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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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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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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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