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FanSpeak: Greatest moments in Nets history?

April, 24, 2012
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Check out our photo gallery of the Top 10 All-Time N.J. Nets!

The Nets are leaving New Jersey. Does anybody care? How will people remember the N.J. Nets?

From Monday night marks end of N.J. Nets era:

"Sorry, but the greatest Net of all time was Dr. J."
- Dr. Dave 61

Ed.'s note -- Sure, but he played for the New York Nets, at the Nassau Coliseum, not in Jersey.

From Chris Christie: No love lost for Nets:

" '(The Prudential Center is) one of the most beautiful arenas in America they have a chance to play in, it's in one of the country's most vibrant cities...' Is that what Newark is now? Vibrant? Really? Christie needs to shut his piehole....."
- carrasquillo69

Ed.'s note -- He needs to shut his what?

"This move makes no sense. It's not like Brooklyn's a vast improvement over Jersey in the first place."
- Tito M.D.

Ed.'s note -- The pizza alone is a vast improvement.

"Hey put it this way... At least New Jersey still has the "Jersey Shore" heh..."
- Kobeto Clippers

Ed.'s note -- True. More people root for Snooki than the Nets.

"Right Chris, Newark is much cooler than Brooklyn. Sure it is.
Christie's like a guy dumped by his girlfriend because he's a boring rube, then screams "Good riddance!" at her exhaust fumes. Pathetic."
- Mike02414

Ed.'s note -- Nobody likes seeing a guy cry about getting dumped. What's he supposed to say?

"When u cant sell out a stanley cup game...what does that say about your fan base your moron"
- billyb_in_nyc

Ed.'s note -- The Devils and Nets have different fans, but still ... that is very sad.

From Facebook

"still got the devils"
- Ryan Bucks

Ed.'s note -- Sure. Maybe Newark will become Hockeytown East!

Look for these FanSpeak pieces on a regular basis (hey, at least you know we're paying attention).

Jersey Boy coming to the Nets show

August, 20, 2010
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As questions keep pouring out about Carmelo Anthony's possible future with the Nets, double-double big man Troy Murphy's return home has been overlooked. The New Jersey native was officially introduced to the media yesterday, and he is "very excited" to play for the Nets. Here are some interesting excerpts:

On his favorite Nets memories growing up? "I would come to Nets games. I used to watch Chris Morris launch shots from out of bounds before games when I was a little kid. He wasn't my favorite player. I liked Keith Van Horn when I was in high school and watched Jayson Williams." (More on him below.)

On his potential role with the team? "I'm still figuring out what Avery [Johnson] is going to expect of me, but I think I fit in well playing with a center like Brook Lopez and Devin Harris. He's a guy that a lot of guys want to play with. He's a good point guard. I think I fit in well with this team."

On playing for Johnson after playing with him on the Golden State Warriors? "It's pretty cool. I knew playing with him that he was going to be a coach. He always knew what we were doing and why we were doing it. He had some suggestions of different things to do, and a lot of them made sense. So you can tell playing with him that he was going to be a head coach, and he's a lot of success coaching the Mavs to the Finals. I liked playing with him and I look forward to playing for him."

On why marquee free agents didn't come to the Nets? "That's a great question. I don't know, because you have the pieces with a point guard and a center, which are two difficult spots to fill."

Nets notes:
Jared Zwerling is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN RISE. You can follow him on Twitter: @jaredzwerling.

Nets can be over .500 -- on Oct. 28

August, 10, 2010
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New Jersey Nets' 2010-11 schedule

If you want to make the case that the Nets are every bit as good as the Detroit Pistons, then there is real hope that New Jersey can get above .500 for the first time since Dec. 19, 2008, when they open the season against Tracy McGrady’s newest team.

You may recall that long-ago night when the Nets rose above the break-even mark, because it came in a 24-point victory over the Dallas Mavericks in which Devin Harris scored 41 points against his former team with Nets fans taunting Mavs owner Mark Cuban by chanting, "Thank You, Cuban."

It has all gone downhill in the nearly two years since then, the low point coming when New Jersey sank to 0-18 last Dec. 2, but at least the Nets will have a new owner (Mikhail Prokhorov), a new place to call home and a new coach (Avery Johnson) when they open the 2010-11 season at the Prudential Center in downtown Newark.

The Nets will play their first four games at home, including a Sunday afternoon 1 p.m. matinee on Halloween against the Miami Heat that will allow LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to make it back to South Beach in time for the human costume parade along Collins Avenue that must be experienced in person to be truly appreciated.

And just think, if the Nets can knock off the Pistons and the Sacramento Kings in their first two games, they would actually be two games over .500 for the first time since Nov. 30, 2008, when Harris scored a career-high 47 points in a 117-109 victory at Phoenix (career victory No. 200 for former coach Lawrence Frank).

Aside from opening with a four-game homestand, the Nets' schedule includes this oddity: Among their first nine games, the Nets will play the Heat twice, the Magic twice and the Cavs twice.

Also, the Nets will play just five home games (and 10 road games) in the month of November, and they will become the first team to play a regular-season game in Europe when they face the Toronto Raptors in London on March 4 and 5.

In their news release announcing the schedule, the Nets touted their home games against Jason Kidd and the Mavericks on Jan. 22 and Richard Jefferson and the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 14. Curiously, they did not make special mention of Lawrence Frank’s first game against his former team. That'll come Dec. 5 against the Boston Celtics, who have hired Frank as an assistant coach to replace Tom Thibodeau.

The Nets' news release also mentioned that a limited number of season tickets are available for $299. If you divide that number by 41, you learn it’ll cost just $7.29 to sit in a cheap seat at The Rock.

Just a guess, but I’d reckon there won't be any $7.29 tickets two years from now when the Nets move into their new arena in downtown Brooklyn.

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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