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Hollins: Lopez will be ready for opener

October, 24, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In his opinion, Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins believes that center Brook Lopez will be ready for the team’s regular-season opener on Wednesday night in Boston.

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On Oct. 16, the Nets announced that Lopez would miss 10-to-14 days with a mild right midfoot sprain. Friday marks Day 8 of the rehab process.

“He was on the [anti-gravity] treadmill, but he’s doing fine,” Hollins said Friday. “I think he’ll be ready by opening day, but that’s my opinion to talking to with him, but the doctors [still have to clear him].”

So what does Hollins need to see in Lopez before he returns? “That he’s healthy. That’s all. If he’s healthy, he’s gonna play,” Hollins said. “I’d prefer [he practice], but if he doesn’t, it doesn’t matter.”

" Point guard Deron Williams bristled and declined comment when asked about the tape of his right wrist/thumb. Williams has been sporting the tape since the team’s trip to China.

" Power forward Kevin Garnett, who had been sick with a stomach virus since the team returned to China, was back and practicing with his teammates.

" Will shooting guard Joe Johnson become the first Brooklyn Net to ever live in Brooklyn? The New York Post reported that he looked at an apartment in DUMBO.

“I’ve heard something about that,” Johnson said with a smirk. “I looked at a place a while ago. Obviously I didn’t find nothing, but I’m just looking just in case.”

Maybe it’ll happen eventually, just not now.

Nets cut Reed

October, 23, 2014
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The Nets began cutting down their roster by releasing Willie Reed.

Reed, a 6-10 power forward/center, was signed in September to provide an extra big body in camp. He averaged 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two preseason games.

The Nets will need some depth in the front court to protect them in case of injuries. They currently have Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic, Cory Jefferson and Jerome Jordan at power forward and center.

Lopez is currently nursing a mild midfoot sprain in his surgically repaired right foot. The Nets are hoping Lopez will be available for the season opener on Oct. 29.
NEW YORK –- Paul Pierce is surprised and disappointed that the trio of Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett and himself lasted just one season together in Brooklyn.

In his first trip back to New York after the Nets opted not to re-sign him in free agency, Pierce said Kidd’s split with Brooklyn started what felt like a chain reaction and shift in direction for the franchise.

Just a year ago, the Nets were talking championship with Kidd, Pierce and Garnett aboard. Now Pierce is a Washington Wizard and Kidd is coaching the Milwaukee Bucks.

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“I definitely didn’t see all that coming,” Pierce said at Wizards shootaround before Washington played the Knicks at the Garden. “I think it all started with Jason leaving, it was kind of like a domino from there.”

After Kidd was dealt to Milwaukee for two second-round picks following a surprising split, the Nets made the basketball and financial decision to not re-sign Pierce in free agency.

Despite trading three first-round picks for Pierce and Garnett the year before, the Nets felt they would be no closer to winning a title by re-signing Pierce and that his performance didn't justify the amount of money and luxury tax needed to keep him.

Pierce signed a two-year deal with the Wizards for $11 million. The Nets decided to add some younger assets to develop with a veteran core.

“I understand it’s a business,” Pierce said. “I was a little surprised [by not getting a contract offer from the Nets]. But you know, you got to be ready for the business side of it and understand that part. So it didn’t shock me. So no hard feelings. I understand their situation, they understand mine, both [sides] moved on.”

Pierce told NBA.com that the Nets went in a different direction because the team “wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren’t going to be a contender.”

“I believe it,” Kidd said on Sunday when asked about Pierce’s comments about not being offered a contract. “I mean, if they don’t offer [Pierce] a contract worth what a first-round pick is, then why did we do the deal [last year for Pierce and Garnett]?”

Pierce, who shares the same agent (Jeff Schwartz) as Kidd, said he spoke to his ex-Nets boss shortly after he went to Milwaukee in June. Sources said Kidd requested say over personnel and when he was turned down, the Nets granted him permission to talk to the Bucks. Kidd has denied asking for additional power.

“It just kind of happened so fast,” Pierce said. “I had a chance to talk to him, he has his reasons the way things went down. I was a little disappointed because I thought I was going to come back there.

