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Here are Deron Williams’ solid backflip maneuvers.

And here are Nate Robinson’s equally solid backflip maneuvers.

Even though I don’t think anyone’s ever really compared them — except for maybe during last year’s playoffs when Nate was torching the Nets, and everyone was like, “Why is Nate Robinson getting the best of Deron Williams?” — but these couple of clips really illustrate the difference betwixt the two point guards. Deron is super steady flipper who can do every flip in the book in a controlled, calm manner while Nate is literally pushing his kids out of the way so that he can do their moves in the backyard. Apparently it takes a trampoline and some flips to discover the true nature of a point guard. Who knew?

(via Beyond the Buzzer)

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Once we found out that Kevin Garnett was going to be wearing No. 2 for the Nets, it was hard not to think, “That’s weird. I guess he’s not wearing No. 5 because it’s probably going to be retired for Jason Kidd at some point. And he’s the Nets’ coach now, so I guess that’s mad respect No. 5-wise.” Surely, we all had the exact same thoughts with the same syntax and everything.

And as it turns out, all of us were right. From a Beyond the Buzzer transcription of a Bleacher Report interview with a bunch of rookies about their numbers, including Mason Plumlee:

Mason Plumlee – Brooklyn Nets – 1: “I wanted 5, 5 is what I wore in college. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think [the Nets] are going to retire it [for Jason Kidd]. 21 was what I was going to wear next and then they were said KG might want 21. Then 00 was taken so I went with the next number, number 1. ”

I guess this isn’t an official proclamation regarding the Nets’ deciding to retire their coach’s jersey number, but the signs are all there. To wit:

  • Kevin Garnett, who wore No. 5 for all six of his seasons with the Celtics, is not wearing No. 5 for the Nets even though no one wore it last season and Garnett is the most accomplished/feared player on the roster.
  • Mason Plumlee, who wore No. 5 at Duke, is not wearing No. 5 for the Nets and literally said “I think [the Nets] are going to retire it [for Jason Kidd].” Even if he is just being Johnny Commonsense about this, it’s fair to assume he might have heard something considering his coach is the player in question and his team is the team doing the retiring.
  • The No. 5 hasn’t been worn by a Net since Jason Kidd was traded to Dallas in 2008. Kidd is now the coach of the Nets, mostly because of that time he was wearing No. 5 while the Nets enjoyed their most successful NBA seasons in franchise history.

So basically, if this was a geometry proof, given the givens, you’d come to the conclusion that, yes, the Nets are going to be retiring Kidd’s No. 5, which has to be the first time a coach will have his number retired while coaching the team he played for. I guess that is what happens when you are Hall of Fame player who retires from playing then becomes a head coach roughly six minutes later. Who knows when they’ll do it, but I think we can all agree that they are definitely going to do it. Thanks for ruining the surprise, Mason.

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In the summer of 2013, Kevin Garnett and Metta World Peace both made their way to New York basketball teams. What happened next is a story fit for the funny pages. Now thanks to illustrator Brad Beatson, we get a look at Kevin & Metta’s New York Adventures. Previously, The Move-In.

Kevin: Everybody out! Now.
Metta: Hey buddy, come on. What? Dude. Settle down.
Kevin: No, everybody get out this instant. This is insane, Metta. I will not live like this.
Metta: But what ab–
Kevin: But nothing, everyone out. Out! Clean up this mess. Do not bother me, I’m going back to bed. Unbelievable.

(Kevin’s walkie-talkie crackles to life.)

Walkie-Talkie Metta: Hey KG, sorry man. I’m making it up to you, OK bro? Check under your door, I got something for you. KG, you there buddy? Kevin. Did you check? Kevin? It’s a ticket to go to the top of the Empire State Building. The tour starts in an hour. KG, buddy, you there? I’ll meet you there. I’ve gotta take care of something first.

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With the dust mostly settled on this offseason’s player movement — and there was a whole lot of it this year — it’s time to take stock of all the fascinating new faces in new places, as well as the more compelling stories of players who will face new challenges while sticking around. Over the course of the next few weeks, Andrew Unterberger will do a team-by-team look at the most interesting players going into next season — one new to the team, and one returning — as we all try to pass the dog days of NBA-less summer, dreaming of hoops-filled months to come. The series kicks off today with the teams in the Atlantic Division: the Celtics, Nets, Knicks, 76ers and Raptors.

BOSTON CELTICS

Most Interesting New Player: Kelly Olynyk

Obviously, the Celtics’ offseason was more about the purge of the old than the welcoming of the new, as the departure of franchise-defining players like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett was balanced by the dudes in this super-depressing picture – hardly an even reconciliation of the team’s ledger in any respect. It’s unlikely that any of the guys received by the Celtics in their mega-blockbuster deal with Brooklyn will be of terrible consequence for the Celtics moving forward, and it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if none of them even ended the season on the C’s roster.

A brutally depressing Boston offseason may have been slightly redeemed, however, with the drafting — well, more so the Summer League play — of Kelly Olynyk. The Gonzaga big man seemed like a minor stretch when Danny Ainge traded with the Mavs to move up in the draft and take him with the 13th pick, but Olynyk made the selection look like a steal with his impressive exhibition play in Orlando, scoring with ease both in the post and from the perimeter, rebounding and passing well, and generally showing a ridiculous feel for the game for a not-even-rookie. Olynyk was one of the stories of the summer’s exhibition season, averaging 18 and 8 on 58 percent shooting, with the name “Dirk” even being invoked on more than one occasion. Suddenly, there was a non-ping-pong-balls-related reason to be excited about the ’14 Celtics.

