Brooklyn Nets: Jerry Stackhouse

Stackhouse supports Jason Collins

April, 29, 2013
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In the little time Jerry Stackhouse spent as Jason Collins' teammate during the 2011-12 season in Atlanta, Collins won over the Brooklyn Nets forward. Stackhouse can fondly recall playing card games on planes with the center and how Collins always used to lend him extra tickets.

Monday, Collins announced that he is gay, becoming the first active athlete in a United States men's team sport to do so. Stackhouse had nothing but kind words of support and praise for his former teammate.

"I'm just totally in support. Jason is a great teammate," Stackhouse said before Game 5 against Chicago. "I think if there's anybody that can carry that mantra and the character to stand behind it and carry the flag for other players, I think it's Jason. He was a great teammate and I wish him the best."

Stackhouse, 38, talked Monday with Collins and said Collins said he was tired of not being able to be himself. Stackhouse said he told Collins the big man was one of his favorite teammates and he's going to be encouraging others to support Collins. He hopes this is a monumental day for the league.

"If there's someone to do it and someone who has the personality, the smarts and the character to do it, I think Jason is the guy," Stackhouse said. "We're going to hopefully rally around him not only our league, [but] our player's union and our general body. We can educate each other. I think this is only going to spark great dialogue, and I think a lot of times that subject is something guys shy away from, but I think now that we can have healthy dialogue and try to ease those fears."

Collins spent time this season with Boston and Washington and is now a free agent. Stackhouse said he believes it would do wonders for the league to have a team sign Collins. He joked that he hopes David Stern could pull some strings and land Collins a roster spot.

"I think the real response would be once he gets a job," Stackhouse said. "I'm pulling for him to be able to play with that in the league. I'm interested to see how he performs without carrying that burden that he's carried for the 12 years he's been in the league and probably longer in his life. Just having that weight off his shoulders, how great he can perform at his craft with that weight lifted."

Collins' announcement comes on the same day the Nets try to keep their season alive against the Bulls, who have a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Stackhouse entertained questions for 18 minutes prior to the game and said it puts things into perspective.

"[It] just lets us know there's a lot of things a lot bigger than the game. We live and die ... on a night-to-night basis because this is our job and what we do," Stackhouse said. "But people are facing a lot bigger issues than winning a basketball game. Whether we win this game or play a Game 6 ... there's a lot of uncertain roads for one of our brothers going forward. And that's why I think we need to support him not only as a league, not only as a union, not only as a body, but just as human beings, and I think that the fact this is a big day for us."

Nets rout the Pistons to open road trip

March, 18, 2013
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The Brooklyn Nets couldn’t have started off their eight-game circus road trip any better.

On Monday night, they picked up their second-largest victory of the season, routing the Detroit Pistons, 119-82, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nets (39-28), who moved within a half game of the New York Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division standings, led by as many as 45. Their 119 points tied a season-high.

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Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY SportsDeron Williams paced the Nets in their win over the Pistons in Detroit.
“We really disappointed ourselves last night,” Deron Williams told the YES Network, referring to the team’s 105-93 to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. “This was a big game for us. We needed to win this game, and we came out and played that way.”

Williams led the Nets with 31 points in 28 minutes -- scoring 14 in both the first and third quarters. It was his fourth 30-plus point game this season. Since the All-Star break, D-Will is averaging 23.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting -- 46 percent from 3-point range.

“I feel a lot more comfortable out there,” Williams said. “I think as team we feel more comfortable with each other. Our chemistry is getting better. We just want to keep building on that.”

Brook Lopez added 18 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes, while Joe Johnson had 13 points in 24 minutes. None of Brooklyn’s big three played in the fourth quarter. The Bench Mob, led by Jerry Stackhouse, combined for 49 points. Stackhouse, playing for the first time since Jan. 26, had 10 points on 5-for-6.

As a team, the Nets had just nine turnovers; they are 20-6 when they commit 13 or fewer turnovers. Meanwhile, they limited the Pistons to 1-for-18 from 3-point range.

