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Farewell to Jason Edition

Farewell to Jason Edition


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

The NBA landscape changed a lot during the last month. Some of its biggest names have relocated to venues no one foresaw.

Gasol landed in Los Angeles, Shaq landed in Phoenix and now the indomnitable Jason Kidd has made his way to Dallas.*

The Nets traded Jason Kidd to the Mavericks yesterday because it was time to part ways. The status quo didn\’t seem to be working and that is how Jason Kidd got his wish to pursue his dream of an elusive ring down in Dallas.

If you want to get mushy about the details of Jason\’s tenure in the swamp up to his departure, read the endless stream of nostalgic retrospectives about Jason Kidd that will surely come out of the woodwork soon. For our purposes here, suffice to say that Jason Kidd did a lot of good things for the New Jersey Nets. The Nets also did a lot of good things for Jason. Thanks for the good times, Jason! Best wishes down in Dallas!

Nets President and GM Rod Thorn basically swapped starting point guards with Mark Cuban. Rod got a promising (but down with a severely sprained ankle) Devin Harris out of it and a couple of potentially meaningless (or significant depending on what he does with them) low draft picks to go with some cap relief and a few complementary role players.

By contrast, Cuban wanted someone who was currently in one piece that could win it all now that would be a fair bargain from his point-of-view. He seemed to get it when he swapped his injured, young, fragile and inexperienced rising young point-guard Devin Harris for a battle-hardened, playoff tested, perennial all-Star in Kidd. He wanted to make up for letting Nash go.

The rest of the deal was merely making the numbers work. Instead of shelling out $43mil over the next five years to Harris, with no assurance he\’d bring them any closer to winning it all than he did last year without stumbling (remember that Harris is hurt and may not have made it back to form in time to save Dallas\’ postseason), Cuban decided to invest about the same money long-term, with less up front, for Jason Kidd ($27mil prorated) over the course of the next two playoff runs with an option to extend for another two seasons at about $26mil (2 x $13mil) if all worked out.

In this manner, Dallas Owner Mark Cuban astutely put Jason Kidd at the helm of the controls of his beloved Mavericks for the inevitable title runs they\’ll invariably make during the next two (to as many as four years) that mark the closing window of opportunity for Dirk Nowitzki\’s career. In the process, Cuban didn\’t even give up any depth of note (Diop fell out of favor with Coach Johnson behind Bass) and, in fact, added a couple of very serviceable shooters and/or defenders in Texas A&M standout Antoine Wright and Malik Allen.

So, who got the better of this deal? Cuban for now, but only time will tell!

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 2005-2008 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

New Era Nets

New Era Nets


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive

It has been said that the Devin Harris era begins for New Jersey, but that is premature. Devin has been hurt and we know that a team is only as good as its postseason credentials.

With that in mind, this current Nets\’ group seems to have a pretty good shot at picking up where the Kidd-era team left off (no kidding!). There\’s depth, versatility and size. These guys make up a pretty nice roster.

If history is a guide, the Nets always play better after the trading deadline passes. Why? Because the players know who is going to be on the team and can then concentrate on playing.

The team is almost three-deep at every position (if you incude Van Horn) and you have some new personnel that are willing and able to play defense in Hassell, Diop and Harris. Although Nets\’ President Rod Thorn may not admit it right now, he didn\’t want Trenton Hassell\’s contract in the first place. He\’s probably now thinking after the Chicago game that \”isn\’t it nice to have a lockdown defender on the roster that can shut down other shooters on the perimeter better than anything the Nets had before?\”*

The Nets traded Jason Kidd to the Mavericks the other day because it was time. Judging by the first game of the post-Kidd era, the Nets are playing a more relaxed and intense brand of team ball.

Jason wanted to move to \’greener pastures\’ in his quest for an elusive ring. The Nets accommodated and as a result eliminated a major distraction clouding the Nets\’ immediate fortunes from the collective team psyche.

