Results for tag: Kiki Vandeweghe
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 15, 2010 at 07:24:32 PM

BY AL IANNAZZONE

Special to YESNetwork.com

The All-Star break is over. The Nets returned to practice today in Charlotte, where they open the “second half” of their season and against a team they have beaten this season.

The biggest Nets’ stories after the break and before the season ends are what happens with Rod Thorn, Kiki Vandeweghe, the Russian billionaire’s takeover, the trade deadline and whether they break they record for fewest wins or most losses – however you want to look at it.

After the season, it will be who’s their next coach, next general manager, where they end up in the lottery, what they do in the draft, what trades they make and what free agents they can get.

But the near future is easier to talk about and predict.

By now you

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 12, 2010 at 05:08:43 PM

The Nets are in the midst of the best week of their season: they can’t lose a game, and some actual excitement is being generated by the team.

Nothing has actually happened. The Nets haven’t made a trade, hired anyone or fired anyone. But there are plenty of things being written and said about their future, which once again seems bright.

Honestly, no one knows what’s going to happen, but the biggest thing is Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov will be the owner in the near future, and he’s going to open his wallet and use all of his resources to be a success story in America.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski heads the list of candidates to become the Nets’ next head coach and could be given a dual role as coach and general manager to try to entice him to leave

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 11, 2010 at 06:01:18 PM

The Nets have one win in 2010. There have been more snowstorms in the area in the last two weeks than Nets’ victories since the calendar turned.

There also have been as many people reportedly expressing interest in coaching the Nets as there have been Nets’ wins this year.

You see where we’re going with this. 20 games in 2010 and 19 losses –- that’s exactly how the Nets opened the season, too: 1-19.

Is there any relief in sight?

Yes. There are several things, and it starts right here, during All-Star Weekend.

First, the players get a chance to get away from everything and not focus on all the negative. They can rest or work out to stay as sharp as possible and return with a new attitude. All this negativity is festering and the players need to get rid

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:13:40 PM

The best thing for the Nets, after such a tumultuous and trying first half of the season would be to go into the break with a win. Go in a positive, saying they could build off this when they return to action next week.

But the reality is they went into the break exactly how you would have expected them to, with a little help from Mother Nature.

The Nets had played well enough to win more than one of their previous nine games, but last night they reverted back to their old ways. They let an early lead disappear quickly and then the Nets disappeared on both ends of the court in a 97-77 loss to Milwaukee.

The Nets also lost a player to injury – Keyon Dooling – and had a least one more leave the building unhappy – Chris Douglas-Roberts. They also played in front of the

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 10, 2010 at 01:36:26 AM

LeBron James doesn’t seem to treat the Nets the same way he does other teams. Maybe he likes them more.

Maybe he likes them enough to consider them over the summer when he’s a free agent. Maybe not. The Nets can dream.

If James wanted to, he could go for the kill early against the Nets because chances are if he torched them right the opening tap they would have a hard time rebounding from it. Instead he usually waits until the end of the game to let them know he’s in the building.

The Nets knew he was there. They paid extra attention to him and made him make plays for his teammates, which James does and did. The King did it all in a 104-97 victory over the Nets last night that showed once again this team is closer to winning a game, yet so far away.

James’ line

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 8, 2010 at 04:44:05 PM

Speculation, rumors and other stories are following the Nets every day. That’s what happens when you’re as bad as they are.

Everyone's waiting for the next trade, coach's departure, controversial Tweet from some of the young players or lengthy losing streak.

The stories will continue leading up to next week’s trade deadline and beyond because there will be an ownership change at some point, with players unhappy if they’re still with the Nets after the trade deadline. And there’s always the chase for infamy -– the worst record in NBA history -– that will gain national attention.

Had the Nets won a few of the close games lately maybe some things would disappear. Certainly the race for the record and the coverage it will receive. But some of the

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:09:02 AM

This was the kind of game, and it ended the type of homestand, that teams could look back at as the season winds down and point to as the reason they missed the playoffs.

The Nets may be pointing at Tuesday night, and the past five days, as the reason they own the worst record in NBA history. They still need six more wins to avoid that humiliation.

Win No. 5 on the season was staring right at them, if only. That really is the story of the Nets season, if only.

If only they were healthy for the start of the season, if only they had better players, if only their coach called plays that lead to wins.

The latest disappointment was a 97-93 loss to the Pistons in a game where the Nets were the better team for most of the night.

This is the third straight game the Nets had matched the other

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:48:45 PM

At least the Nets got a shot off this time, but it may not have been the one they wanted.

It’s easy to second-guess the Nets’ play-calling down three with less than 23 seconds to go. Coach Kiki Vandeweghe said he should have called something different, something a little less “tricky,” after the Nets dropped an 83-79 decision to the Sixers on Sunday night.

Like Friday’s game against the Wizards, that was a winnable game and one the Nets should have won -- if only they executed. It was the same story Sunday.

The Nets had a big lead early, lost it, couldn’t hit shots late and committed bad turnovers. This time, though, they didn’t miss free throws late.

But talk about history repeating itself, against Washington, the Nets were called for a 24-second

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 30, 2010 at 12:15:59 AM

The looks on the Nets’ faces after this one were similar to the night Dwyane Wade buried the game-winner in Miami. But there was one major difference: it was Dwyane Wade.

Friday night, the Nets let 5-foot-5 Earl Boykins deliver the dagger that ended any and all hopes of their first two-game winning streak since April 11 and 13, 2009. But like so many of these kinds of games, it never should have come down to one possession.

It did and Boykins buried the Nets with a pull-up jumper with four-tenths of a second left that gave the Wizards an 81-79 victory.

The Nets should have had this game. For the most part, they played hard and other than the last play, their defense was strong for most of the night.

This is a team that gives up 30 a quarter easily. The Nets held the Wizards to

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:53:49 PM

The Nets finally had their enough-is-enough moment and they think it could be the start of something.

Time will tell about that, but for 48 minutes last night, the Nets looked like an NBA team. It’s been a long time since they have.

They showed heart and played with pride, passion and purpose. They played defense, withstood runs, hit shots and showed some mental and physical toughness.

The Nets finally put all of that together and the result was a 103-87 victory over the Clippers that not only ended an 11-game losing streak but also gave them their first victory of 2010.

“We just made sure that every play, we compete,” Chris Douglas-Roberts said. “When we compete, this is the NBA, any team can beat any team. But we competed the whole game and I think that was

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