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Posted by: Lou DiPietro on Dec 23, 2012 at 01:56:46 PM

Today marks the first matchup of the season between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, who clash in a matinee at the Barclays Center this afternoon.

Owners of a three-game losing streak, the Nets enter the game at 13-12, still in second place in the Atlantic Division but in danger of falling to .500 for the first time since they beat Orlando on Nov. 11 to go to 3-2. Brooklyn is coming off a three-day break, however, suiting up for their first game since Wednesday’s loss to the Knicks at MSG, and Avery Johnson says his team is ready to go after the much-needed respite.

“It’s been valuable on a lot of different fronts; the big one is rest, coming out of a series of back-to-back fronts,” Johnson said during his pre-game press conference. “We also got

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Posted by: Lou DiPietro on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:40:35 PM

Round 3 of the Battle of the Boroughs tips off tonight, as the Nets make their first trip of the season to Madison Square Garden to take on the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks.

Losers of two straight games, Brooklyn will once again be without Josh Childress and Jerry Stackhouse, who are both inactive while battling foot and knee injuries, respectively. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony (sprained ankle) was still a “game-time” decision for Knicks coach Mike Woodson about 90 minutes prior to the game, while sharpshooter Steve Novak will be out because of the flu.

In his pre-game press conference, which you can watch in its entirety here, Nets head coach Avery Johnson said that he was focused on doing a better job of defending the three-point line tonight, which he felt was one

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Posted by: Lou DiPietro on Dec 14, 2012 at 06:48:34 PM

The Nets return home after a successful trip to Toronto on Wednesday night, and they’ll have their big man back for Friday’s tilt with the Pistons.

Center Brook Lopez is officially a go tonight, back in the starting lineup after missing the last seven games with a sprained foot. Coach Avery Johnson said that Lopez will play about half the game, and it will be constant communication during those minutes to see how he feels and try to avoid losing Lopez once again.

“We don’t know what will happen tomorrow or going forward, but we’ll take it day by day, and see where he is at all times,” Johnson said. “The idea is not to have any setbacks, and I think we’ve done everything under the sun and taken every precaution to make sure of that, but now

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Posted by: Lou DiPietro on Dec 4, 2012 at 06:58:19 PM

The Nets will put their six-game home winning streak on the line tonight when they take on the defending Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn will once again be without the services of Brook Lopez, who is still day-to-day with a mild foot sprain, but they will also be without Reggie Evans tonight, who has the flu and is inactive. Between the two, they’ll be missing their leading scoring and rebounding presences down low against Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka (14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds per game, and coach Avery Johnson said that it’s all hands on deck tonight against one of the better frontcourts in the NBA.

“We pride ourselves on having depth; those guys are very important to our team, so tonight you’ll probably see some

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Posted by: Lou DiPietro on Nov 26, 2012 at 06:22:20 PM

Avery Johnson covered quite a few topics - about the game itself, the Knicks, and many other things - in a nearly 15-minute long pre-game press conference Monday night. Here are a few of his standout quotes from the pre-Knicks presser:

On the recent lack of CJ Watson and Deron Williams playing together: “I think it’s because of the matchups; sometimes when we’re a bit smaller in the backcourt, we’ve had trouble rebounding the ball, and it’s forced Deron to exert a lot more energy defensively battling some bigger guys. Statistically, it hasn’t really worked as well as we wanted it to, so with everybody healthy, it seems to help us when we’re bigger at the 2. I’m not saying we won’t use (that backcourt) in a situation we like it against,

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 10, 2011 at 12:32:39 AM

So much for the circus-atmosphere general manager Billy King said the Nets would avoid this year. Can’t wait to see what happens when they open their first training as the Brooklyn Nets.

Their last camp as the New Jersey Nets began with reports that Dwight Howard would ask for a trade from Orlando and could be Newark-bound by Friday afternoon. Then reports said the Magic were considering filing tampering charges because members of the Nets organization, including owner Mikhail Prokhorov, had met with Howard.

King denied that was so. And the Nets were not close to acquiring Howard on Friday. But for the second straight year – which happens to be the second year of the Prokhorov-King-Avery Johnson era - the Nets were embroiled in drama before the basketballs hit the court for

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:08:30 PM

Avery Johnson joked that when the time comes for the Nets to get something done with free agents, he’s like Mariano Rivera.
 
“They bring me in to close,” Johnson said today.
 
Johnson can give the final sales pitch – he ultimately decides how much a player plays. But the two biggest things for the Nets in their pursuit of any free agent are Mikhail Prokhorov’s fortune and Deron Williams’ future.
 
Williams declared his intentions yesterday, saying, “I plan to stay.” That should help the Nets lure some players. But the almighty millions could be the deciding factor.
 
The truth is the Nets are going to have to spend more than they probably would like in order to get Nene or Tyson Chandler or Caron Butler or even to bring Kris Humphries

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 2, 2011 at 01:46:45 PM


After such a long lockout-generated layoff, it’s busy season in the NBA and the Nets should be among the busiest teams.

They have the money – up to about $24 million for free agency – the star point guard and some assets to at least be in the conversation to acquire Dwight Howard.

Negotiations for players and free agents should heat up over the weekend and early next week, building to the expected opening of camps Dec. 9. Here are some pressing issues concerning the Nets and their roster and one major issue that seems to be put to rest – for now.
 
 
D-Will Won’t
Deron Williams’ agent Jeff Schwartz said yesterday what many people were already thinking, including Nets execs: his client won’t sign an extension with the Nets and will become

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:29:25 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The lockout hasn’t stopped Avery Johnson from making some pretty impressive rounds this offseason. It’s just prevented the Nets coach from visiting and talking to his players – for the most part.

The one exception was last month when Johnson attended the wedding of Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian. He got league approval to go to California and had to have congratulated the groom, which would have made it the only time since 11:59 p.m. on June 30 that Johnson communicated with one of his players.

“My wife had a great time,” he said.

A few weeks later, Johnson had a great time during a trip to Russia.

He held a clinic for 100 coaches at Moscow Sports University, conducted a camp for children 13-and-under and played in an exhibition

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:15:54 PM

The Nets’ past and future converged Wednesday on Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues where retired forward Albert King reminisced about growing up in Brooklyn and GM Billy King talked about what moving here will mean for the franchise.

But the more immediate future remains very much on the Nets’ minds.

They can’t do anything because of the lockout, but the Nets have plenty of work ahead of them in New Jersey before they get to Brooklyn.

The Barclays Center is set to open for the start of the 2012-13 season and the only way to make sure Deron Williams is there is by getting the players that will keep the All-Star point guard.

Naturally, none of this was said when Billy King and assistant general manager Bobby Marks gave beat writers a tour of the arena construction site.

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