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@Max Weisberg @jrwilliamsnba @Devin Kharpertian In all fairness, Terry and Pierce are terrible. Williams and Kirilenko are big losses. Even the diminished form of Williams is worlds better than Livingston and Taylor, and having Kirilenko would be so huge on both sides of the floor.
9 months ago on Nets get Garnett they traded for in win
@jrwilliamsnba Nets were playing on the second half a road b2b, had to travel from Houston to Memphis after their game against the Rockets, missing three of their top six players and another rotation player, Brook was playing only his second game after missing two weeks with a bad ankle...
Memphis was at home after having two days to rest and prepare. Yes, they were missing two of their top three players.
Every team has excuses every game, be it injury, lack of rest and/or practice, etc. Part of the NBA, dude.
@M I K E If they don't go overboard on resting guys, then I think 60 is in the realm of possibility. This team won 49 games last year, and now this year we have a (hopefully) 100% D-Will for the entire season, HUGE HUGE HUGE upgrades at the forward spots (HUGE!), and a much better bench.
10 months, 1 week ago on Nets close out Heat, and preseason, with blowout victory: <br />Ten Final Thoughts
@NJBK44 I saw a Bondy tweet that quoted Deron as saying he's "jumping like J-Kidd" right now. Obviously, he's exaggerating and joking around, but it seems like his lift isn't the best right now. Hopefully that gets a lot better in a week.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Deron Williams returns to contact
Nice. Assuming that he's 85%-90% right now, he has another 7 days to get to 100%, and I think he could get close. I mean, even if he sits out that Cleveland game, I think the Nets could still win. The only healthy above-average players that they really have are Irving and Varejao (I think he's healthy). Unless Irving completely goes off, then I think they Nets have a pretty good chance at getting a win.
This whole injury saga is really, really, really weird. Why do they have to be so cryptic and mysterious? If it's something more serious than they've been letting on to, then just come out with it. Why not?
I still think that their just being cautious, overly cautious, even, and that he'll be good to go next week, but this whole thing is just strange.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Deron Williams’s frustration mounts as season inches closer
I thought Garnett was the tough guy, I didn't know that Pierce was like that. I loved his physical play, and it was just a preseason game.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Garnett, Pierce fire back at LeBron: “Tell LeBron to worry about the Miami Heat”
I like Johnson and Gutierrez. I think I'd rather have Gutierrez over Taylor, and maybe even Johnson over Toko, even though I think that Toko could be a solid role player down the line.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Nets waive Gary Forbes
@M I K E @drago2715 He sprained it while working out. It's not like he was just casually strolling down the street and hurt it. It could have happened to anybody.
If you're not 100% for a preseason game, then you don't play. If this was the regular season, then I think he'd most likely be out there, and he'd definitely play if this was the playoffs.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Nets waive Marko Jaric
Could this mean Williams is close to coming back? Now Livingston and Gutierrez are the only active point guards on the roster.
@M I K E I'd play him with Kirilenko at the forward spots. Mirza can then play SF on offense and PF on defense.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Nets win a preseason laugher over Sixers
And also, is there any word on Deron yet? Is he definitely out or will he be a game-time decision?
If Livingston and Mirza can play like this during the regular season, then it'd be huge. Those are two players that nobody expected much from.
@M I K E I think that they're just being as cautious as possible about it. I think it was Bondy who brought up a good point: it's better to have to take some time to integrate Williams into the lineup to start the season than to have him injured to start the season.
I agree that he's the most important player on this team. He's the best player and he has the weakest backups.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Could Deron Williams miss the start of the season?
I'd put it at 75-25 that he plays.
If it takes longer than 6-7 weeks for his ankle to heal, which is what it will be by opening night, then this injury was and is a lot more serious than we've been led to believe.
@universal Here's the video I was referring to: http://instagram.com/p/fTAnTgojr-/
He looks to be in incredible shape, and he's finally wearing high tops! We still have three weeks. I think he'll be fine.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Brooklyn Nets injury updates, 10.10.2013
@universal @drago2715 If everything played out exactly the same, then he still would have hurt his ankle even if he did have surgery. He turned it while working out; surgery would not have prevented that.
If the team doctors didn't feel it was necessary, then it probably wasn't necessary. I'm sure that the team would have forced him to have it if they really wanted him to.
Williams just posted a clip on Instagram of him working out, and he looks good. He looks to be in the best shape of his life. That's such a cliche, but seriously, he does. He always looked a bit chunky, but now he's really trim and cut.
As far as his ankle goes...I'm still not too worried yet. He had that MRI which we never heard the results of, but I take that as a "no news is good news" situation. It'd be nice if he could get some time in with the starters, but he needs to be ready for the regular season. I think that six weeks is long enough to heal a regular sprained ankle, and that seems to be what he has.
