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Sean Marks: Kenny Atkinson 'Exemplifies Brooklyn Grit'

Oct 23, 2016 11:38 AM

Kenny Atkinson played 12 years overseas after leading the University of Richmond to the NCAA Tournament in 1988. He never played in the NBA and worked his way up to become head coach of the Brooklyn Nets as a longtime assistant coach.

Sean Marks believes Atkinson will help bring out the character of the Nets' roster.

“We’re going to have to be scrappy, and that’s Kenny’s makeup,” Marks said. “He sort of exemplifies what it means to be that Brooklyn grit that we talk about. He’s going to demand it from the players. The players respect him because he’s out there with the guys every day on the court. He means it. He cares for them, and I think that’s where you get that player buy-in.”

Atkinson said the past few months have been about name recognition.

“I’m sure LeBron [James] doesn’t know who the heck I am,” Atkinson said. “He looks over at the bench and says, ‘Who’s that guy?’ The good thing is I’ve been in the league long enough [since 2008] where it’s such a small circle that you cross paths with the players. I went to the NBA coaches’ meeting a couple of weeks ago and was surprised a few guys knew my name. Now the real challenge starts — to get their respect [every night].”

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Nets Waive Beau Beech, Chase Budinger, Jorge Gutierrez, Egidijus Mockevicius

Oct 18, 2016 11:01 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on Beau Beech, Chase Budinger, Jorge Gutierrez and Egidijus Mockevicius.

Beech, who originally signed with Brooklyn on August 5, appeared in one preseason game with the Nets, scoring three points in eight minutes.

Budinger saw action in four preseason games, averaging 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. He originally signed with the Nets on September 26.

Gutierrez, who originally signed with Brooklyn on September 26, appeared in three preseason games with the Nets, recording averages of 3.7 points and 2.0 assists in 9.3 minutes per game.

Mockevicius logged nine minutes of action in one preseason game with the Nets. He originally signed with Brooklyn on August 5.

Brooklyn's roster now stands at 16 players.

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Jeremy Lin Was Intrigued By Possibility Of Signing With Pelicans

Oct 11, 2016 9:40 PM

Jeremy Lin met with both the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans at the start of free agency in Palo Alto at 9:01 PM.

Lin was coming off an excellent season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he restored his value.

Lin announced his decision to sign with the Nets at 7:02 AM just a few hours later.

"This is where I want to be," said Lin, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal with Brooklyn that includes a player option in the final year. "I feel this is the best place for me to become the player I think I can become. I want to see how good I can become and be a big part of an organization, and that's what they gave me here."

The Houston Rockets also showed interest in Lin but talks never progressed.

While Lin was intrigued by the idea of playing with Anthony Davis, the Pelicans weren't willing to commit the type of contract he received from the Nets.

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Tags: Jeremy Lin, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony: Believe It Or Not, Jeremy Lin Is The Face Of Nets' Franchise

Oct 7, 2016 6:55 PM

Carmelo Anthony is surprised to see Jeremy Lin as the face of the Brooklyn Nets.

Lin was a teammate of Anthony with the New York Knicks before he signed a multi-year deal with the Houston Rockets in 2012.

The Nets signed Lin to a three-year, $36 million deal in the offseason.

“He is the face of their franchise – believe it or not,’’ Anthony said after Friday’s practice. “He came up, they paid him. Now the ball is in his hands. Now he’s one of the franchise players over there. I don’t know what you want me to say about that. I’m happy for him, excited for him to see how it’s going to turn out over there.’’

Mike D’Antoni said on a Vertical podcast Anthony didn’t “adapt’’ well to Lin’s rise.

“That was five, six years ago, bro,’’ Anthony said. “I forgot about that.’’

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

Dunc'd On: NYK Season Outlook w/Jason Concepcion & Jared Dubin, BRK Season Outlook w/Devin Kharpertian

Sep 22, 2016 12:45 AM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the New York Knicks with Jason Concepcion and Jared Dubin. We analyze how the Knicks will look after adding Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, how the rest of their new additions fit in, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Knicks season.

At 1:00:00 we talk to Jason about where he sees the Game of Thrones books and TV show going.

That is followed at 1:11:00 with the same treatment for the Brooklyn Nets with Devin Kharpertian.


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Jorge Gutierrez Signs Camp Deal With Nets

Sep 21, 2016 2:47 PM

Jorge Gutierrez and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed upon a camp deal.

Gutierrez played in 12 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets.

Gutierrez previously played for the Nets in the 13-14 and 14-15 seasons.

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Chase Budinger, Nets Agree To Deal

Sep 21, 2016 2:23 PM

Chase Budinger has reached agreement on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Budinger was waived by the Indiana Pacers in March and then signed with the Phoenix Suns.

