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Ewing Jr. tweets displeasure over Kidd hire

June, 13, 2013
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Jason Kidd hasn't coached one day in the NBA. Patrick Ewing, on the other hand, has been an assistant in the league for 10 years.

[+] EnlargePatrick Ewing Jr. and Patrick Ewing.
AP Photo/John RaouxPatrick Ewing Jr. has his dad's back.
That math didn't add up for Ewing's son, Patrick Jr., when the Brooklyn Nets named Kidd their new head coach.

On Wednesday, Ewing Jr. tweeted, "For real though I'm mad J Kidd got a head coaching job a year after retiring n my pops has been coaching 10 years n barely gets a look.

He added later: "Im not mad at J Kidd or hating that he got the job. I'm happy for him. I like him. I just dont get y other qualified coaches get overlooked."

Ewing, who built his Hall of Fame legacy as the Knicks' All-Star center, retired after the 2001-02 season and became an assistant coach for the Wizards. He then served as an assistant for the Rockets (2003-06) and Magic (2007-12).

Ewing took a season off from coaching, but sources confirmed Tuesday that he will become the associate head coach of the Bobcats.

A day later, Kidd got the Nets job.

"I love the Knicks," Ewing Jr. tweeted, "but the best offer they had was NBDL HC?" That referred to the Knicks' offer to Ewing last fall to coach their D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.

During a Thursday appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, the elder Ewing was asked why he hasn't landed a head-coaching job in the NBA.

"I don't know. Maybe they think big men can't think," he said. "The point guard runs the show, but as a center, I'm the leader of the defense, I'm the one that's barking out the defensive schemes, the defensive plays. Just as much as a point guard can think, big men can think also."

He added: "All I can do is just keep on working, keep on getting better, keep on improving, and hope that one day I would have that opportunity to have somebody believe in me to give me a chance."

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Rapid Reaction: Nets 105, Bobcats 96

April, 6, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets didn’t play all that well but still managed to fend off the Charlotte Bobcats and retain their slim lead on the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 32 points -- 20 in the second half -- in their 105-96 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

The Nets (44-32), who had won just two of their previous seven games at home, improved to 28-4 against sub-.500 opponents and swept their season series with Charlotte (3-0).

Brook Lopez added 19 points, while Andray Blatche chipped in 16 points, and Joe Johnson had 15 on 5-for-16 shooting.

Williams, who added six assists, hit a pair of 3-pointers to bring his total to 157 for the season -- one shy of Kerry Kittles’ single-season franchise record.

The Nets shot 48.8 percent from the field but went just five for 21 from 3-point range.

TOOTHLESS: Reggie Evans lost a tooth in the third quarter. No big deal: He didn’t even leave the game. He’s a basketball player. Evans finished with 14 points and 20 rebounds -- his eighth 20-rebound game this season.

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: Behind 12 D-Will points, the Nets outscored the Bobcats 30-21 in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead heading into the fourth.

INACTIVE: Kris Humphries did not play due to sinus congestion.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Nets still a work in progress

March, 6, 2013
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Sixty-one games into the season, the Brooklyn Nets are still very much a work in progress.

On Wednesday night, they played a terrible first half and a brilliant second half in their 99-78 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Trailing 53-43 at halftime, the Nets (35-26) came out and outscored the Bobcats (13-48) 56-25 in the second half and rolled to victory over the NBA's worst team to halt a two-game losing streak. Still, they shot just 36.4 percent in the opening two quarters and had to overcome a season-high 25 turnovers to beat Charlotte for the sixth straight time. Over its past three games, Brooklyn has turned it over a staggering 66 times.

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Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY SportsAfter trailing 53-43 at halftime, the Nets outscored the Bobcats 56-25 in the second half.
"We took a step in the right direction in the second half today," point guard Deron Williams, who continued his second-half surge, scoring 20 points while dishing out eight assists, told YES Network. "We've been working really hard in practice on things. Hopefully, it'll just click."

With just 21 games left in the 2012-13 campaign before the playoffs, it had better click. Otherwise, the team's first postseason appearance since 2007 -- baring a significant collapse, anyway -- will be short-lived.

"We were careless as hell with the ball again, which really hurts us," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.

All the talk going into the game surrounded Carlesimo’s decision to tighten his rotation and go with 10 players instead of 11. As expected, Kris Humphries was the odd man out, receiving a DNP-coach's decision for the second time this season.

Reggie Evans (six points, 16 rebounds), Gerald Wallace (eight points, eight rebounds, five blocks) and Mirza Teletovic (three points in 14 minutes) all contributed at the power forward position.

