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  1. Jazz owner admits Sloan quit after another fight with Deron Williams

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    Didn’t we all pretty much know this is how it went down? There has always been a bit of a cloud of mystery around Jerry Sloan’s sudden mid-season departure from the Utah Jazz a couple years back (followed by Deron Williams getting traded away a few weeks later). Sloan and D-Will were at loggerheads often…

  2. Report: Nets contacted Celtics to inquire about Kevin Garnett

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    In the wake of Doc Rivers leaving the Celtics to coach the Clippers, and with Boston GM Danny Ainge non-committal on the futures of both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with the franchise, it’s only natural that other teams would begin to come calling to check on the availability of the Celtics’ aging stars. The…

  3. D-Will, other NBA players respond to Kidd being hired by Nets

    Jun 13, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    One of the advantages Jason Kidd had in his quest to get the Brooklyn Nets coaching job was a long-standing good relationship with Deron Williams. The Nets aren’t going to be able to do much to improve their roster this summer, they need to count on player improvement and guys being coached up. The sense…

  4. Reports: Jason Kidd finalizes deal, will be Nets new coach

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Wednesday afternoon part of the Brooklyn Nets management team spent better than four hours listening to Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw explain why he should be the new head coach in Brooklyn. Reportedly it was a very good presentation. But the other part of management was finalizing a deal with Jason Kidd to go…

  5. Jason Kidd’s plan to hire Lawrence Frank has Nets taking him ‘seriously’ as head-coaching candidate

    Jun 10, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-GBR-KNICKS-PISTONS

    The Nets won 49 games last season. They have excellent players at the two most important positions, Deron Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Their owner is probably willing to pay top dollar for a coach. Yet, they’re taking seriously a candidate with absolutely no coaching  – head or assistant – experience.…

  6. C.J. Watson to opt out, become unrestricted free agent

    Jun 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    C.J. Watson

    Who needs a solid backup point guard? C.J. Watson, who played for the Nets last season and is a six-year NBA veteran, is going to opt out and become a free agent this summer, reports Peter Vecsey. This is not a real surprise, he was set to make $1.1 million next season and likely can…

  7. Report: Nets doing research on, want to talk to Brian Shaw

    Jun 4, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw, George Hill

    If you’re the Nets and you have an owner demanding a title, you want a coach who understands winning. Brian Shaw fits that description — drafted on to Larry Bird’s Celtics, he won three rings as a player with the Shaq/Kobe Lakers, coached and won more rings under Phil Jackson, and was part of the…

  8. Report: Jazz talk to Jerry Sloan about returning to organization

    Jun 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

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    For 23 years, Jerry Sloan was the head coach and face of Utah Jazz basketball. Then out of nowhere, 54 games into that final season in 2011, he just quit. Mid-season, with no warning. We can debate how much the Deron Williams situation played into that, but the old-school Sloan decided he was done and…

  9. Mike Conley on verge of stardom as Grizzlies on verge of elimination

    May 26, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Where is the line between the NBA’s stars and the league’s merely good players? Star is such a loaded term – full of reputation and production and marketing and talent and style – that, occasionally, it can be useful to sort through all the distractions and look at objective measures. Let’s examine players in order…

  10. Carlesimo reiterates what we all know: The Nets aren’t winning a title

    May 24, 2013, 7:01 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    Veteran coach P.J. Carlesimo has landed on his feet. After the Brooklyn Nets let him walk when the season ended he strolled over to ESPN and has landed a job as an analyst (essentially taking the Flip Saunders job). Carlesimo held a conference call on Thursday to talk all things NBA, but much of the…

  11. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  12. Report: Nets plan to use cap exception to sign Bojan Bogdanovic

    May 20, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    BASKETBALL-EURL-ISR-MACCABI TEL AVIV-FENERBAHCE ULKER

    The Nets are pretty hamstrung with their roster this summer. Billy King did put together an interesting team to open the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a team led by Deron Williams and Brook Lopez that was the fourth seed in the East. But he capped out the team to do it — they have $86…

  13. Jerry Sloan wants to coach a competitve team, not the Bucks

    May 17, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan is 71 years old. He’s a Hall of Famer. He spent 21 of his last 23 seasons coaching with either John Stockton or Deron Williams as his point guard. You think he wants to coach a team that’s hoping Brandon Jennings is its point guard next season? In the nicest terms possible –…

