Results for tag: Carmelo Anthony
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 Jan 16, 2011 at 01:09:19 AM

The Nets’ season has been like the movie Groundhog Day.

Every game seems to be similar and every day there seems to be more reports and rumors about Carmelo Anthony. If you want something to look forward to, here it is: There’s just one more game to go – on this trip and probably for some Nets, too.

That doesn’t mean the Nets won’t suffer more losses like Saturday night’s 96-89 outcome in Portland. But if the three-team trade with the Nuggets and Pistons goes through and the Nets get Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, you have to believe they will handle themselves better in games like this one.

Of course, the Nets may need to convince Anthony to join them, but all signs point to an agreement being reached between the teams at some point

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 15, 2011 at 01:51:16 AM

This is the way Brook Lopez should play every night. If the long-awaited trade for Carmelo Anthony gets done next week, the Nets center should have more opportunities to have games like last night.

The Nets didn’t beat the Lakers in Los Angeles -– did you expect they would? -– but at least Lopez responded after hardly playing in the fourth quarter and overtime Wednesday in Phoenix. And it was clear Lopez wasn’t happy about that.

But the third-year center, the lone player not made available in trade talks for Anthony, had 35 points, on 13-for-19 shooting, in the Nets’ 100-88 loss to Kobe Bryant and the two-time reigning champion Lakers.

Lopez still didn’t grab 10 rebounds –- he finished with six. But he played with a different attitude as he looked

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 13, 2011 at 12:51:18 AM

The Nets tried to play a game of don’t-break-this-up last night. Even if they won, it wouldn’t have mattered - they’re not staying together.

But the way they lost was another example why Nets executives were prepared to trade more than half their roster in a deal for Carmelo Anthony. You wonder if there will come a point where they’ll be willing to give up more.

Closing time usually turns out to be losing time for the Nets and that’s what happened in Phoenix as they opened the four-game trip with a 118-109 overtime loss to the Suns.

There’s no point quantifying this one. It was just another bad loss in a season filled with bad losses for a team that’s going nowhere as is.

But this one had to hurt the Nets because they really needed this and

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 11, 2011 at 02:30:04 PM

The Nets have been here before, and not just this season.

They’re stuck in-limbo, seemingly exhausting every possibility as they wait for a deal to happen involving a superstar player, who because of his unhappiness and want for what could be green pastures has turned two franchises upside down.

Carmelo Anthony is doing what Jason Kidd did in 2008. The difference this time is the Nets are not acting from a position of strength because they’re not the one dealing the All-Star player.

Don’t get me wrong, the Nets have bargaining power. They have the assets Denver wants: draft picks, young players, the ability to trim salary to the point where the Nuggets don’t have to pay luxury tax.

But the Nuggets really have the final say on if the current three-team 14-to-16-player

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 8, 2011 at 11:38:04 PM

Billy King left his seat during the second half on Saturday night. You figure he had seen enough of the Nets on this night.

It’s surprising King – and the fans – stayed that long.

Maybe the Nets general manager had important calls to make. Maybe he was trying to get the Carmelo Anthony deal done now. The Nets are in need of a change, a major one, and have been for a while now.

Just when you thought Friday’s 20-point loss at Washington was as bad as gets, they give you a performance like this: Bucks 115, Nets 92.

The Bucks are better than the Wizards, granted. But the Bucks were without their two best players – Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings. They lost a tough overtime game against Miami on Friday, flew into New Jersey and landed around 2:30 a.m. The

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:59:40 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Avery Johnson had to be biting his tongue Friday night.

This was one of the Nets' worst games of the season -- think about that statement for a moment. They were out of it against the Wizards right away and were trounced, 97-77.

This is the same Wizards team that the Nets held a 23-point lead against last month, which represented their biggest cushion of the season. The Wizards that enjoyed a laugher this time, though.  They built a 20-point lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 25 in the fourth.

You could say this was a complete game for Washington. After all, they completely destroyed the Nets and made them look terrible.

Johnson probably had some choice words for the Nets privately at halftime and after the game. But in front of cameras, tape

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 6, 2011 at 02:59:19 PM

You may have gotten a glimpse of the future last night. Key words being may have.

Derrick Favors was given his first NBA start in the Nets' win over the Bulls. It wasn’t just a one-time thing. But it may not be permanent because the Nets are still involved in trade talks for Carmelo Anthony and Favors remains a central piece of the discussions.

A source recently said there has been “movement” on the Anthony talks. The Nets believe they’re in good shape to get him, but so do several other teams.

Still, the Nets have the most to offer by themselves. They're trying to deal straight up with Denver, but could involve other teams because of their contract situation, flexibility and assets. Either way, they may need to do more, to acquire better players

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 3, 2011 at 04:26:59 PM

The two categories the Nets lead the league in are waiting and hoping.

Every team goes through that. But waiting and hoping are all the Nets seem to do these days, which has to be gut-wrenching for their fans.

All season the Nets have been waiting for many things, hoping for many things and in some cases it could all be in vain.

Here are four things just off the top of our heads: the Carmelo Anthony situation to be resolved; Brook Lopez to develop into an All-Star caliber center and go-to guy; Devin Harris to return to being the player he was when he first got to the Nets and Derrick Favors to show something on a consistent basis.

When you’re losing at the rate the Nets are –- five straight losses by an average of 15 points, including a humiliating 15-point drubbing

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 27, 2010 at 11:17:28 PM

The Nets can’t blame their performance on lack of energy from an empty building due to bad weather.

Coach Avery Johnson wouldn’t have that if it was the case, which surprisingly it wasn’t.

A better-than-expected crowd came out to see the Nets play the Magic last night. Many of them wanted to see Dwight Howard or boo Hedo Turkoglu –- for some strange reason there were derogatory chants directed at him –- but they also wanted to see the Nets pull off the upset.

Perhaps the loudest reaction came when Kris Humphries stuffed a Howard dunk attempt, but the Nets didn’t do enough of that in a 104-88 loss at the Prudential Center.

With 11,514 fans in attendance, many of whom probably spent the day digging themselves out of the snow, the Nets could have at