Results for tag: Rod Thorn
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 24, 2010 at 01:40:50 PM

The Nets are doing something never thought possible when they were 0-18. They’re getting worse.

They’re much healthier than they were when they were losing every night earlier this season and they’re worse now. That’s not an easy thing to do.

They returned early this morning from the West Coast just totally beaten, believing there is no hope in sight and honestly there is no reason for hope. You know the numbers: 40 losses in 43 games. Even more distressing is how far they have fallen, how much they have regressed not only since Dec. 30, but since Lawrence Frank was replaced after 16 games.

But here's looking at a small sample of games before we go big picture. Over the four-game trip, the Nets allowed the opposition to shoot 55.4 percent and average 112.8 points

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:16:14 PM

The Celtics didn’t have Kevin Garnett or Rasheed Wallace, but the Nets were minus Keyon Dooling and Tony Battie so it all evened out. Not really.

Boston would have had to be without Garnett, Wallace, Big Baby Davis, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Brian Scalabrine, Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins for the Nets to have had a chance Wednesday night and that might be pushing it.

This one –- a 111-87 Boston rout -- was over early as the Nets failed to defend and rebound and let the Celtics' aggressiveness take them out of the game right away. It was a double-digit deficit about six minutes into the game and surpassed 20 with just under two minutes to go in the first period.

There’s no truth to the rumor that recently acquired Shawne Williams, who was exiled from the Mavericks since

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 11, 2010 at 05:25:50 PM

The Nets completed their awaited trade with the Mavericks today, sending Eduardo Najera to Dallas for Kris Humphries and Shawne Williams. Now watch the 3-34 Nets’ fortunes turn.

It's another fringe transaction that doesn’t really affect anything but their bottom line and future flexibility. It’s about getting younger and more assets without infringing upon their cash for free agents this summer. Last week, the Nets bought out Rafer Alston and got Chris Quinn, a 2012 second round pick and cash from the Heat.

Najera is a better player than Humphries, but he just wasn’t the right fit with the Nets. He would have been better suited for some of the teams that featured Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, a veteran that could have helped them defensively against good teams

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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

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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

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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,

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:36:49 PM

Anyone hoping for the same type of reaction from the Nets after their last coaching change had to be disappointed last night. But there are some major differences.

When Byron Scott was fired in 2004, the players wanted him out. They had stopped playing for him. They knew they were good and could turn it on at any moment, and that’s what Jason Kidd and company did for Lawrence Frank, reeling off 13 consecutive wins after he took over.

After Frank was ousted yesterday, the Nets had to play the reigning champion Lakers in their building at the end of a long, dreary trip. They didn’t have a day or so to catch their breaths. And there are no Hall of Famers on this team, no one to lead them the way Kidd did. At this point, the Nets would be happy to win 13 games this season.

For

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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

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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,

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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:

Starters
Devin Harris: Can get to hole

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