Michael Scotto, SNYNets.com

Avery Johnson used the phrase “Hello Brooklyn” as much as any member of the Brooklyn Nets organization, but unfortunately for him, he was the first member to say goodbye.

On Dec. 27, general manager Billy King announced that the Nets relieved Johnson of his coaching duties and named P.J. Carlesimo interim head coach. Johnson finished with a 60-116 record (.341 winning percentage) in two plus seasons with the Nets, a far cry from the 194-70 record (.735 winning percentage) he amassed as the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.

Johnson's firing made NBA history, as the Nets became the first franchise to fire a coach one month after winning a Coach of the Month Award. After leading the Nets to an 11-4 start, Johnson was named the NBA's Coach of the Month for November.

Johnson leaves the Nets with a poor record, but he was hired to coach a Nets organization that was in a transitional phase. When he took over in 2010, he was sold on the vision of moving to Brooklyn and building a championship caliber roster. Until then, he had to bide time for two years. During those two years, Johnson was coaching borderline NBA Developmental League rosters. The Nets landed high lottery picks and dangled them as trade assets and cleared cap space with the hope of landing marquee free agents upon moving to Brooklyn. Whereas in Dallas, Johnson coached a proven core of veterans including Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, and Jerry Stackhouse during his three plus seasons.

After two years of waiting for serviceable talent to mold, Johnson got an improved roster this past summer. The Nets brought in nine new players, re-signed their major free agents and, as a result, had heightened expectations.

With a healthy starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez, Brooklyn began their new era with an 11-4 record. Brooklyn beat the Boston Celtics twice and defeated their inner-city rivals, the New York Knicks. The Nets also beat the team that currently has the best record in the NBA, the 24-6 Los Angeles Clippers.

Unfortunately for the franchise, Johnson’s Nets began to unravel in December and got away from the type of winning basketball they played in November.

In December, the Nets lost 10 of 13 games, including five of the six games they played without injured center Brook Lopez. Without Lopez, the Nets offense became stagnant and managed to score just 93.1 points per game. Making matters worse, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson continued to struggle shooting the ball and concerns about their ability to play together grew.

In Atlanta, Johnson dominated the ball as the primary playmaker, but in Brooklyn he’s been used off the ball or in post ups isolated on either wing.

Williams, on the other hand, is in the worst shooting slump of his career, shooting 40 percent on the season and 30 percent from beyond the arc.

A frustrated Williams spoke with the media about his struggles within the Nets offense this season in comparison to his peak years with the Utah Jazz under coach Jerry Sloan.

“That system (in Utah) was a great system for my style of play. I’m a system player, and I loved coach (Jerry) Sloan’s system. I loved the offense there,” he famously said.

Once Williams took an indirect jab at coach Johnson’s offensive system, the hot seat began to get warmer in Brooklyn.

After falling to third place in the Atlantic Division with a 14-14 record, Avery Johnson was fired.

During a press conference, King stressed “a pattern that kept happening” under the watch of Johnson. Part of that pattern included blowing a number of double-digit leads throughout the season, which I outlined in my previous column.

Ironically, both King and Johnson had their own “pattern” during the press conference. Both made sure the blame was not placed on Williams for the firing of Johnson.

“To pinpoint all of this on Deron (Williams) is not fair,” King said. Johnson later echoed that sentiment. “I don't think it's fair for anybody to hang this on Deron,” Johnson echoed.

Williams told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith he had no conversations with King about any unhappiness with Johnson, but assumed he would be blamed for Johnson’s firing due to the similarities between the firing of coach Sloan in Utah.

"The last thing I would want to do is get Coach Johnson fired,” said Williams. “Any coach, for that matter.”

In fact, Williams called Johnson “a big reason” why he re-signed with the Nets as they moved to Brooklyn.

Williams also excluded Johnson from any blame for his poor play thus far.

“I also said that I had to figure out how to play with Joe Johnson, because in my heart I know that I'm the one playing like crap,” said Williams. “Is it Coach Johnson's fault that I'm playing bad? Hell, no! I'm the first one to accept accountability for the way I'm playing. And my family, people who know me, know I would be the first to admit that."

While Williams was at the center of controversy, he’s only one player on a 15-man roster.

With that in mind, Johnson had a significant affect on the growth and decline of several players this season, which must be taken into account.

