Brooklyn Nets: Gerald Green

Suns 112, Nets 104; Brooklyn blows lead

November, 12, 2014
In the first half, they were unselfish. As for the second half, however, the Brooklyn Nets went to an "every man For himself" offense in the final 24 minutes and imploded, blowing a 19-point lead and falling to the Phoenix Suns 112-104 on Wednesday night at U.S. Airways Center. The Nets are 4-3, 0-1 on their three-game West Coast trip.

Players of the game: Ex-Net Gerald Green (28 points) and fourth-quarter standout Isaiah Thomas (20 points) share the honor. It could’ve been Joe Johnson (21 points, 7-for-16 shooting). But the Net who called out his teammates wasn’t his usual clutch self down the stretch. Johnson had a key turnover with two minutes left, which led to Goran Dragic's 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 105-99 lead. Johnson was forcing things. Maybe he felt he had to. Brook Lopez didn’t make a shot in the second half and was benched for the final 4:08.

Stat of the game: Nets shooting by quarter: 12-for-17 first (70.6 percent), 12-for-17 second (70.6 percent), 5-for-15 third (33.3 percent), 6-for-25 fourth (24 percent). When they ran a lot of flex action, the Nets were potent. When they got away from that and went isolation with too much dribbling, they were putrid. It’s that simple.

Plays of the game: This. And this. And this, too.

Up next: The Nets, who went 6-14 in the second half of back-to-backs last season, face the high-octane Golden State Warriors Thursday night at raucous Oracle Arena. It's their first of 19 back-to-back sets this season.

Where do you see the Nets fitting in?

July, 10, 2012
Dwight Howard, Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Mirza Teletovic, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, Reggie Evans, Tyshawn Taylor and Earl Clark.

That’s the roster the Nets would have if they pull off a blockbuster trade to acquire Howard from Orlando.

Thursday morning,’s Ric Bucher went on the radio and said the status of a potential deal is “shaky.”

Not good.

But assuming the trade does go through -- and they fill out their roster with other minimum pieces -- do you think this team is capable of beating the Heat, Celtics and the other top teams in the East?

Let us know in the comments section.

Also, weigh in with your take on where you see the Nets fitting into the conference if they don’t get D-12.

That roster would likely include Brook Lopez, a power forward (possibly Kris Humphries?), Wallace, Johnson, Williams, Teletovic, Evans, MarShon Brooks, Taylor and other minimum pieces (Gerald Green?).

Rapid Reaction: Nets to acquire Johnson

July, 2, 2012

WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets have agreed to terms on a trade for All-Star guard Joe Johnson of the Hawks, sources told’s Chris Broussard and Marc Stein.

The Nets would send Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson (sign and trade) and Houston's lotto-protected first in 2013 for Johnson.

Johnson, 31, has four years and nearly $90 million left on his contract. But the Nets believe that if Deron Williams re-signs, they'd have one of the most dynamic backcourts in the NBA.

WHY IT’S GOOD: First and foremost, the Nets add talent to their roster. They also didn't have much to get Johnson. They were able to avoid giving up MarShon Brooks and their own first-rounder in 2013. The Nets still have their $5 million mid-level exception (used on Bosnian stretch forward Mirza Teletovic) and their $1.95 million bi-annual exception. They also still have Bird rights on unrestricted free agent high-flyer Gerald Green.

And if Williams leaves, the Nets have a superstar to market around heading into their first season at the $1 billion Barclays Center. They could always try and pair Johnson with unrestricted free agent Steve Nash in the event Williams bolts to Dallas.

WHY IT'S BAD: By taking on Johnson's massive deal, the Nets all but took themselves out of the running for Dwight Howard. (UPDATE: Broussard reports the Nets and Magic are engaged in talks about Howard Tuesday morning.) Magic GM Rob Hennigan revealed Monday that the 26-year-old center, who averaged almost 21 points and 16 rebounds per game last season, asked to be traded to the Nets.

Sure Howard had back problems, but it seems like the same gamble as taking on Johnson, given his age and salary. Plus, Johnson likes to have the ball in his hands -- like Williams -- and has never been known for being a winner. Certainly another big risk by GM Billy King.

NOW WHAT? Well, the Nets still need to re-sign Williams. They were meeting with him Monday afternoon, sources said. They also need lock up restricted free agent Brook Lopez, bring in a rugged rebounder/defender up front and add depth as well. Jason Kidd perhaps?

PLAYOFFS? Assuming the Nets can put a starting five together of Lopez, Teletovic, recently re-signed Gerald Wallace (four years, $40 million), Johnson and Williams, they'd be a playoff team in the East and probably could wreak some havoc as well. The Nets haven't made the playoffs in five seasons. But is this team better than the Heat or Celtics? Probably not. Still, the fact that they are competitive again -- assuming everything works out -- will probably be enough for most Nets fans.

Nets to wear Green for the duration

March, 18, 2012
The Nets have re-signed Gerald Green for the rest of the season on Sunday, the team announced.

Green's second 10-day contract expired Sunday so the Nets had to either sign him for the rest of the season or let him go.

Green has averaged 11.7 points in 11 games since signing his first 10-day deal on Feb. 27. He has scored double figures in his last five games.

The 26-year-old had been in the D-League prior to signing, and he has helped provide stability at the small forward position for New Jersey ever since.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 98, Raptors 84

March, 14, 2012

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WHAT IT MEANS: With Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline fast approaching, the Nets took care of business on Wednesday night, beating the Raptors 98-84 at Prudential Center to snap a two-game losing streak. They are now 5-15 at home, and 15-29 overall.

TURNING POINT: The Nets shot 57.9 percent in the third quarter and outscored the Raptors 27-15 in the period to turn a five-point halftime deficit into a 68-61 lead heading into the fourth.

HUMP DAY: Coming off a career-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance on Monday night, Kris Humphries recorded his team-leading 19th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points, grabbing a season-high 21 boards, blocking three shots and adding three steals. He had eight points and eight rebounds in the first quarter alone, and shot 7-for-18 from the field overall in 38 minutes.

GREEN MACHINE: Gerald Green continues to impress. The 26-year-old wing dropped in a game-high 26 points -- 16 in the fourth -- in 25 minutes off the bench on 9-for-13 shooting and 7-for-9 from the free throw stripe.

NEED YOU, D-WILL: Deron Williams missed his third straight game with a strained right calf, and is still day to day. In his place, backup Jordan Farmar had five turnovers and just three assists.

BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: Humphries' fast-break, one-handed slam that tied the score at 6 early in the first quarter.

STAT OF THE GAME: The Nets' benched combined for 61 points. Their starters had 37.

UP NEXT: Nets at Magic, Friday night. Question is: What uniform will Dwight Howard be wearing?

Green signs second 10-day contract

March, 8, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets have signed Gerald Green to a second 10-day contract.

General manager Billy King announced the deal on Thursday.

Green has averaged 5.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in five games since signing the first contract Feb. 27. He has averaged 18.6 minutes.

Prior to the deal with the Nets, Green was named MVP of the 2012 D-League All Star Game. He played in 22 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, averaging 19.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30.6 minutes.

The 6-foot-8 forward won the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He has played with Boston, Houston, Minnesota and Dallas in his NBA career.



Joe Johnson
15.7 3.5 0.8 35.5
ReboundsM. Plumlee 6.8
AssistsD. Williams 6.4
StealsJ. Jack 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.7