Nets\’ President and GM Rod Thorn basically swapped starting point guards with Mark Cuban. Under the circumstances of being forced to trade the \’face of the Nets\’ franchise,\’ he would have taken Devin Harris even if Devin was returning from Iraq with a deep shrapnel wound and couldn\’t join the starting lineup until next season!

Cuban got his leader … Someone who could win it all now. The Nets got some value in return … and a chance at a better future that continues this evening with a game against the faltering Indiana Pacers.

Make no mistake about it, Kidd will be sorely missed by the Nets\’ faithful, but the new-era Nets may still earn a playoff berth in the weak Eastern Conference this season yet again. Moreover, some of the new faces, like DeSagana Diop (someone the Nets tried to acquire as a free agent before Dallas pounced) add much needed size in the middle and a willingness to work on defense, rebounding and the intangibles that make for team success.

Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson, Nenad Krstic and the balance of the veteran squad should be more relaxed with players like Hassell, Harris and Diop covering their backs. Young talent like Mo Ager, who was mentioned in the same breath with Shannon Brown and Hassan Adams by former GM Ed Stefanski, can\’t hurt and may surprise!

With the emerging Marcus Williams, Devin Harris (eventually) and Darrell Armstrong at the point; Vince Carter, Trenton Hassell and Mo Ager at the off-guard; Richard Jefferson, Boki Nachbar and Stromile Swift at the small forward; Josh Boone, Sean Willliams and Keith Van Horn [I can dream Keith, can\’t I?] at the power forward; and Krstic, Diop and Magloire at the center, I like the overall team balance, size, versatility, depth and athleticism. In short, I\’m beginning to like the Nets\’ chances.

With Marcus Williams\’ continued development, Vince Carter\’s rounding into form and Richard Jefferson\’s rededicating himself, if you look at it, this squad has much … if not more … than what it had before. If it all comes together quickly, expect the Nets to make some real noise in the postseason and take the team to new heights.

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 2005-2008 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 Ask Waivers on Jamaal Magloire

The New Jersey Nets announced today that they\’ve asked waivers on Center Jamaal Magloire who they pursued in free agency.

Magloire, who signed with the Nets on July 17, 2007, played in 24 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. The eight-year pro holds career averages of 8.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 530 NBA games.

That brings the Nets roster down to 14 players and opens the possibility of adding a player for the postseason should the team remain in contention.*

CHI@NJN 2.20.08

Kidd-less Nets Prevail in OT Against Bulls


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


Nets 110, Chicago 102


East Rutherford, NJ, Feb. 20 — Lost in all the commotion about the franchise-shaking blockbuster trade of Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks was the simple fact that the post-Kidd era Nets notched their first victory without him. It was a handy 110-102 overtime drubbing of the Chicago Bulls.


In an all-around game highlighted by SG Vince Carter\’s standout 33 point, 9 rebound and seven assist performance, the Nets got contributions from everyone including newcomer Trenton Hassell who made himself felt on the defensive end. SF Richard Jefferson pitched in with 24 points, but it was the 25 point, 4 rebound and four assist performance of emerging PG Marcus Williams that had to delight the locals.

Marcus played with poise at the point taking over from Jason Kidd and the still injured Devin Harris. No longer worried about getting yanked for mistakes, he played through them enroute to an eye-opening performance. [Is it any wonder that Larry Bird covets Marcus?]


The Nets, in this year of the changing-of-the-guard, now head up to Indiana to take on the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse this Friday. They get a chance to build on a modest 4-of-5 game winning streak. The game gets underway at 7:00pm EST and will be broadcast on YES Network.*

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 2005-2008 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

IND@NJN 2.23.08

Nets Bounce Back!


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


Nets 102, Indiana 91


East Rutherford, NJ, Feb. 23 — The Nets found redemption against the Indiana Pacers tonight in the Meadowlands by rebounding from last night\’s loss at Conseco Fieldhouse for a 102-91 victory to the delight of the home crowd. Once again, the victory was a product of team effort – not merely individual heroics.


