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NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 17


Hey, the rainbow ends in Brooklyn. There must be a pot-of-gold somewhere.

The Nets made it official this week, signing Yogi Ferrell ($100,000), Egidijus Mockevicius ($100,000) and Beau Beech ($45,000) to partially guaranteed deals that are essentially training camp/Long Island Nets contracts. There are already 15 guaranteed deals so these guys will have their work cut out for them.

Otherwise a slow week.

Nets Olympic Update

Several Nets players and staff are in Rio de Janiero for the Summer Olympics. Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia) and Luis Scola (Argentina) have their first games tonight.  From what we can tell, the Croatia game vs. silver medal favorite Spain will be shown on NBC Sports Channel (and NBC's Olympic streaming service) starting at 6 p.m.  The Argentina game vs. Nigeria (starring former New Jersey Net Ben Uzoh) follows at 9:30 p.m.  It will also be streamed.

For details on where to watch, go to the NBC Olympic schedule site.

Three other Nets types will be part of the Olympics, two in Rio and one in New York.  Dr. Riley J. Williams III, the Nets medical director, will again serve as team physician for USA Basketball and Will Weaver, who's special assistant to Kenny Atklnson is an assistant coach with Australia's national team which upset France Saturday.

And at NBC Sports studios back home, Chris Carrino, the radio voice of the Nets, will call Olympic handball (and presumably basketball which he's done in the past)  from an audio booth while watching a live feed. He tweeted out what his quarters look like the other day.

And if you're wondering what Weaver does as a "special assistant" to Atkinson,  he had the same job with Philly under Brett Brown.  We described it this way back in June when he was hired: "Weaver was at the center of the 76ers' analytics/video nexus which used a variety of technologies to enhance players' performance."

Finally, Sean Marks said at the Nets introductory press conference two weeks ago, that he was headed south to "scout and scour."

Who's in the gym?

As Fred Kerber reported this week, a number of Nets, led by Brook Lopez, are already working out at the HSS Training Center, which is a bit early. A few of them, led by the three sophomores, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough and Sean Kilpatrick, have been there since MAY!

Now, there's some photo and  video proof of who's on hand. We culled some social media from the team and players.

First, there was a marketing shoot the other day that had seven Nets reading marketing copy, led by Lopez...

So who else was there?

McCullough, Hollis-Jefferson, Kilpatrick are always there, as noted.  So were Joe Harris, Randy Foye and Isaiah Whitehead.  Also, Justin Hamilton wasn't at the marketing shoot, but  tweeted this out Saturday  No words necessary...

And Thursday, Greivis Vasquez posted a picture of the interior of the practice facility with a caption indicating that he was on hand as well.

1er día de trabajo. 1st day of work.. #TeamVasquez

A photo posted by #TeamVasquez (@greivisvasquez) on

Finally, the Nets tweeted out a video of the out takes from the marketing shoot. Well, one outtake.

Others may be there. Players come and go, some go back home to run basketball camps, some go on vacation. Vasquez did a shoot for his Foundation. But at least nine of the 15 roster players are on hand in early August, which is a good sign.  And two of the missing are in Rio de Janiero.

And they're moving into Brooklyn

Isaiah Whitehead, Brooklyn native, isn't living in Coney Island any more. He's got himself a new apartment, which he showed off on Instagram this week.

I Worked For This

A video posted by Isaiah Whitehead (@whitehead_isaiah15) on

We don't have a comprehensive list, but ever since Thaddeus Young pioneered the move (then got traded), a number of players and staff have made the move to Kings county.  As we noted, Kenny Atkinson already lives in Brooklyn, as does Brook Lopez. Ultimately, the commute will drive others to get beyond Brooklyn sticker shock.

Best teammates

The NBPA,the players' union, gave out its "Best Teammate" awards this week, as voted by players. Two Nets were named: Brook Lopez by his Nets teammates and Trevor Booker by his Jazz teammates.  Brook's mom, Deborah Ledford, had to be doubly proud: Robin Lopez, who the Knicks traded in the Derrick Rose deal, was selected New York's best teammate.

Sad highlights

The NBA this week posted the Nets top 10 plays of last season and if you needed evidence of how boring the Brooklyns were last season, here it is...

It's always good to see Joe Johnson hit a game-winner, but other than that and a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk, there wasn't much to recommend, in our humble opinion. As nearly everyone has said, this year's squad should at least put out a more exciting product. The bar is not set high. (Our favorite highlight wasn't on the video: it happened on January 10 when Lionel Hollins was canned and Billy King was reassigned. Doubt there's video of that.)

Final Note

Lot of click bait out there in recent weeks, stupid stuff like the Nets willing to traded Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in a deal for Rudy Gay and the Nets and Knicks battling for hometown hero Lance Stephenson. Neither is true. And the reasons should be obvious.  We try to maintain some integrity here in the dog days of summer and you haven't seen us report this.

So how to tell?  If the "rumor" isn't picked up by reliable journalists like Woj or Shams Charania of the The Vertical or Marc Stein or Mike Mazzeo of ESPN, dismiss it. And if it's not on ND, how could it be true!?!?! Every once in a while, someone strikes gold, but for the most part, it's fool's gold dressed up to look like the real thing.