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Where’s Brooklyn at now?

The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:

 

 

 

1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.

 

 

Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.

Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.

Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.

 

 


 

 

2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.

Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.

Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to expectations, the Nets’ balance may make it difficult for Pierce or Garnett to register the numbers necessary to make them surefire All-Stars.

Windhorst: Fact. Pierce had a pretty good season last year but had to compete with the likes of James, Anthony, Deng and George as a wing player and didn’t make it. Garnett is still one of the most valuable big men in the game. There is some question about the minutes they’ll probably get with such a deep team and that may affect their numbers and perhaps their candidacy.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Because of age, new roles and the minutes limit they should be on, Garnett and Pierce likely won’t be All-Star caliber players this season. Nor do they have to be during the regular season. They still may be voted All-Stars, but the goal is to have Garnett and Pierce fresh and playing like All-Stars in the postseason.

 

 


 

 

3. Fact or Fiction: Deron Williams will reassert himself as a top-five PG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With both Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo coming off ACL rehab, this is probably easier than it sounds. But Williams should absolutely benefit from the additional talent around him. After averaging 18.9 points and 7.7 assists in a bit of a “down” year last season, it’s scary to think of the numbers Williams is capable of posting now. And team success has a way of making every floor general look even better.

Gordon: Fact. He’s got tough competition, but he was already playing like a top-five point after the All-Star break. The tricky thing is that all the best points play so differently that it’s hard to rank them along a firm scale — how do you value Stephen Curry against Rajon Rondo, for example? — but Deron should be in the conversation.

Wallace: Fact. I’m willing to write off the past two seasons based on the injuries, turmoil and drastic roster turnover. But D-Will is all out of excuses at this point. He’s either going to solidify his stature as an elite player or he’ll hitch himself to Joe Johnson as the biggest bust of a starting backcourt max money could buy. He’ll get his mojo back.

Windhorst: Fact. If you look at the numbers after the All-Star break last season you could make the argument he was already there. Williams seemed to be soured a bit by that season and a half he was mired on bad teams in Newark and didn’t come in the best shape or with the best mindset to Brooklyn. He seemed like a different player in March and April and you would assume he carries that over to November.

Youngmisuk: Fact. Williams will be even more rejuvenated with the talent surrounding him. He will be eager to show that this is his team and veterans such as Garnett and Pierce will make him better. Also, Kidd — his friend, mentor and coach –- will push the right buttons and get the best out of Williams.

 

 

 


 

 

4. Fact or Fiction: Coaching will be the Nets’ biggest weakness in 2013-14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Coaching is one of the team’s biggest wild cards at the moment given the untested nature of first-year coach Jason Kidd. That said, having a proven top assistant such as Lawrence Frank will ease Kidd’s transition and prevent coaching from hurting this team. Coaching will get blamed as the Nets’ biggest weakness if they struggle, but chances are the Nets will have more glaring issues elsewhere.

Gordon: Fact. Only by default, though. It’s hard to look at the lineup and see a strongly identifiable weakness, and we know that Kidd is still learning the ropes — some of the plays during his first Summer League games were drawn up by Frank, who’s surely going to justify his fat contract. It hopefully will be less so as the year wears on.

 

 

Wallace: Fiction. Kidd has a solid mentor beside him on the bench in Frank. Kidd was always a coach on the floor during his remarkable career at point guard. Managing clutch situations, egos and minutes will be a challenge as coach. But he’s got a team of veterans who appear to have his back. But it’s still early. Adversity hasn’t struck yet. Age will be their biggest strength — and potential weakness.

Windhorst: Fiction. While I think it is a risk to trust a team with such championship aspirations to a rookie coach, health will be a huge factor. This is an older team and their youngest star, Brook Lopez, is coming off foot surgery. Last season, injuries to Lopez and Joe Johnson really gave the Nets problems. If they’re healthy, they’ll be contenders.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Kidd may be a rookie and there certainly will be a learning curve. Kidd, though, will lean on his staff, especially Frank. The Nets have potentially bigger pitfalls such as health, age and chemistry.

