Nets Fan New York Sun, 19 Jun 2011 18:10:20 +0000 en hourly 1 Pro Basketball: The News Won’t Be All Bad for the Nets Sat, 02 Apr 2011 18:03:47 +0000 admin

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.

That didn’t happen, but I guess the good news is that the Knicks didn’t get him either. Right now the largest market in the country belongs to the Knicks, and it’s got to be a strange experience (I’m not around it any more) asking a fan base to support a club that has every intention of moving and has announced it long ahead of time. Let’s face it – if you are in New Jersey, it’s a lot more difficult to go through a tunnel and cross a bridge to see your team, and you’ll be more hesitant to do it – and I’m only taking a wild guess here – if it’s a bad team. Let’s hope the lame duck Nets can find a local hero or two to take with them when they make their move.

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NBA Basketball: Nets’ Prokhorov Actually Played ‘Melo Scenario Well Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:02:18 +0000 admin

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.

But there’s only so far you can go.

Mikhail Prokhorov, the new owner of the Nets, is committed to winning. That much should be obvious. He’ll spend what he has to. At the same time, he’s not a sucker, and there is a tendency for establishment types to look at the new kid on the block as a “lay-down.” Denver got way too greedy with what they were asking in exchange for Anthony (that’s assuming Carmelo was going to sign an extension anyway), and at the end they got left at the altar. Now, if the Nuggets can’t unload him to the Knicks, their options get much more limited. They may have to let him go for a song just to get something for him at all. And who knows? That might bring talks right back to the Nets. Stranger things have happened.

So Mr. Prokhorov played this one well. I would normally say he’s a fast learner, but he probably had enough street sense already to know that he was the guy in the leveraged position. I doubt he’ll be underestimated again.

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Will New Jersey Nets Fans Embrace Their New Team? Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:47:21 +0000 admin

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.

Like Harris, newcomer Courtney Lee was acquired due to trading a veteran to a contender. Lee has also showed flashes of brilliance during his career, so New Jersey Nets tickets might start to sell a lot more frequently if he can be an adequate replacement for Carter.

Young talent seems to be the theme for the 2009-2010 Nets, and the main wild card is no different. Yi Jianlian was one of the most hyped Chinese players of all-time. After failing to meet expectations in Milwaukee, he was part of the trade for Richard Jefferson, and many still have hope he could become a versatile wing player. He could make or break their season, which will be a crucial one to land potential free agents in 2010.

If you are looking for New Jersey Nets tickets, this team should be easy to find tickets for and a rising team who will keep you entertained. With all the best in the Eastern Conference playing multiple times, it is great place to see the best in the league play as well. Don’t forget about the Nets this season, as they will have some young firepower that could propel them to playoff contention.

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Can the New Jersey Nets’ New Owner Bring Success? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:43:40 +0000 admin

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 in desperate need of a new arena and a change in venue could breathe new life into the franchise who hasn’t done much in recent seasons.

The Nets finished last season 14 games under .500 and were nothing special. They do have a special player in Devin Harris – Harris can be the guard of the Nets team for years to come. The Nets GM must put the right players around for Harris to shine even further and make the Nets a playoffs team once again. Harris averaged a career high in pints last season at 21 pints per game and was one of the best point guards in the Eastern Conference. Harris should have another great individual season – not sure how the rest of the team will do.

With the richest man in Russia owning the Nets, money shouldn’t be an obstacle anymore. The Nets will be one of the more interesting teams to watch in the coming months and years – more so off the court then on.

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The most desperate week for the New Jersey Nets Sun, 20 Mar 2011 18:38:37 +0000 admin 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.

The other match for the Nets will be at home against the Dallas Mavericks, who are not going to be an easy push. It’s rather coincidental that the Nets will be at an anxious moment when they face Jason Kidd, a player who led them to the 2002 NBA finals, their highest accomplishment in the recent past, So influential was Jason Kidd, that the history books of the Nets have a chapter known as, “Jason Kidd era”.

Last season, the team didn’t make it to the playoffs because they finished position ten in their Eastern Conference. The situation got worse, when their most dependable player, Vince Carter was traded to the Orlando Magic. Many Nets fans have viewed the departure as one of the reasons as to why their team is performing so badly.