“Jason was one of the main reasons I came to Brooklyn, him and Kevin,” Pierce continued. “But the business, you got to understand the business aspect of it. He moved on, the Nets moved on and people went their different directions.”

Even though Garnett waived his no-trade clause to join Pierce and Kidd in Brooklyn, Pierce expects his good friend to continue playing with the same passion and intensity that has defined Garnett’s career.

“Kevin is a competitive player, one of the best players to ever play this game,” Pierce said. “I expect him to really give everything he’s got every night and continue to build on his legacy. Kevin, what he brings is a lot bigger than what you see, than the numbers.

“You guys look at the numbers and say he does this,” Pierce added. “But as far as his passion, it’s every day, it’s on the court, it’s in the locker room. That’s things that you can’t get in a lot of places in this league.”

Expectations high for Mason Plumlee

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NEW YORK -- Mason Plumlee may be entering his second season in the NBA, but the Brooklyn Nets are expecting a lot out of him in 2014-15.

Plumlee already figured to play a key role off the bench, but might find himself in the starting lineup occasionally given that Brook Lopez has a history of foot injuries and Kevin Garnett is entering his 20th season in the league.

Plumlee put in his best performance of the preseason on Monday night at Barclays Center, dominating the undermanned, lottery-bound Philadelphia 76ers to the tune of 20 points and 17 rebounds.

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Alex Goodlett/Getty ImagesPlumlee hit just 4-for-12 from the foul line vs. the 76ers.
Nets coach Lionel Hollins had urged Plumlee, the team’s first-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, to step it up on the glass. “Coach has been on [Mason] about rebounding the basketball,” Deron Williams said. “Especially after last game [when he had four rebounds], and he definitely stepped up to the challenge tonight.”

The only problem with Plumlee’s night? He couldn’t make a free throw. Plumlee shot just 4-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Might that get Plumlee a reputation as a guy opposing teams want to send to the line in crunch-time? “Might get?” Hollins said with a smirk. “I think he already has that.”

Hollins did add: “He believes he is going to start making them, and I think that as the game slows down for him and he gets more confidence, he will make free throws.

“He wound up having a big game and that’s what we need from him every night. That is the expectation we have for him. Not to get 20 points or 17 rebounds, but to go out and be aggressive.”

Plumlee continues to grow as a basketball player. Last season, the organization expected that he would spend a lot of the season in the D-League. He ended up being a key contributor for Jason Kidd’s team.

This offseason, he started in the Summer League and ended up helping Team USA win gold at the World Cup.

Plumlee still needs to work at his defense, rebounding and free-throw shooting, but he’s recently added some back-to-the-basket moves to his repertoire. And he can definitely still jump high, which is always a good thing.

Plumlee was still getting over the jet-lag from the team’s eight-day trip to China.

He definitely wouldn’t wish a regular-season trip to Asia on any team. “I wouldn’t do that to a team,” Plumlee said. “They aren’t going to listen to me, but I’d vote against that. It’s tough. It’s a full 12-hour time difference. And your sleep is very important as an athlete. You want to be on and locked in. Really, when you see some of the bobbled balls and [being] a step slow, that’s really what that is.”

Garnett, Brown out vs. 76ers

October, 20, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets will again be without Kevin Garnett and Markel Brown due to stomach viruses when they face the Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason matchup on Monday night at Barclays Center.

Garnett and Brown did not play in Sunday’s preseason game against Boston.

Brook Lopez (foot sprain) also remains out. That means Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic will again presumably start in the frontcourt.

'Four less minutes to holler and scream'

October, 18, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sunday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will meet in a preseason game. But it won't be just any preseason game.

The Nets and Celtics will play an experimental, 44-minute game at Barclays Center -- four minutes shorter than the standard 48.

Instead of quarters being 12 minutes long, they’ll run 11 minutes.

The idea, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said, emerged from offseason coaches meetings.

As the NBA looks to improve the flow of games and make them more conducive for television, which has given the league a massive cash infusion, there will be two mandatory timeouts per quarter. There are three mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth quarters of 48-minute games.