As far as heroics are concerned, however, there were more than enough to go around to make this a satisfying performance the team can draw confidence from to build on for the future. SF Richard Jefferson led all scorers with 36 (on 12-of-21 from the floor) including 17 points alone in the third quarter. Vince Carter, who put up 18 points in the first half before deferring to Richard Jefferson, pitched in with a gritty 24 points, 9 rebounds and five assists.*

It was, however, the University of Connecticut connection of Marcus Williams and Josh Boone that made a real difference tonight as they shined brightly for the Nets. Josh finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds including a key block late in the game when the Pacers threatened. Marcus put up 13 assists to go with 7 rebounds and eight points including a clutch trey late in the game to widen the lead. The pre-existing Huskies\’ chemistry between the two was really on display as Marcus assisted on three of Josh\’s field goals.

Of real note for New Jersey, Josh got his 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor including a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe that included a pair of freethrows late in the game to help seal the victory. \”Quarterback\” Marcus did a good job defensively shutting down his counterpart Travis Diener while putting up his career-high assists total – against only two turnovers – in getting everyone involved in the game.

Nenad Krstic, looking better and better with every game, chipped in 7 points, 3 rebounds and an important blocked shot in 17 minutes of action. Not to be outdone, Slovenian Boki Nachbar made some vital, savvy contributions to the winning effort in areas that needed them by finishing with 8 boards, 3 assists, four points and a lot of hustle and heart.


The Nets host Orlando on Tuesday. The game tips-off at 7:30pm EST and will be broadcast on YES Network and NBA TV.*

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 2005-2008 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

ORL@NJN 2.26.08

The Nets got off to a strong seven point lead in the first quarter, at 20-13 with 2:53 remaining tonight at the Meadowlands, but out came Marcus Williams, Josh Boone and Vince Carter. The reserves managed to hold it at 23-16 before the momentum shifted and the game became a nip and tuck affair for the better part of 3 and 1/2 quarters before the Magic, led by Hedo Turkoglu, pulled away for a decisive 102-92 victory against the poorer shooting Nets who were without Devin Harris.*

MIL@NJN 2.28.08

Harris Sparkles, As Bucks Stopped Here!


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive


Nets 120, Milwaukee 106


East Rutherford, NJ, Feb. 28 — The Nets had six players reach double-figures as they put up a season-high 120 points to throttle the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at IZOD. Coming off victories against both Detroit and Cleveland of late, the Bucks were confident that they could take New Jersey. That was not to be, however, as the Nets got big production from the point (32p, 13a, 6r, 3s), that they haven\’t seen in ages [okay, since Jason soured on the swamp!], to win going away in impressive fashion.


Tonight, both the incumbent starting PG Marcus Williams and current reserve PG Devin Harris played extremely well. Floor General Marcus calmly orchestrated the team to success with 11 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, two steals, a pair of three-pointers and no turnovers in thirty minutes.

PG Devin Harris, on the other hand, dazzled off the bench in his long-awaited debut, leading the Nets with some 21 points and five assists in only 21 brief minutes to spark the Nets. He put on a show with some 3-pointers from beyond-the-arc and coast-to-coast jams.

That one-two punch of Devin and Marcus inspired the entire team to put on an entertaining offensive show that culminated in a high-scoring victory. The Bucks could not answer.*


The parade of strong performances didn\’t stop there, however. SG Vince Carter (19p), SF Richard Jefferson (19p), C Josh Boone (14p, 7r), reserve SF Boki Nachbar (13p on 4-of-5 including three from beyond the arc), C DeSagana Diop (9p, 6r, 2s & 1b in 20 minutes) and SF Stromile Swift (4p, 7r) all contributed in a team effort that led to the rousing victory.

