Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving

Avery says Nets didn't take Irving seriously

November, 13, 2012
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Nets coach Avery Johnson admitted that his team didn't take Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving "seriously" last season.

[+] EnlargeDeron Williams and Kyrie Irving
Chris Chambers/Getty ImagesPoint guards Deron Williams and Kyrie Irving will match up at Barclays Center.
In three games against the Nets in 2011-12, Irving, then 19, averaged 23.7 points on 49 percent shooting. His team won two of those three games.

"I don't know how this sounds, but we didn't take him seriously," Johnson said prior to Tuesday night's game against Cleveland at Barclays Center. "You try to explain to our players that this kid is good. I don't care if he's 19, 17, whatever age he is. This kid can play.

"I think we'll be ready tonight to pay really close attention to him."

Irving is averaging 22.9 points, 6.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds for the Cavaliers this season.

"He has no weaknesses," Nets point guard Deron Williams said of the reigning Rookie of the Year. "He's just getting better and better."

MILESTONE? The Nets (3-2) haven't been two games over .500 since Johnson's first two games as coach (Nov. 3-5, 2011, 2-0).

"Really? I'm gonna have to check that," Johnson said.

As for getting off to a good start?

"That Minnesota game definitely hurt us, as far as that's concerned," D-Will said, "but we are a game over .500 and it's just about taking it one game at a time."

The Nets, who have won two in a row, had just one three-game winning streak last season.

Brooks in Rising Stars Challenge tonight

February, 24, 2012
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Nets guard MarShon Brooks will play in the Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.

The event was formerly known as the Rookie Challenge and pitted the best second-year players against top rookies during All-Star weekend. The format is different this year: TNT analysts Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley conducted a draft and built teams with a mixture of first- and second-year players.

Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesBrooks at Friday's practice.


Brooks will play for Team Chuck. Knicks guards Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields will play for Team Shaq.

Other players with ties to New Jersey and New York:

• Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving of Team Chuck played for St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, N.J.

• Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson of Team Shaq spent two years at Saint Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J.

• Jazz forward Derrick Favors of Team Chuck was drafted by the Nets and traded to Utah in the Deron Williams blockbuster.

• Bobcats guard Kemba Walker of Team Shaq is a Bronx native who played for Rice High School in Harlem.

TEAM SHAQ

Norris Cole, Heat
Landry Fields, Knicks
Blake Griffin, Clippers
Brandon Knight, Pistons
Jeremy Lin, Knicks
Greg Monroe, Pistons
Markieff Morris, Suns
Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves
Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers
Kemba Walker, Bobcats

TEAM CHUCK

Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
DeMarcus Cousins, Kings
Derrick Williams, Timberwolves
Paul George, Pacers
MarShon Brooks, Nets
John Wall, Wizards
Evan Turner, 76ers
Gordon Hayward, Jazz
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
Derrick Favors, Jazz

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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