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“It’s not the only idea on the table. This is one that [Dallas Mavericks coach] Rick [Carlisle] brought to the table, and it sounded good, so why not give it a try?” Hollins said Friday. “So [Celtics coach] Brad Stevens and myself, because we were playing back-to-backs, thought it might be a good idea to give the league some data, and they agreed to it.”

Asked what type of impact it will have, Hollins joked, “I’ll have four less minutes to holler and scream.”

Decreasing 82 games by four minutes each will result in 328 fewer minutes per season -- which amounts to nearly seven games.

But will that even matter?

“The misnomer is that the game is gonna change drastically,” Hollins said. “The reality is that the starters are still gonna play their minutes, and the guys that come off the bench will probably play less minutes, because there’s four less minutes to be had, that’s all.”

For their careers, Nets starting guards Joe Johnson (36.3) and Deron Williams (35.5) have averaged plenty of minutes. If they continue to play that many minutes, it would leave room for about 16 backcourt minutes for the team’s reserve guards, instead of 24.

“I don’t really know what that does. One minute less per quarter, I don’t see that impacting much of a season,” Williams said. “We’ll see how it goes. They want to try it, and we’re the guinea pigs.”

Some players would prefer fewer games, but that may not be realistic, as fewer games means less money in the owners' pockets.

“There are so many more back-to-backs and in-and-out travel, which wears on a player as much as playing 82 games,” Hollins said. “I don’t see 82 games being changed. At least in my lifetime.”

Since moving to Brooklyn in 2012-13, the Nets have had to play 43 sets of back-to-back games. Last season, the veteran-laden team finished with a paltry 6-14 mark in the second game of back-to-backs. The Nets will play 19 back-to-back sets this season.

“A lot of back-to-backs, four games in five nights. Those things are tough,” Williams said. “They’re tough on your body.”

During the lockout-shortened, 66-game 2011-12 campaign, the Nets lost a whopping 250 manpower games because of injury. Many players were thrown off their customary training routines as a result of a lengthy work stoppage, and to get all the games in in a very finite period of time, the league instituted dreaded back-to-back-to-backs. The hope, of course, is that something like that never happens again.

And then there’s the whole stats thing. Does it go from PER 36 to PER 33? That’s only the start, too ...

So will this 44-minute thing ever happen?

“It’s not close to being something that’s going to happen,” Hollins said, “but it’s one more piece of information for the competition committee to have to have to say if they want to go further and look at it further, then go and do it in the D-League.”

Teletovic takes comfort in experience

October, 18, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Now in his third preseason with the Brooklyn Nets, stretch forward Mirza Teletovic looks much more comfortable and confident.

“I think everything in life is experience,” Teletovic said Saturday. “Year to year, if you keep playing for a team, you always understand more. You’re gonna learn more, and for me I really feel comfortable -- especially because I’ve been playing now for three years with Joe [Johnson], with Deron [Williams], with Brook [Lopez]. And KG [Kevin Garnett] this is my second year with him. They really make it easy for me, they talk to me, they have a lot of experience, so whatever I have trouble with I can ask them. And Coach [Lionel] Hollins is unbelievable. I talk to him every time and if I make a mistake, he tells me, ‘You did it now but just try to get better at it.’”

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesMirza Teletovic admits it was tough adjusting to the NBA's longer 3-point line.
Starting in place of Garnett (rest), Teletovic went 6-for-9 from 3-point range and scored 22 points Wednesday in Beijing. And with Lopez out and Garnett questionable (stomach virus), he’s likely to start again Sunday against Boston -- this time, assuming Garnett doesn’t play, alongside Mason Plumlee.

“In the [motion] system we’re playing I get a lot of open shots, I get a chance to drive and post-up. I really can give a lot of my game,” Teletovic said, noting he really enjoys all the ball movement on offense.

“This year, the whole team, the coaching staff and just everybody around has been positive and it makes for a comfortable environment for me.”

Teletovic said his first year in the NBA was “tough,” and has been helping rookie Bojan Bogdanovic adjust to the transition from Europe.

