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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:08:30 PM

Avery Johnson joked that when the time comes for the Nets to get something done with free agents, he’s like Mariano Rivera.
“They bring me in to close,” Johnson said today.
Johnson can give the final sales pitch – he ultimately decides how much a player plays. But the two biggest things for the Nets in their pursuit of any free agent are Mikhail Prokhorov’s fortune and Deron Williams’ future.
Williams declared his intentions yesterday, saying, “I plan to stay.” That should help the Nets lure some players. But the almighty millions could be the deciding factor.
The truth is the Nets are going to have to spend more than they probably would like in order to get Nene or Tyson Chandler or Caron Butler or even to bring Kris Humphries

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 12, 2010 at 06:27:48 PM

NEWARK -- The Nets showed up Sunday afternoon, which was an accomplishment in itself. But they didn’t have enough to outlast Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Afternoon games have been terrible for the Nets. Last week, you could have come to the game and left at halftime certain of who would win and gotten some holiday shopping in before going home. But the Nets kept everyone on the edge of their seats during this game and kept Bryant and his teammates focused and engaged in the fourth quarter.

Deep down, most everyone not associated with the Nets believed that the Lakers would find a way to pull out this game, which they did, 99-92. But it was much closer than expected for much longer than expected. But Nets coach Avery Johnson was confident his team would win and he was right about

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 11, 2010 at 03:47:55 PM

The Nets two-game trip highlighted some of their strengths, but also showed many of their weaknesses, and the one that’s got to eat at coach Avery Johnson the most is the defense.

Kobe Bryant’s eyes are probably lighting up, knowing he won’t be guarded much tomorrow. The last three stars the Nets played have had a field day against them.

Last Sunday, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen combined to shoot 11-for-16 against the Nets. On Tuesday, Josh Smith was 14-for-16 on Thursday, Dirk Nowitzki was 8-for-10.

Anyone want to predict Bryant’s line tomorrow, coming off a Lakers’ loss last night?

From the moment Johnson came to New Jersey, from his first practice of training camp, he stressed defense. The Nets probably worked on their transition defense in every

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 7, 2010 at 11:41:54 PM

The Nets lost last night.

We just wanted to make sure that was known because the atmosphere in the locker room and the quotes given to us by head coach Avery Johnson and the players after their 116-101 defeat to the Hawks wasn’t what we expected.

No one is saying a chair should have been thrown or a water cooler shattered or the coach should have called out the players, but after a 15-point loss you don’t expect to hear things such as “We came out and played very well.”

That was from Brook Lopez. Johnson praised the Nets fight in this game. Everyone had their heads up. Can’t imagine what would have happened if they only lost by 10 or five.

We understand why the Nets weren’t beating themselves up, but it was a little surprising at all the smiles and

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:48:45 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD -- All the words that were used in the locker room after Friday’s game in Toronto seemed to have struck a chord with the Nets.

We’re just talking about the ones they used to us. More colorful things probably were said among the players and coaches.

But to beatwriters after Friday’s debacle in Toronto, Nets players used words like “pitiful,” “horrible,” “inexcusable,” and “awful,” and one of them questioned very loudly where everyone’s pride was.

Less than 24 hours later, the Nets responded, playing with a passion they didn’t have at all in Toronto, an energy that was zapped from the start in Canada and a hunger that never made its way into the arena. They had all those things Friday and still

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 18, 2009 at 11:09:14 PM

Just when you thought the Nets couldn’t sink any lower, they give you one of these performances.

In a season filled with low points Friday night was the lowest, lower than when they set the mark for most losses to start a season. This was as bad as gets, considering the opponent and what the Nets let them do, which was every little thing the Raptors wanted.

The Nets were down 24 points in the first quarter, 37 points at the half, 38 early in the third and 40 in the fourth to a struggling, underachieving team. But, there is no more struggling underachieving team than the Nets, which was magnified by their 118-95 loss to the Raptors.

This was going to be a tough season, but no one could have guessed the Nets would be 23 games under .500 after 27 games. And no one could have predicted

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 22, 2009 at 04:28:29 PM

Thirteen games, 13 losses. Here are 13 reasons the Nets are in the position they are:

1. Bruce Ratner: Nice man, but his interests were in real estate opportunities and buildings, not building a championship team. He bought a contender and kept cutting payroll instead of letting Rod Thorn add quality pieces that could Nets over the top.

2. 2001 Draft-day Deal: This might be nitpicking because the Nets got Richard Jefferson and Jason Collins for Eddie Griffin, but the other player they chose from that trade was Brandon Armstrong when Gilbert Arenas was available.

3. Kidd’s input: The Nets always tried to make Jason Kidd happy, which isn’t a bad thing, but let management and coaches make the decisions. They traded Keith Van Horn and Todd MacCulloch for Dikembe Mutombo,