Outlaw primed for breakout year

Pop quiz: Who was the second high school player chosen in the 2003 NBA draft after LeBron James? If you guessed new Net Travis Outlaw, you're right. The Starkville High senior was selected by the Blazers with the 23 pick. Now, if you first look at his career scoring average of 9.5, you might say to yourself, "Eh." But if you then look at his minutes per game, 21.6, it'll make you think, Hmm, what if he got more burn? Well, the man they called "Mr. Fourth Quarter" in Portland should now be getting starter minutes in New Jersey. The team isn't paying him $35 million for bench contributions. That salary translates to "Mr. 48 Minutes." After suffering from a stress fracture in his foot last season, Outlaw could be a favorite for NBA Comeback Player of the Year (HoopsDaily.com).

Nets notes:

  • The U.S. Open always attracts a celebrity bunch. This year, Usher, Gwen Stefani and Anna Wintour have headlined the cast. Oh, and there's one more: Carmelo Anthony. He attended Saturday's matches and one thing he definitely didn't want to do was talk basketball (New York Daily News).

  • Will Melo's next entertainment stop be at Yankee Stadium tonight? Nets minority owner Jay-Z and Eminem's concert is the first at the new ballpark since it opened last year (New York Daily News). Speaking of Jay-Z, he wants to make an investment in Barclays Premier League club Arsenal, as he's a fan of the European soccer team since Thierry Henry played for them (AceShowbiz.com).

  • Barclays Center will be much more than a basketball arena (NYSportsJournalism.com). In a previous post, I mentioned tennis events may be hosted there, but also expect to see college basketball, college hockey, boxing, concerts, family shows and more.

  • Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov not only sees New York as a basketball town, but also as a media empire. He is bringing Snob, a Russian-language, general-interest magazine that caters to that country's global elite, to the U.S. and will establish its hub in Brooklyn (The Wall Street Journal).

  • And, on a final note, Nets coach Avery Johnson didn't feel a sting from the Hornets (The Time Picayune).