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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on May 17, 2011 at 09:56:03 PM

The Nets were never worried about what would happen in the NBA Draft Lottery. They were never concerned Utah would get the first overall pick, just as they wouldn’t have been if they made the deal with Denver for Carmelo Anthony.

Billy King probably decided the day he took over as Nets general manager last July that getting an established All-Star and franchise-changing player is more vital to the organization’s growth than an unproven college player who may not develop for a few years.

He’s right, especially since there is no Derrick Rose, LeBron James or Blake Griffin in this draft. If you have the chance to get Anthony or Deron Williams you do whatever it takes and if it costs you a No. 1 pick in a draft that doesn’t have star power you make the trade. And you

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:59:24 PM

The first time LeBron James and the Heat visited the Prudential Center was Halloween afternoon and it was scary how quickly the game got away from the Nets.

James and company are back, playing in The Rock tomorrow, and it’s scary how badly the Nets have played lately.

The Nets are expecting a big crowd like in October and they’re hoping they give more of a show than that day and than many of their games here recently.

“It’s going to be one of the last home games,” Nets guard Sasha Vujacic said. “I hope that Prudential Center is going to be packed and with our fans - because we need that right now. We need that energy from our fans for 48 minutes and we have to feel like at home.”

The Nets are pleading for the fans to show. But the Nets have

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:06:44 AM

NEWARK – The Nets ran out of luck on St. Patrick’s Day. The team wearing Shamrock Green took it from them.

Even if the Bulls were wearing their normal road colors they probably would have made the necessary plays down the stretch, the ones the Nets didn’t. Chicago was the aggressor and in control most of the time and when it came to crunch time you expected Derrick Rose to show why he’s the leading candidate for MVP.

He did and the Bulls showed why they’re the East’s top team right now in an 84-73 victory that halted the Nets’ five-game winning streak.

You expected it to happen at some point. The Nets were the better executing team down the stretch in the previous five games. But after erasing a 14-point lead and putting themselves in position

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 17, 2011 at 07:36:51 PM

The Nets ended their four-game West Coast road trip the same way they started it: with a loss and questions about Carmelo Anthony unanswered.

That’s how most road trips have gone for the Nets this season, most games for that matter. Their 109-100 defeat at Golden State was the Nets’ sixth loss in a row, 11th in 12 games and 19th in 20 road contests.

Wow. The Nets are better than last season, or I should say, more competitive than last season, but this does feel a little like last year all over again.

The truth is the Melo-drama has been overshadowing how bad the Nets are. But that's all Nets have going for them. It’s not the potential of their players; it’s the potential for the Nets to make a trade for a high-scoring small forward.

Is there any wonder why the

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 16, 2010 at 01:49:36 AM

Avery Johnson did what no other Nets coach could over a stretch of about 660 days: guide the Nets to a road win against a Western Conference team. The two most impressive factors were that it happened in Johnson’s first West Coast road game as the Nets coach, and that the Nets won with Devin Harris in the locker room for the last thirty minutes and change.

Harris is fine physically, but he was ejected for pulling down Blake Griffin by his neck. But the Nets responded without Harris and beat the Clippers, 110-96, last night to jump start the four-game trip.

“Our team responded well,” Johnson said. “The guys gutted it out.”

The Nets are now 4-6 with four of the losses coming against Orlando and Miami, and three by a total of five points.


Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 17, 2010 at 02:59:47 PM

The last time the Nets went on a West Coast trip, they tied the record for the most losses to start a season and fired their coach.

They left today for another Western swing that shouldn’t involve as much drama but could involve the same number of losses, depending on whether the Nets finally decide to play 48 minutes and not let a team’s runs completely deflate and ultimately defeat them.

In November, the Nets went 0-4 out West, losing by a total of 56 points to the Lakers, Nuggets, Blazers and Kings. This trip the four games are against the Clippers, Suns, Warriors and Jazz.

On paper, this trip is easier than the last one. Not only are the Nets healthy compared to the prior trip, but these four are also a combined nine games under .500 as of today, whereas the four in November