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There is no doubt that the National Basketball Association’s 2010 free agency period left a deep impact in both the media and the public’s eye. The overall depth of the free agent class was so great that practically everyone declared there had been no other like it. Like the exodus of the Jews from Egypt a host of player’s chose to take their talents to a new team and start fresh. Nearly the entire landscape of the NBA changed in a matter of days and now we are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what is what and which teams are feeling good about their chances to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in June.


The first half of the article will shed some light into the conference that gained the most from the free agency period and the newly established contenders that will vie for the championship. The Eastern Conference has a host of talent that all have a legitimate chance of competing and should change the balance of power between the East and West in the near future. A list of teams that should make the playoffs is at the end.


Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors

09-10 W-L: 40-42


After missing out on the playoffs by one game the Raptors saw their supposed centerpiece of their team, Chris Bosh, go to South Beach to team up with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. The loss of Bosh is no doubt a major factor, leaving only former number one pick Andrea Bargnani and free agent signing Amir Johnson to man the frontcourt for the dinos. They also added Linas Kleiza and Leandro Barbosa to go with point guards Jose Calderon and Jarret Jack. If the Raptors can get better production out of DeMar DeRozan they should be a dark horse pick to make the playoffs in the new east despite the loss of Bosh.


Philadelphia 76ers

09-10 W-L: 27-55


A team that entered the season with high hopes quickly found itself in a quandary with power forward Elton Brand still not being able to effectively play with his teammates. While most of the players on the 76ers roster like to run, Brand needs to operate on a slower, post oriented pace. At the age of 31 and due nearly $16 million this year they can only hope that new head coach Doug Collins can figure out a way to get Brand to put up better numbers, otherwise this team may be headed to another staggering season. The Sixers added College Player of the Year Evan Turner in this year’s draft but it might take a year or two to fully see him develop into an effective player.


New Jersey Nets

09-10 W-L: 12-70


12 wins would indicate a bad team with nowhere to go, but the group that got those 12 wins was a pretty young team that showed that there was a lot to look forward to. With PG Devin Harris and emerging center Brook Lopez the team definitely has a core that they can build upon in the next few years, especially with new owner Mikhail Prokhorov willing to spend the money to get a contender out on the floor. This was evident in their efforts to obtain Carmelo Anthony, and although they haven’t gotten anything worked out, this should work in their favor since they still have their core players. They drafted Derrick Favors this year to be their PF of the future and with Lopez the Nets should like what they have in their frontcourt should Troy Murphy stay healthy.


New York Knicks

09-10 W-L: 29-53


After a dismal regular season that more trying to shed salary than legitimately winning, the Knicks still failed to land their top targets in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Instead they had to settle for Amare Stoudemire for the max $100 million deal. While they missed out on the now Miami Trio they still signed PG Raymond Felton and traded PF David Lee for Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Randolph. Turiaf should bring some defense to a team that is dedicated to its run and gun offense but persistent foul trouble should dampen that idea. The Knicks still have Danilo Gallinari, Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler so they may have a team that can make the playoffs this year. What they may be looking at though is next year, when Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent and barring a lockout, sign him and maybe trade for another star in say, Chris Paul. Knicks fans should definitely be excited and not let what happened this past summer stick in their mind.


Boston Celtics

09-10 W-L: 50-32


The Celtics were a few minutes to closing in on their second championship in three years when they lost to the Lakers in game 7 of the Finals last season. The loss of center Kendrick Perkins left them sorely lacking in strength in the paint and with Perkins still recovering the front office went out and signed big men Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal (no relation) to help the power forward tandem of Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis. But the main trio of this team, SG Ray Allen, SF Paul Pierce and Garnett may be in its final year as age has definitely caught up with at least two of them. The only starter for the Celtics this year under the age of 30 is point guard Rajon Rondo, who has all the talent to carry a team but may have to do more than ever to keep the veterans fresh for the playoffs. The signing of Delonte West is questionable at best given his troublesome history and that’s a cause for concern with the bench also having Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels, never the best in off-court conduct. The window is definitely closing for this incarnation of Celtics but they should be near the top when all is said and done.


