Results for tag: Richard Jefferson
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jun 29, 2011 at 07:59:20 PM

After the Nets brought in draft pickups MarShon Brooks, Jordan Williams and Bogan Bogdanovic to meet the local media Monday, they promptly sent the ones that will be with them next season to California to work out.

This made perfect sense because of the labor situation. If there is a lockout -- as expected -- starting Friday there can be no contact between the players and the teams.

So Brooks and Williams flew to meet coach Avery Johnson and general manager Billy King at P3 in Santa Barbara for some training until they can’t talk to him anymore.

Brooks and Williams were given what the Nets want them to do this summer, what workouts, what things they need to improve on –- basically everything they should do to make sure they’re ready when the work stoppage ends and/or

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 13, 2011 at 06:48:26 PM

...And the Nets just got out to Landry Fields.

It could have been Sally Field, the Nets probably still would have been late on their rotations and contesting shots. That’s how far away the Nets were from the shooters in their 10-point loss to the Amar’e Stoudemire-less Knicks.

The Nets won’t be as lucky tomorrow night when the Spurs come in healthy and well rested, sporting an NBA-best 45-9 mark.

The Spurs enjoyed such a laugher in Washington that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker played 39:16 – combined. But these are the games you have seen the Nets get up to play.

I’m not saying the Nets are going to win, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s competitive based on some of their performances against the Lakers, Celtics, Magic and Mavs.

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 12, 2010 at 11:11:00 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The way this season went, the Nets ended their Meadowlands run in fitting fashion.

They were booed in the beginning and end, had injuries to multiple players, and many fans left before the 105-95 loss to the Bobcats ended. There was a comeback from 16 down in the first half and the Nets wound up taking a lead, but struggled with their shot and on defense. And as the final seconds wound down, some fans rose and cheered while about seven people put paper bags over their heads and booed.

That was the Nets’ 69th loss of the season, 33rd at home and last in the building that opened in 1981.

I have plenty of memories of games at the Meadowlands, as a fan and writer.

The first is of my first game during the 1982-83 season. My father took me to see the 76ers because

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 3, 2010 at 10:22:17 PM

The Nets are playing for pride, playing to get as many wins as possible -– they got No. 11 last night -- and trying to improve for next season. For many of the Nets, that’s happening in practice and on their own time.

One interesting and significant thing happened after today’s shootaround ended, after all the rotation guys either left or went to the weight room. There were three players shooting on three different baskets.

They were Tony Battie, Trenton Hassell and Bobby Simmons. Respectively, they’re the first, second and fourth-oldest players on the team.

Battie and Simmons are inactive just about every game. The Nets’ easy 115-87 victory over New Orleans last night was Simmons’ 36th time declared inactive and the 33rd for Battie. But they haven’t

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:07:42 AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vince Carter had one rousing dunk in his final game at IZOD Center, gave the fans who cheered him for four-plus seasons one last reason to buzz.

Some of the same fans may make the trip down the Turnpike or Route 21 when the Nets play their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark for the next two seasons.

But now that Carter said his farewell there is only one player left of consequence in Nets’ history to say goodbye to Meadowlands. Richard Jefferson comes in at the end of the month with the Spurs and chances are he will enjoy the same results as Carter, Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Jason Collins and Brian Scalabrine have this season.

On a subpar night for Carter and Dwight Howard -- they combined for 24 points -- the Magic had an easy 97-87 victory

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:06:37 PM

The Nets could be walking into a proverbial buzz saw tomorrow afternoon.

The game against the Celtics would be a difficult one for them to get anyway. The Nets haven’t beaten Boston since February 2007. This was pre-Garnett and Allen. It was during the era of the Nets’ big three, Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter. This also was the last season the Nets would see playoff basketball until who knows when.

But they’re making the trip in the snow to Boston where the Celtics were embarrassed last night against the Cavaliers in a game many of you who had power were able to watch.

Mine went out just before 8:00 p.m. and didn’t come back until 5:00 a.m. this morning so I had to wait until this morning to see what happened to the Celtics and formulate an opinion

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 31, 2009 at 04:03:14 PM

The calendar turns to a New Year and a new decade at midnight. Before it does, here's a look at the some of the biggest stories in chronological order of the Nets' most successful yet most frustrating decade.

Stories of the decade

2000 Nets Win No. 1 pick: The franchise changed with this move. Rod Thorn may not have left the league office if not for the Nets winning the Lottery and a chance to draft Kenyon Martin. Former Georgetown guard Michael Jackson might have been the prez.

2001 Nets trade for Jason Kidd: The biggest moment in the Nets’ NBA history was when Thorn and GM Ed Stefanski acquired Kidd, who had worn out his welcome in Phoenix. The deal, that included Stephon Marbury going to the Suns, also put Thorn on the map as one of the league’s best executives. Kidd’s

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 30, 2009 at 11:48:04 PM

The Nets showed some of the things they promised before the season began in last night's 104-95 win over the Knicks.

They played defense, scored in transition, had energy for 48 minutes, outworked and outhustled their opponent. It also helped that they had their starting five playing together for the first time since Oct. 30.

Maybe this is the start of something. It definitely was the end of a couple of things: their 10-game losing streak and their 2009 schedule. It was a crazy year and decade for them.

Top 10 Stories of the Year

0-18: The record-setting start could stand for a long time, but it was an imperfect storm – a bad offseason trade, rash of injuries, swine flu and two buzzer-beating losses - that led to the imperfect start.

Vince Carter traded: You knew it was

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 28, 2009 at 12:46:55 AM

Black Friday was another dark day for the Nets.

This was supposed to be the winnable game on the trip, but the Nets are showing no game is winnable. The way they played the first half Friday night against the Sacramento Kings it was as if they didn’t care about perhaps the NBA’s most dubious record or their coach. Neither is safe.

The Nets were down double-digits less than seven minutes into the game and trailed by 20 with about 6:30 left in the second period. They made the game interesting in the second half but ultimately lost, 109-96, to the Kings and now the Nets are one loss from tying the all-time mark for losses to start a season and two from breaking the mark.

The next two games are at the Lakers and at home against Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. So much for

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,