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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 22, 2010 at 12:14:05 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Brook Lopez was the best offensive player on the floor in the first half last night, but there still was something missing from his game and Nets coach Avery Johnson told him without really saying anything.

Johnson made a circle with his hand and put it over his eye, signaling to Lopez he had not grabbed a single defensive rebound in the half. Zero - which contributed to the Grizzlies registering 10 second-chance points.

If not for that, some turnovers and too many fouls early, the Nets might have been on their way to an easy victory. Nothing ever is easy for the Nets, but they did come out with 101-94 victory, showing tremendous focus and confidence amid rumors and speculation that the team would be broken up in the near future.

None of that mattered to Lopez,

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 20, 2010 at 04:02:48 PM

The Nets' pre-Christmas two-game trip is a little bit of what could have been and a lot of what could be. Everything about the Nets right now is what could be.

Everyone knows what is happening: the Nets are in transition and won’t make the playoffs as constituted, but have young assets, expiring contracts and draft picks to make trades, and improve quickly with Carmelo Anthony, their top target. He’s definitely in the “what could be” category and has a connection to this trip.

The Nets open up tomorrow in Memphis, where they finally will see Rudy Gay.

The high-scoring small forward was considered the Nets’ fallback option if they couldn’t get LeBron James in free agency. It turned out they couldn’t get either.

Coach Avery Johnson and Nets’

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jun 29, 2010 at 11:11:19 PM

LeBron James wants to see the Nets first. That has to mean something.

No one is saying the Nets are the frontrunners to sign James in free agency. For the longest time, most NBA experts dismissed the Nets. Only recently have you started hearing they are ahead of the Knicks and in the race. Our feeling is the Nets do have a shot at the biggest fish in the free-agent pond.

James may decide to go somewhere else like Miami or Chicago. He could stay in  Cleveland. A plausible scenario would be for James to re-sign for three years in Cleveland and then join the Nets when they’re in Brooklyn.

But the Nets shouldn’t be discounted now just because they were 12-70 or are playing in Newark for a few years or are about to lose invaluable and largely irreplaceable team president

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 7, 2010 at 12:06:22 AM

Just imagine for a second if the Cavaliers hadn't played last night and LeBron James were home watching the Knicks and Nets on the dish. Why would he be watching that game, you ask? Remember: this is make believe.

James sees the Knicks go up 16 on the Nets in the first quarter. He probably automatically rules New Jersey out this summer. But if he continued watching, James would have changed his mind.

In all likelihood, James has probably ruled out both teams and will return to Cleveland. But if this were the King James Bowl, the winner in a landslide was the Nets. It's not only because they beat the Knicks by 20 points. It’s also because of the fight they displayed, the improvement you’re seeing from some of their players and the unity they are showing despite being 7-55.