And afterward?

"I'm still more concerned with Joe (Johnson) and us being healthy and figuring out what we're going to do," Carlesimo said.

Johnson, who had scored just 22 points in two games since returning from a sore left heel injury, erupted for 22 points on Wednesday night on 8-for-14 shooting. He went 5-for-8 from 3-point range in a very reasonable 32 minutes, but did commit six turnovers.

That might fly against the Bobcats, but it won't against some of the league's more elite teams. On the bright side, though, the Nets played one of their best third quarters of the season, outscoring the Bobcats 28-9 while holding them to 3-for-19 shooting in the frame. Charlotte’s nine points were the fewest allowed by Brooklyn in any quarter this season.

Again, there's plenty to work on. And you can’t put too much stock into beating the Bobcats by 21. But, as Williams said, at least it was somewhat of a step in the right direction.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 99, Bobcats 78

March, 6, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo must’ve said all the right things at halftime.

The Nets came out of the locker room and outscored the Charlotte Bobcats 28-9 in the third quarter -- 56-25 in the second half -- en route to a 99-78 victory over Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

In beating the NBA’s worst team for the sixth straight time, Brooklyn (35-26) snapped a two-game losing streak. The Nets are 20-3 against sub-.500 teams this season, 15-13 on the road and 21-12 under Carlesimo.

Brooklyn shot 50.7 percent and went 13-for-27 from the 3-point stripe. The Nets turned it over 24 times and have turned it over 65 times in their last three games.

Deron Williams continues to surge in the second half. The 28-year-old point guard led the Nets with 20 points and eight assists. He has scored 20 or more points in four of his past five games.

Joe Johnson, who had scored 22 total points in his first two games back from a sore left heel, added 22 points on five 3-pointers, while Brook Lopez chipped in 16 points and five rebounds.

TIGHTENING IT UP: Carlesimo did in fact keep his rotation at 10 until the outcome was already very much decided. Kris Humphries, as expected, did not play. Mirza Teletovic had three points in 14 mintues.

GLASS WORK: Reggie Evans, who was 2-for-19 from the field with 13 turnovers in his previous eight games, went 3-for-4 on Wednesday night and ripped down 16 rebounds. Gerald Wallace shot 1-for-7 from the field, but came up with five blocks and eight rebounds.

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The NBA’s worst third quarter team lit it up in the period, at one point connecting on nine consecutive shots. They went 12-for-17 overall and got 24 points combined from Johnson (10), Williams (eight) and Lopez (six). The Bobcats went 3-for-19 from the field. Charlotte’s nine points was Brooklyn’s fewest allowed in any quarter this season.

FIRST HALF OF HORRORS: The Bobcats closed the first half on a 19-8 run to take a 53-43 lead into the break. Lopez attempted just two shots and the Nets were outscored in the paint 30-10. They shot just 36.4 percent from the field, committed 12 turnovers and allowed the Bobcats to connect on 50 percent of their shots.

THE MIRZA EFFECT: The Nets made just two of their first seven shots and trailed 16-6. Then Teletovic came in. He and Keith Bogans ignited the Nets, who hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter and trailed 29-26 after one.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Wizards on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

W2W4: Nets at Bobcats

March, 6, 2013
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The Brooklyn Nets are in Charlotte as they look to snap a two-game losing streak. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.; here's what we'll be watching for:

THE 10-MAN: Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he plans to tighten his rotation to 10 players. That group "definitely" includes MarShon Brooks, Carlesimo told reporters in Charlotte.

Power forward Kris Humphries, who has scored just four points in his past 50 minutes, is likely to be the odd-man out. On the season, he's shooting just 31.6 percent from 3 to 16 feet out (30-for-95), according to basketball-reference.com, while making only 33.3 percent of his jump shots (37-for-11) and 40.9 percent of his layups (27-for-66). Carlesimo has said he wants to give Mirza Teletovic more minutes and play Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche together more often.

GLASSMAN: Reggie Evans is just 2-for-19 from the field over the past eight games, with 13 turnovers. However, Evans is averaging 9.4 rebounds over that span. Evans is a 23.1 percent jump shooter (6-for-28) and is making 48.6 percent of his layups, according to basketball-reference.com.

Nets power forwards lead the NBA in rebounding (15.8 per game), but are last in scoring (11.8 ppg), according to hoopstats.com.

TIME TO DUNK? Deron Williams claimed to reporters Tuesday he can dunk again and says his troublesome ankles don't hurt. Good news for the Nets and their fans, if true. Williams has yet to convert a dunk this season.