One down. Seven to go.

“Hopefully this performance jumpstarts this trip,” Williams said. “If we can the way we did tonight -- offensively and defensively -- we’ll be fine.”

Rapid Reaction: Nets 119, Pistons 82

March, 18, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets got off to a great start on their eight-game circus road trip, routing the Detroit Pistons, 119-82, on Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Brooklyn’s 119 points tied a season-high.

Deron Williams -- who else? -- led the way for the Nets with 31 points and five assists, while Brook Lopez added 18 points and seven rebounds and Joe Johnson chipped in 13 points. None of them played the fourth quarter.

The Nets (39-28), who shot 54.2 percent from the field and led by as many as 43, improved to 23-4 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played). The Pistons, who shot 1-for-18 from 3-point range, have lost nine straight.

INJURIES: The Nets were without Keith Bogans (ankle) and Kris Humphries (back). With Bogans out, Jerry Stackhouse played for the first time since Jan. 26, recording 10 points in 19 minutes on 5-for-6 shooting. The Bench Mob combined for 49 points. Remember that Sunday night loss to the Atlanta Hawks?

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The Pistons scored 14 points in the third quarter -- as did Williams. As a team, the Nets scored 31. That’s plus-17, folks.

D-WILL’S FIRST: Buoyed by 14 points, three assists and two steals from Williams, the Nets led 36-23 after the first quarter. Williams used his killer crossover to create space and knock down a baseline jumper, while also feeding Gerald Wallace for a rare emphatic alley-oop in transition. Lopez and Johnson each added eight points in the period.

0-FOR-2: Williams still hasn’t dunked this season. He tried to convert his first one of the year in the first quarter -- a one-hander -- but missed. Whatever. He can jump. A good sign.

UP NEXT: Nets at Mavericks on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

Bogans (ankle) sidelined vs. Pistons

March, 18, 2013
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Brooklyn Nets guard Keith Bogans will miss Monday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons due to a sore left ankle, the team announced.

Bogans, 32, has been a key reserve for the Nets this season. In 62 games, he’s averaging 4.3 points and shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

Bogans’ injury could open the door for Jerry Stackhouse, who has not played since Jan. 26. MarShon Brooks could be another candidate for increased playing time in place of Bogans, but he’s logged four or fewer minutes in three of the team’s last four games.

The Nets also said power forward Kris Humphries will be out due to a tight lower back.

Humprhies has not played the last six games, though Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said recently he’d like to give the 28-year-old a chance “sooner rather than later.” Granted, Carlesimo did not have a timetable on when that would occur.

Be like Mike? Stack has been there

February, 17, 2013
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Jerry Stackhouse, Michael JordanSam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesJerry Stackhouse and Michael Jordan were Wizards teammates duirng the 2002-03 season.
No one has scored more points in one game at Chicago's United Center than Jerry Stackhouse.

Not even the guy with the statue outside the place, one of Stackhouse's idols growing up in North Carolina, Michael Jordan.

On April 3, 2001, Stackhouse, then a Detroit Piston, had the best game of his NBA career, erupting for 57 points -- the most he has ever scored in his life -- in his team's 110-83 victory over the Bulls.

"You come out and kind of test your 3 out early in the game, and it was going. So I made a couple 3s, and then I really got into my trick bag and it just seemed like every move I made, every shot I took early on, went for me," the Brooklyn Nets swingman said Wednesday, reflecting on his memorable performance nearly 12 years after it occurred.

Jordan held the previous record, scoring 53 points at the United Center in March 1996.

"It's one of the best feelings," Stackhouse said. "I go back and look at the highlights sometimes and there was some pretty good defense being played, but it's just the fact that I was on top of my offensive game. Good offense beats good defense any day."

If there's anyone who understands that, it's Jordan. During his 15-year career, Jordan, who turned 50 on Sunday, scored 50 or more points in a game a staggering 39 times -- including six times in the playoffs.