“I try to help him out as much as I can,” Teletovic said. “He’s adjusted pretty well.”

Bogdanovic has talked about how it’s tough getting comfortable with the NBA’s longer 3-point line.

Said Teletovic: “There is different zones of comfortable. There is a ‘fun comfortable’ zone that I feel right now because I’ve been here for three years and I’ve kind of been shooting a lot and I now know when I get tired how much energy I have to give when I want to shoot.

“Bojan still has to set those rules for himself how to shoot. Once he’s started -- and we’ve talked about it -- here from the corners in the NBA the distance is pretty much shorter, so it’s easier to shoot it when you’re tired from the corners.”

Joked Teletovic, when you’re tired, “Just go to the corner.”

Teletovic knows he needs to improve his rebounding.

“I think rebounding -- same [as] defense -- it’s just something if you have your mindset right, if you say, ‘I’m gonna go get the rebound,' you’re gonna go get it. So I really try to have my mind set on rebounding this year. I think I've improved a bit, and I know once the season starts I need to improve, because I know this team needs me to rebound.

• Plumlee also had a big game Wednesday, scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds. Hollins liked the second-year big man’s aggressiveness and rebounding.

“He’s gotten better. It’s a confidence thing,” Hollins said. “It’s knowing that he has the talent to do it and then believing that he has the talent to do it. That’s what’s important, and he’s getting touches in the post. He had a big game and he had a big overtime in China. We just want to see him continue to grow.”

• When asked if Garnett would sit against the Celtics, Hollins said, “Probably. I don’t know. We’ll see. But even if he goes, he’s probably not gonna play that much.” Garnett has missed the past two practices with the stomach virus.

Notes: With Lopez out, Teletovic steps in

October, 17, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that with Brook Lopez out, he will probably start Mirza Teletovic alongside Kevin Garnett in the frontcourt.

The Nets used Mason Plumlee with the starters during Friday’s practice because Garnett was held out due to a stomach virus.

Teletovic scored 22 points -- including six 3-pointers -- in Wednesday’s preseason game, and has looked very confident shooting the ball. Plumlee has tried to expand his post game in the offseason, and showed off a couple new back-to-the-basket moves against the Kings.

Deron Williams said the Nets could look to post Joe Johnson and himself up as well.

• Lopez did suffer his mild right mid-foot sprain on this play I posted via Vine early Friday morning:



• Nets GM Billy King is optimistic despite Lopez’s lengthy history of foot injuries.

“It is what it is. Whatever happens, I think you’ve always got to look at it from a standpoint that the glass is always half-full,” King said. “I never look at things -- even when he had other injuries before this -- like the sky was falling. That’s why you have a team sport.”

• Hollins on the team’s upcoming Sunday-Monday back-to-back: “I probably won’t play our main guys (starters) in both games at the same time.” He also said he expects all the players to fly to Boston for next Wednesday’s preseason finale, “but I don’t know if everybody will play.”

Beijing brings out D-Will of old

October, 15, 2014
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Deron WilliamsNg Han Guan/AP PhotoWilliams scored 13 points with eight assists and five rebounds vs. the Kings in Beijing.
On one possession during the third quarter, he used a series of crossover dribbles to drive into the lane and make a layup.

On another possession during that same quarter, he used a crossover to create separation between himself and his defender before nailing a stepback jumper.

This was the Deron Williams of old at work.

Sure, it was just a meaningless preseason game, but Williams looked quick and agile, yet another sign that his surgically-repaired ankles are feeling great.

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Joe Murphy/Getty ImagesWilliams signs a ball after the game at the MasterCard Center in Beijing.
In 26 minutes of action on Wednesday, Williams scored 13 points, dished out eight assists, grabbed five rebounds and had just one turnover, as the Brooklyn Nets completed a two-game China sweep of the Sacramento Kings with a 129-117 double-overtime victory in Beijing.

“I think Deron Williams has been very consistent. I think his heath is back and he’s playing with confidence,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins told reporters.

Williams was wearing what appeared to be a wrap around his right wrist and thumb in the first half, but abandoned it in the second half, and his play seemed to take off as a result.

