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The NBA season is technically more than halfway over for the Nets, who have played 49 games and have a 23-26 record. After a rough start, the team?s play has improved drastically.

With only two games remaining before the unofficial halfway point of the season, two more wins would really give this team some good momentum, especially with an all-important six-game west coast road trip looming.

No games are layups in the NBA, and tonight?s matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats could potentially be a trap game. But the Bobcats have been struggling on the road lately, dropping their last four road games by an average of 12.0 points.

Tags: all star break, bobcats, Brooklyn Nets, bulls, Columns, NBA, nba all-star game, Nets, nets, west coast trip
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Plenty of things went wrong in the Nets 120-95 loss Friday night to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but putting that tough loss aside, the Nets still turned in an impressive month of January.

After only winning five games in each of the first two months, Brooklyn doubled that output with a 10-3 campaign to open 2014.?That mark is the best January winning percentage in the team?s NBA history of 38 years.?And for what it?s worth in their blowout loss Friday, the Nets can say they are the team that stopped Kevin Durant?s 12-game streak of scoring 30-plus points per game.

Frankly though, they?re likely more proud of the good month than stopping the streak.?Luckily, the team has the chance to instantly get back on track, but it will be a tough test Saturday night in Indiana against the Eastern Conference?s top-seeded team, the Pacers.

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Deja vu all over again.

Let?s flashback to last season.?The middling Brooklyn Nets went into San Antonio on Dec. 31, 2012 and got totally embarrassed by the Spurs by a score of 104-73 ? a 31-point loss.?In their next game on Jan. 2, 2013, the Nets were not expected to do much in Oklahoma City, against a Thunder team that had won 12 straight home games.

However, Brooklyn opened a 23-point lead, and despite a furious Thunder comeback to tie the game with seven minutes to play, the Nets orchestrated a 10-1 late run to gain an improbable 110-93 victory.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Columns, deja vu, deron williams, joe johnson, joe johnson buzzer beater, spurs, thunder, thunder road win
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With Thursday's upcoming "showdown" against the Knicks looking more like a pillow fight at this point, and with another humbling defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets are really beginning to not only sound like a team that is frustrated, they are beginning to physically look that way, as well.

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NEW YORK ? After 15 games, and at just 4-11, the NBA universe is collectively aghast over the pitiful performance of the Brooklyn Nets.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

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NEW YORK ? After Saturday night's 91-96 loss to the Indiana Pacers dropped the Brooklyn Nets to 2-4 on the season, lofty expectations and dreams of a championship parade down Brooklyn?s Flatbush Avenue may be on hold?at least for now.

According to Kevin Garnett, the Nets are looking for perfection, but he, Deron Williams and Paul Pierce all know that it will require some patience.

That, though, did little to help the triumvirate hide their frustration after the team's latest loss.

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NEW YORK ? Some nail biting, the Nets nearly squandering a seemingly insurmountable lead, some late-game dramatics, a Ray Allen missed free-throw and a LeBron James made three-pointer?that is what most of the national audience that witnessed the Nets? 101-100 victory on Friday night will be talking about.

Photo: Jason De-Crow, Associated Press

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With their eyes on the NBA?s biggest prize and the swagger to match, one question remains for the Nets:?How far can the team really get if Deron Williams is not 100 percent over the course of the regular season?

That is what Nets fans should want to know.

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The old adage says that numbers do not lie, but in the realm of pro basketball, they are only half the story.

And for the Brooklyn Nets, the whole story is this: the team has one of the NBA's deepest front courts, and rookie Mason Plumlee has the look and feel of a player who is worthy of rotation minutes. It is just a shame that he is not likely to get them with this current Nets team.

But perhaps he should.

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Paul Pierce and J.R. Smith spent a great part of their summer going back and forth through the media about which of New York City's NBA teams will have a more successful season.?In the end, the answer as to who may depend on how one gauges a successful season.

On paper, the Nets seems to be a more talented team, but last year's Lakers are the most recent example that talent does not always triumph.?As he stood before the media at Barclays Center, Pierce went on a miniature diatribe when asked how important it was for the Nets to win the Atlantic Division.

