Nenad Krstic off to Moscow

Nenad Krstic off to Moscow

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

At the stroke of midnight the carriage turned into a \’pumpkin.\’ There was no Cinderella story here. Nenad Krstic is a Net no more!

The \’glass slipper\’ is that the Nets retain his rights (as long as they make qualifying offers). If he works himself back to his old form overseas, the \’silver lining\’ could be a return to the team where he established himself as one of the up-and-coming players to be reckoned with in the NBA before injury took its toll.

Reports circulate that Agent Marc Cornstein\’s wife and Assistant, Natasha, confirmed the signing with the Russian team, Triumph, indicating \”they made him an offer that he couldn\’t refuse.\” That settles that!*

Apparently, no other sufficiently competitive offer presented itself before the player-imposed deadline of midnight despite all parties working feverishly into the night to make something happen. Rumors abound that Memphis, Chicago or Cleveland were in the mix, but none could put together a deal in time.

It seems that at the end of the day, the market wasn\’t there. There simply wasn\’t enough cap space in the league to go around. Moreover, Teams were acting more conservatively with their MLEs on players coming off injury, preferring to split them, rather than shoot the entire wad.

As it turned out, there were apparently discussions with Memphis and others about offering a package that included some players like Kyle Lowry or Javaris Crittenton (something the roster-filled Nets were loathe to accomodate for the moment). There was also talk of Chicago sending a pick and trade exception to the Nets for Nenad. For the most part, though, no talks reached fruition. It seems that the biggest issue was teams wanting the Nets to take some bad contracts back.

More time was needed by all the parties in talks to put together a workable deal – if one was to happen – but Nenad\’s side was afraid the Russian offer would go away! It\’s not as if Krstic hadn\’t been a restricted free agent since July 1!

AND NOW … the much beloved … 7-foot, 25-year old former Nets Center … named Nenad Krstic … WILL, indeed, be plying his trade in the frozen winters of Moscow! Let\’s hope that he fares better than Napoleon and returns triumphant. [Is that what they call a Triumph team member?]

In any event, it\’s been a harrowing time for Nenad and those close to him trying to figure out what he was going to do and where he was going to land. In the end, 6 million Euros won him over. With European teams absorbing the taxes their players would otherwise be liable for, that works out to the equivalent of about a $9 million per year (pre-tax) contract in the US, that he would have had to have landed, in order to match that sum in the NBA.

At this stage of Nenad\’s career, it is better for him to put away some money! One thing\’s for sure: Players from Europe who establish themselves in the NBA tend to earn far more overseas because they are viewed as premium players.

Notes: One of the big problems here is that teams are often slow to work deals because they can often be so hard to put together. Nenad\’s frustration with being in limbo grew and he abruptly delivered a brief ultimatum with a deadline that wasn\’t enough for the Nets and anyone else to get a deal done before he was compelled to say \”DA\” and whisked off to Russia.

Exhausted with everything else the Nets were trying to accomplish in a very busy summer overhaul, management probably couldn\’t move fast enough with their Euro-talent. That includes Boki. Patience wore thin and the Russian club pounced with an enticing offer calculated to land Krstic before any NBA club could react. Inded, that\’s what happened.

Nonetheless, Nenad will be more valuable if he returns to form overseas and can likely return to the NBA if he wants. His rights will be of value as a proven NBA performer who played at a high level.

Triumph Lyubertsy (formerly known as Dynamo Moscow Region) is a Russian professional basketball club from Lyubertsy, playing in the Russian Super League. Their home court is SH Triumph. Nenad Krstic will be their starting Center.

We guess that Nenad Krstic fans can merely tune in to the Russian League\’s games to pick up important information about how Nenad is doing. That is, of course, if you have a strong antenna or the Russian Channel from your cable-provider. 🙂

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 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

Update On Faces from the Past & Present – **UPDATED 7/29/08**

It is obvious The Nets are going through a rather large facelift, so I thought it would be fun to look back at Nets over the last 2 seasons. The below will cover anybody who wore a Nets\’ jersey from any point between the first regular season game of the 2006-07 NBA season and the current date (7/29/08)*

PLAYERS FROM THE 2006-07 ROSTER WHO WERE NOT ON THE 2007-08 ROSTER:

Hassan Adams ~ Waived on 7/14/07 ~ Currently on The Toronto Raptors

Eddie House ~ Left via Free Agency ~ Currently on The Boston Celtics

Mile Ilic ~ Trade to The New Orleans Hornets on 10/29/07 ~ Currently on Iurbentia Bilbao Basket in The ABC Spanish League

Mikki Moore ~ Left via Free Agency ~ Currently on The Sacramento Kings

Bernard Robinson ~ Trade to The New Orleans Hornets 10/29/07 ~ Currently a Free Agent

Clifford Robinson ~ Waived July, 2007 ~ Currently a Free Agent

PLAYERS FROM THE 2007-08 ROSTER THAT ARE NOT ON THE CURRENT ROSTER:

Malik Allen ~ Traded to The Dallas Mavericks on 2/19/08 ~ Currently on The Milwaukee Bucks

Darrell Armstrong ~ Currently a Free Agent

Jason Collins ~ Traded to The Memphis Grizzlies on 2/4/08 ~ Currently On The Minnesota Timberwolves

DeSagana Diop ~ Left via Free Agency ~ Currently On The Dallas Mavericks

Eddie Gill ~ Waived ~ Currently a Free Agent

Richard Jefferson ~ Trade to The Milwaukee Bucks on 6/26/08 ~ Currently on The Milwaukee Bucks

Jason Kidd ~ Traded to The Dallas Mavericks on 2/19/08 ~ Currently on The Dallas Mavericks

Nenad Krstic ~ Left via Free Agency ~ Currently On Triumph Moscow

Jamaal Magloire ~ Wavied 2/22/08 ~ Currently a Free Agent (finished last season with Dallas)

Boki Nachbar ~ Left via Free Agency ~ Currently on Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Basketball Super League

Billy Thomas ~ Left via Free Agency ~ Currently a Free Agent (finished last season with Cleveland)

Marcus Williams ~ Traded to The Golden State Warriors on 7/22/08 ~ Currently on The Golden State Warriors

Antoine Wright ~ Traded to The Dallas Mavericks on 2/19/08 ~ Currently on The Dallas Mavericks

PLAYERS STILL UNDER CONTRACT WHO WERE ON THE 2007-08 ROSTER:

Maurice Ager

Josh Boone

Vince Carter

Devin Harris

Trenton Hassell

Stromile Swift

Sean Williams

Interesting Note:The only players who are still on the team who were on the team FOR THE FIRST GAME of the 2007-08 season are Josh Boone, Sean Williams, and Vince Carter. Josh and Vince are the only players who were on the 2006-07 roster.

Nenad Krstic: UPDATE

Nenad Krstic: UPDATE

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

Nets beat writer Fred Kerber is now reporting in the NYPost Online Edition that Nenad Krstic only has a tentative deal in place with another Russian ball club – not Moscow Dynamo. The club\’s name is Triumph. Further, the deal is not signed or sealed if the Nets can work out a sign-and-trade deal with another NBA club before midnight EST.

The foregoing is why my previous report on this topic was headlined with a question mark. It was further qualified with \”if reports are accurate.\”

It begins to sound more and more like Krstic\’s agent, Mr. Cornstein, is using the Russian option as leverage in an attempt to force the Nets into a sign-and-trade with another NBA ball club. I think Nenad wants to remain in the NBA, and this suggests that other teams are interested enough to ante-up enough to go along with such a scenario.

In any event, I don\’t think the Nets will do anything that isn\’t in their best interests. If Nenad plays overseas, the Nets still retain their rights to the restricted free agent.

If the Russian threat is merely a bluff, then by holding firm the Nets will end up with more from any NBA club interested in making a deal for Nenad. More on this as news breaks.*

No other NBA team has tendered an offer to Nenad, who is a Restricted Free Agent, so far. Obviously, there is interest, but it all depends on what the Nets will want in a sign-and-trade. The Nets will match any offer within reason.

NOTES: I don\’t think Nenad wants to spend a year or more in Russia. I could be wrong, but it is probably a bluff by his agent seeking to force a trade.

I think Nenad wants as much as $9.1mil per year USD. It doesn\’t sound like the market is there for him right now in the US.

