will be playing at least a dozen games for Team Croatia in August and early September.

West Wants To Win..Now

There's been a lot of speculation that the Nets and Pacers are the two teams most likely to have interest in David West -- when the lockout ends and teams can get a good look at his damaged knee. For his part, West says his knee is in better shape than expected and his first priority in choosing a team is its ability to win...now.

Nets Update Flickr Offerings

The Nets have updated their Flickr page with images from last week's staff visit to the Barclays Center construction site, a full set of architectural renderings of the arena interiors and a rare set of Drazen Petrovic photos from his time in New Jersey.

Prokhorov's Billboard Campaign

Say you're motoring from Omsk to Tomsk in Siberia next month (hey, it could happen!). Don't be surprised to see a billboard or two or three or more with the smiling face of the Nets owner beaming down at you. To improve Mikhail Prokhorov's image with the motoring masses, his party is slapping his face and a slogan across Russia's highways.

MarShon and Sundiata To Team Up ...at Rucker Park Wednesday Night

Looks like Marshon Brooks and Sundiata Gaines will get a chance to play together before lockout ends. Bounce Magazine is reporting the Nets' backup backcourt will take to the Rucker Park court Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Brooks is also expected to play Thursday in the Nike Pro-City league.

Rosen: Avery Middle of Coaching Pack, But Gets Team to Play Hard

Midway between Gregg Popovich (the best) and Mike D'Antoni (the worst and the most overrated), Charley Rosen places Avery Johnson on his list of NBA coaches.

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