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Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Nets strike sponsorship deal with Zippo lighters

The New Jersey Nets have struck a sponsorship deal with Zippo lighters. Posted by Ben Golliver nets-owner Hey, New Jersey Nets fans! If Travis Outlaw's attempts to play defense or Terrence Williams' inability to show up for practice on time have ever driven you to the mezzanine for a smoke break, I have some good news for you. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov now has you halfway covered, thanks to a new sponsorship deal between the team and Zippo lighters.  The New York Times reports that the Nets' new deal with Zippo is aimed at NBA fans both at home and abroad.
The Nets and Zippo will announce a sponsorship that includes court-side advertising. The one-year deal is believed to be worth “low six figures,” according to an industry source. The sponsorship will also include advertising on local radio broadcasts and ads on the Nets’ English and Russian-language Web sites.
Zippo would love to sell a few more lighters in New Jersey, of course, but they are really interested in reaching hard-smoking fans in Russia. Thanks to the Nets’ new owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, more Nets games are being broadcast in Russia. That gives American companies a chance to reach Russian consumers without having to advertise in Russia, where cigarette smoking is far more widespread. 
To complete the in-game experience, the Nets will begin shooting packs of Marlboro lights into the stands out of bazooka guns and will encourage the team's cheerleaders to twirl giant cigars during their timeout routines.  Only kidding, of course, but this feels like it has slippery slope potential for an international man of mystery like Prokhorov, who has proven to be no stranger to bending the rules. Courtside signs for lighters today, Stoli vodka keg stands for the kids tomorrow. 
Posted on: November 26, 2010 1:53 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Black Friday: Your NBA Shopping Guide

A list of NBA deals on the biggest shopping day of the year. Posted by Matt Moore




As we speak the hording masses are overrunning exhausted store clerks in a mad Turducken-leftover fueled crush of commerce that we call Black Friday. From sweatpants to hot pants to hi-def televisions and tablets with screens two sizes too small, the countryside is alive with the sound of financial transactions, and everything is on sale.

But what about in the NBA? Surely as your aunt is busy buying you long underwear that looks like it may have been part of Carrot Top's personal brand, there are similar discount deals available across the league, and indeed, we have some. If your team is looking for that perfectly holiday gift to complete their team, here's a few of the bargain Black Friday deals they can find on sale right now.

Expiring Veteran Power Forward, 50 cents on the dollar!
Troy Murphy is healthy. Troy Murphy has a good track record of production. Troy Murphy is not with the Nets. The Nets sent him home to "get in condition" even though he says he's good to go. It's partially because he's having trouble getting up to speed with his injury and partially because Avery Johnson is as temperamental as that dynamite they found on LOST . Just because it's not working out for him so far in New Jersey doesn't mean he wouldn't work fine. He's like that toaster with the beat up box that's sold as-is.

Numbskull Wing, Buy 1, get 1 pick free!
Speaking of Avery Johnson and his endless spring of patience, Terrence Williams is also at home , after being suspended for violating team rules. Now, Ben Golliver thinks Williams is just a knucklehead , and that's certainly possible. But this is the NBA. Knuckleheads make millions of dollars and wind up winning championships. Williams is talented but apparently doesn't have a spot in Averyland. Teams looking to snag a rookie contract with some talent can likely get Williams for a kind word and low first round pick at this point. Throw the Nets a bone with some actual talent and you can likely swing Williams and one of the Nets' picks. That is if Avery doesn't let him go on Black Friday all together.

Slumping Sub-Star, 75 cents on the dollar! O.J. Mayo is in a slump. He hasn't hit a wall, he's not regressing, he is still the third best player on the Memphis Grizzlies. But he's hit a slump. And instead of the endless amount of patience spent on Mike Conley over the past four years (which is working out brilliantly for the Grizzlies, despite my being a moron and blasting him as the worst point guard in basketball which is no longer true), apparently all those games O.J. helped win them mean less as he's been jerked to the bench. Lionel Hollins says it's just because he wants scoring punch off the bench . But Xavier Henry is now starting, despite him being approximately as prepared as a 9th grade pothead for organic chemistry. With Mike Conley's (totally reasonable!) extension, and Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph also due extensions, moving Mayo would simplify matters significantly for the Grizzlies. But they have to do so while he's in a slump. Trading a brilliant scrorer while he's lighting it up just won't do. Get 'em while the Mayo's... nevermind.

"Off-Limits" Superstar, Super-Secret Bargain Find! Denver's 8-6. Which ain't bad. It's also not great. And while there have been times when Denver looked decent, there have also been times when they look like they're inches away from utter implosion. and still... Melo doesn't have an extension.