Johnson revitalized the careers of Andray Blatche, Jerry Stackhouse, and Keith Bogans.

Johnson got the most out of Blatche by playing him at center. In doing so, Blatche showed his promising talent from Washington prior to the team amnestying him for being a locker room malcontent.

Blatche has turned into one of the steals of the offseason for Brooklyn.

Jerry Stackhouse was pigeonholed around the league as washed up and over-the-hill, but after coaching Stackhouse for four seasons in Dallas, Johnson knew the veteran in his 18th year had some pep in his step.

Stackhouse has been a lethal corner pocket three-point shooter for Brooklyn and a veteran leader in the locker room.

Johnson also values defense and was a big fan of Keith Bogans for his perimeter defense and ability to spread the floor with his three-point shooting, starting him in 10 of 24 games after the veteran appeared in only five games all of last season.

The rise of Blatche, Stackhouse, and Bogans has led to a decline and underwhelming start from MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, and Mirza Teletovic.

Brooks entered the season aiming for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, but has gotten more splinters than shot attempts under Johnson in his second year. Brooks has averaged only 11.2 minutes per game after starting 47 games last season and averaging 29.4 minutes per game.

Humphries has struggled alongside Brook Lopez since re-signing with Brooklyn. Humphries was demoted to the bench and recorded a DNP-CD before Johnson’s firing after averaging a double-double the past two seasons.

Teletovic came over heralded as the best European player on the market and a knockdown stretch power forward. A poor defender at best, Teletovic failed to grasp Johnson’s in-depth defensive schemes and saw limited action for most of the season.

As a result, Brooklyn made a calculated risk in firing Johnson 28 games into the season and replacing him with interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.

In his last 122 games as a head coach, Carlesimo has had pitiful results. Carlesimo has a 27-95 record (.221 winning percentage) during that span.

Although he was an assistant under Gregg Popovich for three of the San Antonio Spurs title runs, Carlesimo is most notably known for being choked by Latrell Sprewell during their time together in Golden State.

Brooklyn sees Carlesimo as a temporary fill-in. With an inexperienced coaching staff in Doug Overton, Popeye Jones, and Mario Elie, Carlesimo got the job based on his experience.

King hopes he can persuade a high profile coach along the lines of Phil Jackson, Stan or Jeff Van Gundy, or Jerry Sloan to right the swerving Nets ship.

However, this remains to be seen and King is working against the odds of luring these high profile figures out of retirement.

Coincidence, or not, the fact that Deron Williams has been at the center of controversy for two coaches being fired will give any possible candidate pause for the job going forward.

Lastly, as Avery Johnson said, “This is not about the ‘fair’ game. A lot of times it’s about the blame game.”

With Johnson gone, the onus falls squarely on the players and general manager Billy King to make Prokhorov’s goal at the beginning of the year to contend for the Eastern Conference title a reality.

Michael Scotto is an Analyst for SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter for the latest news from Brooklyn and the NBA: @MikeAScotto

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Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.

Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin exited Wednesday's opening game against the Pacers in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. 

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The Brooklyn Nets prepare for their regular season opener and hope to continue their strong play from this preseason.

 

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Oct 11, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) drives past Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Despite a 24-point effort from D'Angelo Russell, the Nets fell to the 76ers, 133-114, on Wednesday night. >> Box score


Philadelphia jumped out to a 30-22 lead in the first quarter and never ceded control after that as the easily rolled to a win. 

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(Nicole Sweet)

The Nets are set to have another bad season as Vegas odds have them as a longshot to win this year's NBA title, per NY Daily News.

Sportsbettingdime.com has the Nets set at 1000-1 to win the 2018 Finals, which is the largest odds of any team. The Knickss are tied with the Nets as well. 

The Hawks, Magic, and Bulls are next on the list for the worst odds. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Six Nets players scored in double figures as Brooklyn beat the New York Knicks 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


D'Angelo Russell scored 16 points and recorded seven assists as the Nets improved to 3-0 in the preseason.

Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game. Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin poses for a photo during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin poses for a photo during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin opened up about his hair style in The Players' Tribune after Kenyon Martin criticized him for having dreadlocks.

Upon seeing Lin's hair style -- which he said was "meant to be fun, and to be an expression of freedom" -- Martin posted a video calling him out for appropriating culture.

"Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?" Martin said in the video. "Like, come on man. Let's stop this, man, with these people, man. There is no way possible that he would have made it on one of our teams with that bulls--- goin' on on his head. Come on man, somebody need to tell him, like, 'All right bro, we get it. You wanna be black.' Like, we get it. But the last name is Lin."

Lin responded on Instagram by saying he was "grateful" that Martin felt that way and then noted the fact that Martin has Chinese symbols tattooed on his body. Lin later wrote on The Players' Tribune that he wanted to call for acceptance, peace and empathy.

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Oct 5, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against Miami Heat in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports  (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 5, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against Miami Heat in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Jeremy Lin scored 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Nets cruised to a 107-88 preseason win over the Heat on Thursday at the Barclays Center. >> Read more


Sean Kilpatrick had 14 points and made all five of his free-throw attempts. He also had six rebounds, which was tied for second on the team alongside Tyler Zeller.

Hollis-Jefferson also had 10 points to go along with his 11 rebounds, while Quincy Acy had four rebounds, two steals, and nine points.

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Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

D'Angelo Russell scored 19 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-107 win in the preseason opener on Tuesday night. >>Read more. . .


 

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NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.

The league said Tuesday that the leading vote-getter from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.

The change will begin with this season's game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, guard Caris LeVert and guard D'Angelo Russell pose during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, guard Caris LeVert and guard D'Angelo Russell pose during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets will discuss how they will approach the national anthem this season and plan to act as a unified group.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week he expects players to stand in unity for the national anthem this season, while many NFL players have either kneeled or locked arms as a team during the national anthem in protest of civil rights issues.

"We haven't come out with a statement, but I think our idea is -- however our players approach this -- I want them to be unified," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "We want them to follow the NBA rules. That's important to us, and I think our guys understand that."

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After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)
After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)

Nets G/F Allen Crabbe suffered a sprained ankle on Wednesday at the end of the team's practice, according to Greg Logan of Newsday.

Crabbe's ankle injury was confirmed after he underwent x-rays.

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Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin has watched as players throughout the NFL and NBA have spoke and protested in unity against the words of President Donald Trump, and he is all for the social action. 

Last Friday at a campaign rally in Alabama, after Trump called out NFL players for kneeling down during the national anthem, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and some fellow Warriors players essentially said they would not like to attend the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA title. After seeing this, Trump tweeted that Curry no longer had an invite to visit the president.

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The Nets open training camp at the Naval Academy to prepare for the season and Kenny Atkinson explains why the team chose to train there.

 

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(Brett Davis)

The Nets roster is ready to go from worst in the league to playoff contender this season, but GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson are only focused on progress and development. 

The Nets' 20-62 record last season was the worst in the NBA. But spirits are high this season after the acquisitions of PG D'Angelo Russell, C Timofey Mozgov, SF DeMarre Carroll, and SG Allen Crabbe to go along with the Nets' first-round C Jarrett Allen. 

Atkinson loves his new band of players to work with, but he isn't primarily focused on winning a ring just yet. He needs his players to grow first. 

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The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night.  (Winslow Townson/AP)
The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Nets G D'Angelo Russell is eager to prove to his new organization that he is capable of leading a team and making players around him better. 

"I want this to be home for me," said Russell, via Newsday. "Getting traded and moving, changing your whole environment and situation is not easy. So, I don't want to do that again. The easier and the quicker I can get that relationship with guys, the easier that will be."

On the way out of Los Angeles, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson called out Russell for his lack of leadership and his failures as a true point guard.

Russell disagreed with those comments, but has not taken shots at Johnson or the Lakers.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Forward DeMarre Carroll said at Nets media day on Monday that he is 100 percent healthy for the first time in two years.

Carroll has dealt with a variety of injuries, including nagging knee, ankle and back issues that forced him to turn in two down seasons in Toronto. The 6'8" veteran forward was supposed to play a key role as a wing or stretch four with the Raptors but was occasionally passed over by Norman Powell and/or other more durable, consistent, younger players. 

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(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets signed forward Akil Mitchell on Sunday, the team announced.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward, averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games for Brooklyn's G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, last season.

He previously averaged 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 games for the Australian National Basketball League's New Zealand Breakers. He played 133 games for the University of Virginia from 2010 to 2014.