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Injury update: Blatche, Brooks available

February, 5, 2013
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Brooklyn Nets reserves Andray Blatche, MarShon Brooks, C.J. Watson and Jerry Stackhouse are all available to play Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced.

Blatche (sickness) did not go through shootaround and was listed as a game-time decision. Brooks (sprained right ankle) was questionable, while Watson (sprained left ankle) was probable. Stackhouse (stiff neck) was a game-time decision.

Nets could be short-handed vs. Lakers

February, 5, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets could end up being significantly short-handed for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Backup guard MarShon Brooks (sprained right ankle) is questionable, backup point guard C.J. Watson (sprained left ankle) is probable, while backup center Andray Blatche (sickness) and backup guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse (stiff neck) are game-time decisions.

Backup forward Tornike Shengelia (concussion) remains out.

Watson, Stackhouse game-time decisions

February, 4, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard C.J. Watson (sprained ankle) and guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse (stiff neck) sat out of practice Monday and are game-time decisions for Tuesday night's matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Guard MarShon Brooks also sprained his ankle during practice. Rookie Tornike Shengelia (concussion) remains out.

Point guard Deron Williams (sprained ankle) came back and practiced full after being limited Monday.

"My ankle's good," Williams said.

Stack: Nets fortunate to play on MLK Day

January, 20, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Playing on Martin Luther King Day means a lot to the Brooklyn Nets, who will visit the New York Knicks on Monday.

"I think that we're fortunate," Nets veteran Jerry Stackhouse said. "We play in a city where one of the pioneers who transcended sports played in Jackie Robinson. And now we'll get the chance to honor a guy who transcended the world in his belief in equality and things like that. It's a great thing. Every year about this time, you get a warm feeling for being able to do what we do.

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Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty ImagesJerry Stackhouse says Monday's game is a chance "to pay homage to someone who set the tone and gave his life for the cause."
"Right when I was born, in the early 1970s, that was when the transition really started, so fortunately for us, we haven't been able to experience all the people right before us went through. A lot has changed in a short amount of time, but with some of the issues we have in this society, we've got a long ways to go. So I think his message is more important today than it ever was."

Stackhouse, 38, thinks many young NBA players take for granted the league and the opportunities they have been provided -- opportunities made possible by the sacrifices of others.

"We take so much for granted as young players, we just think that the league has been here forever and thrived forever, and it hasn't. We've come a long way," Stackhouse said. "In the early '80s, we almost lost the NBA. I think understanding the history of our game, understanding the history of our country and how far we've come in a short time, you become more conscious.

"I think from the time I came in the league 18 years ago, I had a chance to mature and become a little more aware and a little more conscious of things around me other than the game of basketball. And that's why I'm able to speak from the heart about what really matters. Being in the game is great, but being able to pay homage to someone who set the tone and gave his life for the cause is a great thing."

Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, 63, recalled touring the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., when he was an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs.

"They let us literally go right in the Lorraine Motel and stand right there," Carlesimo said about the motel where King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. "I remember vividly when that happened, so it's a part of history that is more meaningful to me than the stuff you read in the books. Martin Luther King was a real person for us growing up; we were aware of him and what he stood for.

"I think it's great the way the league honors the holiday; it's become a very very meaningful day in the NBA. remember when it first started, and if anything it acquires more and more significance each year.

"And the Knicks have been fortunate, because I think if I read the stat right, they've been the home team for about 20 or 18 of these, something like that. It looks like it must be a tradition on Martin Luther King Day that they host a home game; maybe in the future we'll get to host one, too."

Wallace to start vs. Hawks

January, 18, 2013
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Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace will start on Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Wallace came off the bench on Wednesday night after missing the previous two games due to bruised ribs.

Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said the Nets would monitor Wallace’s minutes, but he’ll log more than the 15 he did in his first game back from the injury.

Wallace is averaging 9.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Jerry Stackhouse and Tornike Shengelia are inactive.