Whatever the cause for this distressing performance, it needs to be resolved very fast. Although it won’t be easy, they can pull a surprise at the last minute.

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New Jersey Nets Team Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:34:02 +0000 admin 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.

In the summer of mid 70’s the ABA and the NBA merger took place. According to the terms of the merger four of the total eleven teams of ABA were included in NBA. To date they have bagged two championship titles and one Division title. While a member of ABA and three Division titles while they were in NBA. In its history with ABA that spans nine years it has bagged two Conference titles that took place in 2002 and 2003. The team was led by Julius Erving at that time.

The early nineties team included several young talented players namely Derrick Coleman, Drazen Petrovic and Kenny Anderson. Their head coach was Chuck Daly. With collective efforts they managed to post a wining record of 43-39 in season 1992-93. But unfortunately they lost in the very first round of the playoffs. Post 2000-2001 season several players were traded in exchange for Jason Kidd. This acquisition proved favorable for the team as Kidd steered the team to an NBA Finals appearance where they were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The franchise was sold in 2004 owing to the inability of securing a deal the New York arena. It was bought for a whooping 300 million Dollars by a group that was led by Bruce Ratner. He beat Charles Kushner and Jon Corzine who were also interested in buying the franchise. After sale the team was expected to be relocated to New York. In 2005 an official announcement was made for relocating the team to Brooklyn. The star singer Jay-Z is also a member of the group that owns the team. It is being planned to either rename the team as Brooklyn Nets or some other name in context of its location.

Following two rather very disappointing seasons, Vince Carter’s acquisition was made in exchange for Alonzo Mourning in 2001. Together with Kidd, Carter steered the team to becoming the final seed in the Eastern Conference whereas previously they lagged ten games behind. The start to 2005-06 season was a slow one as they struggled at 9-12 in their first 21 games. But after power play by Carter, Kidd and Jefferson the team managed to win the last 10 games. Some of the players that are presently a member of the team are Collins, Jefferson, Carter, Kidd, Wright and Robinson.

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Developing shooting fundamentals with your own basketball hoop Wed, 16 Mar 2011 03:02:54 +0000 admin 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.

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 than dunks,
however no matter how big you are or what your aspirations are, failed slam dunks can look very
Another great feature of having your own basketball hoop is that you will be able to lower it for
younger players. When a player is very young and not as strong as a teen or adult, the height of a
full size basketball hoop can be very discouraging. In order to even get the ball close to the hoop,
young players will need to call on all their strength, which encourages an incorrect throwing style
technique. This technique will generally be less accurate than a correct shot, and as such young
players might lose a lot of confidence. However, with your own hoop, then a young player can
begin with a lowered hoop and develop good technique, and then as they get older and stronger
eventually raise the hoop up to full height. As a result, their technique will end up much better than
a kid who has changed from a throwing style shooting technique to proper technique as they got
In summary, group environments such as gyms and courts are great for developing a young players
dribbling, passing and defensive skills, however you can’t beat the privacy and accessibility of your
own basketball hoop for practising perfect shooting technique.

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Can the New Jersey Nets Survive Without Vince Carter? Fri, 04 Mar 2011 23:35:00 +0000 admin

The New Jersey Nets made a bold move this past off season. After having shipped out Jason Kidd to Dallas two seasons ago and Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee one season ago, the Nets decided to move off the last component of the team’s “big 3″ by trading Vince Carter to the Raptors.

Carter is one of the bigger names in pro basketball. A consistent All-Star and always one of the league’s top 15 scorers, Carter’s loss will have interesting implications on this basketball team.

The New Jersey Nets without Carter will be a pretty bare bones roster with no big names in the mix, save for Devin Harris. Harris, however, is a star in his own right and seems to improve with each season.

Additionally, young center Brook Lopez will look to build on an incredibly impressive rookie campaign, in which he played some extremely efficient basketball on both ends of the court.

The Nets will also have Rafer Alston at backup point guard, acquired in the trade for Vince Carter. However, it appears uncertain as to what Alston’s role will be, seeing as how Devin Harris should get the lion’s share of point guard minutes.

Additionally, Yi Jianlian enters the third year of his NBA basketball career and will seek to realize the potential he’s failed to achieve thus far. Averaging 8.6 points per game in each of his first two seasons, it’s safe to say that he’s fallen short of the expectations usually placed upon a lottery draft pick.