Central Division

Detroit Pistons

09-10 W-L: 27-55


The Pistons definitely had their share of problems last season, with the signings of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva not panning out like they had planned. The signings were also peculiar in that had the Pistons saved their cap space they may have been able to make a run at a top free agent last summer. Since they didn’t we saw them struggle to win games, with SF Tayshaun Prince lacking the same energy that he displayed in years past and Richard Hamilton struggling to be the premier point maker. They have young talent in Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey but both appear to be combo guards and not truly able to fill the point guard slot. Center has been a position of concern the past few years with Ben Wallace manning the middle since he lacks any sort of offensive game to be worried about. This team is headed for another long season and may have to start thinking about trading away some players.


Indiana Pacers

09-10 W-L: 32-50


Another young team with developing talent around super SF Danny Granger, the Pacers have a lot to look forward to with new point guard addition Darren Collison. By trading for the former UCLA guard the Pacers now feel they have the playmaker with the talent to get them into the playoffs. They have Mike Dunleavy in the SG slot and Josh McRoberts and Roy Hibbert in the frontcourt to go with Granger so the Pacers should be able to make some strides this season with the young core established. They also drafted Paul George and hope that he can make some kind of impact to make the Pacers a legitimate team to make the playoffs in the future.


Milwaukee Bucks

09-10 W-L: 46-36


The Bucks were headed for a great season until center Andrew Bogut went down with an arm injury that kept him out the rest of the way, when the Bucks were eliminated in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks. Bogut had finally shown himself to be the number one overall pick the Bucks made him and was the core of their defense, averaging 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks until his injury. With sophomore point guard Brandon Jennings the Bucks have a good starting group with John Salmons, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden. What may be a concern for coach Scott Skiles is how this group will go about on offense with Salmons and Maggette each being used to dominating the ball in iso type situations. The Bucks are a good pick to make the postseason and it will be interesting to see how they follow up last years run.


Cleveland Cavaliers

09-10 W-L: 61-21


The team that probably lost the most this past summer with LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach, the Cavaliers are now a shell of the team that won 61 games and was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. James was the centerpiece of the offense in the Cavaliers offense, and its up to new head coach Byron Scott to get these players to focus on this season. The team remains mostly the same, but that is sort of a problem since this group tended to rely mostly on James for many stretches. There probably is a lot of rough times for the Cavs in the next few seasons, and it doesn’t look like it will get better anytime soon.


Chicago Bulls

09-10 W-L: 41-41


Most likely the best team in the Central Division, the Bulls had cap space in the summer and used it to grab three formers Jazz players in Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer. That’s not bad when you also have PG Derrick Rose and C Joakim Noah to fill out the starting lineup. The Bulls have a load of talent and, Carlos Boozer’s hand injury notwithstanding, are a lock to make the postseason and do some damage. They extended Noah’s contract and are poised to be one of the premier Eastern Conference teams for some years to come.


Southeast Division

Washington Wizards

09-10 W-L: 26-56


The team with the number one overall draft pick last summer used it to grab their point guard of the future in John Wall. The question after that would be the future of Gilbert Arenas with the Wizards. Arenas does have a quirky nature and last season it cost him 50 games with his gun in the locker room stunt and now must play second fiddle to Wall as the Wizards look to move forward. They do have some other young talent in big men Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee and some backcourt help in Josh Howard and Nick Young but in what looks to be one the NBA’s more deadly divisions it wouldn’t be surprising if the Wizards were to struggle through this season.


Charlotte Bobcats

09-10 W-L: 44-38


The expansion Bobcats just made their first trip into the playoffs last season and did it with some astounding defense, allowing the fewest points in the league at just under 94 points per game allowed. It got better for the Bobcats when they found out that Michael Jordan would become the majority owner of his homestate team, and this season look to expand upon their playoff berth. They will look to DJ Augustin to be their point guard and know that he can play based on last season. They have vets in Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw who know how to play and can all play some stout defense. Like other teams, the Bobcats don’t have a center who can score, as they employ Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown, so they will again be more of a defensive team under coach Larry Brown.