W2W4: Nets vs. Pacers

January, 13, 2013
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The Brooklyn Nets haven’t won six straight games this season. They’ll have a chance to do it for the first time Sunday when they host the Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center (6 p.m. ET). Here’s what we’ll be watching for:

PLAYING UP OR PLAYING DOWN? Like the Nets (21-15), the Pacers (23-14) are streaking, having won 13 of 16. Paul George has emerged as their go-to scorer in Danny Granger’s absence. But George missed Saturday night’s 96-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats thanks to the flu, and it is unknown whether he’ll be available Sunday.

Brooklyn is an NBA-best 14-0 against teams with sub-.500 records (at time game was played) but just 7-15 against teams with .500-or-better records (0-5 without Brook Lopez). The Nets have won their past three games by 20 points each -- the first time they’ve done so in the franchise’s NBA history.

INJURY UPDATE: Gerald Wallace (bruised ribs) is out. Deron Williams (right thigh contusion) is questionable. Kris Humphries (sore left ankle) is a game-time decision. Jerry Stackhouse (sore hamstring) and Mirza Teletovic (illness) are probable.

ALL-STAR STATS: In his past five games, D-Will is averaging 19 points, 8.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds. He’s shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the free throw line (26-for-26).

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The Nets have been a terrible third-quarter team all season, but in their past two third quarters, they’re averaging 31.5 points while holding their opponents to 35.9 percent from the field.

P.J.’S IMPRINT: The Nets are 7-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Here’s why:

Past eight games: points per game (102.2); field goal percentage (46.4); rebound margin (plus-6.2).

First 28 games: points per game (94.5); field goal percentage (43.8); rebound margin (plus-1.2).

GLASS MAN: In his past two games, Reggie Evans has grabbed 38 rebounds.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 99, Suns 79

January, 11, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets led the NBA in man-power games lost due to injury last season by a wide margin.

They’ve been a bit more fortunate health-wise in 2012-13 -- but it sure felt a lot like 2011-12 on Friday night.

Gerald Wallace did not return after bruising his ribs midway through the first quarter, while Deron Williams suffered a right thigh contusion early in the third quarter. After a brief stint in the locker room, D-Will came back but was noticeably limping.

The Nets were already without Kris Humphries (sore left ankle), Mirza Teletovic (illness) and Jerry Stackhouse (sore hamstring).

Despite being short-handed, Brooklyn won its season-high tying fifth straight game (third time), blowing out the Phoenix Suns, 99-79, at Barclays Center. The Nets (21-15) are now 14-0 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played) and 7-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Joe Johnson, who was a game-time decision due to illness, led five players in double digits with 19 points (eight in the fourth) in 35 minutes.

In what was his fifth straight solid performance, D-Will added 15 points, seven assists and three rebounds. He shot 3-for-5 from the field, 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

Brooklyn outscored Phoenix 53-26 in the second half. The Nets have won their last three games by 20 points each.

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The Nets outscored the Suns 28-13 in the third quarter. On Tuesday night, they outscored the Sixers 35-14 in the third. What is going on? They pulled away with a 22-3 run spanning the end of the third and the start of the fourth.

BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez struggled against Marcin Gortat, and finished with just 13 points on 5-for-15 shooting in what was probably his worst game of the season. He added eight rebounds.

CAN’T FORGET ABOUT DRAY: Andray Blatche scored 15 points -- his fifth straight game in double-figures -- along with eight rebounds. MarShon Brooks chipped in a season-high 17 points off the bench.

GLASS MAN: Coming off his career-high 23-rebound night on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Evans grabbed 15 boards in this one, while adding seven points.

HALF BAD: The Nets were outshot 53.7 percent to 41.9 percent and trailed by as many as 11 in the first half. Lopez went 1-for-8.

WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Young Jeezy and Tyra Banks

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Pacers on Sunday night at 6 p.m.