Kerber said that Nenad had a deal in place for \”two-year[s] [at] 5.78 million (euros).\” If so, that\’s only $9.08mil USD.

Over two years, the deal would seem to amount to approximately $4.54 USD per year. Now, if that\’s all tax-free, then it would be the equivalent of approximately $9.08 USD after taxes.

That brings us to the question of whether the Russian offer is all guaranteed? Can the guarantee be enforced if things go bad?

Can the Nets or any other NBA club be willing to pay the equivalent of $9.08mil guaranteed over two years for Nenad\’s services? Nenad would still have to pay half of that in taxes just to remain in the US.

From a purely financial point-of-view, it would apear that Nenad is better served to take the money from the Russian club. I don\’t think any NBA team will pay Nenad as much as $9.1 mil per year pre-tax (to equal the euro deal) to join them merely to compete with the overseas offer, but you never know.

On the other hand, if Nenad wanted the MLE, I think some team might risk it on him. Some club over the cap might risk even more if he was offered in a sign and trade.

I doubt any team with serious cap room would invest too heavily in Nenad given the injury-plagued year he\’s come off. So, given the situation, if Nenad wants to stay in the US, chances are he\’ll have to take somewhat less and put up with US taxes (which makes it even less).

I think it\’s Nenad\’s call where he wants to be and where he is going. He once said money wasn\’t as important, but may have to compromise if that\’s the case. I don\’t see him having a lot of leverage short of signing overseas. Maybe Nenad wants the Nets or another NBA club to come as close to the European offer as they can?

Will the Russian team Nenad might join be a serious contender for the Euroleague title? Would Maccabi Tel-Aviv, perennial Euroleague power, be able to offer him more?

If reports are accurate, it turns out that Bostjan \”Boki\” Nachbar only got e9.3mil over three years – not the e14.3mil that was originally reported. It means that Russian teams were offering Boki $4.87mil tax-free per year and Nenad about the same: $4.54.

UPDATE: It appears that Nenad will be signing overseas at midnight with the blessings of the Nets. He can opt out to return in a year if his game is back where he wants it. If not, the Nets do not have to fit him onto the roster. No matter, they retain the rights to Krstic.

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 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

Breaking News: Nenad Krstic Signs With Moscow Team?

Breaking News: Nenad Krstic Signs With Moscow Team?

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

The winds of change keep blowing in East Rutherford. It appears that longtime Nets Center Nenad Krstic will now be following former Nets SF Bostjan \”Boki\” Nachbar to Moscow.

If reports are accurate, Nenad has reached agreement with the same Moscow-based Euroleague team, Moscow Dynamo Regional, to play for them during the upcoming season – with a player option to do so for the next – according to Sport5.co.il, an Israeli sports website that broke the news. Click here to read the article.

Apparently, Nenad, who is now competing in international play, was pursued by other European basketball powers like Real Madrid and Barcelona, but when it got down to it, Moscow Dynamo had what it took to bring him aboard. Evidently, Nenad will be joining his former teammate, Bostjan Nachbar, for the upcoming season.

Boy, the Euro continues to go a long way as Euroleague-based teams are now raiding the NBA for significant talent! At least they are assembling a club with some prodigious talent that may have a chance to alter the basketball balance of power in Europe.

It has long been known that Russian teams have wanted to surpass the \”Euro-Lakers\” or winningest team in Euroleague history that is the Israeli powerhouse, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, for claim to the mantle of basketball superiority on the continent. With these signings, it appears they may have a chance at doing so.

More on this as news breaks. So Long, Nenad. You\’ll be sorely missed. Wishing you all the best!

Once again, repeat after me: \”Change is Good! The future of Nets\’ basketball never looked brighter!\”*

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 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

More Roster Moves: Boki and Marcus Gone With The Wind

More Roster Moves: Boki and Marcus Gone With The Wind

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

The winds of change are blowing in East Rutherford. In a mighty gust, they lifted up fan-favorites Bostjan \”Boki\” Nachbar and Marcus Williams and deposited them on distant shores. What am I talking about?

Well, if you hadn\’t heard, Bostjan Nachbar will now be rendering his exclusive services in the frigid climes of Moscow to the Dynamo team situated there for some 14.3mil eurodollars over three years. I guess the NBA couldn\’t compete?

