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Anthony Bennett, the first overall selection of the 2013 NBA Draft, is one of several veteran free agents working out at the Brooklyn Nets' mini-camp this week, a source confirms to SNY.tv. The news of Bennett being expected to attend the mini-camp was first reported by Ian Begley of ESPN

Bennett, a 6'8" power forward from UNLV, never panned out in the NBA.

In his rookie season, Bennett, who just turned 23 in March, averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds for Cleveland. Then in July 2014, he was part of the trade that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland, and sent him and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota. The power forward didn't perform that much better in Minnesota, averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Timberwolves before being bought out after the season ended.

Bennett received a third chance from his hometown Toronto Raptors, but was once again bought out after a mediocre season and multiple trips to the D-League. 

Other than Bennett, there are several other free agents who, according to netsdaily.com, are rumored to attend the Nets' mini-camp:

  • D.J. Newbill - 6'4" point guard out of Penn State, who's played in Turkey and France
  • Will Cummings - 6'2" point guard out of Temple, who's played in Italy and the D-League
  • Jarrid Famous - 6'11" power forward out of South Florida, who's played in the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, China, Lebanon, Bahrian, Venezuela, and for several D-League teams
  • Victor Rudd - 6'9" power forward out of South Florida, who's played in Russia and the D-League
  • Josh Magette - 6'1" point guard out of Alabama-Huntsville, who's played in Greece, Germany, and the D-League

Denver Nuggets assistant coach Chris Fleming prior to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing)
Denver Nuggets assistant coach Chris Fleming prior to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing)

Denver assistant Chris Fleming will be joining Kenny Atkinson's coaching staff with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Fleming, a New Jersey native, played six seasons of professional basketball in Germany for the German 2nd Division club QTSV. Following his playing career, Fleming began coaching for QTSV, and served as the club's head coach for eight years. He then served six years as head coach of Brose Baskets Bamberg, another German professional team. Throughout his German coaching career, Fleming won four German Cup championships, four German League championships, and was named German League Coach of the Year in 2011. 

In November 2014, Fleming was named the head coach of the German national basketball team. He left that position in July 2015 to join the NBA, where he served as an assistant coach of the Denver Nuggets.

Atkinson and Fleming both played college ball at Richmond, and were teammates for a season.

Fleming is the fourth assistant reported to be part of Atkinson's staff. Jacque Vaughn will serve as Atkinson's lead assistant, while Adam Harrington will handle skills development. Also joining the staff is Jordon Ott, who worked with Atkinson in Atlanta.


May 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) tries to dribble past San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
May 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) tries to dribble past San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent at the end of this season and the Nets may already be angling for an edge in their pursuit of the superstar.

Brooklyn has hired Adam Harrington, according to NBA.com's David Alridge. Harrington formerly served as both Oklahoma City's shooting coach and Durant's personal trainer.

Aldridge says Harrington is the one who helped Durant perfect his Dirk Nowitzki-style, one-legged fadeaway.

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I guess it can't hurt, right? Harrington has a dearth of experience from around the world, as well as eight NBA seasons under his belt. So in a vacuum, it seems like a smart hire. But when you take into account the possible-intended consequences, it certainly is intriguing.

Will this be enough to make Durant look seriously at Brooklyn? I don't know. I imagine there will be teams in far better situations (Boston, for one) that will be all-in to try to lure KD away from the Thunder. For Durant, it's all a matter of where he thinks he can make the most impact, both on the court and brand-wise.

The New York market is polarizing among athletes and not all guys want the big spotlight on them, so who knows. This could be a little stroke of genius or much ado about nothing. Only time will tell where Durant winds up.

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Temple Owls guard Will Cummings (2) drives around Miami Hurricanes forward Ivan Cruz Uceda (33) during the first quarter in the semifinals of the 2015 NIT college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Temple Owls guard Will Cummings (2) drives around Miami Hurricanes forward Ivan Cruz Uceda (33) during the first quarter in the semifinals of the 2015 NIT college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Nets will add Will Cummings to their veteran mini-camp roster, reports Michael Scotto of the Associated Press

Not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, Cummings, 23, played six preseason games with the Houston Rockets before playing 49 games for the team's Developmental League affiliate. He averaged 20.5 points and 4.8 assists in those 49 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. 

He most recently played in the Italian league Serie A after his season in the D League. 

The mini-camp will begin on May 23 and run through May 25. 


Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas represents his team during the NBA draft lottery at New York Hilton Midtown. The Philadelphia 76ers received the first overall pick in the 2016 draft. (Brad Penner)
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas represents his team during the NBA draft lottery at New York Hilton Midtown. The Philadelphia 76ers received the first overall pick in the 2016 draft. (Brad Penner)

It won't be a while before the Nets' nightmare trade with the Celtics is put to bed, but Brooklyn won a small moral victory on Tuesday night.

The Celtics, who had a 15.6 percent chance of getting the number one overall pick in the lottery, ended up with the third pick in June's draft.

The pick, which originally belonged to the Nets, was acquired by Boston in the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett deal in June of 2013. The Celtics will have the option to swap first round picks with the Nets next year, and have Brooklyn's first rounder in 2018 as well.

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Oh, draft season, where we can all shake our heads and cower in a corner. Isn't it a great right-of-passage?

At least the way the lottery shook out, the Nets didn't miss out of Ben Simmons. But think about how much more exciting would it be to be a Nets fan right now if they had the number three pick to go along with their new (and potentially competent) head coach and general manager? I know there's no use dwelling on picks that were traded three years ago, but it still hurts, though admittedly not as much as it could have.

Of course, we don't really know how this will work out in the future. Ten years from now, we should be sitting here saying how the Nets saved themselves from picking a massive bust. Okay, yeah, I'm just trying to make myself feel better. Deep breath. Only two more years like this left…


Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks listens to Brooklyn Nets new head coach Kenny Atkinson answer questions from media during press conference at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks listens to Brooklyn Nets new head coach Kenny Atkinson answer questions from media during press conference at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

For general manager Sean Marks, the list of potential coaches had one name at the top. That man was Kenny Atkinson, who the Nets introduced as the 21st coach in franchise history on Monday.

At Atkinson's introductory press conference, Marks was asked what made Atkinson stand out as a candidate, and Marks gave a glowing review of his new coach while revealing he was their number one target in their search.

"I think I mentioned a little before it was obviously passion for the job, but it was the person he is. High character and the values he has," Marks said before recalling his first interaction with Atkinson. "The first time I met Kenny I think was about five years ago in San Antonio where the Atlanta Hawks sent a contingent over to San Antonio and they got some work in during the summer, and I saw Kenny work firsthand. You look at the relationships he had formed with the guys on his team and was forming with Spurs players. How he was able to get those guys to develop and do the things they were asked was pretty remarkable to me. It was pretty clear cut. I've said before, it's not often you get your number one guy, so I think we're happy to be working together and I'm obviously happy that Kenny is that guy."

