Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Billy King isn’t wasting much time in his quest to find a new coach.
With Jason Kidd officially now in Milwaukee as the Bucks coach, the Nets general manager already began the replacement process, meeting with Lionel Hollins.
King, along with assistant general managers Bobby Marks and Frank Zanin, had dinner with the ex-Grizzlies coach Monday night and King said...Read more »
Markel Brown can easily recall the first time he pogo-sticked high enough to throw down his first clean dunk, enjoying the benefits of a vertical leap that’s now reached 45.5 inches.
“In ninth grade in high school,” Brown said on a conference call Friday. “It was probably the weakest dunk of my life, but I was so happy when it happened. It just started something big for me.
“I take pride...Read more »
With a picturesque view of the lower Manhattan skyline glistening through the windows not far from him, Billy King was on a podium inside a building on 39th street in Brooklyn when he summed up what this officially announcement meant.
“This will be the only team to play and practice in New York,” the Nets general manager surmised Thursday, “because there's another team that doesn't do that.”
After...Read more »
Andrei Kirilenko is coming back for another season in Brooklyn.
The versatile forward opted into the second year of his contract, according to a league source. Kirilenko, who's scheduled to earn $3.3 million, was a vital cog for the Nets when healthy, playing and defending multiple positions.
Kirilenko missed 37 games, the second most on the team -- trailing only Brook Lopez's 56. He...Read more »
Andray Blatche is officially about to hit the market.
The 6-11 big man has opted out of the final year of his two-year deal, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, according to his agent Andy Miller. It's an expected move given Blatche, who was scheduled to pocket $1.43 million in base salary next season, said in May that he intended to test the free agent waters come July 1.
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Deron Williams' road to recovery will begin with him on crutches for the next month-plus.
The Nets announced Tuesday that their starting point guard underwent successful surgery on both ankles. Williams is expected to be on crutches for the next four to six weeks, beginning light basketball activities in August before ramping things up to full tilt in September.
Dr. Martin O'Malley,...Read more »
Deron Williams’ offseason is going to begin with surgery.
Williams will have procedures done on both ankles by team specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday, the Nets announced Thursday. Williams visited with him earlier this week after having MRIs on his troublesome ankles last Friday -- two days following the Nets’ season-ending defeat to the Heat in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal...Read more »
MIAMI — Paul Pierce insists it’s not personal. Just professional.
As the Nets get set to meet the Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Tuesday night, Pierce and buddy Kevin Garnett are about to see that familiar foe they’ve gone toe-to-toe with in the postseason: LeBron James. Sounds like the basketball court is about the only place Pierce ever sees James, too.
Pierce...Read more »
The Nets' players and coaches like watching playoff basketball as much as the next hoops fan, so they are well aware of the first-round nuttiness going on around the NBA, including a number of impressive victories for road teams beyond their own in Game 1 in Toronto.
So they are well aware that the Raptors are capable of splitting in Brooklyn this weekend and regaining...Read more »
Andrei Kirilenko did not play at all in Game 1 of the Nets' playoff series against the Raptors - to the surprise of many who follow the team - then played nearly 20 minutes in Game 2, finishing with four points, three rebounds, an assist and a whopping four steals in a clinic on contributing the little things, including defense.
Before the team's pre-Game 3 shootaround Friday morning,...Read more »