I had a conversation this weekend with a friend who, after sharing some stuff that was on his mind, decided to undercut himself.
"These are not original thoughts," he said.
"Yeah, but you’re allowed to have unoriginal thoughts sometimes," I replied.
In that spirit:
I’m going to become a father…
Five and a half years ago, I took a job.
The New Jersey Nets needed a writer, and I needed something more permanent than the project position being swept up in NBA Digital’s shift toward Turner Sports.
"This validates everything we’ve been working for."
—Irina Pavlova, Onexim Sports and Entertainment USA
Commissioner David Stern announced Wednesday that NBA All-Star 2015 will come to New York City and be co-hosted by Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. The unprecedented shared event will include the All-Star Game being played at MSG for the sixth time, while the Friday and Saturday night events – the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (including the Sprite Slam Dunk) – will take place at Barclays Center.
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"I’m sure happy that Coach Kidd got done playing. One guy can change your whole culture."
—Nets Assistant Lawrence Frank
With Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank rejoining the Nets this season, the pair brought back an annual tradition: Player-Coach Softball at (New) Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The players rallied several times, with Mason Plumlee notably smashing a ninth-inning home run, but were defeated, 10-9.
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This slideshow review of Andrei Kirilenko’s 2012-13 season is the sixth and final edition of a weekly series analyzing the Nets’ new acquisitions using the NBA.com/Stats database. Slides include “Season at a Glance,” “Opening Fire,” “Against the East” and “AK in April.” Notable highlights:
- Kirilenko was at his best within eight feet of the hoop, shooting .625 (+6.0% compared to league average).
- The first quarter was his best, producing a +5.9 Net Rating per 100 possessions (Off: 102.4; Def: 96.5).
- AK47 dominated Eastern Conference opponents, shooting .557 against them.
- Kirilenko finished the season strong, posting a .531 FG% and a his best single-month AST:TO ratio (2.14).
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