 

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I've really been bowled over at just how much players who have worked under Atkinson seem to love him. To a man, the Hawks have said how much he has meant to the success of their organization, and that's quite a compliment for an assistant coach. Of course, responsibilities change when you get to finally take the big chair, and there will certainly be an adjustment process for Atkinson as he feels out how to manage the relationships with his players as a head coach. But all in all, I'm more encouraged than I have been about the prospects of a Nets coach in a while.

Of course, press conferences are for gushing reviews and proclaiming that the team "got their man." But when Marks says it about Atkinson, I believe it. Maybe I'm naïve. Maybe there was a bigger candidate that the Nets wanted. But the way they went about their search, I think Atkinson was the target all along. Now it's up to the Long Island-native to reward Marks and make sure the faith he showed in Atkinson is rewarded.


Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young answers questions from media during press conference for new head coach Kenny Atkinson (not pictured) at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young answers questions from media during press conference for new head coach Kenny Atkinson (not pictured) at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Thaddeus Young want to stay in Brooklyn, and he was apparently told that he'll get his wish.
 
Young, who signed a four-year contract with the Nets last offseason, told reporters that the Nets front office has assured him that neither he or Brook Lopez will not be traded.
 
""I've been told I'll be here," Young said. "Along with Brook."
 
When asked about Young's comments, Nets general manager Sean Marks was non-committal, but seemed like he intended to hang on to his two stars.
 
"What I said before is you have to be fluid. You never know what is going to come your way," Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters on Monday. "I hope that they're part of this. They're both terrific people, and I hope to maximize their talent and help build around them."

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I think Marks has the right idea here. If some team comes in and offers the world for either of these guys, he certainly has to consider it. After all, it's unlikely that Lopez and Young will be regular contributors by the time this team is ready to seriously contend, so if they can get some assets for either player, he has to think about it. That said, there's value in honoring the deals these guys signed last summer, and also building a culture inside the organization that fosters a winning attitude.
 
The reason people disagree with the massive tanking approach a team like the Sixers have taken isn't because it's just brutal to watch. It's also because when you encourage regular losing like Philadelphia has, how do you stop on a dime and make the organization about winning? One assumes it's the natural development of young players, but even sure-fire, can't miss prospects need a strong and steady example to learn how to win. If your team is just stacked with replacement level players, it's hard to truly bring along a top flight talent.
 
So in Brook and Thad, the Nets have to components that not only can attract some free agents, but will help the next generation of guys like Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson develop. That it and of itself is reason to keep them around.

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The Brooklyn Nets introduced Kenny Atkinson as head coach Tuesday.

Long before playing in Europe or coaching in Mexico, Kenny Atkinson was a ballplayer from New York.

And when he looked into a crowd of familiar faces Monday that included his family and high school coach, it finally hit him.

He's home.

Atkinson was introduced as the Brooklyn Nets' coach, his newest address on a lengthy basketball journey bringing him not far from his original one of Huntington, New York.

The sixth Nets' coach since they moved to Brooklyn in 2012, Atkinson had to pause to regain his composure in his opening remarks as he talked about his connection to the area and the people who helped him get back here.

"This press conference was like, wow, and I think that's why I got a little emotional," Atkinson said. "Just seeing all the familiar faces and family, that was like, wow."

Atkinson was hired nearly a month ago, but said Monday was his first time in the gym with the Nets. He was an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks and remained with them until their season ended following a second-round loss to Cleveland, then accompanied the Nets to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week.

On Monday, he was in their new training center that looks out over New York, thinking about listening to Nets games on the radio as a kid, or playing ball in the city at a time when Chris Mullin and Pearl Washington were the schoolboy stars.

"So all that stuff comes into play, like my family being here, so it means more than if I was to be a coach of another team in the NBA," Atkinson said. >> Read more

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Former Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Billy King era left a wake that will be felt in Nets country for years to come. But King was just following orders from atop the organization, and it's left some to wonder just how fair King's dismissal this winter was. Now, King is finally opening up about that relationship with Mikhail Prokhorov and the upper brass in Brooklyn.

King conducted his first interview since his January firing on the Point Game Podcast with NBA beats Jabari Young & Vincent Goodwill, and he was asked if he thought it was just that he took the blame for the big ticket (no pun intended) moves that have put the organization in a huge hole.

"I think as I said when I interviewed for the job, 'We're going to make decisions together, we're in this together,' and I felt we did that ... But I don't begrudge ownership," King said. "It's their team and they invest a lot of money. It's their prerogative. It's like when you're GM and you make a decision to fire a coach. That's a decision you've got to make."

That pretty much says it all, and it was the fatal flaw in the Nets' game plan from the beginning. In a sense, ownership has different goals than player and roster development people. Most owners, Prokhorov especially, yearn for short-term success because it's the low-hanging fruit. It will spike ticket sales and get headlines. But, at times, that's at odds with building a model organization. Sustained success is what building a championship team and a marquee brand is all about, and as we know, King never got the opportunity to make strides toward that.

From the beginning, Prokhorov wanted to put the Knicks on the defensive; to take their turf away from them. And you know what? It worked for a bit. Remember all the pieces about longtime Knicks season ticket holders giving up their seats to move into new ones at Barclays Center? The Nets were the hot item in town for a while, but they weren't built to sustain it.

We look back at the Celtics trade as the peak of the lunacy that was mortgaging the future, but it started years before that. The Gerald Wallace move, when the Nets gave away their opportunity to draft Damian Lillard, was probably the most egregious deal of them all, and it happened long before Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were a glimmer in King's eye.

We'll never know just how much came down from above (we assume, the bulk of it), but King never quite had the clout to draw a line in the sand. That was probably his ultimate undoing as Nets general manager, and it seems like he knows it.

"Like I said from the beginning, every franchise is led by ownership, and there have been some that have been very, very successful, and some that haven't but they all learn and grow," King said. "All these [owners] ... all of them, all 30 owners in this league, in all pro sports, they made a lot of money in another area to be able to invest it in this. And they take a lot of heat. So I look at it like it's an opportunity they gave me, and I thank them for it and I'm friends with them. Are there bitter feelings? Yeah, but you know when you're hired, you're most likely going to get fired."

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The Nets will hire Jacque Vaughn to be the team's lead assistant coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Vaughn was Orlando's head coach from 2012-15, going 58-158 in three seasons. He spent this season as a pro personnel director for San Antonio, working briefly with new Nets general manager Sean Marks.

The Nets hired Atlanta assistant Kenny Atkinson as head coach earlier in April.


Brett Yormark CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment talks at a press conference announcing the Long Island Nets D League team before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brett Yormark CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment talks at a press conference announcing the Long Island Nets D League team before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Brett Yormark is excited about jersey ads coming in the NBA.

