Results for tag: Kiki Vandeweghe
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:07:39 PM

ATLANTA -- There was nothing more fitting than the Nets holding practice this morning in the home of the Rambling Wreck. That’s just what they are.

Twenty-four games into this season, the Nets have two wins. At this rate, they’re going to win about seven games, but they’ll be better than that. The Nets, who practiced today on the campus of Georgia Tech, won’t break the record for fewest wins in a season -- nine -– unless they have extended injuries to Devin Harris or Brook Lopez.

While we were in Atlanta, we were reminded of something former Nets coach Kevin Loughery said. We spoke to Loughery, who lives in Atlanta and was the player-coach of the 9-73 Sixers, after the Nets set the mark with 18 consecutive losses to start this season.


Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 13, 2009 at 09:17:09 PM

ATLANTA -- The game got away from the Nets late in the second period but in essence it happened during the opening tap.

The way the Nets are constructed they have to play near-perfect basketball to beat playoff teams, especially contending ones like the Hawks. The Nets were dismantled by the Pacers on Friday and they will be in the draft lottery.

Even if the Nets were fully healthy, they probably would struggle against most teams, and definitely the one they played against Sunday. The Hawks made it look easy despite not having starter and defense stretcher Marvin Williams.

It didn’t matter. The Hawks still had too much, still had guys to stretch the defense and bodies to control the boards inside.

The Nets racked up a season high in points, but it didn’t matter because they

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 10, 2009 at 03:59:43 PM

As the Nets left for Indiana on Thursday, they probably weren't thinking like the rest of us, who believe if they have any shot of getting a game on this trip this is the one.

On second thought, some of them might be thinking that way.

We don't know that for sure because every athlete is confident his team can win, regardless of circumstances. So the Nets probably believe they can win all three.

Our take, and we believe it's the popular one, is the Nets haven’t won three times in 22 games thus far. So getting all three with stops in Atlanta and Cleveland aren't high on the probability scale.

Shoot for three, but a 1-2 trip would be considered good and actually would raise the Nets’ winning percentage from .09 to .13. But they must win Friday night.

The Nets play the Pacers,

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 7, 2009 at 04:33:39 PM

Yi Jianlian’s NBA career isn’t going is he hoped, and his Nets’ career isn’t going how anyone hoped.

The Nets knew they were taking a risk in trading productive and popular Richard Jefferson for the unproven Yi, and with each injury he suffers, the trade looks worse and worse. He suffered a busted lip Saturday and could miss up to two weeks.

With each injury, you can continue to question why the Nets included Ryan Anderson in the deal involving Vince Carter or didn't draft Tyler Hansbrough, though he suffered an injury, too.

Yi’s injuries and the questions about the moves seem like they will be ongoing things. We know why Anderson had to be involved; Orlando wouldn’t have done the deal otherwise. The Nets were high on Hansbrough, but felt Terrence

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 6, 2009 at 04:33:18 PM

Kiki Vandeweghe stood in front of the Nets’ bench, clapped and told his team to “Focus, guys. Focus.” It was the second half and you could tell the Nets were losing it.

The Knicks had the Nets rattled throughout the second half of a game the visitors had a good chance of winning.

For so much of the game, the Nets looked as if they might be on their way to turning the proverbial corner and building off their first win Friday against Charlotte. But in the end, they looked like the team that lost 18 in a row to start the season.

No, it wasn’t as bad as some of those games and the Nets will get better, but they buckled under when the Knicks turned up their defense and dropped a 106-97 decision in Madison Square Garden.

Put it on the Knicks’ going to a zone

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:54:15 PM

There were more players and coaches on the Nets’ practice floor today than there have been at any point this season.

Kiki Vandeweghe and Del Harris ran their first practice as the Nets’ new head coach and assistant, respectively. The Nets’ opening-night starting five was out there together for the first time since Oct. 30. There was a little bit of old and a little bit of new.

But this time is more about out with the old and in with the new.

The Nets made a coaching change. They’re turning the page on everything that happened leading up to this point and trying to build something starting now. The 0-18 record still stands, but under Vandeweghe’s and Harris’ watch, they’re 0-0. So Vandeweghe said he tried to simplify things today and make things

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 2, 2009 at 11:41:19 PM

The Nets were supposed to be insignificant this season, but they did something significant last night. Forgive them for not popping any champagne.

But it sounds like one of their players wants to pop someone.

Maybe the Nets will uncork the bubbly when they finally win a game, whenever that is. Thus far they’re 0-for-18. No team in NBA history has lost that many games in a row to start a season. Not the Clippers, a perennial doormat or even the 1972-73 Sixers, who won just nine games in that fateful and forgettable season.

No, the Nets stand alone after their 117-101 loss last night to the Mavericks. An 0-18 record is the new standard and dare we say 18 and counting.

This was going to be a tough game to get against Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the Mavericks, but the Nets laid

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 1, 2009 at 06:31:59 PM

Rod Thorn had a serious look on his face as he made his way to the podium Tuesday and Kiki Vandeweghe was smiling. One man probably was hiding his real emotions, and it wasn’t the Nets president.

Vandeweghe is a pleasant man. He smiles often. So maybe he was in a good mood and just generally happy. But he really didn’t want to be the Nets head coach. He needed Thorn to convince him and the inclusion of NBA lifer and former co-worker Del Harris before Vandeweghe agreed to replace Lawrence Frank.

“Let me just say, Rod is a very persuasive guy,” Vandeweghe said Tuesday morning.

Maybe Vandeweghe was smiling because he doesn’t have to take part in the Nets’ potential -- and probable -- record-setting performance Wednesday night. If they lose to the Mavericks,

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 30, 2009 at 12:10:22 AM

The Nets have had many regrettable days, forgettable moments and embarrassing times in their star-crossed history. You can add the events of Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 to their annals.

Early in the day, the Nets made hard-working head coach Lawrence Frank the fall guy for their struggles this injury-plagued season. Then the Nets were absolutely throttled by the Lakers as they trailed by 34 points and matched the 1988-89 Heat and 1998-99 Clippers for the worst start in NBA history by dropping to 0-17.

The Nets have seen worse days -– like when they traded Julius Erving and lost Drazen Petrovic to a fatal car wreck. But this day, culminating with a 106-87 defeat at Staples Center in longtime assistant Tom Barrise’s head coaching debut, has to rank high on the list of all-encompassing

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Oct 26, 2009 at 03:42:19 PM

A big season awaits the Nets, many of their players, coaches and executives, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a good one.

The Nets could be under new ownership by year's end, preparing for a temporary - or permanent? - move to Newark, and just about everyone not named Brook Lopez is fighting to keep their jobs.

Rod Thorn, Kiki Vandeweghe, Lawrence Frank, his assistants and seven players have expiring contracts. One more can be bought out for 500,000 and another has a team option.

Everyone is intrigued by what potential owner Mikhail Prokhorov will do, where the Nets will play next year and beyond and what they will do in the free-agent sweepstakes in the summer of 2010. But there is a season to be played first and here's a primer:

Devin Harris: Can get to hole