 

 

 


 

 

5. Fact or Fiction: The Nets will win a championship by 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Money can build you a competitive team and a fantasy roster, but championship teams have a little something extra and we won’t know if Brooklyn has that until we see this group on the floor. The Nets will give themselves a short window to compete for a crown, but winning one in the next two seasons is no slam dunk, particularly if the group in Miami keeps its band together.

 

 

Gordon: You’re not getting me to answer this one with a straight face. If everything breaks right for them — Garnett and Pierce’s health, Kidd’s feel for the job, etc. — the Nets should surely be in the running. But all of that means they carry more risk than any other contender, too. (Hey, the boom-or-bust thing is kind of fun, right?)

Wallace: Fiction. It’s hard to say for sure that any team will certainly win a title by 2015. But the Nets have their work cut out with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls collectively in the midst of their prime. Considering Garnett and Pierce have a relatively short window of opportunity, the Nets have this season and next to get it done. I’ll believe how reliable they are when I see it. But I wouldn’t be absolutely stunned if they broke through.

Windhorst: Fiction. I can’t possibly predict what the landscape will be in the 2014-15 season, so basically I’m answering this on this season. If all teams stay healthy, I believe the Heat and Pacers are still better than the Nets. The Bulls are right there as well. I am not picking them to win the East at this point, so I can’t say they’ll win the title.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. They will contend but they might be the third-best team in the East. If they don’t win it all, the task only gets more difficult. The Nets’ cap-strapped roster will only get older while the 2014 superstar free-agent crop may alter the balance of power in the league, with the top players constantly looking to join forces to create the next star-studded team.

Three New Arrivals Enliven ABL

Jakarta – Competition ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season will be more stringent than the previous two seasons, as there are three new teams competing.

Three new teams are San Miguel Beermen (Philippines), Bangkok Basketball Holdings (Thailand), and Saigon Sports Academy Basketball (Vietnam).

They will join the AirAsia Philippine Patriots, Westports KL Dragons, Chang Thailand Slammers, Singapore Slingers and the Indonesia Warriors (last season named Satria Muda BritAma).

ABL’s third season of competition is unlikely to be followed by the Brunei Barracudas. Brunei has decided not to take part in this season.

“The entry of a strong team like San Miguel from the Philippines and the new team of Vietnam and Thailand show that the ABL has been turned into a gladiator ring basketball at the regional level are accompanied with great ambition to be the best in ASEAN,” said ABL CEO Kuhan Foo a news conference in Hotel Mulia Senayan, Monday (09/26/2011).

Meanwhile, SEABA President Erick Thohir ABL participants expect the increase will be accompanied by increased quality competition.

“We did not want to add to the team but the quality of the competition is declining. Moreover, joining a team that is big teams,” said Erick.

“The purpose of the ABL one of which is to improve the quality of local players in order to compete at a higher level. Therefore, we want to make sure that the additions do not make quality competition team down,” he added.

ABL competition was about to begin its third season on January 14, 2012. This is to give an opportunity to the players to defend their country in the event the SEA Games in 2011.

Increasing the number of participants also made ​​the competition so much longer duration. If last season’s competition completed in four months, on the third season of competition will later lasted six months.

Conquered Slammers, Third Defeat Warriors Swallow

Jakarta – Indonesia Warriors third defeat in four games earlier in the ASEAN Basketball League. Compete in BRITAMA Arena to face Chang Thailand Slammers, they were defeated 70-82.

In the match that took place on Wednesday (01/02/2012) night, the Warriors had left behind 18-23 in the first quarter. Slammers also managed to maintain an edge over the hosts in the second quarter.

When the match five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Warriors still 27-31 behind. Jerick Uy Canada then managed to make an equalizer for a 37-37 Warriors, but Warriors fall behind 37-40 at the end of the second quarter.

Led by Chester Tolomia, who chalked 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the game, Slammers continue to maintain their lead. At the end of the third quarter, they made the Warriors behind 53-63.

Warriors two foreign players, Larry Smith and Steven Demon Jonathan Thomas, contributed a total of 34 points in this game. Thomas also had 11 rebounds, but still could not save the Warriors from defeat.

Warriors finally defeat by a margin of 12 points at the end of the game.