@yankees1 Anderson has no reason to be angry. He went unsigned until a month into free agency, and he signed a minimum deal knowing he'd be playing behind Johnson, Pierce, Terry, and Kirilenko.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Because of course it did
@universal He was out with illness. The only available player who didn't get in the game was Jaric. Not sure why.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Preseason: Nets 111, Wizards 106 (OT)
@universal @drago2715 And, anyway, all teams, even contenders, have rotation players who are a negative on defense (Allen on the Heat and Martin on the Thunder are two who come to mind), and Teletovic isn't even a set rotation player yet. He's probably the 12th man as of now.
@universal @drago2715 I'd play him in lineups with Kirilenko at SF and Garnett at C.
@M I K E In two years we went from Williams/Brooks/Stevenson/Hump/SheWill with guys like Gaines and Petro off the bench, to Williams/Johnson/Pierce/Garnett/Lopez with guys like Kirilenko and Blatche off the bench.
I wasn't too crazy about either point guard, but I liked Livingston more. I would have said that Taylor had the better game if it wasn't for the last five minutes or so where he reverted back to the hero ball chucker that he has been in the past.
Kirilenko is such an underrated signing. I never see any outlets mention him in their season previews, as if he's an afterthought. I think he's the difference between the team being a notch below the Bulls and Pacers, and them being right there with those two teams.
I think Anderson is an underrated signing as well. I'm really not expecting too much from Terry, he's a shell of his 6MOY self, and I wouldn't be surprised if Anderson ends up overtaking the backup shooting guard spot.
Mirza is a smart player. He really looks like he knows what he's doing on offense in terms of his movement and passing, and we all know he can shoot. If he can gain some confidence and put last season behind him, then he could be a huge "secret weapon".
@universalBDB @drago2715 The Nets pay big money to doctors and trainers, and every player gets a physical after the season. If they didn't think he needed surgery, then he didn't need surgery. He's the best player on the team and he's the one player who you constantly see working out, so I'm not sure what you're trying to say.
Brook Lopez was in a walking boot all summer. Where are the complaints about him?
11 months, 1 week ago on Deron Williams sprains right ankle
I think people are overreacting a bit, as of now.
He just needs to wear the boot and rest for these next two weeks, then, if he's still not ready, he can just do light workouts with the team during training camp while continuing with the boot and rest. If he's still not ready when they start playing preseason games, then he can just sit out while still participating in light workouts.
The season opener isn't for another six weeks. That's plenty of time to rest up an apparently mild sprain.
The ankle was a problem last year, yes, but a big part of it was the shape that he was in. He now seems to be in the best shape of his life, so I'm not too worried right now.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Deron Williams sprains right ankle
@slapdoghoops What? He'll be the 11th man. He'll barely play. He won't be a chucker on this team, he'll just shoot spot-up threes, which the article said he's good at. Plus, he was signed on a two-year minimum deal.
I see no harm.
1 year, 1 month ago on Meet Alan Anderson (training camp edition!)
@scoon What do you mean? That's like asking why there's more than one news outlet, why not just CNN, or just MSNBC? Lol. Where do you think NetsDaily gets its news from? It's not like NetsDaily is breaking stories...
Anyway, this site actually does post analytic articles, NetsDaily just posts news.
1 year, 1 month ago on Kidd: Nets to open season in Cleveland
@slapdoghoops @M I K E In my opinion:
Johnson >> Shumpert
Pierce <<< Anthony
Garnett >>>>> Bargnani
Lopez > Chandler
1 year, 1 month ago on Do Pierce and Garnett have anything left? Let’s ask Doc.
@slapdoghoops @M I K E I'm looking at this as objectively as possible.
Which starting five would you rather have: Anthony, Chandler, Shumpert, Felton, Bargnani? Or Williams, Lopez, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett?
Which bench: Smith, Stoudemire, MWP, Martin, Prigioni? Or Kirilenko, Blatche, Terry, Evans, Livingston?
@slapdoghoops Not saying they'll win a championship, but Pierce and Garnett are huge, huge, huge upgrades over Wallace and Evans. Kirilenko and Terry are huge upgrades over Watson and Bogans.
And how did the Knicks get a lot better? By adding Bargnani? Really?
@slapdoghoops @drago2715 As long as he can actually hit a three at higher than a 20% rate while on the floor, he'd be better than Wallace, haha.
1 year, 1 month ago on WOJ: Nets sign Alan Anderson
@slapdoghoops @drago2715 I'm not judging Wallace, I'm just saying that if Anderson can duplicate his production next year then he would be better than the Wallace we had last year.
I'm not linking that in praise of Anderson. It's more telling of just how awful Wallace was on offense last season.
Welp, that didn't work. I'll just link it the full page: http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=anderal01&y1=2013&p2=wallage01&y2=2013
Look at Gerald Wallace's offensive numbers from last season versus Anderson's. Gerald Wallace had a better AST%, but a much worse TO% and lower USG%.
@slapdoghoops He'll be the third-string SG/5th wing when everybody is active. In a close game he'll probably only get 5-10 minutes.
Although this could mean that Kirilenko gets a lot more time at PF, so he'll be the backup forward in general, then we'll see Anderson get more time at SF, or SG when Johnson shifts to SF.
