Pro Basketball: The News Won’t Be All Bad for the Nets

new jersey netsThe proposed trade of Carmelo Anthony looks like a non-possibility from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. That’s the word that came down from Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov before a game against the Utah Jazz. Of course, the Nets players who were said to be a possible part of the deal (and that included everyone on the roster with the exception of center Book Lopez) felt a lot more at ease, and the team proceeded to go out and beat Utah on what was “Russian Culture Night” at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Ah yes, Newark; my own hometown and a place ‘Melo was very hesitant about going to. Ultimately that was the road block that was going to hold up any deal. Anthony did not want to sign a contract extension with the Nets, just as he didn’t want to sign one with the Denver Nuggets. In fact, the only team he reportedly would have been willing to go with was the New York Knicks.

This was kind of perplexing to many of the fans who were looking in on this “Melo-drama,” because the Nets, as most NBA followers know, are going to be headed to Brooklyn, Carmelo’s birthplace, in a couple of years. At that point they will look to challenge the Knicks for hearts of basketball fans in the Big Apple, and may find themselves with a whole island (“Long Island” that is) to draw from. It would be a stretch to say that those plans were scuttled, because the Nets have the ability to go out and sign some free agent talent, a leftover effect from the pipe dream they had about getting LeBron James to sign a free agent deal. More »

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NBA Basketball: Nets’ Prokhorov Actually Played ‘Melo Scenario Well

Trading for Carmelo Anthony probably wouldn’t have been a bad deal for the New Jersey on-their-way-to-Brooklyn new jersey netsNets. This is a team that doesn’t exactly have a sizable nucleus. Sure, there are some promising players, but they were all movable parts, with the exception of Brook Lopez and possibly Derrick Favors (whose name was mentioned prominently anyway in trade talks).

It’s not just a matter of what the Nets could do on the court with Anthony. There are sizable marketing and merchandising considerations. If you’re trying to reverse the fortunes of a losing team, you had better have something else to offer than fan in the meantime. In this particular case, the Nets may have found some short-term relief, as there was the opportunity to put not only Anthony, but Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton into the lineup as well. That may have been a pacifier, for as long as it lasted. And with the planned move to Brooklyn, which is supposed to take place in 2012, it may have been worth it to put a legitimate star before the public. And say what you want about Carmelo Anthony’s fundamentals, he is, by NBA standards, a big star.

And as was demonstrated by the Miami Heat this past off-season, sometimes when you have one star, it can serve as a magnet to get other stars, and you just know that some of the people in Nets’ management was thinking about what the landscape might look like with someone like Chris Paul dishing the ball. More »

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Will New Jersey Nets Fans Embrace Their New Team?

Will New Jersey Nets Fans Embrace Their New TeamThe New Jersey Nets completed the transformation of the their team this off season, trading Vince Carter to the Orlando Magic. That means Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Carter have all been shipped out of New Jersey in the past year and a half, giving Nets’ fans a young nucleus to watch as they try to climb back into Eastern Conference contention.

The casual New Jersey Nets tickets will be sold to those wanting to catch a team led by rising point guard Devin Harris. He was the main piece of a trade with the Mavericks, and has settled in as a premiere backcourt player. Anchoring the front court is 2nd year player Brook Lopez. The Stanford product had an outstanding rookie campaign last year and will be a long-term fixture for their rebuilding plans. More »

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Can the New Jersey Nets’ New Owner Bring Success?

Can the New Jersey Nets' New Owner Bring SuccessThe New Jersey Nets will be a team that will make many changes in the coming future – some have already started. Mikhail Prokorov – Russia’s richest man – has bought a controlling share of the New Jersey Nets. What this means for the Nets remains to be seen. The Nets were one of the “cheapest” teams with an estimated team value of $295 million – buying them now was a smart idea on Prokorov’s part. Prokorov was a former basketball player and has fortune of $9.5 billion. This also marks the first time in NBA history that a foreigner has owned a NBA franchise.

The Nets own fortune should improve in the coming years because of the opportunity to move to New York City in Brooklyn. New York is the largest market in the world so the change in location would make sense. The Nets are More »

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The most desperate week for the New Jersey Nets

The most desperate week for the New Jersey NetsThis week presents the New Jersey Nets with the ultimate challenge of preventing a dismal record in being associated with their 42-year-old franchise. The team, which has rapper Jay Z as one of the members of the ownership group, has made a very bad start this season. They have gone 16 games without a win, six at home and the remaining ten on the road.

Desperation for Nets to win is more likely to move a notch higher this week, since they are only two defeats away from setting a NBA record. Needless to say, their next two games are of paramount importance. On Sunday, they will make a trip down town Los Angeles to face the La Lakers at the Staples Center. Bad news for the Nets is that the Lakers are in superb form, they have recorded five wins in a row.
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New Jersey Nets Team

New Jersey Nets TeamThe New Jersey Nets is a professional National Basketball Association team that is located in the East Rutherford. It is amongst the seven teams that are included in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association. It plays in the Continental Airlines Arena wearing red, blue and white colored uniforms. The Nets were founded in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association.

Initially it was known as the New Jersey Americans that debuted in the Teaneck New Jersey Armory before they were renamed the New York Nets and was relocated to long island. Their name rhymes with The New York Mets and the New York Jets. More »

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Developing shooting fundamentals with your own basketball hoop

In the case of basketball, as with anything, practice makes perfect. There are certain attributes that may help make a basketballer successful, which can’t really be practiced. For example, it won’t hurt if you are 7 foot tall. Additionally if you happen to weigh around 140kgs, such as Shaquille O’Neal, that might not hurt either. However, if you want to one day have the flawless skills of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, then you will not get these without practise.

This is why having your own basketball hoops is hugely important. Having your own hoop will allow you to perfect what is arguably the most important skill in the game, shooting. There is no doubt that as a young kid, Michael Jordan used to take shot after shot after shot at his own hoop. This required great dedication, but it also meant that in crucial situations he could call on years of practise to land big shots.

Having your own hoop also has one other great advantage, in that you can practise in privacy. You may find that as you try new shots, or even first start trying to shoot with a correct technique, by flourishing the wrist to create backspin, the initial results might not be pretty. This won’t matter though, as you will not have your teammates or other bystanders at the court watching. You simply pick the ball up, and shoot again, and eventually you will get it.

This fear of public failure can be a huge reason that you may develop bad habits or plateau with your skill level, as you will want to constantly go to ‘what works’ when people are watching, instead of pushing yourself to try new techniques which will most likely fail at first. Nowhere is this more evident than a slam dunk. This may not be a technique which you need to perfect, for example if you are a small point or shooting guard who would be more suited to performing layups. More »

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