The Barclays Center CEO told the Sports Business Journal that he believes jerseys ads - which will be incorporated for the 2017-18 season - could bring the Nets in revenues of $4-to-$6 million per year.

"We're looking at it as something that will allow us to target companies which otherwise wouldn't buy us," Yormark told SBJ. "The uniform patch gives us a position that is local, national, and global - all in one."

Teams will reportedly keep half of the revenue generated by jerseys ads, with the other half being shared between the other NBA franchises.

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So? Why do I care how much money the team is going to get by selling out the visual integrity of their jersey? Like I have said before, if someone wants to send me a check, then I'll get on board. But I don't want to hear about how this creates an interesting opportunity for anything but making rich people richer.

The reason why the NBA is hammering home how small the ads are, which SBJ reminds us is smaller than a Post-it, is because they know it's awful and most fans hate it. But they don't care. The only reason this didn't happen sooner is because the owners were too greedy. Don't be fooled into thinking this helps anyone but the owners of NBA franchises. It doesn't, all so you can be inundated with just one more advertisement. Isn't America great?


Point guard Jeremy Lin could be on the Nets radar this summer.  (Steve Mitchell)
Point guard Jeremy Lin could be on the Nets radar this summer. (Steve Mitchell)

The Nets' new head coach was the assistant that helped unleash "Linsanity" on New York back in 2012, and with the Nets in need of a point guard, a reunion may be in the cards. 

"I think you could see Jeremy Lin, who's going to be a free agent, I could see him looking at Brooklyn as a destination for him because a) he's coming back to New York where he can become a megastar again, but b) because that's the coach," Knicks analyst Alan Hahn said on ESPN Radio. Kenny Atkinson is the reason Linsanity was Linsanity. Jeremy will tell you that." 

NetsDaily cites sources that say Brooklyn offered Lin a multi-year deal last offseason, but the two sides were about $1.5 million apart on a starting salary.

Lin has a $2.2 million player option for 2016-17, which he is likely to decline. 

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It would certainly be an interesting pairing. Lin had a great year this season, as he averaged 11.7 points, three assists, and a career-low 1.9 turnovers per game for Charlotte. Would he be a gigantic improvement over what the Nets used after Jarrett Jack's injury? Absolutely. Enough to anchor Brooklyn's offense? It's hard to say. 

The key for the Nets in the Brooklyn era has always been their point guard play. They have plenty of talent up front, between Brook Lopez and Thad Young. They absolutely need someone to be able to distribute and knock down shots from the outside when they're called upon. It's why Deron Williams seemed like the perfect fit, and was when he was healthy and motivated. But it will also be a question of just how lofty the Nets' expectations are for their $40 million in cap room, and how fast they want to spend it. With tons of teams in position to spend this summer, values will be inflated. So if the Nets feel a guy like Jeff Teague, who also loves Atkinson, is attainable, maybe they go that way. But if they want to bolster multiple positions, they could opt for Lin and another player.

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World Team head coach Kenny Atkinson of the Atlanta Hawks (left) instructs World Team guard Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks (17) during the second half against the U.S. Team at Barclays Center. (Bob Donnan)
World Team head coach Kenny Atkinson of the Atlanta Hawks (left) instructs World Team guard Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks (17) during the second half against the U.S. Team at Barclays Center. (Bob Donnan)

The Nets' new head coach will be missed in Atlanta.

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk says that the Hawks, where Atkinson had been an assistant since 2012, all care deeply for Atkinson, and give him credit in their success as a club.

"It's easy to see just how much the Hawks players love Kenny Atkinson," Youngmisuk wrote. "All are beyond thrilled for him taking Nets job and each player who talked about Atkinson had their own personal story about what makes him so special to them and the Hawks."

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It's great to hear, because I'd venture to say that the last few Nets coaches have not been particularly adored by their players. In fact, I'd argue that the Nets got a jolt once Tony Brown took over because they actually enjoyed playing for him. So in Atkinson, Brooklyn may finally have a head coach that can overachieve with the talent he's given. Wouldn't that be a nice change of pace?

The more I'm hearing about this hire from third parties, the more I like it. I've always championed getting the next big coach, as opposed to overpaying for the star that's out there. Though, I admit, I flip flopped on that when John Calipari's name was first floated, but I think that had more to do with wanting to write about a team that would be immediately made relevant again. I applaud the Nets' resistance to give into that urge (again), instead opting for pragmatism as opposed to making a big splash. I hope it pays off big with Atkinson.


Kenny Atkinson will be hired as the new coach of the Nets. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Kenny Atkinson will be hired as the new coach of the Nets. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets will hire Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as their new coach. The story was first reported by reporter Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets bypassed the type of big names they've targeted for the bench in Brooklyn and turning to someone experienced with developing winning programs gradually.

"Aside from his tremendous skills and experience, he has the mindset we need to build a winning team day by day, step by step," owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "Together, we can do great things."

Atkinson will remain with the Hawks until their season ends. The Nets said a press conference will be held at a date to be determined.

Resisting a lengthy coaching search and the allure of coaches such as Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy, new general manager Sean Marks chose Atkinson for his first big move since taking over the Nets in February.

Atkinson, 48, is from Northport, N.Y. He served as an assistant with the Knicks from 2008 to 2012, when he joined the staff of Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.

Before joining the Knicks, he was Houston's director of player development from 2007-08. He had a long career as a player in the minor leagues and overseas after graduating from Richmond in 1990.

Atkinson will be the Nets sixth coach since they moved to Brooklyn in 2012. >> Read more...

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As a Long Island guy, I'll admit I'm a sucker for a local guy. So I'm excited to see Atkinson get a shot at the helm of the Nets. It make sense. Atkinson and GM Sean Marks both have the same agent, and they're both Gregg Popovich disciples. I like that it's not a splashy move, because it feels well thought out and calculated. Obviously, we'll see how it holds up over time.
 
There's a lot of work to be done, but Atkinson is in a nice position because Marks is committed to a full rebuild. Where other coaches here have been hampered by big (and somewhat unrealistic) expectations, Atkinson should have plenty of time to implement a system, set a course of attack and, most importantly, pick his own staff. That's more than essentially every coach in the Brooklyn era can say.


Brooklyn Nets new general manager Sean Marks (left) in a suite with team owner Mikhail Prokhorov during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets new general manager Sean Marks (left) in a suite with team owner Mikhail Prokhorov during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Russia's main domestic security agency has searched the offices of a company controlled by the billionaire owner of U.S. basketball team Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov.

The Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency, said Friday the searches of ONEXIM group were part of a probe into alleged tax evasion. It added that the investigation is continuing.

Some Russian media have speculated that the searches could have been aimed at pressuring Prokhorov into surrendering control over his media assets. They include RBC, an online newspaper that has published reports critical of the Kremlin, including a detailed account of the so-called Panama Papers detailing offshore assets allegedly owned by top Russian businessmen and officials.