Atlanta Hawks

09-10 W-L: 53-29


The Hawks finally made it past the first round of the playoffs, where they were unceremoniously dumped by the Orlando Magic in the second round. This past summer they signed guard Joe Johnson to a maximum contract, but many questioned whether Johnson was deserving of the deal. Regardless, they still have the same team that made the playoffs and will look to improve some more this year. They still have Josh Smith, Marvin Williams and Al Horford in the frontcourt, but the backcourt may be an issue with the ever aging Mike Bibby still the starting point guard. Backup SG Jamal Crawford was superb for the Hawks, but has revealed his demands for a new contract, something the Hawks are probably hesitant to commit to with the deal just completed for Johnson still hovering over their heads. This may be a good team, but don’t be surprised if they somehow have a down year with the new East.


Orlando Magic

09-10 W-L: 59-23


The Magic were one series away from reaching the Finals in back-to-back years but were stopped by the Celtics in six games. This year the team opens in a new arena with essentially the same team and hopes to once again contend for the Larry O’Brien trophy. The Magic have a good team built around center Dwight Howard, who has to show improvement in the offensive half of the game to compliment the defense we all know he has in order for the team to succeed. If not, it will be up to players like Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis to score more points, and that may not be what the Magic need if last years series against the Celtics are anything to go by. While he is a good scorer, Carter is heading into the tail end of his career and doesn’t have the same explosion he did in his youth. Once again the onus has to be on Howard to be an all-around player and carry the Magic to the promised land, especially in this competitive Southeast Division with the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats all making cases for the playoffs.


Miami Heat

09-10 W-L: 47-35


This year’s Heat isn’t the same as the one that won 47 games last year and was trounced by the Celtics in five games. This past offseason GM Pat Riley went out and got arguably the biggest free agents of the summer in LeBron James and Chris Bosh, both accompanying Dwyane Wade as Miami’s own big three. The preseason has not been as kind though, as Wade and James have missed time due to injuries but hope to be at full strength by the season’s start. With those three it looks to be a tough time for many defenses to guard, but it will be up to the other complimentary players, such as Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers, to ease the load off the big three and make it that much more difficult for teams to load up on the stars. This team is already in contention for the title and many expect to see them up there until the end. They have the talent in Wade, James and Bosh but need the others to step up to compete this year.


Playoff Teams (in no arranged order):

Boston Celtics

Miami Heat

Orlando Magic

Chicago Bulls

New York Knicks

Milwaukee Bucks

Atlanta Hawks

Indiana Pacers


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As the NBA season approaches and training camps have begun, newest New Jersey Net, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday, Anthony Morrow took time out and shared with me a little about his life on and off the court.

Starting at the age of 4 Anthony had a desire to play basketball. He said he admired and wanted to model his game after Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

Morrow started his career off in Golden State with the Warriors but it wasn’t an easy road there. Going undrafted Morrow said, “It’s a chip on my shoulder I’ll never lose.”

After signing with the Warriors, Morrow got his first start against the Los Angeles Clippers scoring 37 points on 15-20 shooting. When asked about his emotions before tipoff and the rest of the game he said laughing, “I just knew that I had gotta my legs back from training camp and I felt great, didn’t know it would turn into what it turned into though.”

We then started talking about his new team, The Nets. The Nets had only won twelve games the previous season. That didn’t seem to bother Anthony’s mind state coming to the team. “Just knowing that now everything is new and we’re all excited and competing and having fun making each other better.” How did Anthony describe new coach Avery Johnson? “I can do that in one word, intense.” Morrow explained. Avery Johnson has been known to be a defensive minded coach one thing that seemed like a good thing to Morrow who said becoming better overall especially defensively were one of this main focuses of improvement for this season.

I asked him what his funniest moment in his NBA Career was and he responded, “Missing a summer league practice with the Warriors and being terrified that I would get cut on the spot, it’s funny now but it wasn’t then.” Laughing as he finished the answer.

After discussing basketball I went to the off court Anthony Morrow. What interest’s Anthony Morrow. “The Bible, Xbox, my mom’s cooking, watching Yo Gabba Gabba with my daughter, football, just hanging out with my friends.”  To go along with his mom’s cooking which he said anything she cooks is his favorite meal Anthony said he would want Michael Jordan, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey as dinner guests.

Inspirations are something most athletes use as motivation. Morrow said his parents were his inspirations.

