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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

@TimmyD_WJSU

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Picture uploaded by Mason Jr.'s friend and current St. Johns Center Sean Evans (@shizzy5)

Former St. Johns Red Storm star forward Anthony Mason Jr. has “taken his talents to South Beach” after reaching an agreement with the Miami Heat yesterday.

Tweet from the Official Miami Heat Twitter account announcing the news.

Mason Jr. attended and played for St. Johns University for the past 5 years. In 99 career games in which he started 86 of them he averaged 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assist. Mason Jr. is the son of NBA great Anthony Mason.

Anthony is right at home in Florida, where he was born, but still has to make the final cut October 15 but has made a lot of people at the University very proud by getting the invite to join a team that is loaded with all-stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The WSJU guys would like to wish Anthony a great deal of success in Miami and will keep everyone updated on his status throughout the season.

-Tim Dimas

@TimmyD_WSJU

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A Face Knick Fans will have if LeBron Doesn't Join the Team

Don’t mean to be rude and bashful of Amar’e Stoudemire but to be honest he isn’t what the Knicks need or should invest 100 million dollars on. The guy is a great offensive machine but that’s when he has a point guard that can feed him the ball. Who do the Knicks have that can do so? Wilson Chandler. The thought process behind this as the story has been from the media is that Stoudemire was promised to LeBron James in the meeting that took place this past Saturday. Reports are that the Knicks offered to options for LeBron to choose that would satisfy him and bring him to NYC. First one was he took the max contract and then either Chris Bosh, Stoudemire or Joe Johnson would join him or he could take a 5 year deal, not max contract, and the Knicks could afford to get 2 of the 3 guys mentions. Yes they got Amar’e but Joe Johnson today is expected to sign papers to remain with the Hawks and Chris Bosh is out of the question now that Amar’e is “signed”.

The Knicks I feel went in the wrong direction though. Yes Amar’e is a fantastic player but he is not worth a max deal nor does he bring to the table what, who I believe NY should have went after hard, Chris Bosh. Bosh is a better all around player and can create more for himself. LeBron met with Bosh during the off season and not Stoudemire to discuss his plans so question is why would the Knicks go in the opposite direction? Truthfully I am not surprised at this move at all. It is the Knicks. The team known for its ridiculous contracts, ie: Jerome James 5 years 50 million dollar deal a couple years back. What did that get them? Him sitting on the bench more then on the court. The Knicks went into the draft with two second round picks and didn’t try to make a move in the first round. What are they trying to sell to James? Chandler and Danilo Gallinari. They aren’t that appealing and reports are LeBron was not thrilled about the meeting he had with the Knicks stating they were “unprepared”. Of course there are conflicting reports stating he loved what NY had to offer. What to believe right? Well you can believe this. If LeBron doesn’t sign with the Knicks then fans get ready to see your team built around an injury prone center. Yes another one for Knick fans to deal with over the years. And yes Amar’e has said he can get Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony next year but as a fan I wouldn’t care because I couldn’t stand sitting and watching the Knicks have another losing season.

-Tim Dimas

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On a day where all the buzz surroundedLeBron James, two players who were plan b for a lot of teams resigned to their respected teams. Joe Johnson is reported to be likely staying with the Atlanta Hawks after receiving a 6 year 116 million dollar contract and Rudy Gay has verbally agreed to remain with the Grizzles for 80+ million over the next 4 years. To both these players I’d like to say I guess money talks.

I personally don’t think these two were wise on their decisions. Both player have tremendous talent and could have gone to a team with a good shot at the title but decided to take the cash and stay.

Rudy Gay was highly looked at by the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. Joe Johnson was favored by the Chicago Bulls, Nets, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and other teams but decided to return to his teammates in Atlanta for another 6 years.

Out of the two I figured at least Gay would leave Memphis and head to a team with a chance but he decided to remain with a team that other then O.J. Mayo has no real talent that can take them to the next level. Joe Johnson returns to a Hawks team that have build strong chemistry next year and could be a free agent away from being better this upcoming season and move further into the playoffs.

In other FA news, Drew Gooden reached agreement with the Miluwakee Bucks and Darko Milicic signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for a reported $20 million dollar deal and now there are talks that Al Jefferson is on his way out of Minny and could be headed to the New York Knicks or Memphis Grizzlies.

John Salmons is reported to be on his way back to the Bucks

Richard Jefferson who opted out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs says he wants to rejoin the Nets or head over to the Knicks. I personally would welcome him back to New Jersey. I was extremely upset about the team trading him away couple years back.

So for now most teams plan b are off the table but a slew of other players still remain. Quite frankly though no one really cares about any player besides LeBron James.

-Timmy Dimas

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Thats right Phil, One more year

Not to far into the off season did the Los Angeles Lakers have to wait to find out their coach Phil Jackson would be returning for another season in which he says, “It’ll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one.”

Phil Jackson has 11 titles to his name, 6 with the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan days and 5 with the Lakers.

GM Mitch Kupchak said he is very happy Phil has returned, complimenting him on all his accomplishments with the Lakers and touting him as the best coach in NBA History and with Jacksons record who could not agree.

Terms of the contract aren’t finalized but it is reported Jackson will take a pay cut to remain in LA as he and Kobe hunt for their three peat next season.

-Timmy 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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