New Jersey Nets WiretapDecember 2012 New Jersey Nets Wiretap

Nets Waive Josh Childress

Dec 30, 2012 2:03 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have waived Josh Childress.

Childress, who signed as a free agent with Brooklyn on September 13, 2012, appeared in 14 games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game.

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MarShon Brooks Eager For New Opportunity Under Carlesimo

Dec 29, 2012 11:25 PM

MarShon Brooks was often benched and ridiculed by Avery Johnson for not playing enough defense.

“It was a valuable lesson,” said Brooks, who was averaging just 11.6 minutes before Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It was very humbling. Obviously, it’s a new opportunity, just have a chance to go out there and show that I can play defense. That’s huge for me.”

Brooks is hoping for something different with P.J. Carlesimo at the helm.

“I always felt it would come around when Avery was here. I always felt like it would come around,” Brooks said. “I just had to continue to work, and then when I got my opportunity, just show them I’m not as bad a defender as you think I am.”

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Prokhorov Cuts Vacation Short To Address Nets' Coaching Situation

Dec 29, 2012 12:22 PM

Mikhail Prokhorov cut short a heli-skiing vacation in British Columbia to address the Brooklyn Nets' coaching situation.

Prokhorov fired Avery Johnson after a 14-14 start to the season.

“I made my own [analysis],” Prokhorov said. “Really, we have a very talented team. And if we look, we have baskets of talents. But for the time being … we see that we need better results.

“And this says to me there were problems giving maybe a lack of concentration, and maybe a lack of ability to produce a good second half.”

Prokhorov indicated interim coach P.J. Carlesimo will have a chance to lead the Nets out of their current slump but also said he'll be hands-on if the team decides to make another coaching change.

“I will be involved personally,” Prokhorov said. “Very. Trust me.”

Prokhorov could not suppress a grin when asked about Phil Jackson's potential candidacy.

“Now, P.J. [Carlesimo] is the head coach,” Prokhorov said. “And if it becomes necessary, you know [who] the usual suspects are.”

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Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Nets' Job, Could Be Concerned On Timing

Dec 28, 2012 7:51 PM

Jeff Van Gundy is being considered by the Brooklyn Nets for their head coaching vacancy, according to sources.

Van Gundy is also interested, but he is unlikely to be willing to meet with the Nets while an interim head coach is in place during the season.

The Nets have yet to reach out to Van Gundy.

Van Gundy has never met with an organization that had a coach in place as part of his personal code, and has respect for P.J. Carlesimo's status.

The Nets would have to meet with Van Gundy during the offseason.

The Knicks met with Phil Jackson while Van Gundy was interim head coach of the Knicks.

Van Gundy turned down the Nets before Avery Johnson was hired in 2010.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Williams Takes Partial Responsibility For Johnson's Firing

Dec 28, 2012 4:58 PM

Deron Williams dismissed reports suggesting he quit on Avery Johnson before his firing.

Williams sat out Johnson's final game as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

“I feel if I would have played better, as a player, that we would have won a lot more games and he would still be here,” Williams said Friday morning. “As far as that’s concerned, I feel responsible.”

Williams and Avery Johnson had a strained relationship from the moment Williams arrived, according to people both inside and outside the organization.

“That’s how things go nowadays," said Williams about the perception that he caused the firing. "As soon as something happens, somebody’s got to take the blame. And I guess that guy is me. I can’t fight everything that’s being said, and I’m not going to try. I know my teammates have my back. Like I said, I wanted to be here with Coach Avery.”

Howard Beck/New York Times

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Kelvin Sampson Emerges As Candidate For Nets

Dec 28, 2012 1:41 PM

Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to sources.

Sampson is an assistant with the Houston Rockets and did an impressive job as interim head coach while Kevin McHale was away on a personal matter with his ailing daughter.

Sampson had a 7-6 record in McHale's absence.

Sampson has been praised for his ability to connect with star players.

