Results for tag: Shaquille O'Neal
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:53:27 PM

The Celtics were missing Rajon Rondo and lost Shaquille O’Neal in the first half. They could have been without Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett ande Ray Allen and Boston probably still would have beaten the Nets.

Playing uninspired and careless, the Nets were throttled by Boston in a game that brought back memories of last season. The final score was 100-75 this afternoon, but the game wasn’t nearly that close.

Avery Johnson has some work to do.

You’re going to have bad games like this, especially against a far superior foe. But the Nets just looked like they were beaten very early on, like they were feeling the effects of going triple-OT on the second game of a back-to-back Wednesday and then overtime on Friday before losing.

Regardless, there is no excuse for it. The Nets

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:30:20 PM

The Nets have played this type of game plenty of times through the first 15 contests this season. They battle, put a bit of a scare into a good team, but in the end don’t have enough to pull out the victory.

This would have been a sweet victory for the Nets on Thanksgiving Eve if they could have closed out Boston. But the Celtics weren’t going to let it happen even on a night when their Big Three wasn’t at their sharpest and the fourth member of the talented quartet was in a suit.

Too much Shaquille O’Neal and not enough good possessions down the stretch led to an 89-83 loss that felt eerily similar to the defeat to Orlando two weeks back and in Denver last week.

The Nets played hard enough to win, if only they made a couple more plays, got a couple more rebounds

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:42:57 PM

Lawrence Frank still is helping the Nets.

Replacing Doc Rivers on the Celtics’ bench last night because of a throat procedure, Frank guided Boston to a 107-92 victory over his old team in the Nets’ preseason finale. It matched Frank’s win total with the Nets last preseason and through the first 16 games before his dismissal.

Frank played Boston’s main guys relatively regular minutes and they put on a clinic against the Nets that undoubtedly will be shown to them during a film session with coach Avery Johnson. You know: things to do (Boston) and things not to do (Nets).

We’re not suggesting Frank, the Nets' all-time NBA leader in coaching victories, did it for New Jersey. It probably was Doc’s orders, but the Nets should be appreciative.

The third

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Oct 8, 2010 at 03:04:53 PM

Newark is supposed to be Shaquille O’Neal’s turf, but a gigantic billboard covering a building on Route 21 seems to indicate it’s Brook Lopez’s city now.

Further proof was early in Thursday’s game in the Prudential Center as Lopez took it to O’Neal and drew three quick fouls on Shaq in his backyard.

Clearly, O’Neal is not the player he was and Lopez is the Nets’ star on the rise. He probably won’t ever reach Shaq’s status, but everyone knows he is for the Nets what O’Neal was for the Magic, Lakers and Heat – The Man

“Brook Lopez is going to be great if he continues to work,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now Brook is the picture of the Nets. He is ‘The Guy.’ He’s tough

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 3, 2010 at 04:22:23 PM

When LeBron James rattled off the good, young players the Nets have he mentioned every starter but one -- Yi Jianlian. It wasn’t surprising.

James hasn’t seen the best of Yi. The previous four games, his first four since returning from a seven-week absence, Yi averaged 22.5 points and opened up some eyes with his aggressiveness. But he went back to being jump-shot happy against the Cavaliers on Saturday and shot 2-for-13.

So when James omitted Yi he probably was going on the games he played against Yi or his reputation, which is of someone who is inconsistent or lacks aggressiveness or can be taken out of games mentally.

Yi deserves a little more time, especially under this coaching regime, which will allow him to play through his mistakes, before he is judged. Kiki Vandeweghe

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,