Said Williams of amping up his performance in the third: “I definitely hit some shots. I made a conscious effort to be more aggressive to start the quarter. We were down a bit, we needed to pick it up and have a little bit more energy on both ends of the floor, and so I just tried to be aggressive.”

If he’s able to sustain his health, Williams could have a big year. The Nets have surrounded him with a myriad of offensive weapons. The 30-year-old veteran and center Brook Lopez has been tough to stop when running the pick-and-roll. Meanwhile, Williams has a ton of shooters around him, which enables the team to really spread the floor and get excellent spacing for its “flex” motion offensive sets.

“I really enjoyed the two games over here,” Williams said. “I think our team really got a lot out of it.”

As for playing 44-minute quarters Sunday, Williams said, “I don’t know how much a minute (less) a quarter is going to impact the game. I guess we’ll see on Sunday when we play the game, but I’m for whatever the NBA is for.”

The Nets have a 14-hour flight back to America -- but at least they can board that flight knowing Williams took another positive step in the right direction as he looks to return to All-Star form.

Notes:

Nets power forward Kevin Garnett got a day off to rest. Hollins said he wanted to look at the young guys on the roster. Mirza Teletovic started in Garnett’s place and was potent from beyond the arc, hitting six 3-pointers. ... Hollins returned to the bench after missing Sunday’s game in Shanghai due to illness. ... Alan Anderson returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game due to an abdominal injury.

KG's mentality is to 'be more aggressive'

October, 14, 2014
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Kevin Garnett can’t guarantee how he will play each night this season.

But he vows to be more aggressive than he was last season.

“My mindset last year was taking a step back,” Garnett said in an interview with the BrooklynNets.com. “This year is to be more aggressive, to get back to my winning ways because I’m an aggressive person and I’m an aggressive player, to bring that attitude."

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Garnett, 38, says he began training earlier this offseason, preparing to play in his 20th season even if he didn’t notify the Nets of his plans early on this summer.

“I’m playing with a better spirit," said Garnett, whose Nets play the Kings in Beijing on Wednesday. “I started earlier this year. I got back to my winning ways, knowing to touch the ball early.

“July, I started jogging a little bit; weights the whole time. I got back to my old regimen and even though I didn’t say anything or talk to [GM] Billy [King] or anybody from the Nets, I had started to prepare as if I was going to play this year.”

In two preseason games so far, Garnett has a total of 12 points and nine rebounds in 30 combined minutes.

Head coach Lionel Hollins has said that Garnett will play more than the 20.5 minutes he averaged last season if he is playing well and is healthy. Garnett averaged 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in 54 regular season games last season.

“I’m going to be productive,” Garnett said. “I’m going to mess some things up. It’s a new system. I’m going to look great some nights. I’m going to look [like] trash on some nights.”

“The fact that giving an effort, 100-percent, like I always have done, and coming out here with a better spirit, I think could carry me over the top,” he added. “I’m just focused on that right there.”

Lionel update: The Nets said Paul Westphal ran practice yesterday. Hollins did not coach Sunday’s game against Sacramento due to illness. Hollins’ availability against the Kings in Beijing will be determined on Wednesday.

Nets visit China's Great Wall

October, 13, 2014
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Andrei KirilenkoJoe Murphy/Getty ImagesAndrei Kirilenko and Sacramento's Omri Casspi pose on the Great Wall of China as part of the 2014 NBA Global Games.
Brooklyn Nets players Jarrett Jack, Alan Anderson, Markel Brown and Andrei Kirilenko, used Monday’s off-day in Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China.

The Nets face the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday morning (7:30 a.m. ET) in Beijing.

The team will then fly home to the U.S. to finish off its preseason schedule.

The Nets defeated the Kings 97-95 in Shanghai on Sunday.

Jack finds 'new beginning' in Brooklyn

October, 13, 2014
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Jarrett Jack certainly didn’t draw it up this way.

When the 30-year-old point guard started high school, he didn’t think he’d end up attending four different high schools.

And when he got drafted in 2005 out of college, Jack didn’t think he’d wind up being involved in five different trades and playing for seven NBA different teams over the past decade.