It was the third defeat of the season the Warriors were ingested. Previously, they were putty in the hands of Westports Malaysia Dragons and the AirAsia Philippine Patriots.

Warriors are now in seventh position standings of the eight teams that competed in the ABL. “We have to stick together as a team,” said Thomas sesusai game.

Kobe Bryant Practicing With AC Milan squad

Kobe Bryant, berlatih sejenak dengan skuat Milan selain menjalani perawatan cedera tendon Achilles

Barcelona apparently not the only European club football are popular Kobe Bryant.

U.S. basketball star who played for the LA Lakers for this is known as a supporter Blauragana. But, aside from the Catalan giants, Kobe was also supports elite team of the Italian Serie A, AC Milan.

On Saturday (20/7) is, Kobe was caught visiting Rossoneri at Milanello training base for treatment of Achilles tendon injuries recently smother.

However, in addition to these reasons, the 34-year-old basketball player also take advantage of the visit to the practice squad for a moment with the Rossoneri. Milan tifosi itself then appreciate the arrival of their fame to give this one back number 24 jersey, corresponding Kobe in Lakers uniform.

King James Greeted Like a King in the Philippines

Not only the most popular sport, basketball is also inherent in the life of the Filipino people. So the arrival of a celebrity NBA like LeBron James makes public the country welcomed like a king.

Enthusiasm Philippine basketball lovers welcome James has been seen since before the Miami Heat’s star to. Distribution of 4,000 free tickets by Nike, which sponsors a series of events and the arrival of James in the Philippines, attended by basketball lovers there to stay for days around the Nike Park, which is located at the Fort, Manila.

When LeBron first set foot in the Philippines, on Monday (22/07/2013) early morning local time, local media reported hundreds of fans welcomed the arrival of 207 cm tall basketball player was at Ninoy Aquino Airport, Manila. LeBron was cheered, applauded, his welcome like there was a king who came.

When detikSport set foot at the same airport on Monday (22/7) evening invitation to meet face to face with the Nike LeBron, Filipinos welcome the enthusiasm of ‘The Choosen 1’ immediate. Miami Heat small forward arrival was a warm conversation the airport authorities.

With the theme WIITNESS HISTORY, Tuesday (23/07/2013), Nike held a series of events to bring together lovers of Philippine basketball with the owner’s full name LeBron Raymone James was. WITNESS HISTORY theme chosen to mark the historic occasion the arrival of LeBron’s first time to South East Asia. I double letters in the word WITNESS refers to the Roman numeral two as a symbol of two NBA titles in a row was achieved with Miami Heat LeBron.

There are three WITNESS HISTORY event held by Nike in Manila, the meeting with the media, meet fans at Nike Park located in the Fort, and coaching clinic at the Mall of Asia Arena. In addition to meeting with the media, two other events packed with thousands of Philippine basketball lovers.

In a meeting with the media, LeBron was impressed with the public welcome the Philippines. “I do not know what else could be expected, it was incredible,” says LeBron, applauded by the media crew.

NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

As the NBA‘s free-agency period starts to wind down with many of the big names accounted for, there are still some interesting options out on the market, whether it be a couple of sharpshooters or a two-time NBA champion.

Teams are still hoping for some legitimate talent to sign with them as they finalize their 2013-14 rosters, whether it be veteran help or an undrafted rookie who took the summer league by storm.

Here’s a look at the latest chatter throughout the Association, complete with analysis.

Spurs’ Gary Neal to Become Unrestricted Free Agent?

After signing former Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli to a two-year deal in June, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly set to withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal and let the 28-year-old walk, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The interest in Neal should stretch throughout the NBA, from contenders to rebuilding teams. The three-year pro has shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free-throw line in his career.

Adding to Neal’s intrigue is the fact that he played better defensively in 2012-13. After opposing point guards registered a PER of 21.3 against him in 2011-12, according to82games.com, they registered a PER of 15.5 against him last season.

That’s not great, but it is a noticeable improvement.

If anything, Neal can space the floor, which is always valuable.

Clippers to Re-Sign Lamar Odom?

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Clippers are still interested in signing free-agent forward Lamar Odom.

Earlier in the month, Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times reported that Odom was deciding between the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, who both offered him $1.4 million.

