Deadlines and Commitments - LXXXVIII
Emotional moments will be many in the season ahead from the return of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Boston, the Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, the Battle or the Boroughs on MLK Day, etc. Call this the "getting closer" calendar.
Who owns New York? Everyone has an opinion
The season begins in a few days and local sportswriters and bloggers are looking forward to big doings on basketball courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Times, Daily News and AP all take a shot at the rivalry with the Times the most ambitious.
Billy King Talks Nets with David Aldridge
During the preseason game between the Nets and Heat, Billy King talked with NBA.com's David Aldridge about Mikhail Prokhorov's willingness to spend, the hiring of Jason Kidd, a potential rivalry a potential rivalry with Miami, and team flexibility
Previewing the Chicago Bulls
We're taking a look at one of the teams that figure to compete for the Title this year, the Chicago Bulls, with Derrick Rose back and a solid supporting cast..
Can Nets "buy" a championship? Two opinions
In a chat a few days back and in a preseason video, Larry Coon and Chris Mannix have somewhat different takes on whether the Nets can "spend" or "buy" their way to a championship. Coon thinks not. Mannix says it's possible.
AK-47 on short list of "LeBron stoppers"?
No one talks much about it, but the Nets' off-season had a subtext to it: matching up against the Heat. While everyone focuses on HOW the Nets got Andrei Kirilenko, the reason WHY they got him deserves more attention.
Brooklyn Nets 2013-14 Season Preview
The Brooklyn Nets are going for it in 2013-14, adding three future Hall of Famers to their roster -- Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and head coach Jason Kidd -- in order to win the NBA Championship.
Highlights From Jason Kidd Press Conference
Jason Kidd met with the media today, about one week prior to the official Media Day, and here are the highlights from his presser.
Pierce sees a Brooklyn ring enhancing his legacy
Paul Pierce talked to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe about his legacy this week, mainly about if he will return to Boston on retiring. Then he talked about how he could move up in the "all-time ranks" with a title in Brooklyn.
Brook Lopez: "I'm out there doing everything"
ESPN New York's Ian Begley caught up with Brook Lopez at an NBA Cares charity event in New York on Saturday and reports the Nets center is ready for training and has no restrictions. Of his foot, he said, "It's great, it's 100%."
Three-point shooting a big plus for Nets?
The Nets lost their best three-point marksman last year in C.J. Watson, replacing him with Shaun Livingston, who hasn't made a three in three years. But they added the No. 4 and 5 three pointer shooters all-time and have hopes for Mirza Teletovic.
Coon: Nets only big winner in CBA
Larry Coon, salary cap guru, says that in the third year of the collective bargaining agreement there is but one winner ... and for one reason. That would be the Nets and Mikhail Prokhorov's wallet. Big loser: Kevin Durant's team.
Pierce: Brooklyn a "great fit"
In a short YouTube video on the Sprint Channel, Paul Pierce talks about the difficulty of leaving Boston, how he wanted to retire on the parquet floor of TD Garden, then discusses his new home ... which he called a "great fit."
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
SI.com Top 100 in 2014: Williams, KG and Lopez
The rankings for Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez, according to SI.com's Top 100 of 2014 list.
Will Nets be fast ... or just fast-paced?
Back in those prehistoric days before "The Trade," Jason Kidd spoke about how he wanted the Nets to be "explode early, get up and down." How much has changed since the Nets acquired three rotation players aged 36, 36 and 37?
SI.com Top 100 Players: Joe Johnson
SI.com ranked the Top 100 players for the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season, and in the bottom half of their rankings only one Brooklyn Nets player is listed, and that's Joe Johnson at No. 59.
Ranking teams without really ranking teams
It's too early to write up the definitive season previews, but it's basically dead time for the NBA. So writers look for other ways of ranking teams, without really ranking teams. USA Today ranks "watchability" while HoopsWorld looks at contenders.
D-Will: "Of course we want to run New York"
By the standards of the growing rivalry, Deron Williams comment Saturday was mild. "Of course we want to run New York. The Knicks are our rival. I don't get into too much of the talking. We'll decide all that on the court."
Livingston prepares for life after basketball
Sam Amick has a feature on Nets point guard Shaun Livingston who spent part of his summer preparing for life after basketball, taking part in the league's 3-day seminar on how the business of basketball works.
Doc Rivers REALLY liked coaching KG
Doc Rivers was back in Boston Thursday for a charity event and spoke to WEEI, the Celtics station, about Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, two of his favorite subjects. He's talked about both when they were traded but Thursday, he went in-depth.
Teletovic heading to USA for voluntary workouts
In an interview with Bosnian reporters, Mirza Teletovic talked about how someone from the Nets had contacted him, asking when he was returning to the US.. Players have been informally working at the PNY Center.
Coach Kidd talks about his team
Rod Boone ran into Jason Kidd at Fashion Week Tuesday and tweeted out Kidd's comments on his jersey retirement ceremony, Paul Pierce exhibiting leadership qualities, who's been working out at the PNY Center what he thinks about all this trash-talking
Schuhmann: KG has done well in back-to-back's
John Schuhmann takes note of Jason Kidd's quotes about Kevin Garnett not playing back-to-backs and thinks it's a smart long term strategy, but note that the numbers show he is more than capable of big minutes if needed.
KG: Nets already have "good bones"
Kevin Garnett told Sina TV before departing China, that the team, he, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry will be joining already had "good bones," but declined to say the Nets will challenge the Heat for the NBA championship, saying, "We'll see."
Bojan Bogdanovic - a critical appraisal
Bojan Bogdanovic hasn't cost the Nets much, other than some frustration. Nets acquired the 6'8" swingman on draft night 2011 for $1.25 million dollars and a second round pick in 2013. What's he shown in Eurobasket? We take a look at his game.
Yormark with KG: Only a championship acceptable
Brett Yormark, appearing again with Kevin Garnett in Beijing told an NBA press conference that, "Nothing but a championship is going to be accepted" for the Nets this season. He said the Nets' other goal is to be a "global team."
KG: "This is a championship-caliber team"
Kevin Garnett hasn't said much, if anything, since the Nets press conference back on July 18. Now, that he's in China, he's been talking to the Chinese media and makes it clear he's excited about the Nets and their championship potential.
Ball's in his court: Kidd buys half Jay Z's shares
A Nets source tells NetsDaily that Jay Z is selling half his shares in the team to Jason Kidd, the team's new head coach. The cost: $500,000. The other half of Jay Z's stake has been purchased by a minority owner. The Post first reported the deal.
Reggie Evans responds to J.R. Smith: "LoL"
J.R. Smith has guaranteed that the Knicks would win the championship this season. Now, while Pierce hasn't responded to Smith's comments, his teammate, Reggie Evans has ... and he did it with three letters.
Billy King adds two scouts, staff
The Nets have added two new scouts, bringing the total to eight. T.J. Zanin, brother of Nets assistant GM Frank Zanin, and Eddie Oran, former U. of Texas assistant coach, have joined the team in new positions. The team also added new operations staff