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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Sarah Kustok will take over the Nets' color commentator role this season, becoming the third woman on regional TV network in the NBA to handle such a role. 

In an interview with the New York Post, she said that it's been quite the journey to get where she is today. She previously starred at DePaul before joining ESPN as a sideliner reporter for multiple sports.

Eventually after working in Chicago in a similar role, she came to YES Network to become the team's sideline reporter. After five years in that position, she has taken over the full-time color duties from Mike Fratello.

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Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson discusses how both Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell will fit into his plans for the backcourt this season.

 

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Former Nets PG Stephon Marbury is eyeing a return to the NBA, he announced on Tuesday.

Marbury has not played in the NBA since the 2008-09 season. In 2010, he began playing for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association where he has won three championships. Last season, he averaged 21.4 points, 5.5 assists, and four rebounds per game. 

Marbury spent three seasons with the Nets where he averaged 23 points, 8.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 172 games.

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Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets agreed to a two-year deal with former Celtics center Tyler Zeller, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Zeller, who averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 51 games last season, is expected to compete behind Timofey Mozgov, according to Wojnarowski.

Zeller's contract is guaranteed for this season but is not guaranteed for the 2018-19 season, according to Wojnarowski.

The 27-year-old center has averaged seven points and 4.4 rebounds in five seasons with the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, Nets shooting guard Caris Levert joins the show to discuss his playing days at Michigan, his heightened expectations of this year's team in Brooklyn, and his affinity for teammate Jeremy Lin.

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(Tom Szczerbowski)

The Nets are hosting former Raptors F Jared Sullinger for a workout, per NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

A source close to Sullinger told Lewis, "He's in town for a workout. It's an opportunity for [the Nets] to watch him."

Sullinger's agent, David Falk, say his client is "exploring the opportunity" to sign with the Nets, according to NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy

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(Craig Mitchelldyer)

While trying to get used to his new city, Nets SG Allen Crabbe has been working on his game as he prepares for the new season.

Crabbe has only been in New York for about three weeks since he was traded to the Nets by the Porland Trail Blazers, but he is already getting involved as he was part of the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy on Thursday. He is becoming to enjoy his new city. 

"New York is cool man, I'm glad to be here," Crabbe told Nets.com's Cory Wright. "I'm just getting acclimated with the city, trying to learn my whereabouts and where all the fun stuff is outside of basketball practice and all that."

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The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night.  (Winslow Townson/AP)
The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Nets PG D'Angelo Russell said that he wants teams around the NBA to "hate us," according to Nets Daily, who was at the Nets Inaugural Basketball Camp at Battery Park City.

"We've struggled over the last few years in Brooklyn," Russell said. "Teams are used to coming in and taking nights off. I just want to rebuild that and make it a place where people come and say, 'alright we got the crowd against us. It's New York.'

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The Brooklyn Nets' bench (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
The Brooklyn Nets' bench (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets released their 2017-18 regular-season schedule, which includes opening the season at the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and playing their home opener at Barclays Center on Oct. 20 against the Orlando Magic at 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn will also play two games in Mexico this season, facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9.

The Nets will have two nationally-televised games, the fewest among all 30 NBA teams, this season, according to Yaya Dubin. Both of their games will be on NBATV.

The Nets will face the defending champion Golden State Warriors at home on Nov. 19 and on the road on March 6. Their home finale is April 9 against the Chicago Bulls and their regular-season finale is April 11 on the road against the Boston Celtics.

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(Brad Penner)

Nets rookie C Jarrett Allen doesn't pay any mind to those who say he doesn't love the game of basketball due to his other hobbies. 

Allen was the Nets' first-round pick of the 2017 NBA Draft in June, and the reason he fell to their No. 22 pick was reportedly due to many questioning his dedication to the game.

He put those notions to shame at the NBA rookie photo shoot on Friday. 

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets will make a trip to Mexico this year, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9, the league announced Wednesday. 

"I've obviously traveled a lot in the basketball world and been to Mexico City twice and know what a great fanbase there is," head coach Kenny Atkninson said following the announcement. "We're honored and playing two good teams. The Mexican fans are going to have a good time watching us play these games.