Since the All-Star break (seven games), he's averaging 21.7 points, 7.1 assists and 4.0 turnovers per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from 3-point range and 89.5 percent from the free throw line. He scored 57 points in a victory at Charlotte last March.

TIME TO HEEL? Joe Johnson is averaging just 11 points in two games since returning from a sore left heel that caused him to miss three games. The Nets need Johnson to get back to being the clutch shot-maker he was before the injury.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Nets (34-26) play 12 of their next 15 games on the road. They are averaging just 88.8 points in the past five games -- four of them losses. The Bobcats (13-47) have lost seven games in a row by an average of 22.1 points. Charlotte is just 7-22 at home, while Brooklyn is 14-13 on the road.

Source: Humphries-for-Gordon deal off

February, 21, 2013
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The Kris Humphries-for-Ben Gordon trade talks between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Bobcats have broken down.

The deal is "not happening," a league source said Thursday morning, in the hours leading up to the 3 p.m. trade deadline.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the Nets "don't want Gordon, period."

FoxSports had reported that the Nets and Bobcats had a Humphries-for-Gordon agreement in principle, pending what happens with Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith.

Earlier Wednesday, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com there wasn't much to the Paul Pierce-to-the-Nets rumors and added that a trade was unlikely.

The Nets also tried to pursue Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova, but were rebuffed when they offered Humphries and MarShon Brooks, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

The Nets have been linked to Gordon, Smith, Ilyasova and Paul Millsap. Nets GM Billy King, however, said Tuesday there's just a 10 percent chance his team makes a trade.

Smith is Brooklyn's top trade target, sources recently told ESPN's Chris Broussard, but it is unknown if the Nets have enough assets to land him. Smith, 27, is in the final year of his contract, and would provide a significant upgrade at power forward were the Nets to acquire him.

Read my blog entry on why Smith would be a terrific pickup for the Nets by clicking here.

D-Will scores franchise-record 57 points

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On Sunday night, D-Will went off -- and wound up making history.

Nets point guard Deron Williams scored 57 points -- the most in the Nets' NBA history -- in a 104-101 victory over the Bobcats.

Mike Newlin (Dec. 16, 1979) and Ray Williams (April 17, 1982) shared the previous record (52). It was the Nets' first 50-point game since Vince Carter had 51 on Dec. 25, 2005.

Julius Erving scored 63 points in a four-overtime game on Feb. 14, 1975, when the Nets were in the ABA.

"I'm just happy we got the win," Williams, who scored 50 points on Nov. 23 with Besiktas, told the YES Network after the game. "Fifty points is a big deal, but if you lose and you have 50, it really doesn't matter."

Williams had 40 of his 57 points in the second half. He made all 21 of his free-throw attempts -- the second-most free throw makes without a miss in NBA history (Dominique Wilkins, 23-for-23 on Dec. 8, 1992) while shooting 16-for-29 overall from the field -- including 4-for-11 from 3-point range. He added seven assists and six rebounds.

D-Will had 10 points in the first quarter, seven in the second, 22 in the third and 18 in the fourth. Williams tied and then broke the record when he hit a pair of free throws with 2:33 left.

When it was all over, Williams set single-game career highs for points, field goals, field-goal attempts and free throws made.

"When you're hot, you kinda just gotta go with it," Williams said after the Nets rallied from a 16-point deficit. "I was able to create my offense."

Williams' previous single-game career-high was 42 against the Thunder on April 7, 2010. His previous single-game Nets high was 38 against the Knicks on Feb. 20.

"We got down big, and coach told us we'd have [Monday] off if we won," Williams said. "I have an 11:39 tee time."

Center Brook Lopez badly rolled his ankle and didn’t return after exiting with nine minutes in the third quarter. That's when D-Will took over. He scored 18 straight points for his team, and wound up with 22 of the team's 28 points during the stanza.

Williams hit an 18-footer with 1:16 remaining that put the Nets ahead 98-94, and Shelden Williams converted a crucial three-point play to give them a seven-point lead 38 seconds later. D.J. Augustine missed a long, desperation 3-pointer that would have tied the game at the buzzer.

"Great win!! DWill had the best performance I've ever seen in person in my life," shooting guard Anthony Morrow tweeted.

Coach Avery Johnson told reporters after the game that Lopez had X-rays. Asked if they were negative, Johnson responded that the Nets would have an update on Monday. Lopez was on crunches as he left the locker room, according to multiple reports, but is expected to travel to Miami for Tuesday night’s game against the Heat.

Lopez missed the first 32 games and 33 of 34 after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot in the final game of the preseason.

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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