Anthony has a good taste in music. Being from North Carolina when asked about listening to rising star J Cole, Morrow answered loudly, “YESSIR, he reps North Cack (Nickname for North Carolina). I listen to his mixtape a lot.” He is also fond of Atlanta’s rapper Young Jeezy saying if we were to look through his iPod that Young Jeezy would be an artist that we’d find a lot of music from.

Morrow also has a great interest in sitcoms. His favorite he said were “Martin, Fresh Prince, Living Single, and Seinfeld are a few.” When I asked which one would he like to be on he responded strongly, “MARTIN”.

As our talk came to a close Anthony had a message he wanted to send out to Nets fans. “I’m excited to be here, I’m looking forward to interacting with them and playing for them.”

Anthony Morrow is titled in the category of one of the best pure shooters in the league which goes well with his nickname “Amo”. With a new season ahead Nets fans should be ready to watch Morrow shoot the lights out in the Prudential Center.

Follow him at @BlackBoiPachino.

-Tim Dimas


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Nets future

Though draft night was two nights ago I didn’t get my chance to give my insight on the drafting of former Georgia Tech Freshman Derrick Favors.

When David Stern stepped to announce the New Jersey Nets pick (3rd overall) three names, ironic I know, came to my mind. DeMarcus Cousins (5th overall to the Sacramento Kings) Wesley Johnson (4th overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves) and Derrick Favors. The Nets choose Favors and all the suspense of Nets fans were over.

Derrick is a young and raw talent that will need molding if he is to be a NBA power forward but the Nets think they can do it. Favors averaged 12 points per game for GT to go along with 8 rebounds. Nothing mouth dropping but solid numbers. Favors is coming to a team that unless they sign a top free agent PF could get the nod opening day and play down low with Brook Lopez.

I look forward to seeing Favors up close and in person next year and hope that the Nets can groom him the right way. He has the talent and athleticism to be great but he has to show he wants that to happen. I hope LeBron James sees what the Nets see and decides Favors was a great choice that will with Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, Courtney Lee and the rest of the Nets team help him win a championship. (Yes I had to add LeBron. It’s all NBA Fans care about right now)

-Timmy Dims

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A second round pick in the NBA draft two years ago which most experts said was a steal for the New Jersey Nets is on his way out of Jersey and into the woods of Milwaukee.

Earlier this week news broke that Chris Douglas-Roberts, aka C-DR, would be traded come draft day to the Bucks for a future second round pick. Douglas-Roberts spent his last year with the Nets playing on an on and off basis that made you question why was this happening. When ever he was in a game he’d be a nice spark plug off the bench. For a team that only won 12 games why would you sit your spark plug.

C-DR a fan of Twitter would always tweet his emotions and let people know he wanted to win. I never did and will never have a problem with it. As an athlete you have the desire to win every night and when you don’t you will be upset. I had and still have a lot of respect from the longest last named player in the NBA. He loves his fans and loves the game of basketball. One of the first NBA players I had the privilege of interviewing. Soft spoken and upfront kind of guy.

Today on Twitter he thanked the Nets organization and all the fans and let people know the decision of trading him wasn’t due to him  being a problem in the locker room or on the court. He said he worked with the team for the trade to happen and is very happy to have landed with the Bucks.

I personally am upset with the move but it is a business but as a fan of C-DR I will continue to root for him next year as he and Brandon Jennings take the back court for the Bucks. Good luck Chris and as always keep working hard…YES YES

-Timmy Dimas

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And so another bright spot for New Jersey Nets fans this week.  After witnessing the hiring of Avery Johnson, who in my opinion was the best option, Nets fans have another reason to be happy. The Nets have a chance to grab the second best player in the draft at the number three spot. Who? None other then Evan Turner.

News was just broken that The Philadelphia 76ers had traded long time center Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for center Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni. The move now raises the question will Philly be going for Derrick Favors, Forward out of Georgia Tech, instead of Evan Turner.

Chad Ford of ESPN has had on his draft board Favors over Turner at the number 2 spot in the draft where the 76ers are scheduled to pick. The move today even more solidifies the decision for the 76ers. For the Nets this is a moment of joy… but only a moment because there is no clear cut decision that Philly will take Favors.

So for now Nets fans, lets enjoy our Little General, Avery Johnson and next week be prepared to usher in a new era of youth that may or may not include Ohio States standout Evan Turner.

