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RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Nets Offered Vince Carter To Clippers For Shaun Livingston Before Injury

Shaun Livingston has had an outstanding season with the Brooklyn Nets, finally fulfilling upon the promise he showed before suffering a devastating injury.

“When you look at the entire picture, Shaun is a better player now than when he hurt his knee in ’07,” Reggie Livingston said.

The Nets liked Livingston back when Rod Thorn was general manager. The Nets liked him so much that Rod Thorn offered Vince Carter in a trade that Elgin Baylor declined. 

Livingston's presence allowed the Nets to move Deron Williams to the 2, Joe Johnson to the 3 and Paul Pierce to the 4.

“I like where I’m at, let’s put it that way,” Shaun Livingston said. “This year’s been everything I could have asked for.” 

Via Dave D'Alessandro/Star-Ledger

Jason Kidd, Gregg Popovich Named Coaches Of Month

Jason Kidd and Gregg Popovich on Tuesday were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.

Kidd guided the Brooklyn Nets to a 12-4 record in March, and the highest winning percentage (.750) in the Eastern Conference.

Popovich led the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA-best 16-0 record in March, propelling them to a 58-16 record, tops in the NBA.

Via RealGM Staff Report

King: Nets Have System, Identity Under Kidd

While Jason Kidd seemed overmatched in his first few months as head coach, he figured it out shortly after the new year.

“I think some of the young guys have developed and the biggest thing with Jason is we have a system and identity,” Billy King said. “So now putting a team together, I know which players to add. That’s something we’ve been searching for for a while, is getting an identity so now in the offseason, Jason and I have already talked about the type of players he wants and have a feel for.

“That’s the key, you have a system. A lot of the credit, the players have played well, but Jason has been amazing. That one scout that took a shot at him early in the year, I wish he’d speak up now because it’s easy to criticize somebody when you have injuries, you have a new team, and you’re trying to put it together. Now, nobody’s saying how great of a job he’s done.

“A lot of success that we’re having is directly related to him.”

Kidd refuses to accept credit for the success.

“It’s a marathon and that’s the nice thing about the NBA season,” Kidd said. “You can be judged on the first game, but the ones who know best, you’re not judged until the end, and that’s when you look at our team. We’re a veteran ball club and no one in that locker room panicked. We kept playing. No one used any excuses. We kept getting to know one another from coaches to players, and we all felt that it could turn.

“We just had to keep working the process and that’s what guys did, and I don’t think we would like it any other way. I know it was tough there early on, but we understand what it feels like when things go bad so we can always reflect, and I think in the last couple of games, we’ve reflected and hopefully we’ve improved from those mistakes that we’ve made.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Jorge Gutierrez Fined $15k While Making $28,834 On 10-Day Contract

Jorge Gutierrez has been fined $15,000 for his Flagrant 2 foul on Cody Zeller during the March 26th game.

Gutierrez was on his second 10-day contract in which he makes just $28,834 apiece.

Gutierrez signed a multi-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nets Sign Jorge Gutierrez To Multi-Year Deal

The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a multi-year contract.

Gutierrez, who signed 10-day contracts on March 6 and March 16, has appeared in five games for the Nets, averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 13.4 minutes per game. He scored a season-high 10 points versus Boston on March 21.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nets Not In Process Of Becoming Russian-Based

Mikhail Prokhorov backed away from his claim that the NBA had given him permission to make the Brooklyn Nets a Russian-based company without admitting that he had ever made it.

His company, Onexim Sports and Entertainment, issued a statement that described how during preliminary discussions with the NBA in the spring of 2013, the league “indicated its willingness to work with us in the event we need to re-register the ownership vehicle of the Nets as a Russian entity to comply with the Russian law regarding candidates for political office.”

The statement added, “This is a long process which may or may not come to fruition, and nothing is imminent.”

Making the Nets a Russian company might help Prokhorov’s political prospects.

Via Richard Sandomir/New York Times

Joe Johnson, Durant Named NBA Players Of The Week

Joe Johnson and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Johnson is the first member of the Brooklyn Nets to win the award since Devin Harris in 2009.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Brook Lopez Underwent Ankle Surgery, On Track To Return To Court In June

Brook Lopez underwent successful surgery on his left ankle earlier in March and the procedure will not affect his rehabilitation from foot surgery on Jan. 4.

Lopez was lost for the season after breaking a bone in his foot in late December.

The Brooklyn Nets expect Lopez to return to the court in June.

Lopez averaged 20.7 points and six rebounds in 17 games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Brooklyn Nets Archives

Kidd: I Never Panicked During Slow Start

Jason Kidd has a frustrating start to his head coaching career as the Nets began the season 5-14 and entered 2014 with a 10-21 record.

Paul Pierce, Nets Haven't Discussed Extension

Paul Pierce will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Jason Collins Disregards Gay Taunt From One 'Knucklehead' Player

Jason Collins revealed he has received a gay taunt from one NBA player since making his return to the league on Feb. 23.

Kevin Garnett Progressing With Back Injury, Expects To Return Soon

Kevin Garnett has not played since Feb. 27 due to back spasms.

Livingston To Prioritize Long-Term Stability Over Less Lucrative Deals In Free Agency

Shaun Livingston is grateful to the Nets, Jason Kidd and the system that has contributed to his career season.

Nets Sign Jorge Gutierrez To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Jorge Gutierrez has appeared in one game for the Nets, registering one point and one steal in five minutes.

Nets Sign Jason Collins For Remainder Of Season

Jason Collins has appeared in eight games for the Nets, totaling five points, six rebounds and six steals in 78 minutes.

Jason Collins To Sign With Nets For Rest Of Season

Jason Collins will sign with the Nets for the remainder of the season on Saturday.

Nets Sign Jorge Gutierrez To 10-Day Contract

The Nets plan to sign another player to a 10-day contract soon.

Jason Collins To Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract With Nets

Jason Collins' first 10-day contract expires on Tuesday.

Nets Expected To Sign Jason Collins For Remainder Of Season

Jason Collins' first 10-day contract expires early next week.

Kobe Bryant Believes Jason Collins Will Have 'Domino Effect' Beyond Sports

Kobe Bryant believes Jason Collins will teach the youth "it's OK to be yourself."

Clippers, Nets Remain Possibilities For Ivan Johnson, Others In Mix

The Clippers and Nets remain realistic suitors for Ivan Johnson, league sources told RealGM.

Jason Collins Signs 10-Day Contract With Nets

Jason Collins will be available to play with the Nets on Sunday night.

Nets, Clippers Interested In Jason Collins

Jason Collins worked out for the Nets during the All-Star break.

Nets Break Off Trade Talks With Lakers For Jordan Hill

The Lakers sought a second round pick from the Nets for Jordan Hill.

Lakers Seek 2nd Round Pick For Jordan Hill

The Lakers are seeking a second round pick in their trade talks involving Jordan Hill.

Nets, Suns, Mavericks Interested In Jordan Hill

The cost of acquiring Jordan Hill would be approximately $17 million to the Nets.

Nets, Kings Agree To Terry, Evans For Thornton Trade

Marcus Thornton has fallen in the Kings' rotation, while the Nets could use an individual scorer in the backcourt.

Nets, Kings Discussing Terry, Evans For Thornton Trade

Marcus Thornton is being shopped by the Kings in multiple scenarios.
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