10:00 AM EDT, Sun September 25, 2016
Net Income / NetsDaily 9 hours ago

NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 24

The off-season is over, or will be Monday morning when the Nets players, dressed in their uniforms, walk out on to the floor at HSS Training Center to answer the media’s questions. Media Day is the beginning of training camp, that is, pre-season. So this is the last Off-Season Report for this year, the ninth year we’ve done it. We will be doing season preview roundtables with our writers and editors soon enough but from a personal viewpoint, the off-season probably warrants a B- or C+. There’s no disputing that they lost out on two of their big three free agent targets when...
CelticsBlog 16 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 9/24/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Heat forward Chris Bosh fails physical, future in doubt Westbrook on police shootings: "Something has to change" Around NBA, teams already discussing need for social change Globe  Kevin Garnett will retire after 21 NBA seasonsRemembering Kevin Garnett’s days in BostonGary Washburn: Keith Closs shares his failures so others can avoid themSB Nation  Kevin Garnett was one of a kind. These bizarre stories prove it CelticsBlog  Kevin Garnett announces retirement, leaves legacy with Celtics and Timberwolves ESPN Kevin...
Net Income / NetsDaily 16 hours ago

Sean Marks on defining the Nets new culture

It’s a rare interview of an NBA GM that doesn’t touch the team’s roster at all, but that indeed is what happened when John Schuhmann of NBA.com sat down with Sean Marks to talk Nets. Instead, Marks and Schuhmann spoke at length about how Marks is creating a culture —it’s not an exaggeration to say he’s carrying out an experiment— as he directs the Brooklyn rebuild. As Schuhmann writes... Marks wants an open office, both literally and figuratively. Diversity -- in regard to who the people are, where they've worked, and what they think -- is important. Thinking outside the box...

Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Henangomez make soccer legends look like munchkins

Andrea Pirlo and David represented NYCFC (and the Lollipop Guild) There are those in this world who believe that soccer is a superior game to basketball. They are entitled to their opinions, of course, but they are wrong. That being sad, I do not believe Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Henangomez traveled to Yankee Stadium, home of New York City Football Club, with the intention of making soccer players feel tiny and insignificant — it just kind of worked out that way. Here we see Kristaps on the pitch before the game, demonstrating to the world that soccer is...
Net Income / NetsDaily Sep 24, 2016

Greivis Vasquez and the grace of God

Greivis Vasquez is back in Brooklyn trying to get ready for the season opener four weeks away. He’s just returned from his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela, the South American nation now in the deepest economic crisis in its history. Young people roam the city, unemployed, impoverished, out of school. It’s not just about “giving back,” he says. It’s about understanding that there but for the grace of God, he too could have fallen into the trap that has caught so many young Venezolanos. As he told Jared Zwerling of the players union... “I could’ve been a thief, I could’ve...
CelticsBlog Sep 24, 2016

Celtics blast Rockets trivia quiz

How well do you know Boston’s playoff domination of Houston? If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings; extra points only apply as possible if the correct answer to the original question is given first. Layup-How many times did the Celtics beat the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals during the 1980s?*how many games did every series go A) Two B) Four Dunk-What Rocket big man was thrown out of game 5 of the 1986 Finals after slugging 6-1 Celtic guard Jerry Sichting? A) Hakeem Olajuwon B)...
Net Income / NetsDaily Sep 24, 2016

Power Rankings: Nets start at the bottom

Can’t they even wait till Monday? Mondays are when weekly power rankings come out. But ESPN jumped the gun and released their pre-season rank on Friday. There were no surprises for Nets fans. ESPN’s Marc Stein places Brooklyn dead last in his training camp rankings, with a couple of nods to the new Nets: 1) Sean Marks is “affable” as well as “measured” and 2) Jeremy Lin is “underrated.” Here ya go... All of the wise, measured moves we've seen from Sean Marks since the affable Kiwi assumed control of Brooklyn's front office can't change the reality that the Nets, until...

