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Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2011 12:35 pm

Kris Humphries done for the season

Posted by Royce Young

Already Deron Williams has been shut down for New Jersey. Now Kris Humphries will sit the final few games as well.

"The heel is still a major issue in terms of running -- too much discomfort there," head coach Avery Johnson told the The Star-Ledger. "He's been getting treatment around the clock. This is a guy that's played with so many different ailments this year, but to close the chapter on his season, really good thoughts about his season and all that he accomplished on the court this year."

Of course Humphries is a free agent this summer and has already said he wants to remain with the Nets. He had a good year averaging 10 points and 10.4 rebounds a game.

Category: NBA
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 3:37 pm

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

New Jersey Nets co-owner Jay-Z has reportedly been fined 50,000 for contact with the University of Kentucky. Posted by Ben Golliver. jay-z-kentucky

Back on March 27, we noted that rapper and New Jersey Nets co-owner Jay-Z was celebrating with the University of Kentucky basketball team in their locker room after the team advanced to the Final Four. Kentucky has two likely lottery picks -- in guard Brandon Knight and forward Terrence Jones -- and we wondered at the time whether Jay-Z had violated NBA rules by intentionally fraternizing with college players.

On March 29, Ken Berger of reported that the league would indeed launch an investigation into the incident. reported on Friday that the Nets have been fined $50,000 for Jay-Z's Kentucky locker room visit.
The New Jersey Nets have been fined $50,000 for Nets minority owner Jay-Z's presence in the Kentucky locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth, according to sources with knowledge of the penalty.
Word circulated around the league Friday that an unnamed team -- which sources confirmed to is the Nets -- was fined for violating league rules that prohibit contact with players that still have remaining intercollegiate basketball eligibility.
The NBA's investigation, first reported by, was triggered by a video showing Jay-Z visiting with various Kentucky players in their locker room at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., after the Wildcats' quarterfinal victory over North Carolina.
That fine is in line with a previously noted precedent: Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge was fined $30,000 by the NBA for "excessive contact with the family" after sitting with Kevin Durant's mother during the 2007 Big 12 tournament.

While the fine is a miniscule amount for a mogul such as Jay-Z, the NBA deserves praise for not allowing this to be swept under the rug. Tampering and illegal contact rules only work if they are strictly and regularly enforced. Any slippery slope -- or even the perception of a slippery slope -- compromises the league's fair play and, by extension, the NBA's integrity. 

Is this fine enough to prevent this from happening again? Probably not. But it does send a message that the league is watching, something we were all left wondering about after the New York Knicks were let off the hook so easily in their scouting scandal during the fall.    
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:16 pm

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

Are the New York Knicks interested in University of Kentucky coach John Calipari? Posted by Ben Golliver. john-calipari

Another day, another rumor surrounding the New York Knicks front office. All the hot air stems from the fact that Knicks owner James Dolan, to this point, has not picked up the contract option for team president Donnie Walsh, leading to speculation that this will be Walsh's final season in the big apple.

Friday's rumor, courtesy of the New York Post, has Dolan considering college basketball's top recruiter and former New Jersey Nets coach John Calipari.
According to a team executive, who knows a thing or two about a thing or two regarding goings-on behind the screens, believes Dolan may have eyes for John Calipari….to run the front office and coach. Do I have confirmation on this? No. I unsuccessfully reached out to Calipari and left a message why I was calling. Does it make sense? Yes, especially in view of Dolan’s disinclination to do right by Walsh.
We’re talking about a marquee (there’s that word again) college coach fresh from another Final Four, who owns pro experience (some of it good with the Nets), is an outstanding recruiter (though NBA’s salary cap may limit impact) and relates remarkably well with young black players.
Shortly after that rumor hit, acknowledged that it was a possibility but also raised some questions. 
There are also reasons to question whether the Knicks would consummate the relationship. Calipari's credentials as a bench coach will be questioned: Even though he has experience as a head coach for the Nets, he has failed to win an NCAA championship with Memphis or Kentucky. Coaching in the NBA is far more difficult than in college, and anyone who wants to shoot down the speculation can make the case that Calipari would represent a bench downgrade from Mike D'Antoni.
Will the next collective bargaining agreement maintain free-agency in its current form? How important will recruiting be in future? This story is going to generate a lot of discussion, but it's hard to imagine the Knicks taking such a risk unless they're absolutely convinced Calipari's presence will deliver a third star to New York.
Dolan is way out there as an NBA owner, but this is too much for him. If you're going to hire a big name recruiter, why bother saddling him with coaching responsibilties? If you already have a relatively proven coach in D'Antoni, why replace him for someone that bombed out of the NBA and has proven to be much more effective in college? 