Boy, the Euro does go a long way these days, doesn\’t it? At least it isn\’t Siberia. So Long, Boki. Nice knowing ya. All the best!

Now if that that isn\’t enough to warm your hearts, The New Jersey Nets announced today that they\’ve shipped mercurial third-year PG Marcus Williams to the Golden State Warriors for a future lottery-protected first round draft pick or pair of second round picks. Lottery protected for 2011, the Nets will obtain that pick if the Warriors don\’t fall into the lottery. If they do, the Nets will get the 2012 pick protected only as to 1-to-11. That drops to 1-to-10 for 2013. If the Nets somehow don\’t get a first round pick by 2013, then they will have to settle for Golden State\’s second round picks in 2013 and 2015.

Meanwhile, Marcus returns to his California roots for a new beginning. The golden shores of the Pacific where the Warriors run and gun in the sun isn\’t all bad, is it? Siberia is worse!

That brings the Nets roster under contract down to 15 players (not including Van Horn and Krstic) and opens the possibility for more moves before the postseason is over. As they said: \”The roster is a work in progress.\”*

Notes: On the surface it appears a fair deal for both sides, although Mullin lands the real up-side. The Warriors are betting that Marcus will lead them to the postseason and they won\’t owe the Nets a high pick. The Nets are hoping the Warriors tank and they get the most in return (a 10-to-15 pick) in case Marcus does turn out to be a 14ppg and 9apg Point-Guard, which incidentally, won\’t be fair recompense if he does. If Marcus busts, then, well the Nets made out!

It seems that Warriors\’ GM Chris Mullin was looking for someone to replace Baron Davis. The team that lured Corey Maggette away from the Clippers was stung by LAC\’s signing Baron Davis away from them. Talk about revenge and wild profligacy [go look it up]!

In any event, repeat after me: \”Change is Good! The future of Nets\’ basketball never looked brighter!\”*

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 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

Fallen Angels Draft

Fallen Angels Draft

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

In what can only be termed a fallen angels draft, the Nets moved in to scoop up some \’heavenly bodies\’ on draft night in the hopes that they would help restore this once-proud franchise to its previous standing amongst the pantheon of the NBA. In the process of doing so, the Nets also loosened their last remaining ties with their recent glorious past — marked by the Kidd era — in jettisoning popular, leading-scorer, 28-year old SF Richard Jefferson, in a lightning-move, for up-and-coming 20-year old, 7-foot PF Yi Jianlian. As reported, the talented, but oft-injured and underachieving SF Bobby Simmons was also included in the deal from Milwaukee for salary-matching purposes, but no draft picks were exchanged in the transaction.

With the 10th, 21st and 40th picks in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Nets braintrust selected fundamentally sound, 7-foot Stanford Center, Brook Lopez [arguably the highest rated Center in the draft]; prolific-shooting, 6-foot-10-inch California Golden Bears\’ Power-Forward Ryan Anderson [who averaged 20ppg and 12rebs in the highly-competitive PAC-10]; and crafty, high-scoring Memphis Swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts [a \”deceptively\” good big-game player]. These underclassmen all will make their way to East Rutherford on Monday for a press conference.

Only time will tell if all of these moves meet with approval by the basketball deities on high, but RJ for Yi was a \’shocker\’ for many who won\’t soon forget the disappearance of their beloved K-Mart. No, I\’m not talking about the neighborhood K-Mart Department Store that closed down, but the venerable Kenyon \”K-Mart\” Martin that was lured into the Denver night by the current Nets [and former Denver] GM, Kiki Vandeweghe.

This time, however, RJ disappeared faster than a \’snowman in summer.\’ It was like one moment he was here … a … a … and the next he wasn\’t! I\’m not sure the KGB works this fast, but management\’s earned my respect. What better time to jolt a fan base than on the day that you\’re bringing aboard three new faces? After all, no big-contract is safe when the team only wins 34 games.

