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Nets keep racking up records on YES ... national TV

Nets keep racking up records on YES ... national TV

Photo by Jason Miller/ The Nets lost to the Cavaliers Wednesday night in a double overtime thriller in Cleveland. It was, of course, also the debut of the “Big Three” ... and fans flocked to their TV and computer screens to watch. Another record number in fact both in New York and across the nation and the world. YES’ telecast of last evening’s Nets-Cavs game averaged 159,000 total viewers in the New York region, making the network’s most-viewed Nets telecast in six years, when LeBron James (and Kyrie Irving) brought their Cavaliers to Barclays where Jay-Z,...
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Nets food pantry at Bed-Stuy school will include players’ favorite foods

Nets food pantry at Bed-Stuy school will include players’ favorite foods

The Brooklyn Nets and and their official hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have teamed up to launch “The Brooklyn Nets Food Pantry presented by HSS” at a Brooklyn elementary school. The pantry will be located at P.S. 308, Clara Cardwell School, in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood – an area where food insecurity impacts approximately 26 percent of the population according to Food Bank For New York City. The Nets have worked with the Food Bank on four “pop-up” food pantries at Barclays Center since the pandemic began last March. Citywide, as many as...
Jan 20, 2021
Sean Marks talks ‘Big Three’ extensions, Kyrie Irving and James Harden trade

Sean Marks talks ‘Big Three’ extensions, Kyrie Irving and James Harden trade

In his first extended interview since the absence and return of Kyrie Irving and the trade for James Harden, Sean Marks told Evan Roberts and Craig Carton that he’s looking long term at Brooklyn’s possibilities including plans to offer extensions to his “Big Three.” “I think we’re definitely committed to these guys. We’re not doing these trades like this thinking ‘Hey look, it’s a fleeting moment here.’” said Marks, when asked about extending Harden, Irving and Kevin Durant. “We want to put ourselves as the leader in the clubhouse. We want these guys to...
Jan 19, 2021
Kyrie Irving talks about the world and basketball ... and the balance between

Kyrie Irving talks about the world and basketball ... and the balance between

Photo by Sarah Stier/ For the first time since he stepped away from the Nets on January 5 — seven games ago, Kyrie Irving spoke to the media Tuesday, one day before he’s expected to return to the court vs. the Cavs. Although he avoided talking specifics, the Nets guard said his absence was due to “family and personal issues” and apologized to fans, noting he started as one of them. In addition to his apology, and his general comments about the need for a “pause,” Irving spoke as well about how he understands the need for “mentors” and mental health as...
Jan 19, 2021
How much are the Nets worth ... and did James Harden trade enhance it?!?

How much are the Nets worth ... and did James Harden trade enhance it?!?

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Sportico, the sports business site, is the latest website to try to value the NBA’s 30 teams and in its analysis, out Monday, put the Nets valuation at $3.4 billion — about what Joe Tsai paid for it in September 2019 — making Brooklyn the league’s fourth most valuable. Only the Knicks, Warriors and Lakers ranked higher with New York’s valuation of $5.4 billion topping the NBA despite, as Sportico wrote, “posting a losing record over 16 of the last 19 seasons,” The Nets’ value, which includes both the team and arena...
Jan 18, 2021
Kyrie Irving brought George Floyd’s family a home, says Stephen Jackson

Kyrie Irving brought George Floyd’s family a home, says Stephen Jackson

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Kyrie Irving is never going to be non-controversial. This month’s events have proven that. It is as much a given as his talent. You can deal with it ... or not. BUT he is also someone who will walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Over the past year, one filled with a deadly pandemic, calls for social justice and an assault on the nation’s Capitol by insurrectionists, Irving has repeatedly come to the aid of real people, hungry people, sick people, acted as a leader in philanthropy through his family foundation. The latest: ...
Jan 18, 2021
Nets ‘Big Three’ highest paid trio in NBA history at $115 million this season

Nets ‘Big Three’ highest paid trio in NBA history at $115 million this season

It’s no surprise, but the Nets “Big Three” of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving is the highest paid trio in NBA history, as Hoopshype reports Monday. [S]o far they have already made history in a way by becoming the highest-paid trio ever in the NBA with combined salaries of $114.8 million this year. That puts Harden-Durant-Irving almost $7 million ahead of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, which was the No. 1 all-time before the Harden four-way blockbuster trade. For the record, Brooklyn is slated to pay its Big Three $120.3 million next season...
Jan 17, 2021
Will ‘Big Three’ debut Monday? It’s ‘questionable’

Will ‘Big Three’ debut Monday? It’s ‘questionable’