Video highlights from the Phil Jackson, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek press conference

They’ve got big dreams. The Big 3 of the New York Knicks front office — Phil Jackson, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek — held court Friday afternoon. We’ve already discussed Phil’s controversial non-comments on the Derrick Rose trial, if you’re interested. Here we are going to look at the on-court stuff. Hornacek admits that he doesn’t exactly have the most run-n-gunningest roster, but there are “some guys that can run the court.” Hornacek on the #Knicks offense. "We do have guys that can run the court, and we want to use our defense to trigger early offense."...
CelticsBlog Sep 23, 2016

Kevin Garnett announces retirement, leaves legacy with Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves

After 24 hours of reports that the end was near, Kevin Garnett announced his retirement in an Instagram video Friday after 21 years as an NBA legend. Garnett Farewell. Those were the first words to appear in Kevin Garnett's Instagram video announcing his retirement from the NBA after 21 seasons. KG tied Robert Parish for the most seasons in NBA history, leaving behind a body of work and legacy that defined a generation. To be continued... A video posted by Kevin Garnett (@tic_pix) on Sep 23, 2016 at 2:42pm PDT Many players are special breeds. KG was a unique species. He took...
NetsDaily Sep 23, 2016

Kevin Garnett retires after 21 seasons

Future first-ballot Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett has officially retired from the NBA after 21 seasons in the league. Garnett, 40, entered the league in 1995 at the age of 19, playing 14 seasons with the Timberwolves, 6 seasons with the Celtics and 2 with the Brooklyn Nets. Garnett was part of the blockbuster trade that also brought future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. They were part of a roadmap to an NBA title, though that didn’t ultimately pan out. Garnett played almost two full seasons with the Nets, starting in 2013-14, and then ultimately being traded back to the...
Raptors HQ Sep 23, 2016

Raptors Announce Assistant Coaching Staff For 2016-17 Season

In a press release, the Raptors officially announced on Friday they’ve hired Patrick Mutombo and Jim Sann as assistant coaches who will join Rex Kalamian and Nick Nurse on the Dwane Casey’s coaching staff for the start of the 2016-17 season. In addition, Jama Mahlalela has been promoted and will move to the front of the bench. In a statement, Casey said: “I am pleased to add Patrick and Jim to our coaching staff,” Both possess a tremendous work ethic and a wealth of basketball experience that with help our players improve. Jama has done a great job for us in the area of player...

Phil Jackson needed to explain trading for Derrick Rose, but he didn't

Phil behaved poorly in Friday’s press conference. We knew Phil Jackson was going to comment on the Derrick Rose rape trial during Friday afternoon’s press conference, and he tried to get it out of the way in his opening comments. "We anticipate that it will not affect his season hopefully, training camp or games. We'll let due process happen.“ It was fairly weak sauce, especially given how long he had to prepare. Then Phil went full-on callous when the conference was opened up to questions. He stonewalled ESPN’s Ian Begley when he ask how much Phil had investigated the Derrick Rose...
CelticsBlog Sep 23, 2016

Boston Celtics Daily Links 9/23/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Heat forward Chris Bosh fails physical, future in doubt Globe  Brad Stevens joins Bill Simmons' podcast, explains what he has in common with Bill BelichickCelticsBlog  Great Celtic swipes quiz Part 2/2: How and why the NBA does not respect its past nearly enough Brad Stevens and Wyc Grousbeck speak on Celtics' wild offseason and high expectationsCelticsGreen  Random Thoughts with Media Day 3 Days AwayESPN  NBA Power Rankings - Training Camp editionTrueHoop Presents: DNP-rest research, the science behind scheduling to sit...
Liberty Ballers Sep 23, 2016