That’s just the way it’s worked out.

“I think when we get drafted, we have a certain dream that we envision or a way that we think things are supposed to go,” Jack, now with the Brooklyn Nets, said in a recent interview after practice.

“All of us would’ve loved to stay with one franchise for our entire tenure in the NBA, but I look at it as a plus. I’ve been able to live in numerous amounts of places, get familiar with different cities, see how people react in different environments, and that’s what I love about it the most.”

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Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsJack believes he's primed to have a big year in Brooklyn.
Would he like to stay in Brooklyn for a while? “I hope so,” Jack said. “I always wondered what living in the tri-state area would be like, so I’m kinda getting accustomed to the way things are and feeling my way through traffic.”

For now, Jack says, he’ll live in New Jersey near the team’s East Rutherford practice facility. “We’ll see what happens,” he said.

A new beginning in Brooklyn

During the 2012-13 playoffs, Jarrett Jack was unstoppable.

He averaged 17.2 points and 4.7 assists in 35.5 minutes per game for the Golden State Warriors while shooting 50.6 percent from the field. The 12-game stretch represented the best stretch of basketball Jack has played during his 10-year career.

He parlayed that postseason success into a four-year, $25 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but struggled to produce on a young team which quickly found itself in rebuilding mode.

The Nets, who coveted Jack dating back to last season’s trade deadline, acquired him in a three-way deal over the summer -- which enabled Cleveland to bring back superstar LeBron James with its extra cap space -- with the hope that he can rediscover his sparkplug scoring ways off their bench.

Jack believes he’s primed to have a big year in Brooklyn. “No question,” he said. “With the combination of the system and then the players that draw so much attention themselves, it allows opportunities for all of us to be successful.”

There will certainly be plenty of offensive weapons around him. “[We have] a lot of guys on the perimeter, and we’ve got a nice anchor in the middle like Brook (Lopez) that’s going to draw a lot of attention,” Jack said. “We have to do our best job of trying to take advantage of the opportunities that come our way.”

Jack will wear No. 0 this season, which represents “new beginnings,” he said.

The winding road it took to get here

The first time Jarrett Jack lived away from home, he was 15. He missed hanging around with the friends he had made when he was young. He lost touch with several people much earlier than he wanted to.

But basketball was his dream, and he enrolled in the finest private schools in order to set himself up for a bright future.

First, Jack attended DeMatha Catholic and St. Vincent Pallotti in his native state, Maryland. From there it was on to Mount Zion Academy in North Carolina and finally, Worcester Academy in Massachusetts.

As a junior, he scored 56 points in a game. As a senior, he averaged 20.2 points, 10.5 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals.

Jack went on to play college ball at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he spent three years before declaring for the draft.

The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Jack’s rights after he was selected 22nd overall by the Denver Nuggets in 2005. He spent three seasons in Portland, emerging as the starter in his second season in the league.

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But Jack has yet to play consecutive full seasons in the same place ever since.

He’s been with Indiana, Toronto, New Orleans, Golden State, Cleveland and now, Brooklyn.

According to basketball-reference.com, Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith share the NBA record for most franchises played -- 12.

What he brings to the table

It doesn’t take long to realize that Jarrett Jack likes to run. He likes to push tempo.

Maybe the Nets’ first unit prefers to play slow. Jack doesn’t.

Even though it’s been only two preseason games, Jack seems like the perfect change-of-pace player Brooklyn can bring off its bench to provide a spark. He’s averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 assists in 22.5 minutes. He’s turned the ball over just twice.

Nets coach Lionel Hollins has floated the idea of playing Jack and starter Deron Williams together in the same backcourt at the end of games. “I think Jarrett’s probably going to be one of the biggest X-factors for this team,” Joe Johnson said on media day. “I think he’s very underrated, a guy that can do multiple things, as far as catch and shoot, shooting off the dribble, create, defending, another ball handler who can break down the defense. So I think it’s only a plus for us, man. I was excited when we got him.”

Jack, who has made $31.2 million during his career, has two seasons left on his contract, though only $500,000 of his $6.3 million annual wage is guaranteed for 2016-17.