Odom averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the floor in 20 minutes per game last season. He ranked well below the league average in PER among forwards who averaged at least 15 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.

While that’s not exactly eye-opening, there aren’t many other options on the market to back up Blake Griffin at this point.

Rookie guard Ian Clark went undrafted this year, despite averaging 18.2 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc in his senior season at Belmont.

Now, after he posted 33 points against the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game, he’s reportedly drawing heavy interest throughout the NBA, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.

According to Zillgitt, the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are interested in the 6’3″ combo guard.

In seven games with the Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark averaged 12.4 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Suns, he posted 33 points while going 12-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range.

Before that, he averaged 16.4 points (ranked sixth) while shooting 48 percent from the field in five games with the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

One thing’s for sure: Ian Clark knows how to drop buckets. He also knows how to defend, averaging 2.2 steals in Orlando and 1.1 steals in Vegas while playing strong man-to-man defense.

So, why wasn’t he drafted?

Well, there is the matter of his size. At 6’3″, there are concerns about plopping him into the shooting guard role. He may have trouble finishing against the more physical players in the league.

But, given the way he shot the ball and defended this summer, it’s hard to imagine an NBA team not picking him up now.

Who said summer league didn’t mean anything?

Li-Ning Basketball Sponsor Indonesia

Li-Ning’s enthusiasm in supporting sport in Indonesia apparently not kidding. This time, the China-based company also appreciates to sponsor two basketball teams Indonesia, Satria Muda Britama and Indonesia Warriors.
Both Indonesia’s basketball team got a contract with a duration of 3 years. Previously, Li-Ning enthusiasm seen as sponsoring Indonesian badminton. Not only that, the sport product manufacturers are also sponsors athletes from many different sports such as, Petennis Maric Cilic, pole vaulter Elena Isinbayeva and sprinter Asafa Powell.
According to the Director of the Li-Ning, Mahender Kapoor, signing a new contract with the Indonesian Basketball aims that it is not only sponsoring the sport of badminton, but with also with the other.
“70 per cent for Asia is badminton. Our priority is not just to support badminton, but also other sports. We also sponsor the NBA’s top players, “said Director of Li-Ning, Mahender Kapoor in Jakarta, Tuesday (9/7).
While Andi Kurniawan, as the representative of Indonesia Sport Venture, revealing, in collaboration with Li-Ning, all team apparel will use the product in accordance with the contract clause.
Andi added, that the consideration to working with Li-Ning as a company from the bamboo curtain is a brand that is quite advanced. “For a nominal contract we can not mention, which is obviously the duration of the contract runs for three years,” he replied in the same place. [Cr / bnt]

Two New Teams Join NBL Indonesia

Surabaya – Starting the season 2011/2012, participants Indonesian NBL competition increases, following the merger of the two new teams. They are Pacific Caesar Suarabaya and NSH GMC Riau.

“We are on the DBL Indonesia as the organizer and all members of the Board of Commissioners congratulated NBL Indonesia joined the Pacific Caesar and NSH GMC. Hopefully they can further enliven the competition in the most prestigious basketball league in Indonesia, “said Azrul Ananda, Indonesian NBL commissioner in a press release received detikSport, Tuesday (08/09/2011).

The decision to accept a new team, obviously Azrul, has long been discussed in the meeting of the Board of Commissioners NBL Indonesia, which consists of the leadership of all the participants and organizers of the club. As soon as the 2010-2011 inaugural season ended, the plan was directly addressed.

Once an opportunity is opened, Azrul revealed that there are some clubs that expressed interest in joining. Some then submit a formal letter, says ready to join. DBL Indonesia parties then discussed with the Board of Commissioners about the acceptance criteria before deciding which teams received first.

In the end, it was decided Pacific Caesar Surabaya and NSH GMC Riau Indonesian NBL as a new member. “To the other teams that are interested, we have to convey that there is still a chance to join in the future,” said Azrul.

Decisions regarding new members NBL Indonesia was greeted enthusiastically by both teams. “Since frozen out of Kobatama eleven years ago, we always look forward to come the opportunity to play at the highest basketball league in Indonesia,” said Willy Winoto, Deputy Manager of Pacific Caesar Surabaya. “Could tasting class action-game NBL Indonesia clearly be a matter of pride for us that are not measurable. All can not wait to welcome the passing of the new season next September, “said Willy.