-Timmy Dimas

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Avery Johnson, former NBA point guard and head coach of the Dallas Mavericks and current ESPN NBA analyst seems to be on his road back to the sidelines for an NBA team. That team, The New Jersey Nets. The New York Post earlier reported that Johnson was the leading candidate for the job and little after 12 o’clock today Avery Johnson was signed as coach.  “Yes, I am headed to New Jersey.” — Avery Johnson tells ESPN

Moving closer and closer to the biggest free agent summer in the history of the league, the Nets seem to be trying to solidify their power pieces in their bid to land LeBron James and, perhaps, another big-name free agent to New Jersey. Avery Johnson believes this as well.  “If I was a free agent, New Jersey would be the place that I would want to be.” — Avery Johnson on ESPN

The New Jersey Nets players are happy with the move. Second year man Terrence Williams (@TheRealTWill) said this via Twitter “New coach yessir welcome welcome” And Chris Douglas-Roberts (@cdouglasroberts) said this via Twitter, “Avery Johnson is known as a winning hard nosed coach. I’m sure he’ll have an impact in turning things around for the Nets. Great decision.”

Now for the Nets there are two possible and legitimate arguments here for landing LeBron. You could make sure you have a head coach so he sees the place as forward-thinking and solid. On the other hand, you could really give LeBron a blank check and tell LeBron to pick his coach and another free agent to run with him.

In my opinion, option #2 is better because it will take a great deal to draw LeBron away from Cleveland. People are wrongfully assuming that it’s going to be so easy to get him out of his hometown, where his family, friends, and roots are. There needs to be incentive or he’s not going anywhere. What better way to do that than let him know that he can pick whoever he feels most comfortable with and whoever will give him the best chance to win a championship, which will really be the most important thing in his decision come July.

That said, I think experts are underestimating how much of a chance New Jersey has in this. They have many alluring things to offer him, including cap space, an open head coaching position, and the prospect of moving to Brooklyn in a few years. Not to mention, if LeBron wants to write his own legacy with his “own” franchise, New Jersey is the place. Just as when you think “Bulls”, you think “Jordan”, he could make it that when you think “Nets”, you think “LeBron”.

There will be speculation galore until July, but that is the case for New Jersey, one that is flying under the radar.

-Dan Martin (@Dan_MartinWSJU)  & Timmy Dimas (@TimmyD_WSJU)

Special thanks to Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria), the New York Post and ESPN for the information provided in this article.

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Lopez would be a nice fit for LeBron James and other Free Agents

I waited until tonight to put Part 3 into works. Part 3 of course is the off season moves. I waited until after the NBA Draft Lottery to really start to think about this. After an hour and half thought process I came to the understanding the Nets aren’t in a horrible situation. As Brandon Tierney said on Twitter, “OK Net fans, pick yourself up, google any past NBA Draft, and look at how many NBA legends were drafted after the top 2 spots. You’re fine” Maybe he was just saying it cause he didn’t want anyone committing suicide tonight. Even so here are my ideas into who the Nets should draft at #3 and sign during the off-season.

Draft: If the Nets are content with being at number 3 I would like them to select DeMarcus Cousins, Freshman out of Kentucky. A front court of Lopez and Cousins would look very nice for years to come. Do I think the Nets might make a move to go to number 1? Yes I can see it happening.  Do they have to though? No they don’t. At the end of the day Devin Harris is more then capable of running the point. Injuries are the only thing that hurts him. When healthy he is a nightmare match up for teams because of his speed. Devin Harris, DeMarcus Cousins and Brook Lopez in the starting 5. Can’t say I don’t like it. Lets fill in though who the Nets should sign to help these three players.

