11-28-13: The Nets slide into the doldrums of the NBA continues, as Brooklyn lost three of their four games over the last week. Their only win was a two point road win against the Toronto Raptors which saw Andray Blatche (starting for the injured Brook Lopez) scoring a Nets game high 24 points. In a story that just seems to comical to be real, Head Coach Jason Kidd was fined $50,000 for intentionally spilling a drink to get his team a late timeout against the Lakers. They lost the game and are now the proud owners of a 4-11 record heading into Friday night’s road game against the Houston Rockets.
11-22-13: Riding a 3-game losing streak and injuries to Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, the aging Brooklyn Nets have been the most disappointing team in the league thus far. Expecting to compete for one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference, Brooklyn has lost six of their last seven games – including losses to the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats. With a 3-8 record, the schedule doesn’t get much easier over the next week with each of the next six games against teams with playoff aspirations.
11-15-13: The Nets entered week three of the 2013 NBA season at a decent 2-2 and no one could blame them due to injuries and new team chemistry. However, after a rough 0-3 run in the third week, Nets fans may start to worry. The head-scratching reached it’s highest point on Wednesday night when the Nets fell to the Sacramento Kings, who had previously won just one game through their first six contests. For the Nets to get back on track, they’ll need Deron Williams back at full health and a team of aging stars to establish much better chemistry on both sides of the court.
11-8-13: The Brooklyn Nets were constructed to win now, as well as to largely contend with the Miami Heat. Four games into the 2013 NBA season, they’re 1-0 against the Heat. Consider one goal semi-accomplished. The new-look Nets offer a good amount of promise once point guard Deron Williams is off a minute restriction and once new head coach Jason Kidd can get comfortable. For now, all we know for sure is the Nets are 2-2 and have a ton of veteran talent and upside to go with their aging but experienced roster.
10-30-13: After a blockbuster trade and bringing Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank onto the coaching staff during the offseason, this team is ready to contend for a championship. Most of the Nets are dealing with minor injuries, so rest will be important. Even with many of its important players off the court for the majority of the preseason, the team still won five of its seven games by a margin of almost 10 points per game. Brook Lopez, Andray Blatche and Shaun Livingston led the team to its success. Deron Williams should be ready for the regular season, but Livingston will be an important backup for this team as long as he can stay healthy.
10-20-13: This seasons Nets team has a completely different look from last years team with the additions of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry as well as new head coach Jason Kidd. In the preseason so far the Nets have attained a record of 4-1 and with all their recent additions the Nets have positioned themselves as a real threat to win the Atlantic Division and make a deep playoff push in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets have two games remaining in the preseason:
- October 23 @ Boston
- October 25 @ Miami
10-17-13: The Nets have put guard Marko Jaric on waivers.
10-14-13: The noise out of the Brooklyn Nets camp is at their poised to make a championship run this season. Three of the new pieces that they've added this off-season already have championship rings. Under new head coach Jason Kidd they will look for leadership from two new players in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Brooklyn Nets into this a paid a huge rivalry with the New York Knicks this season. Last year the two teams split before meetings during the regular season. December 5 Marks the first time the two will meet for the upcoming season.
9-5-13: Jay-Z is selling his shares of the
Nets to new head coach and former Nets point guard, Jason Kidd. Jay-Z has 1/15th of a percent stake in the the team worth approximately $500,000.
8-24-13: It's being reported that the 2015 NBA All-Star game festivities will be split between the Barclays Center and Madison Square Gardens. The game will reportedly be played at MSG, while all other festivities, including the rookie game, skills competition, dunk contest and three point contest will be held at the Barclays Center.
8-23-13: Russian billionaires don’t buy sporting franchises in order to settle for mediocrity. Mikhail Prokhorov, a year after being run out of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, gave the green light to spend, spend, spend this offseason as the Brooklyn Nets will sport the highest payroll in the league next season. After 15 seasons with the Celtics, Paul Pierce will don the Brooklyn black and white this season along with his fellow Boston teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. Not settling there, Brooklyn added even more depth by persuading Russian free agent Andrei Kirilenko to take a discounted deal and then re-signed the resurgent Andray Blatche.
The intra-borough rivalry with the New York Knicks will return for the second season as the Knicks will travel across the East River to the Barclays Center on Thursday, December 5th as well as for the final Brooklyn home game on Tuesday, April 15th. The Chicago Bulls, who knocked the Nets out of the playoffs last season, will make a Christmas day visit to Brooklyn. The Nets will open their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against LeBron James and the defending champion Miami Heat.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Miami Heat
- December 5th – New York Knicks
- December 25th – Chicago Bulls
- January 31st – Oklahoma City Thunder
- April 15th – New York Knicks
8-18-13: If anyone was doubting if there was actually a rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, Paul Pierce made sure everyone knew where he stood when he spoke on ESPN radio the other day. “Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s grown to another level,” Pierce said. “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”
7-18-13: The Nets introduce Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the New York Media:
In other news, they've also waived forward D.J. White.
7-11-13: The Nets have signed Andrei Kirilenko for their mini mid-level exception for $3.1 million. The deal also includes a 2nd year player option.
Nets 2013 NBA Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 22: C, Mason Plumlee, Duke.
The Brooklyn Nets also made a draft night trade to acquirePaul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Celtics. In return they sent three first-round picks (2014, '16 and '18) along with Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries' expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans to Boston.
6-12-13: If Brooklyn were told that it’s team would win 49 games in its inaugural season as well as earn the right to host the first round of the playoffs at home, many of its faithful would sign up for that. However this season was filled with a ton of ups and downs from certain players as well as a coaching change that rocked the boat. Despite all of that, the season ended on a sour note when the extremely shorthanded Bulls, were able to clip the Nets in game 7 in Brooklyn. Moving forward the Nets, as a team do not have much maneuverability so expect their roster to look very much the same come next year. However consistent play along with leadership from Deron Williams could be a huge difference maker.
2-14-13: The Brooklyn Nets have remained in the race despite a lot of up and down play through the first half of the season. A coaching change and several injuries have acted as road blocks for the Nets but they have not haunted their race to win the division. Currently in second place the Nets played their last two games without Deron Williams, however they won both of those games against the Pacers and Nuggets, both who are in playoff contention. As the competition stiffens time will tell if these Nets are for real or not. They have played inspired basketball under new coach P.J. Carlesimo and several players seem to be more comfortable in his system, opposed to Avery Johnson's.
11-20-12: These aren’t the same old Nets. Yet. Thus far the Nets have played good team basketball and sit in second place by only one game with a 6-2 record. Tonight they face a true test on the second game of their west coast trip, in LA. After the Laker game the Nets will then play the Warriors on the road before returning home to face Chris Paul and The Clippers at home Friday. Many have predicted this Nets team to finish in the top 3-4 seeds amongst eastern conference teams. Early injuries to Gerald Wallace and Marshon Brooks have prevented anyone from seeing the team’s true potential thus far. If the Nets can stay healthy, look for them to make some noise in the east.