Relaunching Nets hold breath and hope they already hit bottom

Nets general manager Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson – both rookies at their jobs – have arrived in Brooklyn talking about culture and process and building. They have to sell those things because, frankly, the record is going to be bad. The question is degree: Bad, or historically bad? With former GM Billy King’s ill-advised...
Via New York Post
5 hours ago

ESPN asks: Who owns New York? Lin or Rose

As part of the ESPN Insider preview of the Nets, five ESPN pundits were asked what PG owns New York, Jeremy Lin or Derrick Rose, both of whom are new to their teams. The opinion was unanimous: It’s Lin. Elhassan: I'm not going to be difficult and name a third player, so I'll say Lin. First, he'll have more of an opportunity to dominate the ball; even the most optimistic projection...
Via Nets Daily
8 hours ago

For Booker and Foye, opportunities to play and lead

Trevor Booker was always part of the Nets Plan “A”. They signed him early, agreeing to pay him $18.4 million over two years. Randy Foye was recruited after the Nets lost out on bids for Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe. He’s on a one-year $2.5 million deal. Now, they’re two of Kenny Atkinson’s mainstays, as Ryan Lazo of the Post and Greg Logan of Newsday report. Booker...
Via Nets Daily
11 hours ago

Brooklyn Nets: The case for Bojan Bogdanović for Most Improved Player

Who is this Bojan Bogdanović, you may be asking yourself? Well, the European sharpshooter has given the Brooklyn Nets a consistent knockdown shooter, who occasionally will make an athletic play or two. Many NBA fans don’t know who this Bogdanović guy is, but this year that will change with a career changing summer. The Olympics will either help you or hurt you—plain and simple...
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nets want to ‘unleash’ forward as more than defensive stopper

When Trevor Booker takes the court, opposing offenses notice. But Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is waiting for the Nets’ offseason acquisition to make opponents cower on the defensive end as well. “We’re telling him to unleash it,” Atkinson said of Booker’s yet-be-seen offensive game. “That’s where he has to adjust from being a backup. …...
Via New York Post
22 hours ago

Will Brook Lopez ever fit into Nets’ new-school system?

How tough has it been for Brook Lopez to adjust to the Nets’ new system? He was the highest-scoring center in the Eastern Conference last season. He mustered just 8.0 points per game on 39.5-percent shooting this preseason. Yeah, that tough. It’s a daunting adjustment general manager Sean Marks told The Post that Lopez is...
Via New York Post
1 day ago

The subtle end of the New Jersey Nets

The signs are subtle. An eagle-eyed fan noticed that the Nets new warm-up jackets say "established 2012," commemorating when the team arrived in Brooklyn. Last year, they said “established 1967,” the year the New Jersey Americans, the Nets predecessor, were stood up in Teaneck. @NetsDaily @UniWatch I noticed this year's Nets warmup (right photo) has "Est. 2012" on the...
Via Nets Daily
2 days ago

Brooklyn Nets set roster for regular season

After coming into preseason with 20 players on their roster, the Brooklyn Nets have trimmed their roster to 15 players in preparation for the regular season. The Nets cut their roster from 20 to 16 players earlier in the week when they waived Chase Budinger, Jorge Gutierrez, Beau Beech, and Egidijus Mockevicius. To get to 15 former Indiana star, Yogi Ferrell, was also waived. Beech...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nets waive Yogi Ferrell, roster stands at 15

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have waived guard Yogi Ferrell to reduce their roster to the limit of 15. The former Indiana University guard averaged 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in three preseason games. Coach Kenny Atkinson raved about the 6-foot Ferrell's energy after one contest, but the Nets already have Jeremy Lin, Greivis Vasquez and others who can play point guard. The...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Lin gets chance to lead rebuilding Nets in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) Jeremy Lin was briefly the biggest thing in the Big Apple, maybe in all of basketball, the last time he played in New York. Linsanity didn't last long and neither did Lin's time as a starting point guard. He mostly came off the bench while playing for three teams over the last three seasons, but now he's getting another shot. The Brooklyn Nets are giving Lin the...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A much different Jeremy Lin makes his return to New York

In the end, Linsanity ended with a thud, with Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald refusing to open his hotel door room to accept Houston's three-year offer sheet for Jeremy Lin during summer league. The league got involved, and in the end, the Knicks allowed Lin to leave, just five months after he took over the sports world, ruled Madison Square Garden and landed on back-to-back...
Via Yardbarker
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s next? 2016-17 Brooklyn Nets: I don’t know who is on the Nets

By now, NBA season previews are rolling out. Countless basketball sites, podcasts, and television shows are breaking down all 30 teams; projecting how each will fare based on additions and subtractions. I would like to do something different and focus on teams through the fish-eyed lens of their respective most-intriguing player or players. I continue with the Brooklyn Nets. Take...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Balling’s 2016-17 Coverage

Hello, it’s good to be back. While I’m not sure how many of you still read Brooklyn Balling (to those that do, I thank you immensely), I just wanted to say that the summer/early fall hiatus I announced last May is now ending. I had a very busy end of the school year and was away for most of the summer so I figured now would be a good time to return to post, with the new Nets’...
Via Brooklyn Balling
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony calls Jeremy Lin face of the Nets, ‘believe it or not’

Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin have, by most accounts, always had a checkered relationship. So when Anthony was asked about Lin and his new team, the Brooklyn Nets, he was rather hesitant to respond. Still, Anthony wished his former teammate luck, even if he sounded a bit surprised that it was Lin who the Nets are hitching their franchise to. “He is the face of that franchise...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Brooklyn Nets should trade Brook Lopez

Here we go again. For years Brook Lopez has been the focal point of trade talks; whether its the disastrous Dwight Howard talks or last year’s Detroit Pistons possibilities, the Nets star center has found himself on the trade block more than he ought to have. Lopez has shown nothing but loyalty to the tumultuous franchise, but after endless disappointment, is it time to send the...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

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