It's clear Calipari wields significant influence in basketball circles. His former players -- even guys like Blazers center Marcus Camby who played for him ages ago -- always sing his praises. But he loves the limelight and he's got all the limelight he can handle in Kentucky, where he's revered as a local idol and just made this year's Final Four. 

Prying him away could eventually happen but not when he's at the top of his game.
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:58 am

Amare' Stoudemire out Friday against Nets

Amar'e Stoudemire out Friday against Nets
Posted by Matt Moore

Amar'e Stoudemire will miss Friday night's game versus the New Jersey Nets, and Chauncey Billups may be out as well for the Knicks. Deron Williams will also miss the game after wrist surgery. 

Here's a list of the six best players that will be playing in this game. Carmelo Anthony, Brook Lopez, Toney Douglas, Anthony Morrow, Sasha Vujacic/Landry Fields. 

May God have mercy on all those who choose to make it out to Newark's arena tonight. 

Stoudemire's dealing with a sprained ankle, and with the Knicks having locked up a playoff spot, there's no reason to avoid shutting him down until he's as healthy as can be. They've only got a half-game lead over Philadelphia for the sixth seed, but really, there's not much difference between facing the Heat and the Celtics. They're outmatched either way. They have a four-game lead over the Pacers to avoid the Bulls in the first round, but then, New York's had the most success against Chicago. Go figure. 
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:40 am

Deron Williams done for the year

Williams to have wrist surgery, out for the rest of the regular season.
Posted by Matt Moore

Deron Williams has had one of the more rollercoaster seasons you can have. Started off on a hot Utah Jazz team, kept coming up with comebacks, toppled the Heat, started to fade, hit a long losing stretch, battled with his coach, his coach who had been with the team for 28 years resigns, he's traded to the Nets, who assume he's going to re-sign, his wife delivers a baby girl, he's on a lottery squad, they start to make a move for the playoffs, that falls off, he gets injured. 

And now, surgery. 

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports Williams will undergo surgery on his wrist to remove bone fragments Friday. He will miss the rest of the regular season (which isn't as scary now as it used to be, since the season's only got another five days on it). It's unfortunate he'll be dealing with the injury when he should be getting acquainted with teammates, working out, trying to fit into New Jersey and getting his mind right after a tumultuous year. Then again, considering the lockout, he could be on the shelf for quite a while to heal and still have time to do all those things. 

Williams won't have international competition to worry about, won't have the grind of the playoffs, the wear and tear on the body. He should be in good condition to recuperate from surgery, then get his mind and body right for his contract season. He's going to have to come up with a strategy to shut down questions about where he's going in 2012, something no one, from LeBron to Dwight Howard, has been able to figure out. Meanwhile the Nets will have to continue to woo the man they already traded for, which they likely did not anticipate. It's been an up and down year for Deron Williams. 

And it's going to continue on that path for the foreseeable future. 
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:40 pm

Kris Humphries looking to stay with Nets

Posted by Royce Young

The Nets like Kris Humphries a lot. Enough to fire up a semi-ridiculous Most Improved/Defensive First Team campaign.

And it sounds like the Nets are looking to re-sign him too. According to the Record, the Nets expect Humphries to be back, and they will do everything they can to re-sign him.

Humphries, other than finding love with Kim Kardashian, has had a really nice season. He is one of nine players averaging a double-double this season at 10.0 points and 10.4 rebounds a game.

He was pretty clear about his intentions to remain with the team.

"I think this year's been a great building year," Humphries said. "With the arena going up and our team feeling like we have pieces to go in the right direction -- obviously there's going to be some additions and stuff like that -- it's all going to hopefully come together in Brooklyn. Hopefully a lot of us are there to experience that."

Humphries really isn't a building block piece, but certainly a player worth having. He's become a fan favorite and can hold his own inside. He's probably not an ideal starter, but someone worthy having as strong rotation player.

