Pivotal Nets-Heat Game Most Expensive Ticket in March for Brooklyn

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After a lengthy eight-game road trip that took up the majority of February, the Brooklyn Nets thought they would have some comfort returning home to the Barclays Center.

But a horrendous start to their home stand has sent the Nets staggering backward and out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Nets dropped their third straight, falling two and a half games back in the race for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots. More surprisingly, before the three-game skid, the Nets beat the team with the best record in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors, at home on March 2nd. The last game of the five-game stand is Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

According to SeatSmart.com, the highest average Brooklyn Nets ticket price for a game this week is on March 11th when they face the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena with a price of $123.58 and a walk-in price of $9. The Nets are two games behind the Heat in the standings, and the Heat are a half game out of one of the two available playoff spots up for grabs. The least expensive ticket is for March 14th when the Nets visit the Wells Fargo Center to play the Philadelphia 76ers with a price of $84.16 and a walk-in price of $12. If the Nets want any business in the playoffs, they cannot drop a game to the 76ers at this crucial juncture of the season.

SeatSmart.com will provide the best deals for Nets tickets or any other sporting event. Two Nets’ tickets for their home game against the Pelicans tonight in Section 24, Row 1 costs $435 on SeatSmart. VividSeats.com has the same seats for $507. The best deals for Nets tickets will come from SeatSmart.

Brooklyn is 4-5 since the All-Star break but is going to have to make a major push, and soon, to sneak into the playoff picture. This recent home stand has hurt their chances, but there still is time to make up the deficit in front of them.

Going For Broke

Can Prokhorov Buy A Championship?


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

Players win games. Coaches win championships. If you don\’t think so, look at all the NBA title winners down through the years? The same patterns repeat.

A limited number of coaches come away with most if not all of the championships. Of course this is not to say that players do not play a big part, but when it all comes down to it, talent aside, look at the small, exclusive and limited number of coaching names that keep repeating again and again?

It is a select and elite group. This suggests that coaching is the key factor which determines who takes the title … AND who doesn\’t!

Now, will Nets coach Jason Kidd join this elite group? Who knows? It will be interesting to watch.

J-Kidd certainly has the leadership ability and confidence to make it happen, but it\’s tough to do. He\’s got a lot of help with assistants like Lawrence Frank, but still, the Nets have yet to win their first title.

That\’s where Mikhail Prokhorov comes in. The deep-pocketed, passionate Nets owner wants to get it done! He wants to win his first … for Brooklyn … New Jersey … and the Nets long-suffering fan base. He wants to \’get one!\’

In Steinbrenner-esque fashion, Mikhail Prokhorov wants to buy a championship with the best team that money can buy! Has he put his money where his mouth is?*

Well over half a billion and counting has been ventured towards this goal. Will he achieve it? Who knows? It should be fun to watch!

The latest installment in this \’win at any price\’ quest is \’blank-check\’ Billy King\’s importation of the heart and soul of the most recent incarnation of the legendary Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Better known as \”The Truth\” and the \”Big Ticket.\”

Pierce is one \’tough hombre.\’ His clutch shooting and scoring key to a remarkable career. All-Pro Garnett is a skilled \’big\’ who sublimated his game to win a title with Boston.

These guys have won it all. So you have to look up to them. Maybe they can do it again in Brooklyn?

The only things standing in their way are names like LeBron James down in Miami … and Tim Duncan in San Antonio, to mention a few.

Of course, the path to meeting these guys on the way to a title isn\’t necessarily going to be \’a bed of roses\’ either, but it can be. More likely, it is a rocky path, strewn with hazard and pitfall.

Still, Mikhail Prokhorov is \’letting it all hang out!\’ He is \’going for broke\’ with a strategy designed to lure the \’best\’ to Brooklyn and making it the premiere address in the NBA. You can\’t ask for more!

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2013 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website.

New Coach

JASON KIDD

By: NBASCOUT

It\’s official! Jason Kidd will be the new coach of the Brooklyn Nets. When it all came down to it, the Nets\’ braintrust settled on its former franchise leader in perennial all-Pro Point Guard Jason Kidd.