And without an extension, he's still on the market. Denver's holding out hope, but they're also swaying. It just takes the right set of pressure applied to the right time to get a crack. And from there, you've got Melo. The idea of needing him with extension is fading as teams start convincing themselves they can convince him at season's end. So the trick is to apply the pressure and get Ujiri at the right moment before the offers start increasing, driving the value up. Melo's not off the table. And as long as he's not locked down, he's for sale.

Mega-Star Up for Grabs, Inquire For Availability
. Chris Bosh can't be on the market. Right? I mean, he can't be. He just got there. But if there's one member of the team that best represents the failures of the team's promise, it's Bosh. Bosh, who never waned to play center specifically because he's not made of steel and brawn, has been seen as a failure because he isn't those things on a team that needs it. He's less of a power forward and more of a grace forward. At least LeBron's got the numbers; Bosh has a few nice games and that's all.

Moving Bosh would be nearly impossible even if the Heat wanted to, due to the fact that right now he looks like a weak-willed third wheel with a massive contract. But if some team really wanted a superstar and had a package of talented bigs to offer, it's hard to see Pat Riley not at least writing the figures down on a notepad to kick around later.

Vintage Antique, Will Accept Best Offer. Juwan Howard is easy to make jokes about at 37 years old. But he got it done for the Blazers last year and wasn't the worst Heat player this year. If your team needs a big with experience, Howard's got it in spades. Just make sure you wipe the dust off the bottle.

Posted on: November 25, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Tardy Terrence Williams runs afoul of Nets

New Jersey Nets guard Terrence Williams is having problems showing up on time and head coach Avery Johnson is weighing his options. Posted by Ben Golliverterrence-williams 

Update (Friday):

Yesterday (below), we advocated a policy that would make New Jersey Nets wing Terrence Williams think about his professional obligations. Today, NorthJersey.com reports that, rather than being left indefinitely inactive, Williams has been assigned to the D-League, where he will play for the Springfield Armor. Same message, different method: smart move. Original Post (Thursday):

Terrence Williams, a second-year guard for the New Jersey Nets, has the skills and physical tools to be a much more productive player in the NBA than he has shown so far. Big-bodied and with excellent leaping ability, Williams should be a solid, physical second-unit wing capable of getting his own shot and bodying up on his man. Instead, Williams is a giant question mark for the Nets and head coach Avery Johnson, as he has reportedly been late to practices and shootarounds multiple times. He was deactivated by the team last week, didn't travel on the team's current road trip and has appeared in just eight games so far this year, averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 20 minutes per game. His stats are down across the board from his rookie numbers. Johnson is a known disciplinarian, and on a young team like the Nets sometimes examples need to be set. Williams, it sounds like, is becoming one of those examples. Fed up with his continued tardiness after being fined, the Nets and Johnson, NorthJersey.com reports, are now exploring their options regarding Williams.
At this point, the Nets are not planning to fine Williams (again), suspend him, send him to the NBA Developmental League or trade him. His value is too low.
The Nets will see whether Williams, who repeatedly has been late, has gotten the message. Then Johnson and general manager Billy King will decide whether to activate him and bring him to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game, or keep him inactive until he learns his lesson. "Billy and I will sit together on the flight and come up with a solid course of action of what we want to do," Johnson said. "I will have an answer on Friday. A definitive answer, no sugarcoating it, no gray area, we’ll have an answer."
In a related NJ.com report, the Nets are said to be weighing a release, trade or additional fines, or leaving him on the inactive list.
Johnson said a suspension of Williams, who did not make the trip to Boston with the team, is “not one of the options that we’ve discussed.’’ He did say that one of the options is simply bringing Williams back on the active roster after his two-game punishment.
So if suspension is not being considered and reinstating Williams is, what other options are there? Well, Williams could be waived, or traded or fined. But Johnson said Tuesday that the team had fined Williams before, and that had not corrected the problem. One other option, of course, would be to simply leave Williams on the inactive list indefinitely.
A trade of Williams, at this point, seems unlikely, as word is certainly out around the league about his work habits, and that's a giant red flag in the short term, but could dissipate after a solid stretch of productive play. In other words, trading him now would be selling low. The Nets would be foolish to waive Williams, and this seems like the least likely possibility. He is an asset, if only as a salary number for a larger trade, and, if he gets his stuff together he could be a valuable piece for this team. If fines aren't working, and it sounds like they're not, the Nets will likely decide between letting him rejoin the team under certain conditions, letting him rejoin the team but remain on the bench, or leaving him inactive for a stretch. I like the last option, because it gets the message across: playing in the NBA is not a gift, it's an honor that demands a high level of professionalism. No NBA player, no matter how confused or unfocused he might be, wants to sit indefinitely, not knowing his fate.  Playing time is always the best motivator. A stretch away from team and court has done wonders for players with much larger problems and issues than Williams. 
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Shootaround 11.24.10: Winners and losers