Budinger averaged less than 15 minutes per game during the 15-16 season.

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Markel Brown Agrees To Camp Deal With Cavs

Sep 6, 2016 4:39 PM

Markel Brown has agreed to a camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brown spent the past two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 15.8 minutes over 62 games in 15-16.

The Nets renounced their free agent exception rights to Brown in early July.

Brown will compete for a roster spot with the Cavaliers.

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Nets Hire Gianluca Pascucci As Director Of Global Scouting

Aug 22, 2016 2:07 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have named Gianluca Pascucci as director of global scouting.

Pascucci joins the Nets after spending the past four years as vice president of player personnel for the Houston Rockets. During his time in Houston, he also served as the general manager of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the D-League affiliate of the Rockets. It marked Pascucci’s second stint in Houston, as he previously served as the team’s international scout for six seasons (2002-08).

Prior to rejoining the Rockets, Pascucci spent four years in Italy with Olimpia Milano from 2008-12. His most recent role with the team was general manager and CEO.

Pascucci also possesses over 12 years of international coaching experience, including serving as an assistant coach with Scavolini Pesaro’s senior team in the Italian A-1 League and Euroleague. The Pesaro, Italy, native also spent four years as the team’s scout.  

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Nets Hire BJ Johnson As Coordinator Of Player Evaluation

Aug 22, 2016 2:06 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have hired BJ Johnson as coordinator of player evaluation.

William "BJ" Johnson joins Brooklyn’s staff after spending the past six years as USA Basketball’s assistant men’s national team director. Johnson worked with all levels of USA Basketball men's teams, with his primary focus on developing the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team program. Johnson began his career with USA Basketball in 2005 as manager of competitive programs, where he was involved with all facets of the men’s and women’s programs, including player personnel and basketball operations during trials, training camps and competitions.

Johnson graduated from Villanova in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He was a member of the Wildcats’ basketball team and a three-time selection to the Big East Academic All-Star Team.

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Trevor Cooney Agrees To Deal With Nets' D-League Team
Trevor Cooney went undrafted out of Syracuse after averaging 13.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 36.4 minutes per game as a senior.

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog go in-depth on the Atlantic Division.

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Nets Sign Beau Beech, Yogi Ferrell, Egidijus Mockevicius
Beau Beech, Yogi Ferrell and Egidijus Mockevicius were all members of Brooklyn’s 2016 NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.

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Egidijus Mockevicius Signs Camp Deal With Nets
Egidijus Mockevicius averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game for the Nets in Summer League.

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Beau Beech Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Nets
Beau Beech averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game for the Nets in Summer League.

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Yogi Ferrell Agrees To Deal With Nets
Yogi Ferrell averaged 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.9 minutes per game in Summer League for the Nets.

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Jeremy Lin Compares Signing With Nets To Investing In Startup
Jeremy Lin was raised in Palo Alto, which is located in the center of Silicon Valley.

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Dion Waiters Met With Nets Before Becoming UFA
The Nets appear unwilling to change their stance on signing him since Dion Waiters became unrestricted.

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Anthony Bennett Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nets
Anthony Bennett appeared in 19 games last season with the Raptors before being waived.

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Randy Foye, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Randy Foye averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.2 minutes per game with Oklahoma City.

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Joe Harris, Nets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Joe Harris was a second round pick in 2014 out of Virginia.

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Luis Scola, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Luis Scola spent last season with the Raptors, who signed Jared Sullinger this week.

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Jason Kidd Regrets Not Signing With Spurs In 2003
Jason Kidd and the Nets were coming off two straight appearances in the Finals and only met with the Spurs in free agency.

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Greivis Vasquez Agrees To One-Year Deal With Nets
Greivis Vasquez can play either guard position and is coming off surgery on his right ankle.

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Willie Reed, Heat Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Willie Reed has played in 145 career games in the D-League, averaging 15.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game.

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Nets Considering Pursuit Of Dion Waiters
The Nets will likely evaluate whether to pursue Dion Waiters over the next few days.

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Heat Match Nets' Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet With Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson made $507,000 in his second NBA season for the Heat in 2015-16.

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Blazers Match Allen Crabbe's Four-Year, $75M Deal With Nets
The Blazers have matched the four-year, $75 million offer sheet Allen Crabbe signed with the Nets.

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Allen Crabbe, Nets Agree Upon Four-Year, $75M Deal
With bonuses, Allen Crabbe's deal could reach $83 million.

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Tyler Johnson Signs Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet With Nets
Tyler Johnson's deal includes $18 million-plus and $19 million, plus "poison pill" provisions, in years three and four of the deal.

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