The Nets play the Bucks in a nationally televised game Monday, part of the NBA’s Martin Luther King Day program. Sounds like an ideal time to debut the team’s new “Big Three,” Kevin Durant, James Harden ... and Kyrie Irving. Irving, who hasn’t played since January 5 due to “personal” reasons, is healthy but because he needs to complete the NBA’s health and safety protocols, he remains “questionable.” And so, Irving is no longer listed as being out for “personal” reasons, but instead “health and safety protocols.” On Thursday, the...
Jan 17, 2021
BEHIND THE SCENES: How the James Harden deal came together, what it took

BEHIND THE SCENES: How the James Harden deal came together, what it took

Photo by Sarah Stier/ James Harden is a Net and according to reports out of Brooklyn, Houston —and Philadelphia, the Nets willingness to give up so many draft picks and the the Rockets’ desire for Victor Oladipo won the day for Brooklyn. Moreover, reporting by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reveals that the 76ers thought they were getting Harden, but the Rockets were so happy with the Nets offer that they never even asked Philly to counter. Both Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle, reported to be the key pieces in a 76ers offer, “were even informed by...
Jan 16, 2021
Filling out the roster: Looking at short-term solutions

Filling out the roster: Looking at short-term solutions

Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via In an interview Thursday with Michael Grady, Sean Marks promised to fill out his roster which is now at 14 players, of whom only 11 are likely to be active Saturday vs. Orlando. “We’re going to have 17 guys by the end of this,” he told Grady, but didn’t provide any timetable. In an interview just after the James Harden trade suggested he would be patient. “Without a doubt the roster is not done, it’s not yet finalized,” he said on Thursday. “We should be doing our due diligence. We have open roster spots so I have...
Jan 16, 2021
James Harden and the hunt for eyeballs

James Harden and the hunt for eyeballs

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Even before the Nets landed James Harden in Wednesday’s blockbuster four-team deal, Brooklyn’s ratings on YES Network were up 18 percent over the first 11 games last year, topping 72,000 viewers. That number is also nearly double what the Nets averaged for the whole season just two years ago, per industry sources. And so far, this season, in three national TV games this season, Nets have delivered 8.2 million viewers. Nets-Warriors on Opening Night delivered 2.7 million viewers to TNT; Nets-Celtics on Christmas Day delivered...
Jan 15, 2021
Kyrie Irving gets fined, loses salary for birthday party, may return Saturday

Kyrie Irving gets fined, loses salary for birthday party, may return Saturday

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports It turned out to be one expensive birthday party. Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 and will lose two games worth of salary for missed games this week following an NBA review of a birthday party he threw for his sister and father last weekend in West Orange, NJ. Video of the party showed up online Tuesday, prompting the review by both the NBA and team. Reports also indicate that Irving may return to “activities” on Saturday, which is when the Nets next play, vs. the Magic in Brooklyn. Assuming James Harden will also be available,...
Jan 15, 2021
Deadlines and Commitments - Post-Trade dates to remember

Deadlines and Commitments - Post-Trade dates to remember

The big trade is a done deal. James Harden is a Net. Now comes the test: did Sean Marks do the right thing. Also, some dates to watch as Nets seek to fill the three roster spots created by the Harden trade. —January 15 - James Harden press call via Zoom at 1 p.m. No word on whether it will be streamed. —January 15 - First day two-way players can be traded. This applies to Chris Chiozza (and Reggie Perry.). —January 16 - Likely debut of James Harden in a Nets uniform vs. Orlando Magic. Kyrie Irving’s return dependent on NBA review of whether he violated health and...
Jan 14, 2021
Trade Grades start to roll in, and they are decidedly mixed

Trade Grades start to roll in, and they are decidedly mixed

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Any trade nowadays gets graded, from swaps of second rounders on up. And of course, the Nets acquisition of James Harden, part of a four-team deal, is going to get a lot of attention. So here are the grades ... so far. They range from A to D. ESPN - Kevin Pelton (D) It’s impossible not to look at this trade in the context of Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Nets for personal reasons for the past week. Harden’s fit in Brooklyn seemed questionable when the Nets already had both Irving and a healthy Kevin Durant as shot-creators....
Jan 14, 2021
Who’s going where? A look at the four-team trade that gave the Nets a ‘Big Three’

Who’s going where? A look at the four-team trade that gave the Nets a ‘Big Three’

Here’s the basic layout of the four-team deal that got the Nets James Harden —- and gave them a Big Three that’s unparalleled in the NBA. The deal was finalized Thursday morning. NETS GET: —James Harden, 6’5” point guard from Houston —2024 second round pick from Cleveland ROCKETS GET: —Rodions Kurucs, 6’10” power forward from Brooklyn —Victor Oladipo, 6’4” point guard from Indiana —Dante Exum, 6’6” shooting guard from Cleveland —First round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026 from Brooklyn, First round pick in 2022 from Milwaukee via...

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