  14. The coach is gone, now what moves must Nets make this offseason?

    May 8, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Evans, Lopez and Williams wait during time out in their game with Chicago Bulls in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    P.J. Carlesimo wasn’t really the problem in Brooklyn. But he wasn’t really the answer, either. Brooklyn goes into the summer looking for a new coach and that hire is huge because it’s questionable how much the roster can be changed from last season’s 49-win, fourth in the East squad. That’s the challenge for the Nets…

  15. Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan open to working together again

    May 6, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan went 262-174 and won four playoff series in five-plus seasons together. Since their much-publicized split, Williams has gone 71-77 and won zero playoff series, and Sloan hasn’t coached in the NBA. Williams obviously wants to return to winning more often than not, and Sloan sounds like he wants to return…

  16. Bulls win over Nets cements Thibodeau as one of league’s best tacticians

    May 6, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    When Mikhail Prokhorov bought the Brooklyn Nets he wanted a splashy name as head coach. They had a conversation with then Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau, a guy seen as a defense-first coach, but the only full interview they did was with former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson. He was their man. Except Johnson got canned midway…

  17. Nets to talk to Phil Jackson, Sloan, Shaw among others for coach

    May 6, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    You get the impression that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov still wants a big name as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. That was what they wanted a few years ago, so they went with Avery Johnson over top assistants at the time such as Tom Thibodeau. How’d that work out for them? The first names that…

  18. Deron Williams throws the bounce pass from beyond half court to find Gerald Wallace for the slam (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    There weren’t a lot of positives in the first half of Game 7 for the Brooklyn Nets against the Chicago Bulls, but this play in the game’s early minutes was one of the prettiest we saw. Deron Williams loads up and fires the one-handed bounce pass from well beyond half court, and it finds Gerald…

  19. Bulls-Nets Game 7: Who’s tougher? (Probably the team with a player in the hospital and another who can barely walk)

    May 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Six

    Generally, I’d be inclined to say a team that fights back from a 3-1 series deficit is tougher than the team blowing the advantage. But this Bulls-Nets series feels much, much different. No matter what happens at 8 p.m. tonight, Chicago showed its toughness by putting together a strong season without Derrick Rose and winning…

  20. Shorthanded Bulls scrap, but Nets have enough to force Game 7

    May 3, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Bulls' Robinson goes to the basket against Nets' Johnson and Williams during the second half of Game 6 in their NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball game in Chicago

    This is how unprepared the Nets were for this moment, a playoff Game 7 on their home court in Brooklyn in their first year in the city: They already had a Rihanna concert scheduled for Saturday night in the Barclay center. Thanks to Deron Williams and friends, Rihanna and crew will have to come back…

  21. Bulls-Nets Game 6 preview: Chicago’s injury report reaching ridiculous levels

    May 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    No Derrick Rose. No Kirk Hinrich. Maybe no Luol Deng. Maybe no Taj Gibson. A reduced Joakim Noah. The Bulls don’t have much left besides their 3-2 lead over the Nets, and that might no longer be enough of an advantage to advance over a more talented Brooklyn team. The loss of Hinrich is particularly…

  22. Hinrich out for Bulls Thursday night. Deng, Gibson game-time decisions.

    May 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Kirk Hinrich, the feisty point guard that sparked the three Bulls wins against the Nets with his defense on Deron Williams, will be out for the Bulls Thursday night for Game 6. So tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Just to add to the fun, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are sick, neither went…

  23. Joe Johnson will play in Game 6; Hinrich status up in air

    May 1, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    Joe Johnson and Joakim Noah should get together at mid court during warm-ups Thursday and swap recovery from plantar fasciitis tips. The two are battling through the painful foot injury these playoffs to be out on the court. Johnson, who had 22 points in Game 5, will be out on the court for a huge…

  24. Nets win Game 5 over Bulls with unbelievably good offense

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams, Lopez and Wallace tap hands as Chicago Bulls' Robinson walks off the court in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball playoff game in New York

    On Saturday, the Pacers posted an offensive rating of 70.2 in their Game 3 loss to the Hawks. Tonight, the Nets bested that offensive rating – on possessions they missed a shot. Let me repeat that. Every time the Nets began a possession by missing a shot, their offense performed better than Indiana’s did overall…

  25. Bulls-Nets Game 5 preview: More Nate Robinson time

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson celebrates with team-mates during overtime in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets  in Chicago, Illinois

    The Nets can’t beat a full-strength Bulls team. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Derrick Rose out. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Joakim Noah playing more than 13 minutes. Can they beat the Bulls without Kirk Hinrich? Has the bar finally dropped low enough for the Nets to clear it? They better,…

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