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When a star-studded roster is assembled and a starting lineup accounts for almost $80 million, headlines are highjacked and wins in November and December are expected.?So it should come as no surprise to anyone that future Hall-of-Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett brushed off competing with the New York Knicks for the Atlantic Division title in favor of focusing on the entire NBA for the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Pierce and Garnett told the throngs of reporters that showed up at the Barclays Center for the club's media day that the Atlantic Division title is meaningless; their sights are set on something much bigger. But it wasn't until Garnett got to the podium, that he hammered the point home. He wasn't one sentence into his first conference of the year before he uttered the magic R-word: Ring.

"I'm here to get another ring," he said. "That's the reason why I came to Brooklyn."

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Let?s rewind a few weeks to NBA Draft night.

I was anxiously awaiting the Brooklyn Nets? pick at No. 22 and hoped they would select a big man to provide depth on the bench, which they did in Mason Plumlee.

The team had a solid core that had just won 49 games, and now just needed a few more pieces to the puzzle to improve on what was ultimately a successful first year in the borough of Kings.

Tags: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, garnett, garnett pierce terry, Jason Kidd, jason terry, joe johnson, kevin garnett, kg, NBA, nba draft, nets, paul pierce, pierce, terry
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NEW YORK ? On Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors approved five rule changes that the league's competition committee recommended to the board back on June 12 at the competition committee's annual Las Vegas meeting. Last month, the competition committee recommended five rule changes that, since now approved, will take effect beginning with the 2013-14 NBA season.?

Three of the rules involve expanding the use of instant replay in order to correctly determine foul calls, including whether or not an official may call a flagrant or technical foul after observing an act on replay.

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Andrei Kirilenko was widely expected to be present when the Brooklyn Nets held their press conference at Barclays Center to introduce the newest members of the team from their blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics. He was not present with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, though.

Andrei Kirilenko

He was overseas attending to some personal obligations, and as a result, could not make it.

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NEW YORK ? On Thursday, the Nets introduced the newest members of the organization. And although the day was for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov made a surprise entrance at the end, shook his players hands, and spoke with the media.

PHOTO: Debbie Wong, USA Today Sports

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NEW YORK ? Where Brooklyn at?

Not only on top of New York City, but on top of the NBA World, as well.

And based on the words of all involved in Thursday's celebratory press conference that saw the team introduce Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to Barclays Center, that is exactly where the Nets hope to be not this July, but next June.

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The rich keep getting richer, apparently. Figuratively, and literally, for that matter.

Multiple sources are confirming with SNY.tv that the Brooklyn Nets have reached a preliminary agreement with free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko on a one-year deal for the team's taxpayer mid-level exception of $3.18 million.

In some ways, the news comes as a surprise. The Nets were long rumored to be using their taxpayer exception on bringing over Bojan Bogdanovic, but on Wednesday, general manager Billy King told reporters that Bogdanovic would not be brought over and that the Nets would instead pursue "Plan B."

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NEW YORK ? On Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets introduced Shaun Livingston to the media, via conference call.

Livingston, an eight-year NBA veteran, played last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, appearing in 66 games and starting 16 of them. At 6 feet, 7 inches tall, Livingston is one of the NBA's taller point guards and may see time at either guard spot this season, playing alongside Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and at times, even Jason Terry.

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NEW YORK ? At the end of the day, Andray Blatche decided to re-sign with the organization that gave him an opportunity to play when nobody else would.

Andray Blatche

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NEW YORK ? To call the Summer of 2013 one of change for the Brooklyn Nets would be a bit of an understatement.

Nets General Manager, Billy King

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With the defection of C.J. Watson to the Indiana Pacers, the Brooklyn Nets suddenly found themselves in the market for a reserve point guard.

Shaun Livingston Joins the Nets

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NEW YORK ? With the NBA free agency season in full effect, the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have both made strides toward improving their teams for the 2013-14 season. The Nets, currently in the market for a reserve point guard since the defection of C.J. Watson, have reportedly been in contact with Brooklyn-native Sebastian Telfair, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Sebastian Telfair

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?When meeting the media after Wednesday morning?s first summer league practice, Brooklyn Nets? first-year head coach Jason Kidd had a telling statement about his new team.

He was asked about the possibility of coaching several marquee names all at once ? pending the huge blockbuster trade agree to last week by the Nets and Celtics.

Coach Kidd was asked if coaching a team laden with big named players would be daunting, to which he gave the perfect response.

Tags: blockbuster trade, Brooklyn Nets, celtics, Columns, Jason Kidd, kidd, nets, one name nets
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NBA Championships are not won in July, they are won in June. The Los Angeles Lakers know this well and the Brooklyn Nets would be wise to remember that.