The searches on Thursday went on just as President Vladimir Putin held his annual call-in TV show. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov strongly denied any link between the searches and Prokhorov's media assets.

The 50-year-old Prokhorov, who is worth $8.2 billion according to Forbes, founded a liberal party and challenged Putin in the 2012 presidential election, winning 8 percent of the vote. He hasn't commented on the latest searches.

Russian authorities have frequently used accusations of tax evasion to crack down on unruly tycoons. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, spent 10 years in prison on charges of tax evasion and embezzlement which were widely seen as a political vendetta for challenging Putin's power.

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 (Bob Donnan)
(Bob Donnan)

Ads are coming to NBA jerseys.

The league announced on Friday that, beginning in the 2017-18 season, 2.5-by-2.5 inch patches of a corporate sponsor will adorn the front of the jersey where the NBA patch used to reside. Nike, who will take over the NBA uniform contract, will also have their mark on the front of the jersey: the first manufacturer to do that for regular season, on-court play in the league's history.

This year's NBA All-Stars wore small Kia patches on their jerseys, giving fans a glimpse at what advertising on basketball jerseys would look like.

"It's manifest destiny," Silver told ESPN's Rachel Nichols last month. "So let's begin by saying this isn't going to affect the competition. What we're talking about is a patch on the jersey. And one of the reasons we want to do it is that it creates an additional investment in those companies in the league ... the amplification we get from those sponsors, those marketing partners of the league, who want to attach to our teams and our players."

ESPN's Darren Rovell reports Silver says the league is estimating that the jersey ad patch program will generate $100M a year.

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I find Silver's position on this so detestable, yet laughable at the same time. The only reason the NBA is doing this is money, and the only reason they haven't done it sooner is because they couldn't agree on how the money it brings in should be divvied up. It's a gross exercise, and I really hope none of the Big Four sports follow suit. Let the NBA look minor league on its own. There are so many other avenues of revenue available to teams without diluting the look and feel of your league's jerseys that this just reads like a greedy, needless move. And I love that Silver is trying to sell it as some masterstroke of inevitability. All this does is put millions into owners pockets. Want to cut me in on the deal, Adam? I'll gladly reconsider my stance.

ESPN's Paul Lukas frames the argument very nicely here, so I'll just echo his sentiments. In the meantime, start imaging a Barclays patch on the Nets jersey, because it'll be here before you know it.

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The Brooklyn Nets have named Ronald Nored the head coach of the NBA Development League's Long Island Nets, the team said.

"We are excited to welcome Ronald as head coach of the Long Island Nets," Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks said in a release. "Ronald is a bright young mind in our game whose experience under Brad Stevens as both a player and a coach, as well as his ability to connect with today's players, have prepared him for this role. His commitment to player development, along with his enthusiasm and passion for the game, are aligned with the vision we have for both the Brooklyn and Long Island Nets."

 

From the Nets:

Nored spent two seasons (2013-15) with the Boston Celtics organization, splitting time in his first season as a player development coach for the Celtics, while also serving as an assistant coach for their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Prior to the 2014-15 season, the Celtics named Nored as player development director, where he took the lead organizational role for the players' off-court development, in addition to his on-court coaching duties. Nored spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University. 

A 2012 graduate of Butler University, Nored was a member of the Bulldogs' team that reached back-to-back National Championship games in 2010 and 2011. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Nored, a two-time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, held the school record for games played, with 143, was tied for the all-time lead in steals, with 207, and ranked second on the program's all-time assists chart with 497.

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Rookie Norman Powell scored a career-high 30 points and the Toronto Raptors wrapped up the best regular season in franchise history by beating the Brooklyn Nets 103-96 on Wednesday night.

With the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference already secured, the Raptors didn't even bring All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, plus Jonas ValanciunasJames Johnson and DeMarre Carroll to the game.

They won anyway, improving to 56-26 after coming into the season as the only NBA team that had never previously even won 50.

They will open the postseason at home against the No. 7 seed Indiana Pacers this weekend. Toronto won three of four meetings this season. >> Read more


 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Nets wrap up the season against the Raptors on Wednesday in Brooklyn at 8 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Toronto extended its franchise record for single-season wins with its 55th of the season last night, 122-98 over the 76ers. The Raptors are locked in as the No. 2 seed for the playoffs and will face Indiana in the first round.
  • Toronto's 122 points Tuesday tied a season high, having also scored 122 in a win over the Knicks on February 22. The Raptors shot 50.5 percent from the field Tuesday, and are 14-0 this season when shooting higher than 50 percent.
  • Brooklyn's current nine-game losing streak is its longest since an 11-game skid in January 2010. The Nets have closed the season on a double-digit losing streak just once previously, in 1999-2000 (11-game streak).
  • Brooklyn has allowed at least 105 points in all nine games of the losing streak, and in 10 straight overall. Over the last 10 games they are allowing 116.0 points per game and a combined .523 opponent field-goal percentage.
  • Sean Kilpatrick has scored at least 15 points in all six April games, coming off the bench in each one. His 17.7 points per game off the bench this month ranks second in the NBA to the Suns' Mirza Teletovic (22.3; minimum 5 G).
  • The Raptors are one of four NBA teams this season with two players averaging at least 20.0 points per game, in DeMar DeRozan (23.5) and Kyle Lowry (21.2; minimum 0.75 G/Team G). It is just the second time the Raptors have had such a duo, after Chris Bosh (22.5) and Mike James (20.3) each averaged 20.0-plus in 2005-06.

Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown reacts during first half against Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown reacts during first half against Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

The Toronto Raptors will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference after accomplishing what they set out to do: improve defensively and win a third straight Atlantic Division title.

The Brooklyn Nets' run of three playoff appearances since relocating will end following their worst season since playing in New Jersey.

With nothing left to play for, Toronto concludes the regular season Wednesday night against a Brooklyn team that will finish with one of the worst records in the NBA but won't have its first-round pick in June.

After earning the fourth seed in the East last season, the Raptors were swept by Washington in the first round and allowed the Wizards to average 110.3 points.

Toronto has shut down opponents this season, ranking among the league leaders with 98.2 points allowed per game in going 55-26 to establish a team record for wins for the third straight year.

However, that hasn't led to any postseason success after the Raptors also lost in the opening round to Brooklyn in 2014. Toronto has appeared in the playoffs seven times with its only series win coming in 2001. >> Read more...

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Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)

Bojan Bogdanovic is one of the Nets' most attractive assets, but he believes he'll be in Brooklyn when the 2016-17 season opens next October.

"I didn't talk with GM about their plans for me, but I don't believe I will end up in some trade," Bogdanovic told Croatian outlet Jutarnji List. "I would like to stay."

Bogdanovic says he was happy with the adjustments he made during the season, and said both Joe Johnson's buyout and the appointment of interim coach Tony Brown helped him emerge in the second half.