Of course, the list of Summer League mirages in the NBA is a long and foreboding one — ask Bill Simmons about Kedrick Brown some time (or maybe don’t) — and there’s some legitimate worry about how Olynyk will fare against the size and strength of pro-caliber big men, so it might be prudent to hold off on calling him Canadian Moses right away. Still, after the loss of Pierce and Garnett, Olynyk will undoubtedly be a focus for Celtics fans, hoping that they might have gotten a guy worthy of being included in future Boston Big Threes.

Most Interesting Returning Player: Jeff Green

It’s hard not to go with Rajon Rondo here, since Rondo is never not one of the league’s most interesting players, and will be particularly so next season, coming back from ACL surgery and now all of a sudden being the virtually uncontested Face of the Franchise after spending the last six seasons trying to get out from the Big Three’s shadow. But who knows when Rajon is returning next year, and in the meantime, Jeff Green will be one of the most fascinating case studies in the league, as he gets to be The Guy for the first time in his NBA career.

Lest we forget, Green came alive late last season as a starter for the injury-plagued C’s, averaging over 20 a game (on over 50 percent shooting both from the field and from deep) in 17 starts, and then leading the team in scoring with over 20 a game in their first-round series against the Knicks. And now after six years of overlapping on the depth chart with the likes of Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce, Jeff Green will open the season is Boston as the team’s obvious first scoring option, finally given the chance to be the offensive focal point that other guys have to adjust their games to fit around. He could average 22 a game, push for the All-Star team and solidify himself as a huge key for the team’s future, or he could struggle to score efficiently, serve as an offensive black hole and effectively be the tanking engine for Boston’s 2014 lottery push. Both seem pretty damn plausible at this point.

Either way, this is probably it for Green — after six years of Yeah Buts and Well If Onlys, he basically has no excuse now not to be his awesomest self. If Green disappoints at age 27 on a young team with (eventually, hopefully) one of the league’s best point guards setting him up, he’ll probably never totally live up to expectation. If there’s a bigger make-or-break season for any one player this year, I’m not sure what it is, and I can’t wait to watch to find out which way he goes.

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In the summer of 2013, Kevin Garnett and Metta World Peace both made their way to New York basketball teams. What happened next is a story fit for the funny pages. Now thanks to illustrator Brad Beatson, we get a look at Kevin & Metta’s New York Adventures.

Metta: Kevin! You made it
Kevin: Uh…

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Metta: Ha, this? This is nothing! The other half is coming next week. Go inside and grab your key from Jerry.
Kevin: Jerry?
Metta: The doorman, silly. He’s the best. Top 5 dead or alive. Love him. Go!

(Kevin starts to walk inside.)

Metta: Wait. CATCH!

kevin-metta-1-2Metta: I want to hear your reaction in RT.
Kevin: RT?
Metta: Real time! Hah, C’mon Kevin. You’ve got a lot to learn buddy. Go! Jerry is waiting.(Kevin walks inside.)
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I also love good peetsir and have a bunch of cool headbands, so I am starting to think that maybe Paul Pierce and I are best friends. I’ve seen “Step Brothers,” so I know that’s pretty much how it works. I just hope Paul comes to my BBQ this weekend because I’d love to chat him up about his other language courses.

While I was on vacation last week, someone sent me a picture of Jerry Stackhouse fishing with “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio while the both of them wore giant khaki pants. Intrigued, I did a little searching and turned up an honest-to-goodness 22 minute episode of “Hooked Up,” Colicchio’s internet show where he takes famous people out to do some angling.

But because not all people share my passion for both food television and the late career goings on of Jerry Stackhouse, I watched the entire episode and took notes so that you could get the full “Hooked Up” experience without actually having to put in the time. Here is what happened.

00:10 — Colichs says he’s watched Jerry Stackhouse play “many, many games” and calls him a “professional basketball player,” which I think we can all agree are things that are true. I don’t ever remember seeing him creeping at an NBA game, but Colicchio seems to know his very basic stuff.

00:13 — It’s only 13 seconds in to this clip and Jerry Stackhouse already caught a fish. Seems rigged.

00:24 — Jerry Stackhouse wanted to transfer from UNC, but I think admitting that means he’s officially out of the UNC Family.

00:50 — Why is Jerry Stackhouse is trying to catch sharks?

01:22 — Fishing talk for all the fishing gear heads out there.

01:55 — Jerry Stackhouse pronounces it “Co-licky-YOOO.”

03;24 — Well, well, well, look who wants back in the UNC Family — Mr. Jerry Stackhouse. Typical.

Also, considering he’s been in the NBA for something like 56 years and has played for every franchise, both active and defunct, it’s hard to pick a team that represents Jerry Stackhouse. I feel like most people would consider him a Piston, but there are arguments to be made for the 76ers, Wizards, Mavs and as the captain of the Singin’ Swingmen, an all-NBA-player barbershop quartet Jerry started with Joe Smith during their rookie year.

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