One of the big differences in this game, though, was the explosive scoring of Devin Harris off the bench at the point that helped the Nets pull away for a double-digit lead early in the first half which they rode to ultimate victory. The aforementioned one-two punch of Devin and then Marcus, with their contrasting styles that opponents must accont for at all times, will really help open the floor for the Nets\’ other scorers.

The combined quickness, penetration, scoring and passing ability of this youthful tandem will be a real asset to a team that had grown a little \’long in the tooth\’ before Devin\’s arrival. No longer will teams be able to key exclusively on Vince Carter or Richard Jefferson any more without paying a price. The wings will be free to attack the rim with reckless abandon again.

Just like splitting the 96 minutes at the C/PF positions between three (or more) bigs, the Nets could split the 96 minutes at the SG/PG slots three ways between Vince, Devin and Marcus. Devin could move to the off-guard when Marcus is on the floor because he\’s more of a scoring combo-guard than Marcus. Marcus\’ court vision and passing skills make him more of a pure point.

Once again, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and Boki Nachbar got into the flow of this game and really helped the Nets put on their showtime production. Marcus seemed to put passes to Boki where he liked them as Nachbar lit it up in the final stanza for all of his 13 points – including one big trey after the other – to help close out the game.


Statistically speaking, the Nets as a whole passed the ball better (25 assists to 19 for Milwaukee) and outshot the Bucks from beyond-the-arc at a higher clip making 11-of-23 (.478), compared to only 4-of-12 (.333) for Milwaukee. The Nets also took better care of the ball turning it over only 7 times [probably a season low] to the Bucks\’ 15.

The best part of it all, though, was that the Nets\’ defense was good enough in stretches to make all the shooting exploits stand up. The Nets adhered to \”the best defense is a good offense\” philosophy the rest of the time.


The Nets now face a brutal remaining schedule against some of the better teams the league has to offer for the balance of the 24 games left before season\’s end. The Nets might be lucky to split those last 24 without the impact Devin can provide. He is the all-important X-factor that could significantly affect what could be a seventh straight playoff appearance for this proud Nets\’ franchise.


Devin\’s debut couldn\’t have come a moment sooner as the Nets now move on to host the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, March 2 at IZOD Center for, perhaps, the stiffest test the team will face thus far. The game gets underway at 6:00pm EST and will be broadcast on YES Network. Be there!

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 2005-2008 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

SAS@NJN 3.2.08

Parker Shines As Spurs Prevail


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


San Antonio 93, Nets 83


East Rutherford, NJ, Mar. 2 — The Nets lost the first end of a home-and-away against the San Antonio Spurs by ten points tonight, 93-83. The final score, however, was not indicative of how much the Spurs dominated, though.


Spurs PG Tony Parker scored 25 points on 10-of-18 from the floor in under 34 minutes to lead the Spurs to a solid victory. He also chipped in 8 rebounds and 7 assists – one less than the Nets dished out for the entire game.

Newly arrived PG Devin Harris, on the other hand, scored 21 points (on 6-18) dishing only two assists in about 36 minutes. SG Vince Carter put up 21 as well on 9-of-18 to go with 8 boards, but that wouldn\’t be enough as the team didn\’t get enough from everyone else to mount a serious challenge to the Spurs. Worse of it, both SF Boki Nachbar and Devin Harris suffered injuries to their hips in this one.


The Nets get a chance to play it again on Tuesday, March 4, down in San Antonio. The game gets underway at 8:30pm EST and will be broadcast on Yes Network.*

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 2005-2008 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

NJN@SAS 3.4.08

Duncan\’s 29 Leads Spurs to 10th Straight


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


San Antonio 81, Nets 70


San Antonio, TX, Mar. 4 — The Nets were game for a quarter or so, but the San Antonio Spurs took firm control of the game like before to win going away 81-70. New Jersey couldn\’t mount a sustained challenge to the Spurs suffocating defense and couldn\’t answer their offense led by Tim Duncan\’s 29 points.