"Johnson's departure went in my way, as did the coaching change," Bogdanovic said. "I took Johnson's portion of shots, and coach Brown adjust some game sets to me. Coach Brown always supported me, and we have great relationship."

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Bojan definitely had a major coming out party in March, where he shot a season-best 49.7 percent from the field and averaged 16.9 points over 28.5 minutes. That's incredible encouraging, especially when you consider just how much his performance fluctuated from game to game early in the season. It certainly appeared like he looked very comfortable having some plays run through him, and that's why I'm not so sure he'll be back next year.

Yes, I like Bogdanovic a lot, and think he can very a very effective player on a contender. But let's face it: Barring an outstanding offseason, the Nets probably won't be a playoff team next year. And with just $3.6 million due to him on an expiring deal, that's a chip the Nets might be able to cash in for a building block. Maybe the Nets won't want to spring for his 15 percent trade kicker, so I could end up being wrong. But it certainly wouldn't shock me to see him dealt, maybe as early as Draft Day.


San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina watches from the sideline against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im)
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina watches from the sideline against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im)

An unlikely name is emerging as the leading candidate for the Nets head coaching job.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is the most likely fit, citing his experience with both general manager Sean Marks and owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

"Marks told The Post he'll have some relationship and at least an indirect connection with whomever he hires, a la Six Degrees of Separation. Messina worked with Marks for the past three years," Lewis writes. "He also coached Nets assistant GM Trajan Langdon to two Euroleague titles at CSKA Moscow. Prokhorov owned the Russian team, and board member Sergey Kushchenko was the GM."

Lewis says the other likely fit is David Blatt, who was fired by the Cavaliers this season despite being at the helm for the team's run to the NBA Finals last season and getting the club off to a 30-11 start this year, the best record in the Eastern Conference at the time of his dismissal.

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While I don't know that directly poaching people from the Spurs organization is actually the right way to become as successful as San Antonio, it makes sense that Marks would want to hire someone that he's comfortable with. Messina has a connection to CSKA Moscow as well, which obviously makes Prokhorov familiar with him, too. So even if Lewis is only making inferences off the murmurings of some of his sources and Marks' public remarks, it makes a ton of sense.

As far as Messina goes, you just never know how a coach is going to do running an NBA team until he does it. Messina has had a ton of success internationally, and spending time under Gregg Popovich's wing is certainly a great place to get a feel for how to be successful in the Association. I certainly think Messina would be a solid hire, but I have a feeling we have a ways to go before anything is set in stone. This search will be fascinating to watch play out.


Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown defends against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown defends against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Ramon Sessions had 21 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards recovered after blowing all of their 20-0 lead to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 120-111 on Monday night.

Marcus Thornton scored 19 points as he and Sessions did just fine in replacing injured starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. J.J. Hickson had 15 points as Washington put seven players in double figures.

The Wizards made their first nine shots before Brooklyn made one and looked headed for a blowout victory. Instead, they needed another big run in the fourth quarter to finally put it away.

The Wizards have won two straight since being eliminated from playoff contention and can finish .500 by beating Atlanta in their season finale.

Shane Larkin scored a career-high 20 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets, who have lost nine in a row and have their first 60-loss season since a franchise-worst 12-70 record in 2009-10. >> Read more

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Milwaukee Bucks center Miles Plumlee guards against Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick in the second half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Milwaukee Bucks center Miles Plumlee guards against Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick in the second half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Wizards have posted 15- and 18-point victories over Brooklyn in their first two meetings this season, hitting at least 50 percent of their field goals in each. Washington is now 7-2 against the Nets since the beginning of 2013-14.
  • Washington defeated Charlotte on Sunday, 113-98, as the Wizards improved to 15-2 this season when making at least half of their field goals. Washington also has won its last 13 games when scoring at least 100 points.
  • Brooklyn fell behind by as many as 42 points on Sunday before ultimately falling at Indiana, 129-105. It's the first time in team history (since joining the NBA in 1976) that the Nets have lost eight consecutive games by at least 10 points each.
  • Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with 21 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday. In addition, Gortat connected on 10 of 11 field goals, producing his best percentage (.909) of 2015-16 (minimum 5 FGA).
  • After coming off the bench for his first 77 games of the season, Ramon Sessions has stepped in for John Wall (right knee injury) and started the past three, responding with an average of 15.0 points and 10.0 assists per contest. Those rates were 9.4 and 2.5, respectively, as a reserve.
  • Sean Kilpatrick hit 10 of 18 field goals Sunday and registered a career-high 26 points for Brooklyn. Kilpatrick has reached double figures in scoring in five straight games and in 17 of 19 games since March 4.
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The Washington Wizards have two steps left to try to avoid their first losing season in three years and the first one shouldn't be too difficult even without John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The Wizards may be without their two best players Monday night when they visit a Nets team that also could be short-handed and is on a season-high eight-game slide.

Both teams are winding down the season, with Washington (39-41) getting eliminated Friday from playoff contention. Coach Randy Wittman then set a new goal for his club. >> Read more

 


Apr 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Apr 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

 

Myles Turner had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 129-105 Sunday to clinch a playoff berth.

Solomon Hill had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana while George Hill had 18 points, Ian Mahinmi had 16 and Paul George had 15. The Pacers jumped ahead 17-5 in the first quarter and led by as many as 42 points.

Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 26 points. Markel Brown had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Pacers have two games left and can still finish as high as seventh in the Eastern Conference if they finish with the same record as the Detroit Pistons. >> Read more

 

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Paul George was unhappy with the Pacers' effort on Friday. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Paul George was unhappy with the Pacers' effort on Friday. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Paul George couldn't make sense of it. With an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth and playing against a team resting most of its starters, Indiana laid an egg in a performance that just won't cut it during the postseason.

The Pacers still control their own destiny, though, and can secure a playoff spot with a win at home Sunday night, but another dud against the lowly Brooklyn Nets certainly won't be tolerated.

Indiana (42-37) fell into eighth in the Eastern Conference after Friday's 111-98 loss to Toronto, which elected not to play Luis Scola or All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. It was mostly reserves carrying the Raptors, who shot 54.4 percent from the floor and 45.5 from 3-point range.

The Pacers came in allowing opponents to shoot an average of 44 percent and leading the NBA in 3-point defense at 33.1. Allowing undermanned Toronto to shoot so well - especially after Indiana beat East-leading Cleveland 123-109 on Wednesday - didn't sit well with George.

"When we think as a group we're making progress and progressing as a team, to have a letdown like (Friday), it's frustrating," he said after the Pacers had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Monta Ellis scored 17 points and George added 14 for the Pacers, who will face either the Raptors or Cavaliers in the first round. They trail Detroit by one-half game for the seventh spot, and coach Frank Vogel realizes his team needs to play much better considering the competition awaiting in the playoffs.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports Images)

Kemba Walker scored 22 points, Troy Daniels made his first five 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points, and the Charlotte Hornets completed a four-game season sweep of the Brooklyn Nets with a 113-99 win on Friday night.