People trying to keep LeBron out of the All-Star Game, Jarrett Jack doubts the Heat, Durant and Beasley as young guns, and T-Will is out of sight, out of mind, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • There's a movement afoot specifically to keep LeBron James out of the All-Star Game. It's things like this that trot the fine line at the nexus of funny, pathetic, and mean. Props for the idea, but just because you don't like a guy's ego, is that really reason to sully a system to honor play that's been in place for decades? And this is all beyond the fact that it would take coaches about forty five seconds to select him as a reserve and then all of a sudden the person atually voted in would have a hamstring injury.
  • Terrence Williams looked like a star in the making last year. Now he's been suspended for two games for "violations of team policy" whle Avery Johnson is talking about him "not getting" it. A perfect example of how a coaching change can dramtically alter a player's forecast. Meanwhile, if Williams is on the block, the Grizzlies and Bulls should both be on the horn to see if they can grab him at a bargain bin price.
  • Jarrett Jack, a winner his whole career except for when he wasn't winning, which was most of his career, is already ready to pack it in on the Heat, saying their failure could curtail others from going the superstar route. In other news, Jack put the cart before the horse and said "Done!" before walking off. The Hornets are 0-1 since Jack arrived, clearly indicating he's not a winner. See what I did there? You see? Because he said ...
  • Spurs fans were joking about Ime Udoka being signed last week, and now it has happened . Still bizarre they thought Udoka was more valuable than Gee.
  • Flip Saunders, getting digs in on Doug Collins. Better hurry to get them in, he may not be around long.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 12:43 am
Edited on: November 13, 2010 12:49 am
 

NBA stars react to Kevin Love's 31-31

Posted by Matt Moore

You do something amazing in the NBA, you're going to get people talking. Even your peers. After Kevin Love notched 31 points and 31 rebounds against the Knicks, NBA players took to Twitter to shoutout to the youngster for his remarkable achievement. Some of the best:































Posted on: September 23, 2010 7:02 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Preseason Primers: Nets

Posted by Royce Young

The Nets made moves this offseason, including a change in ownership and front office personell. And they're also a major player in the Carmelo sweepstakes. So all of this could be moot within the week. But as of now, they aren't the team that flirted with the worst record ever anymore. They're improved and they have a shot to actually be mediocre this year.

Training camp site: Newark, NJ

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Travis Outlaw (free agent), Troy Murphy (trade), Derrick Favors (draft), Jordan Farmar (free agent), Anthony Morrow (free agent)

Key subtractions: Yi Jianlian (free agent), Courtney Lee (trade), Chris Douglas-Roberts (free agent)

Likely starting lineup: Devin Harris, PG; Terrence Williams, SG; Travis Outlaw, SF; Troy Murphy, PF; Brook Lopez, C

Player to watch: Derrick Favors. The young big man is as physically gifted as any player that's come into the league we've seen. He's been compared to Dwight Howard when Howard entered the league as a rookie, and the comparison is fairly accurate. Favors is built like a rock, has insane athletic ability and his job will be to develop some semblance of a post game or potentially some pick-and-roll ability.

Chemistry quiz: With all the Carmelo trade talk, you have to wonder if that's had any affect on the names that have been mentioned. More than likely, they've tuned it all out, but as excited as Troy Murphy was to land on his childhood favorite team, it's got to be a bit of a shadow hanging over him wondering if he'll be dealt to Denver at any moment.

Camp battles: Can Anthony Morrow push Terrence Williams for the starting 2-guard spot? To answer my own question because that's why I asked it, yes, he can. Morrow is a great shooter, while Williams is more of a slasher. But depending on how Harris plays this season with Williams, Morrow could be a better fit.

Biggest strength: The Nets will be big and strong on the inside. Brook Lopez, Troy Murphy and Derrick Favors all combine to give New Jersey an imposing front line that's athletic, versatile and most importantly, very large.

Glaring weakness: Scoring. After Vince Carter's depature, the Nets haven't been able to find a consistent 20 point a game guy. Devin Harris is a nice scoring point guard, Terrence Williams has potential, Travis Outlaw is an okay talent and Brook Lopez and Murphy get some, but not a ton of points on the inside. The Nets really need a scorer that can be relied on when things get tough in a close game. Who that could be, I don't know. Seriously, nobody comes to mind right now. I'm thinking, I'm thinking... yep, nothing.
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 11:13 am
 

Pop Quiz: Who's the worst?

Posted by Matt Moore

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a few short weeks. To get you ready for the NBA season, we've put together 25 pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question...

Who will be the worst team in the NBA this season?


It's a depressing question, isn't it? Who's going to fail more than any other? Someone has to win the fewest number of games this year. So who's on the list?

