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E-Mailing with the Enemy: Philadelphia 76ers

Dennis Velasco of NetsDaily e-mails with Roy Burton of Liberty Ballers to preview tonight's Nets-76ers game and talk trade rumors and rookies.

Update: Brook Lopez will NOT play vs. 76ers

Brook Lopez says that he expects to play tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. Lopez injured his ankle on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nets and Sixers open big week for Brooklyn

The (relatively) healthy Nets have somewhat of an easy week starting Monday vs. Philly. Over the next seven days, they play only three games, two at home and the other a bus ride away. Between now and December 27, they don't get an airplane.

Bogdanovic non-committal about future

Bojan Bogdanovic set the tone early in an interview with Fenerbahce TV when asked about his future. "Now, i just concentrate on my team," he said. When asked about his plans beyond this season, the Nets pick was careful not to upset anyone.

Film Study: Brook Lopez and the Pick-and-Roll

Reed Wallach takes a look at how the Nets could look to utilize Brook Lopez better in pick-and-roll situations. He's scoring as effectively in the PNR as he is in post-ups, but the Nets aren't nearly using him enough in PNRs, according to Wallach.

Brook Lopez 'Questionable' vs. 76ers

Brook Lopez (ankle) is "questionable" for Monday's game at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. Paul Pierce will continue to come off the bench, and Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic both missed practice today with an "illness."


Bettle leads another TV type into training hell

Dr. Jeremy Bettle has a great job. In addition to being the Nets strength and conditioning coach, he gets to lead aspiring television types --Alyonka Larionov of BCTV and Sarah Kustok of YES-- through typical player workouts. Ryan Ruocco next up?

Without point guard, Armor continue to lose

The Nets and Armor had big hopes for Lorenzo Brown, a 6'5" point guard dumped by the T-Wolves in training camp, then traded to Springfield. Before he could play in the D-League, the 76ers called him up and with no PG, the Armor continue to lose.

Is a turn in fortunes on Nets horizon?

Deron Williams is back, after resting his balky ankles; Paul Pierce returned early from a broken hand; Brook Lopez's ankle sprain appears minor and, Andrei Kirilenko was back on the practice cour this weekend. It's getting better ... finally.

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