J.J., Teletovic are game-time decisions

January, 11, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic are game-time decisions for Friday night's matchup against the Phoenix Suns due to illness.

Reserve guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse is out with a sore hamstring.

Johnson has yet to miss a game this season. He's averaging 17 points in 38.2 minutes.

Teletovic missed Thursday's practice due to illness.

Injury report: Humphries questionable

January, 4, 2013
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Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries is questionable for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards with a sprained left ankle, the team announced.

Humphries suffered the injury late in Wednesday night’s victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Veteran reserve Jerry Stackhouse (sore right hamstring) and backup point guard C.J. Watson (bruised right knee) are probable.

Both players did not play in Wednesday night’s game. Watson was active, but rookie Tyshawn Taylor got his minutes behind starter Deron Williams.

According to the New York Post, Humphries was not optimistic about his chances of playing, while Watson and Stackhouse are game-time decisions.

How to spell success for Nets

December, 27, 2012
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Before the 2012-13 campaign began, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who spent $330 million in the offseason, was asked what would constitute a successful season for his team.

“Our plan is maybe the conference finals,” Prokhorov responded.

Nearly two months later, the Nets are 14-14 -- 3-10 in December.

Something has to change. But what? Let’s take a look.

Fire Avery Johnson: It seems like ages ago that Johnson was named Coach of the Month for October and November. His Nets, once a team that thrived playing lockdown defense and grind-it-out offense, have regressed significantly. Recently, Johnson’s isolation-heavy system was questioned by his star player, Deron Williams. He is in the final year of his contract.

As the old saying goes, a coach is only as good as his players. That may very-well be the case here -- at least somewhat, anyway. Still, even if it is, the coach often takes the fall.

Why it could work: Bringing in a new coach could rejuvenate the roster. The Nets have talent and might benefit from a new voice and a new system.

Why it won’t happen: The organization loves Johnson. He had horrible teams his first two years at the helm. As a result, he deserves more time to right the ship. They’d have to pay Johnson and his replacement.

Make a trade: Johnson continues to tinker with the rotation, but to no avail. It might not be a bad idea for GM Billy King, known for his aggressiveness, to shake things up. Many of the players on the roster have massive contracts, but MarShon Brooks, who barely plays, is young and still has plenty of value given his low contract and potential. Kris Humphries, currently out because of a strained abdominal muscle, has recently fallen out of the rotation and could be another chip. There’s always future first-rounders too. The Nets are built to win now, so why not?

Why it could work: The Nets could acquire a valuable piece(s) for two players that aren’t going to figure prominently in the rotation.

Why it won’t happen: Humphries is due $24 million over two years. Not exactly the most favorable contract. He’s not eligible to be traded until Jan. 15 per CBA rules. Brooks makes just $1.16 million this season and won’t be a restricted free agent until 2015-16. It’s not easy to deal a player like that straight-up and get maximum value.

Change from within: It’s still early. But D-Will, who missed Wednesday night’s 15-point loss in Milwaukee due to a bruised right wrist, is having the worst year of his career and is playing hurt. The Nets’ season took a downward turn when Brook Lopez, who was playing his best basketball ever, got hurt and missed seven games due to a sprained foot. He hasn’t been the same dominant player since returning. Joe Johnson has been valuable albeit inconsistent. The bench is no longer producing the way it once was. It might be worth a shot to start Andray Blatche or give Brooks and Tyshawn Taylor more playing time. What’s the harm?

Why it could work: Blatche has thrived as a starter before and deserves more minutes. Avery Johnson has said his biggest issue is finding time to sit Joe Johnson because the Nets are much worse when he’s off the floor. The statistics show as much. Brooks wanted to be Sixth Man of the Year. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting last season. Regardless of his occasional defensive lapses, he deserves an honest chance. So does Taylor, who played well Wednesday night.

Why it won’t happen: Blatche has been tremendous with the second unit. Johnson loves playing veterans Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse, but has been reluctant to put in Brooks, while Taylor is just a rookie.

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