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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 20, 2011 at 05:43:42 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Deron Williams and the Nets' season have something in common: they may be just about over.

It was doubtful the Nets would play beyond the April 13th regular-season finale anyway. Now there’s question as to whether Williams will play in April. He may already have played his last game.

Before the Nets’ crushing 98-92 loss to the Wizards on Sunday afternoon they announced Williams would miss “a minimum of” three games due to his strained right wrist. ‘A minimum of’ are the key words.

Williams is a fierce competitor who wants to play and help his team win games. But if the Nets continue to lose the way they have the last couple of games, there really is no reason for Williams to play again, not with his wrist bothering him physically

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 27, 2011 at 05:31:14 PM

Let’s forget about the Nets’ defense for a little bit, since they’ve forgotten about playing on that end of the court anyway lately. But their offense, even though they still struggle making shots, looks infinitely better since Deron Williams was acquired.

This was expected, but no one could have expected 17 assists in his second game as a Net, on the second game of a back-to-back, and on a night when his team misses 60 percent of its shots.

The Nets knew what they were getting when they sent Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first-round picks and $3 million cash to Utah. Williams is one of the top three point guards in the game and may be first overall.

Nets general manager Billy King made a brilliant move to secure Williams when it appeared they weren’t going

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 16, 2010 at 11:58:27 PM

NEWARK – The Nets absolutely needed an opponent like the Washington Wizards to come to the Prudential Center on Thursday night. The timing couldn’t have been better for a team that hadn’t seen a win since late November.

The Nets’ first victory of December came against Washington, 97-89, ending their eight-game losing streak.

There were some scary moments for the Nets in this game and some boos from the crowd that was cheering the home team throughout the first half.

The Nets rung up a 23-point lead on the Wizards in the first half and it appeared they would have a rare easy victory, especially the way Washington was playing. The Wizards had 38 points, were shooting 31 percent and their 11 field goals were three fewer than their turnover total.

But the Nets couldn't

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on May 18, 2010 at 10:55:23 PM

SECAUCUS, N.J. -– Mikhail Prokhorov learned quickly what it’s like to be associated with the Nets. It happened in his first NBA event as their principal owner.

All eyes were on him and the Nets on Tuesday night as Prokhorov sat on the stage, representing his new team at the draft lottery. The Nets held a viewing party at their practice facility where there were wishes, prayers, crossed fingers –- you name it.

The Nets had the best chance at winning, at getting Kentucky point guard John Wall, at positioning themselves perfectly to try and get the coach they wanted, a free agent or two most might not have imagined they could get.

The ping-pong balls were supposed to be the Nets’ friend. They wound being another opponent and like so many time this season, the Nets

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 13, 2010 at 04:49:17 PM

MIAMI –- The Nets’ season ends here, fittingly. It’s one of the places their season ended before it really began.

Miami ranks right behind Minneapolis in that regard. Both places are where the Nets saw their season and any chance having success blow up. Both games ended in last-second shots.

If the Nets beat the Wolves in the opener, they don’t set the record for most losses to start a season. If Dwyane Wade doesn’t bury them in Game 10, then Lawrence Frank still would be coaching, which cannot be minimized.

Honestly, the young players would have gotten more out of this season if they had a coach coaching them. But if it means the Nets wind up with the No. 1 or No. 2 pick -– John Wall or Evan Turner -– then fans and members of the organization

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 10, 2010 at 10:03:11 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Nets, like many other teams, have made mistakes in the draft -- and they don’t want to hear about passing on Danny Granger anymore. But the past two years, the Nets have scored big time. Odds are they will make it three in a row this summer when they have one of the top four picks.

The past two drafts have been impressive, especially where the Nets were picking. Two years ago, Brook Lopez fell into their lap at No. 10, and then they took Ryan Anderson 21st. Chris Douglas-Roberts was a steal at 40. There probably are some that wish they still had Anderson, but Lopez has been the second or third-best player from that draft, and Douglas-Roberts arguably would be top 20 today.

Then last year, the Nets took Terrence Williams with the No. 11 pick ahead of Tyler Hansbrough

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:40:06 PM

Suddenly the team that would do anything for a win needs a loss.

The players don’t feel that way, but the fans and probably some people inside the Nets’ offices do.

One more loss or a Minnesota win and the Nets will have the best odds at winning the NBA Draft Lottery. Quite honestly, after a season such as this they need all the help they can get. And as I’ve said repeatedly, if they get the No. 1 pick (John Wall), the Nets’ pursuit of a coach and marquee free agent improves.

After the Nets won their 10th game to avoid a share of the worst record of all-time they talked of catching and passing Minnesota. They didn’t want to be the worst team in the league, and understandably so.

You don’t ever want to promote losing, but just imagine if the Nets caught

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 31, 2010 at 10:14:58 PM

Amar’e Stoudemire took a break from his pregame workout routine to address questions about his future. He said he’s not thinking about it yet, but there’s no question he is and he’s given thoughts to joining the Nets.

Stoudemire knows their situation and his. They have good young players and assets galore, including $23 million to use in free agency. Most players like that.

The Suns' big man is going to be one of the most sought-after free agents this summer. He can score and dunk on anyone, is a defensive nightmare and looks to be all the way back from major surgeries on both knees. If you haven’t already, imagine him playing next to Brook Lopez. That sight has to excite the Nets and their fans.

I’ve gone on record, on YES and in The Record, that

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:05:38 AM

Most teams’ goals are to make the playoffs, win their division and play for the championship. The Nets have had to alter theirs, but they’re closer to achieving their three priorities than most teams.

The Nets wanted to have a winning streak before the season ended, record victory No. 9 and of course No. 10.

Two down, one to go –- and the third could happen Saturday in Chicago. Could.

A rousing second-half performance, led by Brook Lopez and Yi Jianlian, carried the Nets back from 13 down and lifted them to their second consecutive victory. They beat the Pistons, 118-110, Friday night for win No. 9.

“How about that?” Keyon Dooling said. “We go on our first win streak of the season.”

“We feel we can get more games,” Devin Harris

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 18, 2010 at 03:39:46 PM

The start of the NCAA Tournament means the season is mercifully coming to a close, and the Nets are now closer to the all-important NBA Draft Lottery.

Two months from now, when it’s known where the Nets will pick, everyone will have a better idea of how this offseason and their future will go. If they finish with the top pick, John Wall, it could change the type of coach and free agents they get. It also could lead to Devin Harris’ departure. If they wind up with the No. 2 pick and Ohio State’s Evan Turner, it could be a similar situation. If they wind up at No. 3 or 4, they’ll get a good player, but probably not the same coach or free agent.

The Nets can’t go wrong if they finish in the top two, although they want No. 1, naturally. The popular opinion is