History suggests that Jack might not be around that long here either.

But he’d probably be just fine with that. After all, Jarrett Jack has grown accustomed to being on the move.

Nets take selfies, get set for Shanghai series

October, 11, 2014
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The Brooklyn Nets face the Sacramento Kings in the first of two preseason games in China on Sunday morning (1 a.m. ET/NBATV) in Shanghai.

Here are a couple of updates from the team’s Saturday practice:

Anderson returns: Small forward Alan Anderson, who has been dealing with a sore abdominal, which caused him to miss Tuesday’s preseason opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv, returned to practice. The Nets did not report any injuries Saturday.

The kids will play: Nets coach Lionel Hollins told the team’s official website: “I want to see more of our young players. The vets are going to play less.” Some of those minute totals Tuesday: Deron Williams 29, Joe Johnson 27, Brook Lopez 24, Kevin Garnett 19.

Brook vs. Cousins: Lopez said after scoring 20 points and grabbing five boards Tuesday that he’s still working out the kinks and trying to get his explosiveness and timing back. Lopez will have a tough test against the broad-shouldered DeMarcus Cousins, who averaged 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds last season. For what it’s worth, Lopez looked much like the same player he has been Tuesday -- an incredible scorer who struggles in other facets of the game (rebounding, overall defense). It’s only preseason, but you do have to wonder if what you see is what you’re going to get from Lopez -- which can be good or bad depending on your perspective. Lopez also may get a chance to play against his old practice buddy, Reggie Evans.

King for a day: The Kings aren’t expected to make the playoffs in the Western Conference, but they should be fun to watch. Cousins and Rudy Gay are the truly recognizable names on the team. Both played for Team USA with Mason Plumlee in the FIBA World Cup. Ben McLemore is explosive. Isaiah Thomas left for Phoenix, but Darren Collison, Ramon Sessions and Nik Stauskas have come into the fold. The Kings are fast, athletic and like to push the tempo, which could be a challenge for the Nets, who would much prefer to play at a slower pace.

Let me take a selfie: The Nets were certainly enjoying themselves high atop a building in Shanghai, where they posed for the team photo, as well as a few selfies.

#NBARank: D-Will drops. Again.

October, 10, 2014
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Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams was ranked 55th in ESPN’s #NBARank, registering a 6.72 rating.

Here’s how D-Will’s #NBARank ranking has fallen since we started doing it four years ago:

2011: Ninth
2012: 10th
2013: 20th
2014: 55th

We’ve already chronicled his tenure with New Jersey/Brooklyn several times, so there’s no need to do so again.

But what we can say is Williams has looked healthy since undergoing offseason surgery on both of his ankles.

The question is, can he sustain that health?

What do you think about D-Will’s #NBARank? Fair? Unfair? Can he turn it around? Let us know in the comments section below.

#NBARank: JJ at No. 59

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Joe Johnson and Deron WilliamsNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images
We’re finally catching up on this year’s installment of ESPN's #NBARank.

Here’s a look at where the Brooklyn Nets ranked. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez have yet to be revealed:

59. Joe Johnson: 6.63 rating (2013 rank: 59)

112. Mason Plumlee: 5.44 rating (2013 rank: 355)

113. Kevin Garnett: 5.42 rating (2013 rank: 41)

164. Andrei Kirilenko: 4.68 rating (2013 rank: 101)

197. Jarrett Jack: 4.35 rating (2013 rank: 115)

216. Mirza Teletovic: 4.10 rating (2013 rank: 318)

261. Alan Anderson: 3.60 rating (2013 rank: 293)

327. Bojan Bogdanovic: 3.06 rating (2013 rank: NR)

344. Marquis Teague: 2.92 rating (2013 rank: 274)

389. Sergey Karasev: 2.48 rating (2013 rank: 314)

426. Cory Jefferson 2.15 rating (2013: NR)

451. Markel Brown: 1.92 rating (2013 rank: NR)

475. Jorge Gutierrez: 1.73 rating (2013 rank: NR)

What do you think of the rankings? Let us know in the comments section below.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8