It looks as if the Nets may be one of the weaker teams in basketball. Time will tell whether this prediction pans out or not.

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NBA Basketball Jerseys Thu, 03 Mar 2011 23:40:00 +0000 admin

Out of all the sporting organizations within the US, such as NFL and the NBA, there is some of the most marketing potential associated with the NBA, with fans spending millions every year on replica jerseys of their favorite players. For example a study was conducted into the sale of jerseys for the 2007-08 season, which concluded that Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics was the most popular jersey to own.

Ever since basketball was introduced as a major sport, all of the professional players have been wearing these NBA jerseys. The basic idea surrounding them has never changed, what has changed are simply aspects such as the designs and fabrics that are used to create these. They have basically evolved over time to be what they are today but the popularity of these is something that has remained the same, in fact to certain extent it may have even increased. I say this because there is always a demand for not only the current season’s Adidas NBA jerseys but also the classic ones from years gone by. Say if you have a particular player from years ago who you admired or your favorite team won a huge championship a good few years ago you may want to own a piece of history in the form of these two examples. The fact that you can get hold of jerseys from this time period allows you to do exactly this.

With the NBA jerseys that are available today, you will notice that they are the loosest fit; well there is a reason for this. In the early years of basketball, way back when Michael Jordan first appeared on our scene, the basketball jerseys that the players were wearing were tighter while the shorts were very short. With new eras come new styles and loose fitting Jerseys was ushered in with the hip hop era this also allows the players to be more comfortable when playing such a athletic sport like basketball.

Regardless of which is your favorite team, such as Celtics or Lakers or which team member is your favorite such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant or Dwayne Wade you will be able to get their replica Adidas jersey. These replicas are generally made from a heavyweight mesh material with the names and numbers presented clearly. They also feature embroidered patches that are seen on the professional ones.

NBA jerseys are available to people not only in the US but all across the world, anyone who supports the sport, regardless of where you are from can express your support and love for your team through the use of this item of clothing. Also they are available in a range of sizes, making them perfect for everyone. So why not show your support and truly get involved by getting your very own NBA jersey today.

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The New Jersey Nets – A Kidd at Play Wed, 02 Mar 2011 23:45:00 +0000 admin

The New Jersey Nets are a team that has proven in the past to be able to do it all. They have been able to dominate the NBA and recruit great players to play for them. One classic example of this skill to get powerhouse team members to play for them is Jason Kidd. During his time with the Nets Kidd set the NBA on fire and lit up the court with his uncanny three point shooting. This helped the Nets establish themselves as being a dominant force on the court.

Jason Kidd never dreamed that his passion for basketball would ever lead to a career with the NBA. While growing up, Kidd kept hearing that he was too short and that he was not exactly what the NBA was looking for in the way of basketball players. This left him with an even stronger desire to play the game and prove everybody wrong. While in High School, he received a scholarship to play ball in college. Kidd Attended the University of California, Berkley instead of one of the dozen other schools that he was made an offer from. While in college he showed that he could play with the big boys, helping the school to win more games in one season, than they had done in the several seasons prior. This fact helped to cement a legacy that still to this day stands.

After college, it was time for Kidd to prove all the people in his life wrong when he entered the NBA draft. Being picked by the Nets in the first round meant that he had made an impression on somebody. This was Kidd’s chance to be in the spotlight and to earn his due respect. In his first season with the Nets, Kidd set all kinds of team records. This allowed Kidd to show all the NBA that it was his time to shine in the spotlight.

What set Kidd apart from any other player in the league was his ability to shoot three pointers like a natural. There have been few players except for Kidd and, of course Reggie Miller, that have been able to shoot three pointers with such precision. It is because of this talent that Kidd is considered to be one of the better Nets players that have ever played the game; there are a lot of things that can be said about the talent that Kidd has. This is why he is a valued member of any team that he plays for. There will never be a player that is as good as Jason Kidd is at what he does. He has proven all his critics wrong as to what kind of talent that he has.

Jason Kidd has been the driving force behind the resurgence of popularity and success that the nets have enjoyed over the last several years. He is truly a legend in his own time.

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