On its surface, this looks to be an attractive hire because of the Nets\’ history, marketing opportunities and presence that Jason Kidd brings to the team. At 40 years of age, he is young enough for a long run.

This is a choice that can work out well for the Nets. Especially if Jason Kidd brings the kind of dedication and spirit he brought to the team when he played. He is a natural born leader.*

A lot depends on who Jason surrounds himself with. Will he have a career like Phil Jackson? Now that is something to shoot for, but don\’t put any money on it just yet.

Unfortunately, it takes more than a stellar playing career and inspired leadership to win a title in the NBA. Just ask Larry Bird. It\’s even tougher to build a dynasty. Jason isn\’t going to get much on the job training as he must \’hit the ground running\’ winning big from the start with a team \’built to win yesterday.\’

Is he up to it? Yeah, he\’s game. Jason Kidd will run through a brick wall to compete and win! Will it be enough? Who knows! One thing is for sure. It will be entertaining.

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2013 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website.

What Makes a Good Coach?

The Coaching Carousel Part II: Who\’s Next?


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

There has been much speculation as to who the Nets next Head Coach will be. Reports are now circulating that former all-Pro Point Guard, Jason Kidd, is next in line. Indiana Assistant and former Phil Jackson acolyte Brian Shaw is currently being interviewed.

Systems lead to dynasties – charismatic leaders don\’t necessarily. If a charismatic leader has a superior system, then charisma may help in some instances. Vince Lombardi was one example where it did. Gregg Popovich would probably be an example where it doesn\’t.

If you look at the NBA, most of the winners were names like Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach and Pat Riley with honorable mention to Gregg Popovich. Red Auerbach and Gregg Popovich were not superstar NBA players. Neither was Pat Riley or Phil Jackson.*

In fact, Phil Jackson was probably the most talented player of the bunch, a second round draft pick, that sat out with spinal surgery during the year that the Knicks won it all in \’69-\’70. He started some and had his moments, but was mostly a reserve for much of his career. Same, pretty much, for Pat Riley who was drafted in the first round and had a more or less undistinguished NBA playing career.

In fact, of all the former players that have ever coached, none has won more than two NBA championships. The all-time Celtics great Bill Russell accomplished it twice as a player-coach. His coaching stint with the Seattle Supersonics and Sacramento Kings after his playing career was over didn\’t \’cut it.\’

So there you have it. Playing success doesn\’t necessarily translate into tremendous coaching success. In fact, the more obscure coaches and players with something to prove have turned out to be the all time greats.

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2013 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website.

DECISIONS … DECISIONS

The Coaching Carousel: Who\’s Next?


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

P.J. Carlesimo, who is an excellent interim coach, is gone. Who will assume the mantle as head coach to lead the Nets to a title, nay, a dynasty?

Former Lakers head coach, Phil Jackson, has the credentials. He has the resume. Unfortunately, barring a miracle, it doesn\’t appear that Team Prokhorov will land him to render such service. It may have to do with age, health and the rigors of coaching in the NBA. If it were anything else, he might be available, but it doesn\’t look like it\’s happening.

That leaves an interesting assortment of options available to the Nets braintrust. Do you go with a name coach with a long resume or do you go with fresh talent … a relative unknown?*

I have pondered this for a while and my conclusion is that the Nets should hire former Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan (D-Will knows his playbook) or go fresh with someone like Russian Olympics Coach David Blatt. If this is not feasible, leave the door open for SMU Coach Larry Brown who may still be able to get it done at his age.

Jerry Sloan is an old-school, seasoned Hall-of-Fame Coach in my opinion, who has coached at a consistently high level for a long time without having had the benefit of an abundance of superstar talent and especially top 50 all-time superstars in the middle like the Lakers, Spurs and other title winners have had. Brook Lopez may be the best Center he will ever get to coach. Yet, he has always contended and is fundamentally sound and gets a lot out of his players. He is also good with player development.

Who knows, Jerry may be able to pull off a few title winners down in Brooklyn if the stars align? With the Nets shelf life, timeline and roster profile, he would save the team a lot of time at implementing a new system with Deron Williams at the helm already knowing how to run it. There will be a lot of success and winning in Brooklyn under Jerry. The Nets should seriously consider Deron Williams\’ endorsement of Sloan. Maybe, with Prokhorov\’s backing he can establish a dynasty?