Free Agency: Of course the 3 most talked about free agents are LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Question for Nets fans which one to two players do you bring in? I really can’t see not two of these players on the same team. With Cousins do the Nets really need to go after Chris Bosh? If he’s the only choice yes if not then no. Do the Nets need Dwayne Wade badly? Shooting guard position is wide open. Courtney Lee is there but is he a starter or a bench player. The Nets can also option for Joe Johnson. LeBron James though is of course one of the only three free agents I can’t see the Nets not going after uncontrollably. The Nets have about 24 million to spend this off season not including the mid-level exception or the minimum exception.  So LeBron will command a max contract. They would then have to do a sign and trade with either Toronto or Miami for Bosh or Wade. Even so the Nets only have 24 mil to play with doesn’t mean that’s all. Don’t forget they have a billionaire owner who came out and said he wants to win next year and if not next year then in the next 5 years. Call him crazy but money talks and if he can talk to these stars I don’t see why they wouldn’t sign. But lets say for arguments sake the Nets can only get LBJ. I’m still in favor of adding Joe Johnson. Harris, Johnson, James, Cousins and Lopez is a great starting 5. A play-off team without a doubt and with James it’s a definite Conference Finals possibility.

So we have a possible starting 5 but who’s going to fill the bench roles. Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts (If the Nets pick up his contract by June 30th) Kris Humphries, Yi Jianlian and Terrence Williams. Not bad but could use a bit tweaking. If the Nets sign Johnson and LBJ they will have blown their salary cap and only be left with mid-level and minimum exceptions. So who to sign? I say back up point guard and call me crazy but the hometown boy himself, Shaquille O’Neal. Two young centers on your team having one of thee best centers in NBA History teach them for a year or two wouldn’t be so bad. Shaq would be a solid 10-15 minute kind of a guy. 8-10 points and 5-6 rebounds a game but a teacher as well. Point guard now though.  Steve Blake, Luke Ridnour, and Randy Foyle are all possible options for the mid level. All have been in the league long enough and a bench role is something they could work well with. Of course the Nets have two more picks in the draft but this year’s draft isn’t really stocked with tons of point guards. The Nets can choose out of Eric Bledsoe out of Kentucky, Willie Warren out of Oklahoma, Jon Scheyer out of Duke, Sherron Collins from Kansas or Denis Clemente from Kansas State. One guy who doesn’t look like he will get drafted is Scottie Reynolds out of Villanova. Hey if the Nets can invite him as an undrafted rookie free agent I’ll take it. Lets say the Nets sign Blake. I think Blake is a great back up. Solid three point shooter and passing abilities. Would fit perfect in a half court scheme but can run up and down the floor.

If all goes to plan this would be the roster.

Starting Line up:

PG: Devin Harris

SG: Joe Johnson

SF: LeBron James

PF: DeMarcus Cousins

C:Brook Lopez

Bench: Shaq, Blake, C. Lee, CDR, T. Williams, Humphries, Yi, Draft Pick, Draft Pick.

Hey these are my thoughts. I think they fit and have good reasoning to it. I hope as many other Nets fans do, this will be a team we can look at and enjoy.

-Tim Dimas

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In his possible destination jersey and new number

I spent part 1 discussing who would lead the Nets into battle next year. Part 2 will be about the guy who will be the face of the media world until he decides what he wants to do with his career. For a lot of Nets fans, also mine, hope LeBron James will wear a Nets uniform come next year.

James is the golden boy. The one they call the King. The King didn’t show up this post season and now is looking like a prince but that isn’t stopping teams like the Nets, Bulls, Knicks, Clippers etc on going after him. Why would it? 2 time MVP and he’s only 25. Like he said at his press conference after his horrendous game 5 against the Celtics, ” I have a lot of basketball left…” and yes he does.

How do the Nets go about this off season in obtaining him this off season. They are given a 100-1 chance to land him by the New York Post and everyone says it’s not a good situation for him. My question is, the Knicks are? The Knicks are going into next season with Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari as the face of their franchise. David Lee is gone as of right now and Sergio Rodriguez and Tony Douglas aren’t anywhere close to being what LeBron needs to get a title. Neither is having Eddy Curry as your starting center. People say well their going to get Chris Bosh. Well okay wonderful but after you blow 17million to each player what will you have left? mid level exception to sign Brad Miller? Two second round draft picks? Not to spend the time on beating up on the Knicks but I have to put my words out there.

