As NYC embarks on its recovery from Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg encouraged NBA officials to postpone Thursday’s regular season opener between the Nets and Knicks at the Barclays center. It would have been first official NBA game for the Nets in Brooklyn. Instead, the Nets will play their first game at home versus the Toronto Raptors Saturday night. While the excitement surrounding Nets/Raptors will not be the same as what it would have been if the Nets had played their crosstown rivals, there are times when sports should take a back seat to serious matters that affect one’s sense of well-being.
Brooklyn dropped its third straight of the preseason Wednesday after losing to the NY Knicks, 97-95, in overtime. Steve Novak connected on a pair of three-pointers to secure the win for NY, who will play the Nets again to begin the regular season Thursday night. While it is disappointing to see the Nets finish the preseason on a low note, hope still springs eternal for this team and for the state of NYC pro basketball . NY Sports fans can perhaps attest to a legitimate rivalry between the Nets and Knicks now that they play within a 5 mile radius of each other.
The majority of NBA Gm’s expect the Nets to be the most improved team this upcoming season according to a survey released by the NY post Tuesday. Their optimism is merited by Brooklyn’s offseason success in revamping a roster that won only 22 games in a 66-game schedule a year ago. Although they were favorable in their assessment of the Nets roster, the general managers were not willing to crown them Atlantic division champs nor were they willing to award that honor to the Knicks for their offseason additions of Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas. To no one’s surprise, NBA Gm’s believe the Celtics will repeat as Atlantic division champs and that the Heat would do the same as NBA champs. Way to state the obvious!
The Nets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 106-96, at the Barclays center Friday night. The loss was their second straight against a division opponent (Nets lost to Celtics by 30 on Thursday). Thaddeus Young of the 76ers led all scorers with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Lopez paced Brooklyn with 23 points and 9 boards. Brooklyn’s bugaboo in its two losses has been its poor transition defense (the Nets have been outscored 32-12 on fastbreaks). But it’s only the preseason, so I see no need to panic.
English: Brook Lopez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Brook Lopez, once the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade that would’ve sent former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to Brooklyn, has acquitted himself nicely this preseason by leading the team in scoring in four of its first five games. Lopez’s scoring abilities are undeniable, but the 7-footer still leaves a lot to be desired as a defender and a rebounder. Continue reading
“Please allow me to re-introduce myself, my name is Hove.” I’m sure this line was one of many that Jay-Z used to rev up the 18,000, who were in attendance for his first concert at the new Barclays center in Brooklyn. Among the highlights of Jay Z’s performance was his remembrance of his days living in the Marcy projects and his homages to Big Daddy Kane and the late Notorious B.I.G. for paving the road to his success. Thanks, Jay-Z, for putting NYC’s best borough back in the spotlight.