Sights and sounds from the Sixers new practice facility opening in Camden

The new mecca of basketball is finally complete. Months back, Jake Pavorsky and I had the chance to see the Sixers new practice facility while it was still under construction. The franchise promised the building would be a perfect union of form and function, providing the team with the best home base in basketball. Today, we got to see what the complete vision looks like. As we get our first look inside new training complex gym, Brett Brown with Dario Saric, Brandon Paul. Sergio Rodriguez on far court. pic.twitter.com/XxbIP6PTlV— Brian Seltzer (@brianseltzer) September 23, 2016 As...
NetsDaily Sep 23, 2016

Brooklyn Nets announce Open Practice for October 1st

The Brooklyn Nets have announced that they will be holding an Open Practice on October 1st, at 11:00AM. It will be held at the Steinberg Wellness Center on the LIU campus in Brooklyn. #Nets Open Practice is at Steinberg Wellness Center on LIU Brooklyn campus, 11 am, Saturday Oct. 1. https://t.co/jr8d67ZBtl— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) September 23, 2016 In the past, fans have been able to watch the team practice, witness a few “informal” contests, be it a 3-point competition or a slam dunk competition, and have an informal Q&A with players. You can purchase tickets through...

Phil Jackson, Steve Mills, and Jeff Hornacek are holding a press conference today

Basketball may be discussed. Here we go, folks. The 2016-17 New York Knicks season is almost officially underway, with the somewhat traditional pre-Media Day press conference involving president Phil Jackson, GM Steve Mills and new head coach Jeff Hornacek: For #Knicks fans Phil Jackson, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek will address the media on Friday at 2 on MSG Network. Training camp next week.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 20, 2016 Because these are the Knicks, and no occasion can be 100% joyous, the big questions will almost certainly involve Derrick Rose’s upcoming rape...
Liberty Ballers Sep 23, 2016

Sixers Season Preview: Hollis Thompson is The Process

Hollis Thompson embodies The Process, but is he worth keeping around? Hollis Thompson: the player that leaves you wondering what he’s doing or what his place is here, but somehow shoots at least 38 percent from three every season as a 76er. Using Basketball-Reference's database, Thompson is one of nine players who has attempted at least 846 three-pointers (his total) through his first three NBA seasons while shooting at least 39 percent from deep (Thompson currently sits at 39.1 percent). Thompson obviously won’t ever be a star like Klay Thompson is, or even a go-to sharpshooter like...
CelticsBlog Sep 23, 2016

Great Celtic swipes quiz

Remembering past pilfers If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings; extra points only apply as possible if the correct answer to the original question is given first. Layup-Which Piston threw the ill-fated pass stolen by Larry Bird in the final seconds in game 5 of the 1987 eastern finals? A) Bill Laimbeer B) Isiah Thomas Dunk-What Celtic backcourt ace converted Bird's epic 1987 game 5 steal and pass into a winning layup with one second left as Boston beat Detroit, 108-107? A) Dennis...

ESPN Sport Science attempts to quantify all that is Kristaps Porzingis

I thought they told us unicorns don’t exist! I think we all can agree that science ain’t got shit on Kristaps Porzingis. How many times have zoology nerds tried to tell us that there’s no such thing as unicorns? Well guess what, dweebs, you can check out a real, live unicorn 41 times a year at Madison Square Garden! Science remains undaunted, however; they even invited Kristaps to the ESPN Sport Science lab to definitely quantify his ability to kick ass on the basketball court: Kristaps Porzingis visited the ESPN Sports Science lab. Here's a look at the results:...
CelticsBlog Sep 23, 2016

Part 2/2: How and why the NBA does not respect its past nearly enough

Now-ism, a lack of knowledge and other societal factors help dismiss past hoop greats as unworthy compared to other sports Part 2 Even though I never saw many of the past players I am going to defend in live action, I feel compelled to defend them and right the wrong of early basketball greats being forgotten, disrespected and/or ignored by the major media, the NBA itself and in turn by many fans. It seems few if any others care or know enough to do so. Many or even most of today's players also suffer from a disrespect for the past, and/or a lack of knowledge about the accomplishments of...