Results for tag: Brook Lopez
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 4, 2011 at 06:14:50 PM

In the NBA’s first-ever regular-season game in Europe, Deron Williams won for the first time as a Net. Both could be significant developments for the future of the organization.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s vision is to make the Nets a global team, but they can’t be one if they don’t have superstars and they don’t win. They finally have a legitimate superstar in Williams and they finally won a game with him, beating the Toronto Raptors 116-103 in a historic game in London on Friday.

Now the key is keeping Williams, which is another big part of this European trip.

They’re trying to grow their brand and connect with people in England. Remember, Barclays, which owns the naming rights to the Nets’ arena in Brooklyn, is based across the pond.  They

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 1, 2011 at 12:32:24 AM

NEWARK – As the fourth quarter wound down, and then the overtime, it looked like the Nets were going to have a similar result as the last time they jumped aboard an intercontinental flight. And you expected Deron Williams to deliver a clinching basket.

In preseason, Stephen Graham hit a buzzer-beating, game-winner to send the Nets off to Russia and ultimately China.

Last night, in Williams’ home debut, the Nets came up just short of leaving for London with a comeback victory at the buzzer. They ended up losing 104-103 to the Suns in a wild, entertaining game that 15,836 fans attended.

The ball was in Williams’ battered hands on the last play and he turned the corner for the basket, getting by Grant Hill and Marcin Gortat before putting up a runner over Channing Frye

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 23, 2011 at 09:49:09 PM

After the nearly six-month long pursuit of Carmelo Anthony ended with him going to the Knicks, almost everyone thought the Nets were going to muddle through a dreary finish to this season, hoping that Derrick Favors showed some development and Brook Lopez made his presence felt on the glass.

If Lopez rebounded as well as general manager Billy King did from the conclusion of the 'Melo-drama, the Nets center would lead the league in boards.

King stunned everyone in the NBA Wednesday when he pulled off a heist that brought All-Star point guard Deron Williams to the Nets.

No one saw this coming as the Nets were expected to make minor moves involving Devin Harris and Troy Murphy. But King pulled a rabbit out of the hat and stole some thunder from the Knicks, who hosted Anthony’s press

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 19, 2011 at 01:04:47 PM

After all that has happened with murals and billboards, television commercials and pointed comments, it is fitting that it comes down to the Nets and the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.

As I heard Evan Roberts say on WFAN this morning, it’s Jay-Z and JD (James Dolan). It’s more than that, though.

It’s Mikhail Prokhorov, Jay-Z, Billy King and Brett Yormark versus Dolan. (Advantage Nets)

It’s Newark/Brooklyn versus New York City (Advantage Knicks)

It’s Brook Lopez versus Amar’e Stoudemire (Advantage Knicks)

It’s a more controlled offense and a commitment to defense versus a free-wheeling, fast-paced, score-at-will offense and defend every few possessions. (Advantage Knicks)

When you lay it out like that, it seems the Knicks will win the Anthony

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:00:33 AM

BOSTON – The Nets didn’t want to go into the All-Star break the way they did, but you could have seen this coming all the way around.

We’re not just talking about the Nets’ 94-80 loss to the Celtics last night. But that the Nets and the Nuggets have had a recent conversation about Carmelo Anthony.

Suddenly, Nets’ fans are hopeful again. Hopeful the Nets can get something done for Anthony, without using Derrick Favors or Devin Harris or draft picks. That’s not realistic, but that’s also going too far too soon.

At this point, these talks could just be exploratory, could be Denver reaching out to see if the Nets are still interested in Anthony after owner Mikhail Prokhorov removed them the talks last month. Of course, the Nets are interested still.

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 14, 2011 at 11:51:57 PM

Avery Johnson hopes to build a team the way his mentor and former coach Gregg Popovich has in San Antonio. But the Nets are eons away from the Spurs.

You knew it before the two teams played each other last night, and the Nets didn’t do anything to make you believe they’re one or two players away. Maybe they are if those two players are Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

The Spurs dominated the Nets inside and out, trouncing them, 102-85, in a game that had San Antonio’s greatness and New Jersey’s shortcomings on full display.

It’s a credit to Popovich and the Spurs’ stars that they didn’t take this game lightly when they could have. They have the NBA’s best record, are near the end of a long Rodeo road trip and are playing one of the worst

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 11, 2011 at 11:53:53 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Many people around the Nets and around the NBA were waiting for Brook Lopez to have a night like this.

It’s been a long time coming. How long? Nearly a year.

Lopez hadn’t had a double-double in a regulation game since last season. But that streak ended here last night as the Nets’ third-year center had the kind of performance that was expected of him on a consistent basis, leading the Nets to a 94-89 victory over the Bobcats with a 31-point, 11-rebound night.

Another streak ended here last night. The Nets are no longer winless on the road in 2011. They actually hadn’t won an away game since Dec. 21 at Memphis. They came close a few times since then, but recently they have been so bad on the road that coach Avery Johnson took them out of

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 10, 2011 at 12:12:50 AM

The Nets haven’t been in this kind of game in a long time, one that could have gone either way, and one that came down to late-game execution.

The Nets made just enough plays to beat the Hornets 103-101 in overtime and end a three-game losing streak. Just enough.

The past six Nets’ games were lopsided; all of them decided by double-digits. But this was a nail-biter last night. They looked like they were going to win early in the fourth quarter and then appeared they were going to lose in the final minute.

Then they got it to overtime and looked like they were going to pull away, but had some lapses and almost let it slip away. In the end, the Nets breathed a huge and collective sigh of relief after this bench-led victory.

“Nobody really got rattled tonight, which is

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 6, 2011 at 05:54:38 PM

The Nets had a chance to show some pride and the ability to bounce back from some losses that as a competitor have to stick with you. Instead they just added another bad performance and outcome to a rather depressing resume.

The Pacers – not the Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, and the Davis brothers' Pacers, but the team led by Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert - have beaten the Nets by 51 points twice in the last 10 days.

The Super Bowl Sunday afternoon 101-86 trouncing wasn’t as bad as the 32-point demolition Indiana put on the Nets last week. But many were left scratching their heads or hanging them and coach Avery Johnson looking for answers.

“We’re just in a bad little cycle right now, mentally and physically,” Johnson said. “Hopefully

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:51:29 PM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Nets seemed to be very upset after Friday’s 92-82 loss to the Pistons, and rightfully so. They weren’t upset with anyone but themselves, which could be a good thing if they finally do something about it.

Many times there is indifference in the Nets’ locker room. Often times there is more smiling and laughing than there should be.

Many times, the Nets feel they’re getting closer to putting together some wins. They feel good about how they played despite a loss. They weren’t even kicking themselves all that much after losing by 32 points last weekend in Indiana and 10 points the next night in Milwaukee.

But after this one, you could see the disgust in some guys faces, including Brook Lopez, who hasn’t been down on himself

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