As far as the award buzz, I like what Humphries had to say about Most Improved. "Most Improved, like, 'you [stunk] and now you're OK' or 'you were okay and now you're really good.' I think All-Defensive is a great award just because it's more important on a team. But also improving that shows you're working hard, your coaches have helped you get better and your teammates helped you get better."
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 12:50 pm

Kris 'The Incredible Hump' Humphries video

The New Jersey Nets have released a campaign video to help forward Kris Humphries win the NBA's Most Improved Player award. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Last week, I cast my vote for the NBA's Most Improved Player award for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. I based my argument on Westbrook's statistical improvement, his team's improvement and how his progress hasn't come at the expense of his teammates.

That decision, unfortunately, was made before the New Jersey Nets decided to state their overwhelming case for forward Kris Humphries by combining a video highlight montage with a Digital Underground soundtrack and a comic book hero treatment. The result? "The Incredible Hump," a green-tinted, humpty humping good time that serves as a great reminder of how many Humphries highlights are completely lost to history because no one watches the Nets play.

Take a look at the video courtesy of YouTube user zeblowtorch.

The Nets not only makes the case that Humphries should be Most Improved Player, they also campaign for his placement on the All-Defensive team.  Some of Humphries accomplishments: increasing his rebounding numbers from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011 by a greater margin than any other NBA player, upping his scoring from 7.1 to 10.0 points per game, nearly doubling his rebounds from 5.5 to 10.4 and being the league's fifth-best overall rebounder.

To sum it up, Humphries was the middle class man's Kevin Love who also had some spectacular block shots. I'm not sure that's enough to win you Most Improved Player -- seeing as Love himself is a strong candidate too and the Nets were downright awful -- but it definitely deserves a light-hearted tribute video. So kudos to the Nets.

Pretty proud of myself for making it through an entire post referring to Kris Humphries as "The Incredible Hump" without making a single reference to his celebrity girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. Too obvious. I'm above that.

h/t Yardbarker and SB Nation
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:02 am

The Nets' Brooklyn arrival may not be so great

Posted by Matt Moore

The Nets are headed to Brooklyn in 2012, to begin what they hope is an ascent to relevance behind a relocation to the big city. And they'll have a building. Unfortunately, the rest of the swanky new digs they're supposed to be moving into probably won't be there. From the New York Post
Documents filed last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission by developer Bruce Ratner and his Forest City Enterprises warn that the non-arena portions of the plan could experience "further delays" leading to most or all of the rest of the 22-acre, $4.9 billion project being scrapped.

Risks to investors cited in the SEC filings include the potential of rising construction costs and financing rates, loss of arena sponsorships and inability to meet government-approved construction deadlines.

"If any of the foregoing risks were to occur we may . . . not be able to develop Brooklyn Atlantic Yards to the extent intended or at all," according to one of the developers SEC filings.

Ratner and Forest City -- in a doomsday scenario -- could potentially lose $525 million on the project, "excluding any potential write-offs for the arena" and "liquidated damages," the filings say.

Forest City reported "record" earnings the past year ending Jan. 31, in part fueled by selling Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov a majority interest in the money-losing New Jersey Nets, who will move to the Barclays Center arena for the 2012-13 NBA season.
via New Jersey Nets ownership and Bruce Ratner cant deliver on Atlantic Yards plan promises according to SEC papers -

Brooklyn Atlantic Yards was proposed and approved before the economic recession hit, before the real estate crash, before the landscape of development shifted. Now, after pushing through a hardfought neighborhood association effort to block the building of the arena along with navigating difficult political waters, most of the construction won't be completed in time, if at all. The neighborhood groups have to be thrilled with that news. 

What's more, it lends to the continuing public perception that the Nets will always be second place to the Knicks. While the Knicks play in the World's Most Famous Arena, the Nets are moving into a "potentially" non-descript arena in Brooklyn. Whether fair or not, that will be the perception sold. 

But of course, it's still a new building, which is the important thing, in New York, which is the more important thing. This is still a no-lose for Barclays and Prokhorov, and the shopping malls and Dippin' Dots courtyards can be completed at a later date. But the future of the Nets as a franchise remains very much unclear both on and off the court. 
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