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(Peter Aiken)

The Nets have announced they signed guards Milton Doyle and Jeremy Senglin who both played on the Nets' summer league team in Las Vegas.

The terms of the deals were not released per team policy, but Basketball Insiders' Michael Scotto says Doyle agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the team. Both players went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

In four games during summer league, Doyle averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. The 6-foot-4 guard spent four years at Loyola University Chicago where he became the first player in program history to make it on the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team during his senior season. He averaged 15.2 points in 32.6 minutes last year. 

Senglin averaged seven points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.5 assists in four games in summer league. Playing four season at Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard's alma mater Weber State, Senglin became the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,078 points. He averaged 16.7 points over his career. 

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(Mike Dinovo)

The Nets have waived G Archie Goodwin, according to multiple reports.

Goodwin, 22, averaged 7.3 points, 1.6 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 15 games last season.

He signed two 10-day contracts with the Nets last year.

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After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)
After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)

The Nets have traded for guard Allen Crabbe. 

Elsewhere, Steven Matz's struggles continue, the Jets sign Lucky Whitehead and the Yankees sweep the Reds. 

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Apr 8, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 8, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, received approval from the NBA Finance Committee to split up the two entities as he looks to sell a minority interest in the team, per The Post's Brian Lewis. 

First reported by Forbes, Prokhorov wanted to sell a minority stake in the Nets, but keep the Barclays Center under his control last year. However, the NBA denied him the right to do so. 

Though he has approval from the Finance Committee, the NBA Board of Governors still needs to give Prokhorov the green light before he is allowed to make a deal with a potential buyer. 

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(Craig Mitchelldyer)

The Nets have traded PF Andrew Nicholson to the Trail Blazers for G Allen Crabbe, the team announced on Tuesday.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Portland will waive and stretch Nicholson's contract, paying $2.8 million over the next seven years. 

The Nets were interested in signing Crabbe last season. However, the Blazers matched their four-year,$75 million offer sheet. Because of the offer sheet, both sides had to wait a year before executing the deal.

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Toronto Raptors forward Jared Sullinger (0) reacts after scoring a basket against the Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre. The Suns beat the Raptors 115-103. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward Jared Sullinger (0) reacts after scoring a basket against the Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre. The Suns beat the Raptors 115-103. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets are interested in Jared Sullinger and are watching his games in The Basketball Tournament at LIU Brooklyn, reports ESPN's Fran Fraschilla. 

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(Joe Camporeale)

The Nets have announced they signed international G Yakuba Ouattara to a two-way contract. 

Ouattara spent the 2016-17 season playing for AS Monaco Basket of the French LNB Pro A league. He averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 23.4 minutes per game. He can knock down the three-ball as well, shooting 40.0 percent from the perimeter.

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound guard has been a member of the French national team being that his native Ghana doesn't have a team of their own. 

At 25, Ouattara has played in the French league since 2012. 

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Jarrett Allen (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jarrett Allen (Brad Penner (USA Today))

The Nets have signed first-round pick Jarrett Allen to a multi-year contract, the team announced on Thursday. The details of the contract have not been released.

Allen, 19, was the Nets' 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

In his one season at the University of Texas, Allen averaged 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in 33 games. He had 12 double-doubles on the season and is fourth in school history with 278 total rebounds by a freshman.

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(Kevin Sousa)

The Nets' newest acquisition SF DeMarre Carroll calls his move to Brooklyn a "reunion" as he reunites with head coach Kenny Atkinson.

In his first interview with the media, Carroll expressed his excitement to join the Nets relating the move to a kid coming home to his family after being away at college. 

"Yeah man, it's a reunion," Carroll told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It's basically like going off to college and coming back to your family. I feel like it's my family. This is where I belong, and where I'm comfortable at."

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Jeremy Lin predicted that the Nets would make the playoffs in the upcoming season. (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)
Jeremy Lin predicted that the Nets would make the playoffs in the upcoming season. (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

Jeremy Lin said that the Nets will make the playoffs this upcoming season. 

Elsewhere, Steven Matz was knocked around for the second straight time, the Yankees split a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox and Carmelo Anthony expects trade talks to resume. 

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

During his trip to Taiwan, Nets guard Jeremy Lin said he expects the team to make the playoffs this season. 

The Nets finished last season at 20-62 and have not made the postseason since the 2014-15 season. 