With the win, the Hornets (46-33) assured they'll be no lower than the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Charlotte still has an outside shot of hosting a playoff series, but trails Boston and Miami for the fourth spot.

Walker tallied his 41st game with 20 or more points this season.

Nicolas Batum had 14 points and Marvin Williams added 12 for the Hornets, who improved to 29-11 at home.

Wayne Ellington had 21 points, and Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost seven straight. >> Read more

Tags: Charlotte Hornets , Thomas Robinson , Wayne Ellington

Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Charlotte Hornets on the road on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Charlotte (3-0) will be looking to sweep this season series for the fourth time in franchise history, and for the first time since 2000-01 (4-0).
  • The Nets have given up 105 or more points in each of its last seven, as well as in 12 of its last 13, contests.
  • Charlotte has won 45 games this season after finishing 33-49 in 2014-15. That +12 increase in wins is the second best among NBA teams (NY, +14).
  • Sean Kilpatrick had a career-high 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting (including 4-for-5 from three-point range) in the March 22 meeting between the Nets and Hornets.
  • Thomas Robinson has recorded a double-double in each of his last five games. That is the longest streak by any Brooklyn player this season. Robinson is putting up 15.2 points and 12.2 boards per game during this streak.
  • Kemba Walker is shooting 41.7 (93/223) from behind the arc in home games this season; that ranks ninth in the NBA (minimum 150 3PA in home G).
Tags: Charlotte Hornets , Thomas Robinson

Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

While earning home-court advantage remains an important goal, the Charlotte Hornets must weigh that objective against keeping their key players healthy for the playoffs.

They could see Nicolas Batum return Friday night after winning for the first time since he went down, but they certainly won't rush him back against the visiting Brooklyn Nets.

Batum had been hitting his stride, averaging 20 points, 7.1 assists and six rebounds over a 10-game stretch before suffering a left knee injury in Sunday's 112-103 loss at Cleveland.

Coach Steve Clifford says the versatile forward is feeling better and could be a game-time decision when the Hornets go after their first season sweep of the Nets since 2000-01. However, they're going to need Batum more in the playoffs than against a Brooklyn team that has lost six in a row by an average of 19.3 points.

"We start so much of our offense with him and he's so good at getting the ball moving," Clifford said. "He makes the game so much easier for us. He's such a big part of everything, our offense, our defense."

The Hornets struggled without Batum in Tuesday's 96-90 loss at Toronto before avoiding their first three-game skid in three months with Wednesday's 111-97 win at New York. Kemba Walker led the way with 34 points while hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts.

"It was a must-win game," center Al Jefferson said. "We lost two games in a row because of, in my opinion, us, because of things we didn't do well. We just had to get back to the basics, get back to things we do so well, the reason why we've been winning games." >> Read more

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Ramon Sessions scored 18 points and had a season-high 13 assists while starting in place of the injured John Wall to help the Washington Wizards defeat the Brooklyn Nets 121-103 on Wednesday night.

Bradley Beal scored 25 points, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Washington remained at least mathematically alive in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

Wall sat out for the first time this season with a sore right knee for the 10th-place Wizards (38-40), who remained 3 1/2 games behind Detroit for the final postseason berth. The Wizards (38-40) need to win out, have the Pistons (42-37) lose out and overcome Chicago (39-39) to make the playoffs. Washington visits Detroit on Friday. >> Read more

 


 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Nets play the Wizards in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Washington won its first game against the Nets this season back on December 26 (111-96) and has won six of its last eight overall against them. These teams will face each other again on Monday in Brooklyn.
  • The Nets have lost nine consecutive road games and will be looking to avoid dropping 10 in a row away from home for the first time since losing 12 straight from December 22, 2010-February 4, 2011.
  • After winning a season-high five consecutive games, the Wizards have now lost five of their last seven contests overall, including two in a row at home.
  • John Wall has had at least 10 assists in a career-high 13 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the NBA and second longest streak this season overall (Rajon Rondo, 14 games).
  • Thomas Robinson has posted a double-double in a career-high four games in a row, averaging 13.3 points and 12.8 rebounds in that span. Robinson's current double-double streak is tied with Tyson Chandler for the third-longest active streak in the NBA (Karl-Anthony Towns, 13 games; Andre Drummond, 8 games).
  • Marcin Gortat led Washington with 21 points against the Clippers on Sunday -- his first 20-point performance since February 23. Gortat has scored 20+ points in each of his last two meetings with Brooklyn and led all scorers with 25 points in the first matchup between the clubs this season.
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A general view of Verizon Center (Geoff Burke)
A general view of Verizon Center (Geoff Burke)

The Brooklyn Nets have been eliminated from the playoffs for weeks, but their final five games could have a say in how the Eastern Conference's top eight shakes out.

The Washington Wizards have to hope they're still alive by the time they meet again next week.

With their postseason hopes almost as dim as can be, the Wizards try to avoid being eliminated by the end of Wednesday night's action as they host a Nets club that might need a media guide to identify its own teammates.

Washington (37-40) won twice and played Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers tough on a five-game road trip, but it returns to the nation's capital with little hope of cracking the East's playoff picture.

Catching Detroit is likely the Wizards' only chance - they've already won the tiebreaker with the Pistons and play at The Palace on Friday - but Randy Wittman's team might not even make it off the floor with a mathematical shot Wednesday night.

"The fat lady hasn't started singing yet," Bradley Beal said after Sunday's 114-109 loss to the Clippers. "Some crazy things have happened at the end of the season, so anything can happen. It's just all a matter of time."

Washington should feel pretty good about its chances of at least handling its own business. The Nets (21-56) have lost their last five games by an average of 19.6 points, and prior to Sunday's 106-87 loss to New Orleans, they announced that Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young would be shut down for the rest of the season.

Brooklyn's starting lineup Sunday included rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and four players who have played for a total of 18 teams in their 18 cumulative seasons.


Brooklyn Nets center Henry Sims (14) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the second half at Barclays Center. Pelicans defeated the Nets 106-87. (William Hauser)
Brooklyn Nets center Henry Sims (14) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the second half at Barclays Center. Pelicans defeated the Nets 106-87. (William Hauser)

The Brooklyn Nets have signed C Henry Sims for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season, the team announced.

Per team policy, the terms of the deal were not released.

Sims was signed to his first of two 10-day contracts on March 17th. He has appeared in nine games with the Nets, starting in two of them, and has averaged 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.

 


The Brooklyn Nets flag is run across the court in the first half at Barclays Center. Milwaukee defeats Brooklyn 109-100. (William Hauser)
The Brooklyn Nets flag is run across the court in the first half at Barclays Center. Milwaukee defeats Brooklyn 109-100. (William Hauser)

Frank Zanin will be stepping down from his position as the Assistant General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets, he announced on Twitter Monday. 