NSH GMC Riau was no less excited. “We were surprised and delighted at the incredible declared officially joined NBL Indonesia. With the inclusion of our team in the best league ground water, may become more vibrant competition, “said Arlan Joseph, Manager NSH GMC Riau.

Pacific Caesar Surabaya ever enliven the competition in Major League Basketball (Kobatama), then joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL). In the 2010-2011 season PBL, Pacific Caesar signed up as the runner up. NSH GMC Riau also once graced the competition Kobatama and PBL.

NBL Indonesia 2011-2012 season will begin with the Preseason Tournament, in Malang, the end of September. New regular season will begin this December, after the end of the SEA Games XXVI.

With the addition of two new clubs, it also increases the number of matches. Last season, each club playing 27 times in the regular season. In this new season, each club played up to 33 times.

‘Knight’ Failed to Conquer ‘Dragon’

Kuala Lumpur – Indonesia Warriors, the Knights, defeat the dragon in the cage they hunt, Westports Malaysia Dragons. Rony Gunawan et al. defeated by a score of 79-82 by a team from the Kuala Lumpur.

compete in the MABA Stadium, Saturday (03/03/2012) evening local time, Larry Smith a contributor Jonathan scoring with 18 points. Meanwhile, Ron and Mario Wuysang scored a total of 29 points.

Tight battle occurred in the first quarter, in which the Dragons led 17-13 with one minute left. Despite continued pursuit, the Warriors had to thank the Dragons ahead 22-20 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, when the game took about five minutes left, Mario scored a three-pointer, making the Warriors cut the gap to 30-27. But, the Dragons managed to get out of the pressure and eventually winning 43-38 in the final quarter.

Tiras Jamaal Wade scored 32 points for the Dragons in this game and be with the most points for the Malaysian representative. Westports still lead late in the third quarter; 67-60.

With the rest of 49 seconds in the final quarter, the Warriors tried to catch up 79-76. However, Westports managed to maintain the advantage until finally win the fight.

For the Warriors, it was a sixth defeat from 10 games in the ASEAN Basketball League. Their position was still stuck in fourth place.

In the meantime, this is a victory for the Dragons sixth. They are now in the top of the standings.

Witnessed More Viewers, NBL Rises

Jakarta – Indonesia’s second season NBL claimed to attract more viewers. The data presented league manager, PT Detection Basketball Cross (DBL) Indonesia, which mentions that the audience grew 50% compared to the NBL previous season.

If the inaugural season in 2010/2011 a total audience reached 103 414 people, the national basketball league season has recorded 151 369 spectators watched. This calculation is done after the event Championship Seris in Yogyakarta over the weekend. DBL party also thinks this achievement as something extraordinary.

“In just two years, NBL Indonesia is able to get a place in the hearts of basketball fans. They kept coming, and invite other enthusiasts, to watch the match live in the stadium, “said Azrul Ananda, director of DBL Indonesia and PT Indonesian NBL commissioner, in a release received detikSport.

“The number of spectators is arguably extraordinary. League long, Indonesian Basketball League or IBL, only able to reach 250 viewers per day,” he continued.

Azrul later revealed that the growth was helped by the audience ditambahnya one more series, which is in Palembang. Noted, there are 12,000 people who watched the series straight there.

“The new city this season, Palembang, capable of making an audience of more than 12 thousand people. Looks are not crowded, because the stadium is so big. But the total number of viewers still good, “said Azrul.

Meanwhile, Surabaya penghelat noted for the series with the highest number of viewers. Noted, there suck 25000 series viewers. ari first series of Surabaya, the game presents CLS Knights Surabaya Good Day versus Satria Muda Britama Jakarta, more than 6,200 spectators witnessed the DBL Arena in Surabaya.

“It’s hard to break that record again in the next season. But with the rapid growth of the audience, anything can be achieved. We will continue to deliver the best spectacle for fans of Indonesian basketball. Schedule and venue Flexi NBL Indonesia 2012-2013 we will immediately announce, “he said.