As for poor Richard! It likely hasn\’t sunk-in. He probably hasn\’t seen a newspaper and still thinks he\’s a Net?!! Jefferson doesn\’t know that he\’s been put on the Orient Express to Milwaukee with a one-way ticket. Panic and confusion must reign amongst the old-guard fan faithful that still think Jason Kidd is leading the team. Could Vinsanity be next?*

Like when Keith Van Horn was ridden out of town by Jay [J-Kidd] to open up room for Richard Jefferson. So, too, now RJ must move on to make room for Yi Jianlian, draft picks and the People\’s Republic of China. It is the law of the NBA jungle: Win or Go! So long, Richard, it was nice knowing you!

If that wasn\’t moving quickly enough, now, while a new era dawns upon the franchise on the way to Brooklyn, it is time to examine what Kiki hath wrought. Draft pundit Jay Bilas said Kiki should \”wear a mask\” for his draft day larceny in swiping B-Lo, Private Ryan and CDR (another Alex English?) out from under the noses of others. Who are we talking about?

Oh, yeah, the draft … I almost forgot. Yeah, let\’s get to that. Well, you see, it was like this. Simple math dictated someone pretty good would fall to the Nets at the tenth spot. How good, depended upon how stupid others were in drafting ahead of New Jersey. [Some don\’t understand math].

Turns out that the Nets got lucky and 7-foot Brook \”B-Lo\” Lopez fell into their laps. [Lord knows the Nets needed some help in the middle with Krstic on the mend, Collins exiled to Memphis and Diop possibly out the door].

If that weren\’t enough, the Nets were smart AND lucky enough to pounce on 6-foot-10 PAC-10 sharpshooter and California Sophomore PF Ryan \”Private Ryan\” Anderson with the 21st pick. He can make a difference by spreading the floor and knocking down open shots. [How many big men do the Nets have that can do that?] There\’s also more to his game than many might think. He would have likely been gone had the Nets waited any longer to take him. [Is he another youthful Larry Bird in the making?]

Finally, the Nets invested their 40th pick in the popular, crafty, high-scoring, 6-7 swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts from Memphis who some had going in the first — possibly as high as number 21. [Will he help? A: Possibly! Will he make you forget RJ? A: Hardly!]

That brings us down to the enigmatic question of the day: Will Yi make the Nets faithful forget RJ? A: If Yi develops into a Dirk-Lite+ under Kiki\’s wing like Dirk Nowitzki had, anything\’s possible!!! With all of the foregoing having been said, I bid you: Good [Draft] Night!

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 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

Season Ends: Net Changes?

Season Ends: Net Changes?


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

The Nets\’ season (34-48) of the \”changing of the guard\” came to a merciful close for Nets\’ fans Wednesday night. It ended where it essentially began: With a loss to the Boston Celtics.

It should be recalled that the Nets\’ campaign began to \’head South\’ when Vince Carter crumpled to the ground in pain against the \’men in green\’ early on. The team never recovered and Jason Kidd\’s disaffection with the situation only made things worse.

On the positive side of the ledger, the Nets made some much needed changes and everyone from Vince Carter to Nenad Krstic will get a chance to heal in an early start to this offseason. While much had been said and written about it (the offseason), only time will tell if the moves that are made, if any, restore the franchise to credibility.*

My view is that that there\’s plenty of talent on the roster and the team could win \”big\” with the current cast given a training camp and another year under it. Then again, some major or minor adjustments, may be in order. A lot depends on what is done.

For my part, I think the team ought to try and retain its free agent talent (like Diop and Nachbar) within reason. Then, perhaps, match any offers for Nenad.

Finally, whatever the team does, it shouldn\’t do anything unless it clearly improves the talent base and chemistry of the ball club. The Nets have a lot of assets and will need to use them wisely.

For example, there\’s been rumor of Richard Jefferson (another Scottie Pippen on the right ball club) and Marcus Williams (a great passer and floor general that has a nice touch from the perimeter … whom I think will end up as coveted as Deron Williams) potentially being moved. Both are extremely valuable players. Al Thornton, Elton Brand (very risky due to his achilles) and three first round picks wouldn\’t be enough for them.

I have my own proprietary views of what it\’d take to fix the Nets, but Bruce Ratner\’d have to personally e-mail me for the particulars. In the meantime, bear in mind that I\’m not enamored of this draft.

A good GM will come away with value and a few long-range nuggets from this crop, but it is thin. The draft is spotty with few real impact players. This is where management earns its money. Stay tuned …

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

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

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.*

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