Larry Brown has done it all and would be another option to consider (poetic justice if his Nets prevail against the Knicks) if he still is up to it at his age and can endure the rigors as he did in Philadelphia, Detroit and so many other places.

There are plenty of other good options out there, but I\’m not sure that Brian Shaw can implement the triangle in the same manner or see the things that Phil Jackson did which led to so many title winners over the years. Phil is one of a kind. Still, Brian, may turn out to be an excellent coach.

There is also Celtics Coach Doc Rivers mentioned, who is a gentleman and very fine coach, and others under contract. Fortunately, I believe there is enough coaching talent out there unencumbered or lightly encumbered that doesn\’t make me feel like the Nets should have to reach for a coach under contract and pay compensation to a rival like the Celtics. The younger Russian Coach David Blatt (who looks a little like Coach K), a seasoned Mike Fratello (pure defensive genius) and others may turn out to be just as good.

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2013 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website.

Avery Dismissed

From The Penthouse To The Unemployment Rolls: Who is Avery\’s Successor?


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

You could see it coming … a mile away. Despite the smiles and well wishes, ownership longed for results.

Avery Johnson had a year and a half and 176 games with which to distinguish himself as someone who could mold a basketball dynasty in the eyes of his superiors. He didn\’t.

Now some might argue he didn\’t have enough of a chance, but when you spend a third of a billion to get it right there is an expectation of results. Avery got his hand-picked GM in Billy King and a roster to his liking.*

Be careful what you wish for. Once you get it, there is little room for patience if the team falters and isn\’t consistently moving in the right direction.

That\’s what happened. The Nets ownership and braintrust ran out of patience. They didn\’t like what they saw and \’pulled the plug.\’

Now, a new coaching search ensues as interim Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo takes over. I have one name: Phil Jackson.

Let\’s see if Mike Prokhorov can bring it about. That, along with good karma, will bring results.

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2012 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website.

NJN@IND 1.2.12

Nets Fall To Pacers


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


Indiana 108, Nets 94


Newark, NJ, Jan. 2 — In what would otherwise, in a normal season, be the final preseason tune-up game, the Nets fell at home to the Indiana Pacers, 108-94. While starting the season 1-5 doesn\’t help, there were signs of life from the Nets during the game.*

The Fans can take heart from the fact that the Nets began to show signs of flow, rhythm and cohesiveness. Signs, mind you, but still a positive development.

For example, C Mehmet Okur hooked up with PG Deron Williams in ways they had on the Jazz with various inside-outside plays they can run in their sleep. Deron began to look more like his old self.

As a consequence, the Nets will be deeper and more well-rounded when Brook Lopez returns. Deron definitely seemed to find himself more in this game.

Another positive was the play of emerging rookie SG Marshon Brooks who finished with 21 points. He took some of the scoring burden off from the shoulders of Deron this evening.

Other positives included the play of starting PF Shelden Williams and SF Damion James. Shelden began to look like \”The Landlord\” owning the paint, rebounding and blocking shots as he did during his college days.

Unfortunately, Shelden\’s shot was off and he needs work to return it to what it was during his college days. He needs to regain confidence in it.

SF Damion James looked as good as I\’ve seen him in a while. He shot the ball with more confidence and looked more offensively capable and fluid out there.

Finally, I would say that C Johan Petro and PG Jordan Farmer contributed and showed flashses as well.

It all means that the Nets are beginning to come together and find an identity. It won\’t get any easier for the balance of this month as tougher teams lie ahead, but I\’m encouraged. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it\’s not a train coming in the other direction!

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2012 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website. You may e-mail NBASCOUT in care-of his wife, who writes for children, at kathyforkids@cs.com

Nets Lose Again

Cavaliers Prevail Against Nets


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


It is still early in the season, but at this pace, the Nets season will be forfeit if they don\’t start finding ways to win. Today, they fell to the young, LeBron-less Cavaliers 98-82.*

It is still way too early to panic, but if you want a high draft pick for inclusion in a trade, the Nets may be heading in that direction. About the only noteworthy news I found today was the report that Sacramento PF DeMarcus Cousins has demanded a trade from the Kings. Any interest?

DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors squared off in workouts before the Nets in the past. If he can keep his issues in check and Avery wants him, perhaps, he could bring some interior toughness and swag to the team and help Okur fill the hole created by the loss of Brook Lopez?

Addendum (1.2.11): SI Writer Mannix is reporting the Nets are interested in Cousins if he wants out of SacTown and the Kings want to move him. Net\’s assistant Mario Elie has coached Cousins and knows his issues.

Flash: My sources tell me that the Hornets Eric Gordon may become available.

Flash: Rumor has it that Magic Assistant Patrick Ewing is trying to scare Dwight Howard about playing in the big city by telling about all the \”media scrutiny.\” Patrick, you forgot to tell him about the earthquakes in Los Angeles and the tornadoes in Dallas.

Flash: After saying all the right things about how he loves New York, if the league\’s best PG in Deron Williams is suddenly echoing Ewing\’s theme by blowing cold about New York (just so D12 won\’t move to NY as a free agent and snag that big sneaker contract without him), move him (Deron) to a small town like Oklahoma City for PG Russell Westbrook and picks. I\’m sure he\’ll sing OK\’s praises for a while.

Flash: Andrea Bargnani was rumored available before the start of the season.

Flash: Is Marco Belinelli available?

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2012 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website. You may e-mail NBASCOUT in care-of his wife, who writes for children, at kathyforkids@cs.com

Nets Go Down in Home Opener

Hawks Crush Nets: 106-70


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


Against better competition like the Atlanta Hawks who made the playoffs last season, the Nets showed just how far they have to go before they make it that far as well. The home opener for New Jersey was just that, a real eye-opener for anyone with illusions about this team.*

Coach Avery Johnson has to find a working rotation that\’ll be able to win. He needs quality starting personnel at every position.

When the roster was assembled by former President/GM Rod Thorn before his departure, he fleshed it out with many mediocrities. He brought in some good, serviceable talent, but, for the most part, missed on anything that\’d make a big difference.

Newly anointed GM Billy King then proceeded to ship out SF/SG Terrence Williams, a young swing man with real potential for Sasha Vujacic (who is no longer with the team) and pick(s) and a rich package of players and picks to acquire PG Deron Williams who will be worth it if he stays.

Under such pressure is the team still in need to fill some huge holes. Without going into specifics, I think the Nets ought to pencil in rookie SG Marshon Brooks as the starter at the two-guard and bring Morrow off the bench. In addition, the Nets should slide Deron to the 2 when not at the point.

Finally, the Nets should acquire a starting quality small forward to take some of the scoring burden off of Deron, Kris and Marshon. Mehmet Okur needs to integrate soon to make any impact, if he can still get it done.

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2011 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website. You may e-mail NBASCOUT in care-of his wife, who writes for children, at kathyforkids@cs.com

Brook Hurt: Nets Acquire DeShawn & Mehmet

Lopez Breaks Foot: Stevenson & Okur Brought In


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


Brook Lopez broke his foot in the first half of the last preseason game and will be out two to four months. In the meantime, UFA SG DeShawn Stevenson signed a one year $2.5mil contract with the Nets according to reports. He\’s a good acquisition for the team.*

If the Nets season is adversely affected due to Lopez going down because an adequate replacement can\’t be found, then they, like the Lakers with Kobe being hurt, will likely have more valuable draft picks to offer the Magic in exchange for Howard.

UPDATE 12.23.11: Nets acquired former Center Mehmet \”Memo\” Okur from the Utah Jazz for a 2nd round draft pick and some cap relief to fill the hole that was created when Brook Lopez went down. This is a good acquisition.

PG Deron Williams has meshed very well with Okur in the past on the Jazz and familiarity with Humphries (who also played with the Jazz) is a big plus. It will give the Nets a head start on a season that looked less certain when C Brook Lopez went down.

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2011 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website. You may e-mail NBASCOUT in care-of his wife, who writes for children, at kathyforkids@cs.com