The Nets have a point guard that can run the show. His name is Devin Harris. The Nets have a top 5 if not 3 center in the league. His name is Brook Lopez. They also have two other top 10 picks on their roster, Yi Jianlian and Terrence Williams. I know Yi isn’t huge but he was drafted #6 overall and he has the ability to play. LeBron made the players around him look like all-stars, Yi will benefit too. Courtney Lee is better then Anthony Parker and Chris Douglas-Roberts is a player that has tons of potential especially coming from a John Calipari system at Memphis. Kris Humphries is there too and he isn’t horrible. Better then Anderson Verajo for sure.

Now those are the players that are already on the team. What about the draft? Three top 31 picks? A top-4 pick without a doubt? The Nets are in a rebuilding mode but if all goes right, LBJ will be the piece they need to make this rebuilding a micro fix. And why shouldn’t he come to NJ? Sure it’s not a huge market but neither is Cleveland and LBJ isn’t poor. New York City is a 30 minute drive and if I’m not mistaken the Nets will be in Brooklyn by 2012. LeBron is part of Roc Nation Athlete’s which is run by Brooklyn native Jay-Z. There are a lot of pro’s for LBJ to come to NJ. May I also add that there is a billion dollar owner who only cares about winning and not money? Truthfully I haven’t heard a bad one yet. If you read this and have one please feel free to add it.

LeBron is the NBA’s best player. The league goes as he goes. Would the NBA Finals have been bigger had he made it? Of course which is why he needs to go to a team that has pieces to get him there. The New Jersey Nets ( Soon to be New York Nets) have some and almost all the pieces he needs to be a part of a good team.

Part 3 will cover Free Agents. Who the Nets should try and get and possible trade moves. Stick around for that.

-Timmy Dimas

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12-70: Every New Jersey Nets fan will remember that number for years to come and this off-season will need to be flawless if Nets fans don’t want a repeat of what happened last year. Being a big time Nets fan, I decided, why not share my views on the topic and tell everyone my idea for the team? People, understand these are facts filled with ideas that I THINK WOULD BE GOOD! I will break down this post into three parts. This is Part One.

The Coach

First, of course, has to be the head coaching position. You can’t run a team if you don’t have a head coach. Just ask the Denver Nuggets. The two coaches I feel are great for the job are Jeff Van Gundy (430-318 Career W/L) and Avery Johnson (194-70 Career W/L).

Jeff Van Gundy is a coach with a great track record. From coaching the Knicks from 1995 until the beginning of 2002 and making the playoffs every year, to going to coach the Huston Rockets from 2003-2007 and making the playoffs every year but one (05-06). I would love for him to take the reins in New Jersey as coach.

Avery Johnson started his career as a coach in 2004 with the Dallas Mavericks and ended it in 2008. He coached two 60+ win seasons and one 50+ win season in his four years. Tell me that isn’t impressive and of course he had a star player named Dirk Nowitzki as well as Devin Harris, who was traded to the New Jersey Nets. Avery Johnson brings that fight a team needs as well as a good defensive coaching philosophy and strong work ethic.

John Calipari. I will say this once and only once. Though Calipari has a great track record as a COLLEGE coach he isn’t what we called NBA material unlike his players that only stay with him for one year. Example: Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and this year John Wall. Both Rose and Evans earned Rookie of the Year Awards in back to back seasons and John Wall is the favored to win as well even though he has yet to be drafted. I know people will say “Well Hey, If he comes to the Nets he can take John Wall again, bring Lebron James in and then he’s good.” Yes that seems so fitting but the chances of all that happening are very tough. I rather take LBJ and Wall without Calipari.

The Nets need to go for experience right now. They need a coach that can come in and take control of the situation at hand and not worry about needing star players right away. Perfect example would be Scott Skiles, the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. He went to a team with really no super star and a really high draft pick, Brandon Jennings, and made it to the playoffs and almost got out of the first round. The Nets will have a high first round pick, of course and also two more picks in the top 31 to play with. Also Terrence Williams and Brook Lopez to but as corner stones of this team.

My Coach: I would choose Avery Johnson. He had Harris in Dallas and knows him well. He’s a coach that knows what he is doing and if he gets what he wants out of his players they will make big strides for success. Nets knew owner, Russian Billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov has given the Okay for Avery to be coach, I do too. Avery of course is a New Orleans boy and rumors link him to the Hornets vacant position. My hope is he goes to the Nets.

Part 2 will be up later on. Topic: Lebron James

-Tim Dimas

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