"I would like to thank the Brooklyn Nets for allowing me to be a part of their organization for the past six years. After speaking with Sean [Marks] this morning I have decided to step down from my position of Assistant GM. This will allow Sean to fill out his staff and give me a chance to pursue other opportunities," Zanin said in a series of tweets Monday afternoon.

Zanin served as Billy King's trusted assistant in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Brooklyn. After King was "reassigned" in January, Zanin served as the Nets' GM until Sean Marks was appointed the position in February. Zanin was one of eight candidates who interviewed for the GM position, and even received an endorsement for the position from Kobe Bryant.

Zanin spent the first three seasons of his tenure with the Nets as the team's pro personnel scout and director of player procurement before being promoted to Assistant General Manager in July 2013. Zanin has received credit for being a "big help" in several off-season moves of the Nets, including re-signing Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, trading for Joe Johnson, and signing Mirza Teletovic, among others. 


New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Should he opt out of the second year of his contract with the New York Knicks this upcoming offseason, shooting guard Arron Afflalo could be a target for the Brooklyn Nets, according to Chris Carrino of WFAN.

Afflalo signed a two-year, $16 million deal last summer, with a player option for the second year of $8 million. With Kurt Rambis' decision to demote Afflalo to the bench, many believe that the Knicks would prefer the shooting guard to opt out of his deal. 

Afflalo is averaging 13.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 44.5% from the field and 37.8% from the three-point line. 

As of now, only Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Sean Kilpatrick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Chris McCullough have guaranteed contracts for the Nets next season.


Brooklyn's Wayne Ellington, right, guards New Orleans' Jordan Hamilton. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn's Wayne Ellington, right, guards New Orleans' Jordan Hamilton. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

NEW YORK -- Tim Frazier had 19 points and 13 assists, Luke Babbitt added 21 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-87 on Sunday.

Alexis Ajinca added 16 for the Pelicans as the Nets lost their fifth straight game.

Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 15 points. Henry Sims and Markel Brown each had 12 for the Nets.

Thomas Robinson recorded his fourth straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

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Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young will sit for the rest of the season.
Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young will sit for the rest of the season.

Brooklyn coach Tony Brown said Sunday the Nets are shutting down big men Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young for the rest of the season.

The Nets, already out of playoff contention, have six games remaining and have recently been resting Lopez and Young.

Lopez averaged 20.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 73 games. Young averaged 15.1 points and 9.0 rebounds in 73 games. Both agreed to multiyear contracts last summer. 

The Nets (21-55) have the NBA's fourth-worst record. Their 2016 first-round draft pick belongs to the Celtics


Luke Babbitt leads the Pelicans into the Barclays Center Sunday. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Luke Babbitt leads the Pelicans into the Barclays Center Sunday. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets host the Pelicans Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Barclays Center.

According to STATS:

  • The Pelicans have won the last four games in this series, including a 105-103 home victory on January 30 in which Jrue Holiday hit the game-winning jumper with 1.3 remaining in regulation.
  • New Orleans hit 13 three-pointers in its win over Denver on Thursday, improving to 10-4 on the season when making at least a dozen threes in a contest.
  • Luke Babbitt led the Pelicans with 22 points in Thursday's win over Denver, becoming the ninth different player to lead the team outright in scoring in a game this season.
  • Toney Douglas had 20 points and 10 assists in Thursday's victory over Denver. He is the fourth different Pelicans' player to have at least one 20+ point, 10+ assist performance in 2015-16 (Jrue Holiday (3), Tyreke Evans (3) & Ish Smith).

 (AP)
(AP)

(AP) -- Out of playoff contention and depleted by injuries, the New Orleans Pelicans have hope for a brighter future. The Brooklyn Nets are still trying to sort out theirs.

The Pelicans' makeshift lineup attempts to build on their latest effort and match the franchise's longest winning streak over the lowly Nets on Sunday.

New Orleans (28-47) has been decimated by injuries with star forward Anthony Davis out for the season due to his knee. The injured list also includes the rest of the Pelicans' top five scorers; Ryan Anderson (groin), Jrue Holiday (eye), Eric Gordon (finger) and Tyreke Evans (knee) while Norris Cole (back), Alonzo Gee (quadriceps), Bryce Dejean-Jones (wrist) and Quincy Pondexter (knee) are also lost for the season.

While the injuries are piling up and New Orleans has already clinched a last-place finish in the Southwest Division, there's hope for improvement in 2016-17 with Davis as the face of the franchise and another lottery pick coming this summer.

Brooklyn hosts the draft, but the Nets (21-55) don't currently have a first-round pick after trading it to Boston three years ago. That pick will at least be in the top five since Brooklyn's record is only ahead of league-worst Philadelphia, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers. << Read more


Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 17 points and Brook Lopez had 16 in outplaying twin brother Robin on their 28th birthday, but the Nets fell apart in the fourth quarter of their fourth straight loss.

The Nets, who lost in Cleveland on Thursday, rested starters Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic. >> Read more

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic , Brook Lopez , Carmelo Anthony , Derrick Williams , Jose Calderon , Kristaps Porzingis , Langston Galloway , Robin Lopez , Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets have won six of the last seven games in this series. However, their one loss to the Knicks in this stretch came at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 4.
  • Brooklyn has dropped its last seven games when playing on zero days' rest. The Nets have allowed 100 or more points in every game during this skid, including 130+ points in the last two.
  • The Knicks have played 37 home games in 2015-16. More than half of those contests (19 of 37) have been decided by 10 or more points, including seven of the last eight.
  • Thomas Robinson has now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games after posting just two in his first 64 games of the season.
  • Thaddeus Young has had 10+ points and 5+ rebounds in each of his last nine games versus the Knicks. That is tied for the third-longest active such streak by any player against the Knicks.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 31 points in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. He has now scored 20 or more points in each of his last six, as well as in 14 of his last 15, contests.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony , Thaddeus Young , Thomas Robinson

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) drives against New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Knicks 109-98. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) drives against New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Knicks 109-98. (Brad Penner)

Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the New York Knicks veterans will see their minutes decreased in the final six games in order to give younger players more experience.

That may not apply Friday night to starting center Robin Lopez, who has one more matchup left to try to slow down his twin brother.

Brooklyn Nets star Brook Lopez will be rested and ready to try to torment his brother yet again and their sibling rivalry may be the only intriguing part of this city rivalry at Madison Square Garden.

These teams are led by interim coaches and would be the worst in the Atlantic Division if not for nine-win Philadelphia. The Knicks are losers of six of eight and 20 of 27 while the Nets (21-54) are seeking to avoid their first nine-game road slide since a 12-game skid in 2010-11.

Several Knicks approached coach Kurt Rambis on their road trip this week and asked to get their minutes reduced. Rambis and the Phil Jackson-led organization agreed to do so beginning with Wednesday's 91-89 loss at Dallas.

