Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Nets won't play their first true game in their sparking new $1 billion home for nine more days, when they host the John Wall-less Wizards in preseason action.
But they're about to get their second peek at the Barclays Center in a matter of a week.
The Nets, who conducted media day at their new arena on Monday, are set to hold a practice there on Sunday, hours...Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Players are rarely thrilled to get their scrimmage on. Simulating game action is never as fun as the real thing.
But for the Nets, it's time to gauge their progress after three days of the training camp grind. Joe Johnson, for one, seems excited to hit the court here at the PNY Center Friday evening in the Nets' Black & White scrimmage.
"I...Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Avery Johnson seems a bit lukewarm about the NBA's new flopping rule.
The league announced Wednesday that it will penalize players for flopping and the amount of those fines will increase with each infraction.
Players are expected to get a warning the first time and will be fined $5,000 for their second violation. Fines increase to $10,000 for the third infraction,...Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Deron Williams likes what he's seeing so far from Joe Johnson and believes it's only a matter of time before the two really start jelling.
"It’s been fun playing with him," the All-Star point guard said after Wednesday's practice at the PNY Center. "We’ve got a good group. I think we have a chance to be really good, with him and Gerald [Wallace] on the...Read more »
For the first two years of his tenure as the Nets head coach, there wasn't much pressure on Avery Johnson.
How could there be?
The Nets had their eyes on their move to Brooklyn and tried to position themselves financially for the Summer of 2012, when the likes of Deron Williams and others were expected to become free agents. But now that they have Williams back in the fold and have retooled...Read more »
Joe Johnson knows the Nets have to take advantage of their championship window of opportunity and he's confident that's going to happen.
Immediately. As in this season.
"This year, the sky’s the limit for us," Johnson said Monday during the Nets' media day at the Barclays Center. "Hopefully, we can jell a lot faster than what people think. I think it’s wide open for us....Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Billy King is sure his starting quintet ranks among the tops in the league.
In King's eyes, their lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez stacks up extremely well against anyone.
"Those five, I think we can match up with any five on the court," the Nets' GM said at the PNY Center Tuesday in his preseason...Read more »
Training camp can’t get here fast enough for the Nets.
In fact, they’re so eager to get things cranked up that most of the players have already showed up at the team’s New Jersey training facility. Some began arriving earlier this month and just about everyone has participated in the action, which includes pick-up games and conditioning.
Andray Blatche and Josh Childress are expected...Read more »
Mikhail Prokhorov doesn't need a crystal ball to peer into the Nets' future.
The Nets' billionaire owner is certain his franchise will have a NBA title and a Larry O'Brien trophy to call its very own sometime relatively soon. As in by 2015.
"Every team has a grand plan and we are moving on," Prokhorov said after Friday's Barclays Center ribbon cutting ceremony. "Slowly,...Read more »
The Nets are really about to go national now.
NBATV's "The Association" will feature the franchise in its initial season in Brooklyn, it was announced Wednesday. The program, entering its fourth year, gives fans a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of a particular team.
The Nets made a flurry of offseason moves, notably re-signing All-Star point guard Deron Williams and trading...Read more »