He's whatever. I mean, the guy is 31-years-old and has only played bits and pieces of four NBA seasons. He was a complete random scrub before last season, then he dropped 35 on the Knicks and people noticed him. As the 15th man he's fine. I wouldn't really want to see him as anything more than that.
@M I K E @drago2715 I think he will be a good coach. He's a basketball genius, he's a good leader and motivator, and, again, the players seem to already trust and respect him. I'm just saying that he has a lot of good help.
The team doesn't have any big egos or any players who are going to cause problems. Garnett will have a strong voice in the locker room. If Williams and Garnett respect Kidd, then the rest of the team will follow suit.
1 year, 1 month ago on Bloggers rank Nets in East
I don't get the coaching thing. Yes, Kidd is new, but he has the trust and respect of his players. He should know how to limit the minutes of aging players better than anyone. He has Lawrence Frank, and established head and assistant coach, to help him out, and John Welch, who is an underrated acquisition. Welch was the associate head coach of the Nuggets and George Karl's right-hand man. Frank is a good defensive mind and has experience working with Garnett and Pierce from when he was the assistant to Rivers in Boston after Thibodeau left for Chicago, and Welch has a lot of offensive knowledge from working with Karl. I really don't think coaching will be a problem.
@TheOneJDoc @M I K E @drago2715 You have to wonder if the Nets would have been smarter to wait on the backup PG spot. Mo Williams is still out there. Livingston probably would have still been there, as well.
I do like Livingston, though. He's a pure point guard and he's huge so he could easily guard the shooting guards that Williams and Terry couldn't. He has that over Mo Williams.
Mo Williams would have basically been a better version of C.J. Watson.
1 year, 1 month ago on Nets vs. Heat, who’s better?
It feels so good reading this on July 22, haha.
1. Blatche is re-signed.
2. Bojan staying overseas paved the way to getting Kirilenko.
3. Hump was packaged in a deal for Garnett, Pierce, and Terry.
4. King selected Plumlee, who looks like he can be solid from day one.
5. Jason Kidd is now the coach.
I don't think any of us could have imagined that those would be the answers to the questions raised in this article.
1 year, 1 month ago on 5 Brooklyn Nets Offseason Questions: #5: Finding the next Brooklyn Nets Coach.
@TheOneJDoc AK >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Crash
Kind of ironic considering his coach is going to court for DUI...
1 year, 1 month ago on Garnett to tribute late teammate
AND those are the same exact fans who would throw a parade if the Knicks sign MWP and act as if it puts them over the top. Whatever. We'll see what happens when the season starts.
1 year, 1 month ago on Nets-AK47 deal is official
LOL at Knicks fans acting as if the signing is no big deal and doesn't make the team better. They act as if Kirilenko is just whatever. He's still a starter in this league, and probably a top-15 SF, at least. Funny thing is, he'd arguably be the third best player on the Knicks. Anthony is better, obviously, then Chandler, but after that it's arguable that he's better than J.R. Smith and Stoudemire. Kirilenko is going to be the sixth best player on our team.
Second paragraph is meant to say, "There were only a few teams with the full-MLE..."
1 year, 1 month ago on 3-on-3: Talking AK-47
I really hope their isn't any dumb and unnecessary investigation into this signing. Do people really think the Nets would risk that? Do people know the insane punishment the league would hand down?
He signed for the mini-MLE because the market dried up. Look around the league. Rosters filled up. Money was spent. There were only a few teams: Boston, Memphis, OKC, Washington, and Orlando. Boston and Orlando are tanking and don't need AK, and Washington has three small forwards on the roster, including the newly drafter Porter and the newly re-signed, and overpaid, Webster. Memphis and OKC are cap conscious and tax fearing. Signing AK to the MLE would have put both teams over the tax.
Teams with cap space to sign AK were Atlanta(still dealing with Teague and Monta Ellis), Philadelphia(tanking, hard), Detroit(just gave Smith a big contract to play small forward), Sacramento(just traded for LRMaM), Bucks(still dealing with Teague and Jennings), Dallas(in talks with Dalembert and Wright), Charlotte(signed Jefferson, still dealing with Henderson), and Utah, who didn't necessarily need to commit years and money to a 32-year-old role player who wouldn't have gotten them to the playoffs.
Add all of that to the fact that he gets to play in a big city for a very good team that's owned by his fellow countryman and friend. That's why he took less money.
No need to rush. Names like Alan Anderson and C.J. Miles will still be there next week.
Wait for Kirilenko. Teams are filling up their rosters and spending their money, and Kirilenko is still without a home. The dust will be completely settled once Jennings, Teague, and Ellis sign, and that will probably happen by the end of the weekend.
By then, Kirilenko will know all of his options, and I honestly don't see many teams lining up for him. I can see Dallas and Atlanta as the two main threats to signing him. If they don't, then it's either take the mini-MLE from the Nets or go overseas. He may very well go overseas, but it's worth the wait.
1 year, 1 month ago on Free Agency Buzz: “Plan B” moving forward?