"We would like to cut down on guys' minutes who we feel secure with," Rambis told the Knicks' official website. "We know who they are as players and (they) play well for us and try to cut back their minutes to open up minutes for other guys."

Anthony, who scored 31 in 33 minutes against the Mavericks, was one of the catalysts for the move. >> Read more...


Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

The Nets have their eyes on their watches, as they wait for the remainder of the 2015-16 season to mercifully expire. After allowing 139 points to the Magic on Tuesday, the Nets folded against the Cavaliers on Thursday, trailing by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter. Is it over yet?
 
"I think the mindset of the whole team, myself included, I think guys are worried that there's not much time left, we're not fighting for anything," Thomas Robinson told reporters after Brooklyn's blowout loss on Tuesday. "No knock on our team, but mentally it's tough to keep fighting in games and showing up every night the way things are going for us, and the end of the season being so close. I think that's a problem we've got to shake real quick."
 
It's a candid thought, and one that I really can't blame anyone in a Nets uniform for having. This season has been a slog through the sobering reality of what happens when you mortgage your future and go belly up. There has been a coaching change and front office turnover to go along with injuries, regressions, and the buyout of the team's leader for the last three seasons. So if Brooklyn is finally ready to pack up shop, well…they're a couple months behind the rest of us.
 
Don't get me wrong, this team played hard for interim coach Tony Brown. They won some shockers (last week's triumph over King James and company comes to mind), and were in some tough ones late that they probably didn't have any business being in. That in and of itself is a victory. Sean Kilpatrick has been a mini-revelation, earning himself a three-year deal after coming out of obscurity, and we got some sneak peaks at future core players (like Chris McCullough), as they played some productive NBA minutes.
 
But the reality is that this is a situation that's going to get worse before it gets better, and it makes me feel for some of the veterans, specifically Brook Lopez and Thad Young, who committed to multiple years of this mess last summer. It's going to be a few years before basketball in Brooklyn gets people excited again. I think they finally have the right man for the job in Sean Marks, but he has a mountain of work to do.
 
So with seven games remaining, I'm giving the Nets a pass. If they're already mentally laying on a beach somewhere, or thinking about their first morning of sleeping in without a practice or a shoot around to get to, more power to them. Because the next few years are going to require a lot of work to get this franchise back to a respectable level. I just hope when the time comes, some of these guys will still be here and ready to answer the bell.

Tags: Brook Lopez , Thaddeus Young , Thomas Robinson , Brian Erni

LeBron James (23) reacts after a dunk in the second quarter against the Nets. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
LeBron James (23) reacts after a dunk in the second quarter against the Nets. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 24 points to move into 12th place on the NBA's career scoring list and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 107-87 on Thursday night.

James passed Dominique Wilkins with a three-point play in the first quarter. The four-time MVP, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, has 26,689 career points.

Kevin Love added 19 points for Cleveland (53-22), which lost to the Nets last week in Brooklyn. The Cavs lead Toronto by 2 1/2 games for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

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The Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic tries to keep up with Cleveland's LeBron James in Brooklyn's win last week. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
The Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic tries to keep up with Cleveland's LeBron James in Brooklyn's win last week. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets visit the Cavaliers Thursday night at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Cavaliers have won each of their last five home games versus the Nets, outscoring Brooklyn by an average of 12.8 points (102.8-90.0) over the five games. Cleveland has not won six straight home games versus the Nets since winning 14 in a row from December 26, 1986 to February 15, 1992 (its longest win streak versus the Nets all-time).
  • The Nets lost at Orlando, 139-105, on Tuesday. The 139 points allowed were the most the Nets have allowed in a single game since moving to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season; prior to Tuesday's loss, the last time the Nets allowed at least 139 points in a game that did not go to overtime was on January 4, 1992 at Chicago (lost, 140-96).
  • LeBron James did not play in the Cavaliers' 106-100 home loss to the Rockets on Tuesday to get some extra rest. Since James rejoined the Cavaliers last season, Cleveland is 4-13 (.235) when James does not play compared to 101-38 (.727) in games James plays.
  • Thomas Robinson led the Nets with 18 points on Tuesday, just the third game in his career that he has led his team in scoring (and his first time leading the Nets in points). Robinson also added 12 rebounds in the game, his third double-double of the season (one shy of his single-season career high, set last season).
  • Kevin Love recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Cleveland's home loss on Tuesday. The Cavaliers are 14-2 at home when Love posts a double-double this season, but just 2-2 in their last four such games.
  • With James out, Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 31 points on Tuesday. Since the start of last season, Irving is averaging 20.2 points and 15.7 field-goal attempts in games played with James compared to 26.7 points and 22.3 field-goal attempts in games played without the four-time NBA MVP in uniform.

 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The best example of the Cleveland Cavaliers' recent issues surrounding LeBron James might have been last week's loss in Brooklyn.

That is until Tuesday night's miserable fourth quarter without him.

With James returning from a night off, the Cavaliers hope to rebound from yet another disappointing loss when the lowly Nets visit on Thursday night.

With what he's done off the court aside, James remains dominant on it. He averaged 29.0 points, 8.8 assists and 8.5 rebounds with two triple-doubles in four games last week, earning his record 52nd Eastern Conference player of the week honor. >> Read more


 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Aaron Gordon had 20 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 points and 12 assists as the Magic scored a season high in defeating the Brooklyn Nets 139-105 on Tuesday night.

Payton set the tone by keeping the ball moving and consistently getting his teammates involved in his second straight double-double.

Gordon was hot early, scoring 13 points in the first quarter.

Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier had their moments and backup center Dewayne Dedmon, playing in place of injured Nikola Vucevic, scored 15 points. >> Read more


 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Nets face the Magic in Orlando on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • After going 0-3 against the Nets last season, the Magic (3-0) have a chance to sweep the Nets in a season series for the first time since 2011-12 with a win tonight.
  • The Nets have lost nine consecutive road games against Eastern Conference opponents by an average margin of 12.1 points per game. The last time the Nets had a longer road losing streak against the East was their 11-game streak November 24, 2010 -- February 4, 2011.
  • The Magic (17) and Nets (16) are two of just five teams (also Nuggets, Pacers and 76ers, all 19) who have lost more than 15 games when leading at any point during the fourth quarter this season.
  • The Magic are coming off a 111-89 home win against the Bulls on Saturday night -- their largest margin of victory in a game since their 105-82 road win against the Nets on December 14.
  • Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points against the Bulls on Saturday, after not scoring more than 12 points in any previous game during his NBA career. He also pulled down 13 boards against the Bulls -- tied for the second most he has had in an NBA game (16 vs. Celtics on March 8, 2015).
  • Brook Lopez, who has scored at least 22 points in four straight games, has scored at least 22 points in five straight games just twice in his NBA career (both during 2010-11 season).
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