Newly acquired PG Devin Harris, in a starting role for the first time, started off the game well enough dishing more assists (7 in total for the game) than he had the game before (only 2) leading New Jersey to a seven point first quarter margin, 24-17. But soon enough the team went away from what worked and fell in love with the jumper. Instead of moving the ball and taking it to the hole, the Nets fell back and San Antonio advanced.

PG Devin Harris went cold from the floor the rest of the way. He was a good tandem along with PG Marcus Williams in the backcourt, though. SG Vince Carter led the Nets with 19 points and 9 boards. Marcus followed with a cool 16 points on 6-10 from the floor including 3-5 from beyond the arc. SF Richard Jefferson had an off-night.


The Nets play again tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5, down in Memphis. The Grizzlies should be an easier opponent after two straight against the Spurs. The game gets underway at 8:00pm EST and will be broadcast on Yes Network.*

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 2005-2008 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

NJN@MEM 3.5.08

Nets Fall To Grizzlies


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com


Memphis 100, Nets 93


Memphis, TN, Mar. 5 — In a wild up-and-down affair down in Memphis against the lowly Grizzlies, who had lost nine-in-a-row, the Nets couldn\’t capitalize on their advantages as they fell to the opponent, 100-93. In the final analysis, the Nets didn\’t defend Grizzlies\’ starting PF Hakim Warrick well enough to win.

Warrick scored a season-high 25 points, on 9-of-15 shooting, including 13 points in the fourth quarter alone, to lead the Grizz to victory. The Nets also let their usual nemesis, Grizzlies\’ SG Mike Miller, score 22 points, on 9-of-13 from the floor. That along with reserve PG Kyle Lowry\’s 15 points and seven dimes off the bench did New Jersey in.


The Nets got plenty of production from the point as starting PG Devin Harris scored 20 points, albeit on only 6-of-17 from the floor, and handed-out eight assists. That along with reserve PG Marcus Williams\’ 11 points and eight assists off the bench kept the team in the game and gave the Nets a fighting chance … But Devin \’shot pure blanks\’ (0-for-6) from downtown. [Even Dick Cheney could do better!]

SF Richard Jefferson heated up early and finished with 22 points to carry the team much of the game, but didn\’t score in the fatal fourth quarter. That was crucial as SG Vince Carter was not much of a factor on that end of things this night putting up only 12 points. [Maybe he was tired?]

C Nenad Krstic, on the other hand, who had his best game yet with 16 points, 9 boards and a pair of steals and some deflections in 35 minutes of action, was a bright spot, but still has a ways to go. He is nowhere near playoff-ready!*

Nonetheless, both teams were coming off a game the night before and, therefore, the Nets couldn\’t simply excuse a losing performance … to a team that had only won 1-of-its-last-16 … DUE to exhaustion. Both teams were exhausted!

The Nets played this game as though they were both lottery-bound & playoff-bound. The second unit, along with RJ, built up a strong 8-point lead in the first half when Marcus came in … And then lost it. The score was tied at halftime. Again, the team, this time along with most of the starters, carved-out a 10-point advantage well into the second half, but then \”let go of the rope\” and didn\’t close it out.

Which team will show up for the Nets\’ faithful the rest of the way? The way it\’s beginning to look, the lottery-bound one might prevail. [Of course, Schizophrenia is a very complicated disease … But a lottery \’stud\’ might be just the cure!]


It all means that this is a game the Nets should have won. It won\’t get any easier for the balance of this road trip that goes through New Orleans, Houston and Dallas.

If the Nets don\’t win the easier ones, this road trip may end up resembling the recent winless Western swing that led to Jason Kidd\’s hasty departure. While the new-look Nets are trying to find a winning formula and identity in the aftermath, with the incoming playoff-tested talent, like Harris and Diop, it shouldn\’t be too difficult to establish – but may take longer than expected. Unfortunately, the Nets have to get it in gear right about now as they don\’t have the luxury of any more siestas the rest of the season.

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 2005-2008 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