"We're making the playoffs. I don't care what anybody else tells me," Lin said in an interview posted to YouTube

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The Nets reportedly have interest in acquiring JaMychal Green. (David Zalubowski/AP)
The Nets reportedly have interest in acquiring JaMychal Green. (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Nets are interested in free agent JaMychal Green

Elsewhere, the Knicks are near a deal with the Rockets involving Carmelo Anthony,Bryce Harper says that New York is too hectic of a city for him and Amed Rosario went 0-for-4 in the Triple-A All-Star Game 

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference prior to the game with the San Antonio Spurs playing against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at the Mexico City Arena. (José Méndez )
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference prior to the game with the San Antonio Spurs playing against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at the Mexico City Arena. (José Méndez )

The NBA has accepted recommendations from the competition committee to improve the speed of the game, the league announced Wednesday. 

Chief among them is that teams will now only have two timeouts over the final three minutes of the game instead of three timeouts over the final two minutes. The maximum number of timeouts has been reduced to 14 per game, while the 20-second timeout has been eliminated, as each timeout will last 75 seconds. In overtime, teams will be limited to two timeouts.

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Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) guards Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) during the game at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. (Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) guards Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) during the game at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. (Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets have turned their interest to acquiring restricted free agent JaMychal Green after losing out on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Otto Pope Jr.according to the New York Post

Once the Porter Jr. offer sheet comes off the books, which is expected to happen midnight Thursday, the Nets will have $16.5 million in cap space to spend. 

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(Bill Streicher)

Nets target Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has signed a one-year deal with the Lakers worth $18 million, according to multiple reports.

The Nets reportedly had "over 50 percent" chance to land pope, the NY Post's Brian Lewis reported on Tuesday.

With the Wizards matching the Nets' offer to Otto Porter, Jr., Caldwell-Pope was the team's next-best option still on the open market. The Nets will have $16.5 million in cap space to spend once Porter Jr. is off their books, and they could release or deal away other players to create more if needed.

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DeMarre Carroll is the newest member of the Nets following a trade.  (Chris Young/AP )
DeMarre Carroll is the newest member of the Nets following a trade. (Chris Young/AP )

The Nets acquired forward DeMarre Carroll and two draft picks from the Raptors in exchange for center Justin Hamilton.

Elsewhere, the Mets are shutout, the Yankees drop their first-half finale, the former Cavaliers general manager drops out of Knicks search and a pair of Yankees prepare for the Home Run Derby. 

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Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll shoots around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll shoots around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets acquired forward DeMarre Carroll and two draft picks from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for center Justin Hamilton, according to the Associated Press.

Carroll, 30, has two years and $30 million remaining on his deal, which allows the Raptors to clear enough cap space to make room for Kyle Lowry's three-year, $100 million deal, according to the AP.

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Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets' four-year, $106-million offer sheet for Otto Porter includes a trade kicker and a player option, acording to according to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski‏. 

On Tuesday, the Nets had reportedly agreed with Porter on a four-year, $106 million contract, according to the Vertical, citing sources.

According to ESPN, the Kings had offered Porter a four-year, $106.5 million contract. The Wizards were previously expected to match any offer he receives. 

Porter had a breakout season in 2016-17, as he averaged a career-high 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point land. The Wizards reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to the Celtics in seven games.

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(Joe Camporeale)

The Nets current odds to win the 2018 NBA championship is set at 500/1, per Bovada LV. 

They are tied with the Magic, Suns and Kings for having the worst odds in the NBA. The closest to the Nets in the Atlantic Division is the Knicks, who have 150/1 odds. 

Focusing on the division, the Celtics have the fourth-best odds to win the title at 14/1 while the Raptors and 76ers are set at 50/1 and 66/1 respectively. 

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The Nets have inked Otto Porter to a four-year $106 million deal. (Charles Krupa)
The Nets have inked Otto Porter to a four-year $106 million deal. (Charles Krupa)

The Nets signed restricted free-agent Otto Porter Jr. to a four year contract on Tuesday, the Wizards will have three days to match the offer sheet.  

Elsewhere, the Mets lost to the Nationals, the Knicks have interest in free-agent Dion Waiters, Ilya Kovulchuck will remain in the KHL, and the the Yankees drop a game to the Blue Jays. 

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