Off-the-court News

Andrei Kirilenko to open Russia's first Hooters

Andrei Kirilenko is opening Russia's first ever Hooters restaurant at the end of the month, and plans to open five more.

Mirza Teletovic's wife gives birth to twins

Mirza Teletovic's wife gave birth to twin babies on Tuesday, prior to Nets-Knicks game.

Nope, Joe Johnson is not going to jail

TMZ is reporting that a judge "threatened" jail time for Nets All-Star Joe Johnson. But, don't worry, he's not going to jail.

D-Will and "a special night for autistic families"

Deron Williams, the father of an autistic son, is increasing involved as an ambassador for Autism Speaks, shifting much of his Point of Hope Foundation's work to the cause, taping messages for NBA Cares and now doing something for parents like him.

Barclays food server sues Rockets over gay slurs

Rasean Tate, a Barclays food server is suing the Houston Rockets and the company that handles catering at the arena, Levy's, for discrimination, claiming Rockets players pelted him with homophobic slurs in a locker room before a 2013 Nets game.

Ebanks, Armor star, suspended for drugs

Devin Ebanks, rated the top NBA prospect on the Springfield Armor, was suspended for five games by the D-League for violation of the league's drug policy. The league provided no details. With only seven games left, it's unlikely he'll play again.

Livingston talks about pain ... and perseverance

While many of his teammates were sunning themselves in places like Las Vegas or the Caribbean, Shaun Livingston went home to Peoria, devastated last year by a tornado, and talked to local kids about basketball and perseverance

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Video: Nets share secrets to staying healthy

Brooklyn Nets players Joe Johnson, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson share their secrets to staying healthy.

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Livingston brings comfort and joy to family

Last weekend, with the Nets off, Shaun Livingston flew home and on behalf of his foundation provided some Christmas comfort and joy to a Washington, Illinois, family devastated by a November tornado that killed 29 near his hometown.

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Nets give "Brooklyn" a chance

Brooklyn MacIver was celebrating her second birthday Friday and getting ready for her eighth chemotherapy treatment just after Christmas. Billy King met with her parents Friday after learning of little Brooklyn.

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Auction to End Hunger: Nets Prizes

WhyHunger is holding their annual Hungerthon and you can once again bid on Brooklyn Nets prize packages.

To hell with the diet!

As the Brooklyn Eagle headlines: "to hell with the diet!" The newspaper reports that both Tony Roma's and Shake Shack should be open by the spring, when hopefully the Nets will still be playing across the street at Barclays Center. Roma's is first.

Reggie Evans day off ... in Pensacola

When the Nets charter landed at 4:30 a.m. Saturday after another sad flight most of the players headed to home and bed. Not Reggie Evans. He boarded the first of two flights to Pensacola, his hometown, for the first Reggie Evans Turkey Giveaway.

Nets going old school ... but they hate the shorts

Deron Williams gathered some teammates for a charity video recently because he's decided to go old school, starting with short shorts. Not a good look. No, not at all.

Black luxury box holders sue Barclays for racism

Three staffers of Ludwig's Pharmacy in Brooklyn are suing Barclays Center management, claiming to be the target of racism and citing a series of incidents that took place in recent weeks.

And if Jason Kidd screws up again, then what?

Mike Vaccaro writes a thoughtful column Sunday about the Nets' head coach, not so much about his great career or his great challenge going from playing to coaching. Instead, he writes about what happens if Kidd screws up again personally.

Star of Nets' movie night is one of their own

After the Nets finished watching a sneak peak of "Captain Phillips," a Tom Hanks vehicle on a 2009 rescue of a ship captain off Somalia in 2009, they got a lesson on the real events from Fred Galloway, their deputy director of security. He was there.

Pierce Compares Nets to Lakers, Yankees and Celts

In an interview with DuJour Magazine, Paul Pierce talked about his moving to Brooklyn after having spent 15 seasons with the Celtics and goes into his future as a basketball player and the Nets future as an elite franchise.

Kidd suspended vs. Cavs and Heat

Jason Kidd has been suspended two games after pleading guilty to driving while impaired in July 2012, the NBA announced Friday. Kidd will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season. Kidd pleaded guilty in July of this year.

Would the Nets have interest in Jason Collins?

Marc Stein looks at three teams who still might have interest in Jason Collins later in the season. He includes the Nets in the mix, noting Collins' ties to Jason Kidd and others in the Nets organization.

DWill, Pierce talk Nets at DodgeBall

Deron WIlliams, who was in a walking boot, spoke about the moves the Nets made over the summer along with what is wrong with his ankle. Paul Pierce didn't shy away from talking about his health but did avoid talking about a certain Knick player

Deron Williams to Host Dodgeball Charity Event

Deron Williams will host a charity dodgeball tournament in the city on Thursday afternoon with all proceeds going to his foundation, "The Point of Hope Foundation." Reed Wallach will be in attendance covering the event.

Nets-Celtics game used as scenario in terror drill

City emergency officials staged a fake terrorist attack on Friday night, complete with military vehicles, workers in hazmat suits and a scenario centered on a presidential visit to a Nets-Celtics game. No one was hurt.

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Plumlee honors FDNY firefighters

On the 12th anniversary of 9-11, NBA Cares has released a video of Mason Plumlee honoring New York's firefighters, one of whom is his uncle.

Drugs, Battle with Pierce Both Smith Problems

Steve Popper of the Record writes Saturday about the suspension of J.R. Smith for drug use and how it fits a pattern for Smith, a pattern whose most recent manifestation has been his tete-a-tete with Paul Pierce.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Brooklyn Globetrotter!

It appears that Brook Lopez wants to hit every continent this summer. Lopez, who's already hit North America, Europe and Africa, will head to Asia and Australia later this month. Still waiting to hear on South America and Antarctica!

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