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Nets Make Phil Jackson Top Target

Dec 27, 2012 11:16 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have targeted Phil Jackson as their primary choice to become head coach, according to sources.

Jackson's longtime representative, Todd Musburger, told TNT's David Aldridge on Thursday that his client has "no interest in the Nets' job at this time." 

But a source says that Jackson would entertain an offer from the Nets.

The Nets presumably would have no difficulty in meeting Jackson's salary demands.

Avery Johnson was fired as head coach of the Nets on Thursday.

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Phil Jackson Has No Interest In Nets Job

Dec 27, 2012 6:21 PM

Phil Jackson has no interest in coaching the Brooklyn Nets.

"Phil has no interest in the Nets job at this time," Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger, said via text.

The Nets fired Avery Johnson Thursday morning.

Jackson is reportedly interested in a management position similar to that of Pat Riley's in Miami, where he could shape the front office and roster.

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Avery Johnson Fired By Nets, Carlesimo Named Interim

Dec 27, 2012 1:00 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have fired Avery Johnson.

The Nets have lost 10 of their last 13 games and are now 14-14 after an 11-4 start.

Deron Williams publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the Nets' offense last week.

Johnson was Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November.

“The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future,” said Mikhail Prokhorov.

P.J. Carlesimo has been named interim head coach.

Sources tell Yahoo! that general manager Billy King made the ultimate decision to fire Johnson.

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Avery Johnson's Job Appears In Danger As Losses Mount

Dec 27, 2012 12:58 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have lost 10 of their last 13 games and are now 14-14 after an 11-4 start.

As the struggles mount, Avery Johnson is in jeopardy of losing his job.

“A flammable situation,” said one unnamed player of the Nets. “Jerry Sloan all over again.”

“The watch is on,” said an unnamed NBA executive.

Deron Williams has publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the Nets' offense.

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Deron Williams Sits With Bruised Wrist
After aggravating his bruised right wrist on Tuesday, Deron Williams missed his first game of the season Wednesday night.

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Humphries Understands Benching Despire Frustration
Kris Humphries was frustrated but understanding about his benching on Sunday.

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Nets Recall Shengelia, Taylor After Successful D-League Stint
Tornike Shengelia had a tripled double while Tyshawn Taylor scored 32 points in a D-League game.

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Nets Assign Shengelia, Taylor To D-League
The Nets have assigned forward Tornike Shengelia and guard Tyshawn Taylor to the Springfield Armor.

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Humphries Returns To Starting Lineup With Lopez Back
Avery Johnson has reinserted Kris Humphries into the starting lineup instead of Reggie Evans for the foreseeable future.

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Williams' Stance On Nets' Offense Remains Unchanged
Deron Williams stepped back from his comments about preferring Jerry Sloan's offense in comparison to Avery Johnson's.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Deron Williams Admits Preference For Sloan's System
Deron Williams recently admitted that the system he played under while with Jerry Sloan was a better fit than the one he currently plays under with Avery Johnson.

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Watson Felt Mistreated Over End Of Tenure With Bulls
C.J. Watson never considered re-signing with the Bulls as a free agent in the offseason.

Neil Hayes/Chicago Sun-Times

Brook Lopez Expected To Return By Saturday
Brook Lopez has practiced with the Nets without pain in his foot.

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Humphries' Demotion Likely To End Upon Return Of Lopez
Kris Humphries has a limited role due to the chemistry developed by Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans.

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Lopez Timetable Remains Unclear As Nets Fall To 1-5 In His Absence
Avery Johnson downplayed any concern about Brook Lopezís delayed return to the lineup.

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Brook Lopez Practices, Could Play Tuesday
Brook Lopez could return for Tuesday's New York showdown against the Knicks.

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Blatche Wants To Re-Sign With Nets
Andray Blatche signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Nets in September.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Gerald Wallace Fined $5,000 For Flopping
Gerald Wallace has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping.

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