Let's talk Nets title chase, but first, let's talk some history.

All Eyes on Jason Kidd

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NEW YORK ? The NBA draft will be held on Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the NHL draft will be following Sunday.

The NBA's draft will be at the Nets new home, while the NHL draft will be at their old one, as the NHL will hold its draft at Newark's Prudential Center.

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What do you get when you combine one of the greatest point guards to ever play NBA basketball with arguably one of the present-day game?s most talented point guards?

You get the Brooklyn Nets, of course.

With Jason Kidd taking over as the 18th head coach in Nets? history, it was inevitable that several questions from his introductory press conference would focus on Brooklyn?s All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Columns, deron williams, dwill, Jason Kidd, jkidd, jkidd dwill, kidd, NBA, nets
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NEW YORK ? Jason Kidd sat down in front of the New York media in Brooklyn. There, in all his glory, at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, with a gray spread-collar dress shirt, a solid black tie and a beaming white smile, Kidd?with Billy King at his side?said it.

Hello, Brooklyn.

Hello, Coach Kidd.

Tags: Columns, Jason Kidd, Moke Hamilton
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Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com

MIAMI ? LeBron James and the Miami Heat put on a great performance in Game 2 of last night's NBA Finals, but before the game, Jason Kidd came up as a topic of discussion.

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Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com

MIAMI ? The Nets are now in Brooklyn, but the team's legacy and history predate the construction of Barclays Center.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

Brooklyn's Barclays Center is set to host the 2013 NBA Draft, so mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27. But for the Nets, the draft is especially significant because of the team's payroll situation. The Nets won't have much wiggle room in terms of signing free agents, so nailing draft picks over the next few years will be the best way for this team to continue to improve.

Tags: andray blatche, brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, jeff withey, NBA, nba draft, nets, power forward, Reggie Evans
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NEW YORK ? After failing to be voted into the NBA All-Star Game in Houston this past February, Brook Lopez, one of the more consistent centers in the league, managed to get on the team after being named as an injury replacement by Commissioner David Stern.

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Jerry Stackhouse, the 18 year veteran that played for the Brooklyn Nets this past year, went on ESPN First Take today and debated Skip Bayless and Chris Broussard.

Tags: Chris Broussard, Columns, deron williams, ESPN First Take, nets, Skip Bayless, Steophen A Smith
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John Paolantonio, SNYNets.com

Nets GM Billy King sat down with Ben Couch of brooklynnets.com recently for an interview that encompassed everything from the move to Brooklyn, the current coaching situation, the roster as it stands and what he can do to upgrade it.

King started the interview speaking about the expectations the Nets had and if he thought they lived up to them.

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By Derrel Johnson

NEW YORK ? As the NBA coaching vacancies pile up around the league and we see assistant coach's names pop up on team's radars, it is worth once again asking a question that Moke Hamilton asked a while ago.

Patrick Ewing

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NEW YORK ? Nets General Manager Billy King has made it known that he would like to bring 24-year-old Croatian-born, Turkish Basketball League and Euroleague star Bojan Bogdanovic over for next season. It appears he may very well get his wish.

Bojan Bogdanovic

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NEW YORK ? On Thursday, the NBA officially announced that the Executive of the Year Award for the 2012-13 season goes to Masai Ujiri of the Denver Nuggets. Ujiri is currently the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Nuggets.

Unlike the NBA's other season awards?which are voted on by a panel of sportswriters?the executive award is voted on by a panel of 30 team executives from across the league. Each voting member fills out a ballot, casting a vote for a first, second and third place recipient. Each first place vote is worth 5 points, each second place vote is worth 3 points, and each third place vote is worth 1 point.

Ujiri received eight first place votes, six second place votes and one third place vote. He totaled 59 points and more than doubled the point total of the runner-up. Gary Sacks of the Los Angeles Clippers finished second with 28 total points.

Tags: Columns, Editorial Aside, Moke Hamilton
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The major hype right now surrounding the Brooklyn Nets is their search for a new coach.

P.J. Carlesimo did an admirable job on an interim basis, but assuming he didn?t lead the Nets to the Eastern Conference finals, his fate was pretty much sealed long before his firing.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King want to bring in their own guy, and that search is ongoing.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, deron williams, dwight howard, joe johnson, NBA, nba free agency, nba offseason, nba playoffs, nes, nets coach, pj carlesimo, Editorial Aside, power forward
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NEW YORK ? I had the opportunity to catch up with Stephen A. Smith from ESPN2?s First Take with Skip Bayless and 98.7 ESPN Radio?s the Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco show back on May 7. We spoke about the Brooklyn Nets.

