No Melo? No problem. One day removed from losing out on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes to their Hudson River rivals the New York Knicks. The Nets received superstar point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz for rookie Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and a first-round draft pick in 2011 and 2012. WTF is right my friend!
“We feel that we’ve addressed a current need at point guard with Deron’s departure, as well as the future with draft picks and a big man,” Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said in a statement. “To do so we had to give up an All-Star, but we feel like this is a win for both sides.”
Apparently the Nets still have even more wheeling and dealing to do and they are expected to acquire forward Brandan Wright and center Dan Gadzuric from the Golden State Warriors and send Troy Murphy back to the Warriors. The east is back!
New Jersey Nets aren’t focused on getting LeBron James’ attention, they just want to get wins
LeBron James and the Cavaliers come to East Rutherford tonight for the last time this season, but the Nets do not see this as a last chance to impress the impending free agent.
Devin Harris said the team cannot think beyond tonight.”We’re just trying to get a win,” Harris said. “We play them pretty well. We come out and play hard.”
The Nets (6-53) are struggling to find four more victories in their last 23 games to avoid the infamy of breaking the mark for fewest wins in a season, which is nine by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.
If putting up a fight is appealing to James, then the Nets have done a better job than the Knicks. The Nets’ worst loss to the Cavaliers this season was by 10 points, while the Knicks took a 31-point beating in Cleveland Monday night.
Tonight, however, the Nets will face a different challenge against the Cavaliers, with center Shaquille O’Neal out for six to eight weeks after thumb surgery.
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Okay, maybe the headline is a tadÂ dramatic, but these bastards have lost 18 games in a row and they need a littleÂ positiveÂ reinforcement for finally bagging a win. After 38 days of racking up L’s, like a college freshman rack’s up Mom and Dad’s credit card bill.
The Nets beat the Charlotte Bobcats (ha-ha) 97-91 in front ofÂ 12,131 faithful fans at the IZOD Center. Notching their first win of the season –no seriously, they really won.
â€œMan, itâ€™s a nice one to have off your back,â€ said Lopez, who dominated the Bobs for 31 points and 14 boards. â€œFirst win, now we have to string it together. It was definitely a great feeling in here.â€
â€œIt feels good. We brought great energy,â€ said Devin Harris, whose dive over three rows of seats in the final minute of the game illustrated that perfectly. â€œWe didnâ€™t play great at all times, but we fought through. They made a run, we didnâ€™t fold.â€
It’s good to see this group get a win because they actually compete every night. All they have to do know is win 9 more games to avoidÂ finishingÂ with the worst record in NBA history. Let’s see how this one plays out.
In his first full season in New Jersey Devin Harris emerged as an All Star, averaging 21.3 points per game and nearly 7 assists a night for a 34-win team. Now it looks like the Nets could be willing to part ways with the 26-year old point guard to improve their position in next week’s NBA draft.
According to a report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Grizzlies have fielded offers for the No. 2 pick in the draft, andÂ the Nets might be willing to part ways HarrisÂ for that slot in the draft.
If that deal came together, the Nets would have the second and eleventh picks in the draft. They have no second-round selections.
The Nets are on the outside looking in at the 8th seed in the east, and with Devin Harris injured things ain’t looking so good for New Jersey. At least Devin Harris has a hot girlfriend to ease the pain. Â The soul crushing and disappointing Â pain.
“Devin Harris wasn’t even at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, and judging by the comments of Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe, it doesn’t sound as though the All-Star point guard will be able to help the team anytime soon. While neither Vandeweghe nor coach Lawrence Frank would give a timetable for Harris’ return from two separate injuries to his left shoulder,Â Vandeweghe dismissed any possibility Harris — who was injured Sunday night and has missed two games — could be back for the Nets’ next game, FridayÂ against Miami.”
The NBA 08-09 All-Star rosters have been officially revealed and I can’t help to notice that a certain Canadian is missing from the All-Star proceedings and I say BOOO NBA, BOOO!!! I am however liking theÂ ShaquilleÂ O’Neal andÂ Chris Bosh selection though.
Below are your East and West reserves.