The Returning Champ: The New Jersey Nets

You can't just let the reigning "champs" off the list without giving them a chance to repeat! The Nets were the worst team in the league last year, only able to avoid the worst mark of all time due to a late surge. It was a startling development, one that baffled a lot of NBA heads, because the team really did have talent. But for whatever reason (injury, chemistry, coaching, pure terrible luck), it never came together and the team plummeted into the depths. So are they doomed to repeat history?

The Nets struck out in free agency for the top names but still brought in good players. Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Travis Outlaw, and Troy Murphy will all be suiting up for the Nets alongside Devin Harris, Terrence Williams, and Brook Lopez. With the development of the younger players, the addition of a few talented veterans, and a more demanding coach in Avery Johnson, the Nets may not be in position to push for the playoffs, but they are unlikely to repeat as the worst team in the NBA.

The New Kids: The Toronto Raptors


Our first victim of the free-agency summer of doom. After losing Chris Bosh to the triad, GM Brian Colangelo went on a firesale. He ditched Hedo Turkoglu for Leandro Barbosa and sent Marco Belinelli for Julian Wright. He did spend some money, though, giving Amir Johnson a hefty new deal and bringing Linas Kleiza back from overseas. The Raptors lost a huge chunk of salary, and weren't that great to begin with. They are teetering on the abyss. Will they fall off?

Bear in mind that we're talking the worst here. Not bad, but the worst. And the Raptors could assuredly reach that mark if everything were to go wrong. But there are bright spots. Andrea Bargnani, for all his rebound-void, yogurty, forceless  weaknesses, can still hit from anywhere on the floor, and might actually get to play where he's best (high-post and mid-range) with Bosh gone instead of trying to impersonate a traditional center. DeMar DeRozan has the athleticism and range to be able to become a leader. Sonny Weems continues to impress, Amir Johnson will forever be lauded as the next great (whistle) defensive player (whistle) if only he could (whistle) stop fouling (whistle). If the Raptors drop off a cliff, it'll be because the chemistry wasn't fit to hold, or because the real problem in Toronto hasn't been Colangelo's roster, but Triano's coaching.

The Dark Horse: The Washington Wizards


How could any team with John Wall be the worst team in the league? When you have as fragile a chemistry set as this team does. That's how. The Wizards are a long shot to burrow into the trash heap the furthest, but with Gilbert Arenas anything but a sure thing, there's just no telling how this is going to work out. We thought the biggest concern with Arenas last year was if he could stay healthy a full season. We didn't even get to answer that. Andray Blatche is the third best player on the team, and that could go any number of ways. He could be a consistent scorer, working in tandem with Wall, and showcasing the scoring ability he showed last season. Or he could become a space cadet again. JaVale McGee showed great things in Summer League, but he's yet to prove he can be someone to be relied on as the primary big.

Wall is likely to be good enough to drag this team out of the very basement, and if everything were to go right (and I mean everything), the Wizards could find themselves in contention for the playoffs. But if another chemistry blow-up happens and Flip Saunders is unable to contain the damage and get through, the Wizards could be a two-year disaster.

The Favorite: The Minnesota Timberwolves


Okay, let's try the opposite. Let's try and figure out how the Wolves could avoid being the worst team in the league. Option No. 1, another team has a rash of injuries that makes Houston seem like Phoenix. Okay, barring that, Option No.2, we need the following to occur:

A. Luke Ridnour picks up where he left off in Milwaukee, being a solid game manager and reliable shooter.
B. Martell Webster slides in and immediately begins to contribute as he did in Portland, providing the perimeter scoring missing in Minny last year.
C. Wesley Johnson was in fact, the best player available at 3, better or at least within range of DeMarcus Cousins only without the chemistry problems, and is able to pick up the pro game's speed and awareness necessary to contribute.
D. Jonny Flynn recovers on schedule from hip surgery.
E. Kurt Rambis and David Kahn get over whatever problems they had with Kevin Love last season, and Love is allowed to be on the floor and become the player everyone else believes he is.
F. Darko Milicic actually was worth five years and $20 million, and alongside Love makes for a stout front court.
G. The triangle, one of the more complex and difficult systems to run, which has only been successful for two teams under one coach with the best or second best player in the league at all times, magically works for a lottery team lacking in both veteran smarts and talent.
H. Mike Beasley really was just misunderstood.

That's a lot that needs to go right. Wolves fans tend to think the media picks on them because of their market. As a proponent of small markets, I'm here to say that's not the case. It's because this team is bad. It was built badly, with bad contracts for bad players, with a bad system for its personnel, and it needs significant upgrades at nearly every position and at multiple depth levels in order to make itself right. The Wolves could come together and shove it in the faces of all the doubters. But until we see the actual manifestation of all the supposed potential the roster holds, your Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to be the worst team in the NBA this season.


 
 
 
 
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