One thing we can always expect from Smith is his unique insight into a situation, and that is exactly what he gave me.

I asked Smith about his opinion of the team?s loss Saturday night at Barclays Center to the Chicago Bulls.

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NEW YORK ? The life of an NBA superstar is a never ending game of second guessing and being asked "What have you done for me lately?"

But that comes with the territory.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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NEW YORK ? With 56 seconds remaining in Game 7 of their first round matchup against the Bulls, the Nets trailed, 95-90. Joakim Noah, as he had done a few times before this point, attempted to take Brook Lopez off the dribble and score a running layup over him.

But unlike his earlier attempts at the rim, Noah put too much oomph on this one. It missed, Reggie Evans secured the rebound, and 17 seconds later, Joe Johnson held the final gasp of all 17,732 in attendance in his sure-shot hands.

To this point, Johnson has turned in a tumultuous game, shooting just 2-for-12 from the field.

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(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

When the Brooklyn Nets played the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center back in February, Derrick Rose was on the floor at Barclays Center, shooting around before the game.

By that time, Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks?who suffered a similar injury to Rose?had returned for the Knicks and has since become a key contributor for the team.

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK ? Anyone who has watched the Brooklyn Nets this season is aware of their struggles in the third quarters of games.

Of the teams that are in the NBA Playoffs, the Nets failed to score 20 points in the third quarter against them 11 times.

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(AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

NEW YORK ? When Chicago Bulls media availability began this morning, point guard Kirk Hinrich entered practice wearing a walking boot. It was the result of a left calf injury he suffered in the first half of Saturday's Game 3, which is remarkable since ?he played 60 minutes in that game, scoring 18 points and dishing out 14 assists in the triple-overtime thriller.

Hinrich was dejected as he discussed the setback.

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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Robert Horry got a lot of props and Carmelo Anthony, at least to this point, has not.

If you are an NBA superstar, you get your accolades when the stakes are the highest. And the sobering truth is that Deron Williams should shoulder the blame for the Nets squandering their 14 point lead in the final minutes of Game 4.

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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Brooklyn Nets are down, both figuratively and literally.

But are they out?

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The Brooklyn Nets dropped Thursday night's Game 3 to the Chicago by a final score of 79-76, and it was mostly due to their horrendous offensive output.

The game started out well for the Nets as they hit five out of their first eight shots, but their offense quickly went south. After the hot start, the team converted just nine of their next 46 shots.

Brook Lopez picked up his second foul with 6:25 remaining in the first quarter and was removed the game. The offense became non existent quickly as Brooklyn did not score for the remainder of the period.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

One of the uglier games the NBA has seen in quite some time ended on Thursday night with the Brooklyn Nets on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

After dropping an 79-76 decision to the Bulls on Thursday night, the Nets trail their best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 3 will be played on Saturday afternoon in Chicago before the teams return to Brooklyn for Game 5 on Monday.

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NEW YORK ? After the first three quarters of Game 2 of their best-of-seven series against the Chicago Bulls, the Nets had just turned in another poor third quarter and seemed down and out.

Unfortunately, the poor third quarter was a familiar sight for any Nets fan that has visited Barclays Center this season.

And if you have been to a Brooklyn Nets game in their inaugural season at Barclays Center, there is a chance that you have looked into the stands or even up on the Jumbotron and viewed an energetic fan with a customized jersey and glasses dancing to various tunes while cheering for the team. That fan is Jeffrey Gamblero.

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NEW YORK ? What a difference 48 hours makes.

After flattening the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round playoff series on Saturday night, the Nets could not match the intensity of the Bulls and dropped Game 2, 90-82.

The Nets could not match the intensity of Tom Thibodeau's resilient bunch, and ultimately, the game was decided not in the third quarter, but in the final 7:39 of regulation.

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AP Photo/Seth Wenig

NEW YORK ? In Game 1 of their best-of-seven series with the Chicago Bulls, the Nets dominated the paint with 56 points en route to a critical victory.

In Game 2, the Bulls responded, imposing their will on the Nets and forcing Brook Lopez out of the paint over the game?s first 24 minutes and the team away from him completely in the second half.

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