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  1. Deron Williams to be willing recruiter for Nets

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    Deron Williams, welcome to the front line of the recruiting wars. If you’re going to win in the NBA, you need a few stars together in one place — and that means you’re going to have to sell. You’re going to have to recruit like Gene Chizik. Especially if you are not Boston/Los Angeles/New York/Miami.…

  2. Knicks may not think it’s a rivalry, but Nets do and they won round one

    Feb 23, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Mention a Knicks/Nets rivalry to a Knicks fan and they laugh a dismissive little laugh. There is no rivalry — the Knicks play in Manhattan and the Nets are still in Newark, the swamps of Jersey. Even when they come to Brooklyn, that’s not on the island. The  Knicks dismiss the rivalry out of hand.…

  3. Now what for the Nets? Relax, have a vodka shot, stop with quick fix.

    Feb 22, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    It’s just not that easy. All the swagger of a Russian billionaire playboy and a hip-hop icon and mogul can not instantly transform an NBA franchise. It cannot get free agents to walk through the door, let alone knock it down. The Nets Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z made a good pitch to LeBron James, but…

  4. Report: Carmelo Anthony to give final answer to Nets Monday

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    More than seven months after the whole drama started, Carmelo Anthony is going to finally make a decision Monday. He is finally going to inform the Nets whether or not he would sign an extension with them, according to the New York Post. If Anthony will sign the three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey…

  5. Reports have Nuggets, Knicks haggling over Mozgov, ‘Melo trade details

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    It’s near the endgame — Carmelo Anthony himself said after the All-Star Game Sunday “The deadline is Thursday. Something has to happen” (via Ken Berger of CBSSports). But still the Knicks and Nuggets are fighting over the details right up to the end. Alan Hahn of Newsday had the conflicting reports. That starts with earlier…

  6. Anthony apparently has no plan to meet with Nets owner

    Feb 18, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    carmelo anthony dunk

    Just in case you hadn’t had enough fun with the latest surge of Carmelo Anthony trade rumors (that may or may not be exactly the same in status as the rumors which circulated some six months ago), here’s a fun bit: Anthony apparently has no knowledge at all of the reported meeting he’s supposed to…

  7. Nets, Nuggets still not talking about Carmelo Anthony again

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    When Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the Nets out of Carmelo Anthony chase, there were some around the NBA who said he was just acting and trying to come off as a bad ass at the negotiating table. He was trying to establish his presence and persona with a dramatic move. My thought: If you made $15…

  8. Does nyet mean nyet? Nets not necessarily out of ‘Melo sweepstakes.

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    The person with the strongest negotiating position is the person willing to walk away from the table. Nobody thought that was the New Jersey Nets — they needed a big star. They needed someone who could open their new Brooklyn home in 2012, who could attract other big time free agents to the team. They…

  9. Now what do Pistons do with Rip Hamilton?

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    For the past five games, Rip Hamilton has been watching his Detroit Pistons play and racking up DNP-CDs. He was being saved — Hamilton was the Pistons piece in the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade, a move that would have freed up some cap space for the Pistons. Then Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the rug out from…

  10. Carmelo Anthony talks Nets, says he told them nothing

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony dunk

    When reporters descended on him postgame, Carmelo Anthony still hadn’t seen the press conference where  Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the plug on trade discussions that would have sent Anthony to New Jersey. (It’s understandable, Anthony had been a tad busy dropping 35 on the Thunder in a Nugget win). Still his post-game comments sounded…

  11. It’s time to end this ‘Melo drama

    Jan 19, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    It’s time. Carmelo Anthony and the will he/won’t he, New Jersey or New York (or Chicago) drama, it’s been an entertaining little sideshow to the NBA season. Some nice garlic mashed potatoes next to the rare prime rib. But for everyone involved, this saga has reached the point of diminishing returns. With the arrival Wednesday…

  12. If not ‘Melo, Nets may eye Andrei Kirilenko this summer

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The New Jersey Nets are in full-out Carmelo Anthony mode. They move to Brooklyn in two years and see the Knicks as their rivals and competition. They also see a resurgent Knicks led by Amar’e Stoudemire and feel the need to counter that with their own star. Someone who can be the marque name to…

  13. George Karl calls ‘Melo “distracted” during practice. Can’t imagine why.

    Jan 18, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    At some point, all of the insanity surrounding Carmelo Anthony and his  proposed trade had to catch up with him. That point may have been today. Nuggets coach George Karl called Anthony “very distracted” during today’s practice, reports Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. “If Melo plays distracted, I can’t play him as many minutes,” Karl, whose…

  14. ‘Melo: “I would never go about it the way LeBron did”

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony may not be handling his departure from Denver perfectly, but after watching what LeBron James did last summer leaving Cleveland Anthony told Sports Illustrated he learned some lessons. “I would never go about it the way LeBron did it,” the Denver Nuggets’ three-time All-Star forward told Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Ian Thomsen… “If…

  15. Nets say no permission given to talk to ‘Melo. Yet. Meanwhile Knicks talk more picks.

    Jan 17, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    Just as an update, here is where we stand with Carmelo Anthony and the trade rumors, a saga that has become more annoying and drawn out than a Grey’s Anatomy storyline. Sunday it was reported that the Nets were given permission to talk to Carmelo Anthony, which really meant Nets owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z…

  16. Carmelo Anthony: “I don’t want to talk to nobody.”

    Jan 17, 2011, 4:18 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    As we told you previously, Carmelo Anthony has been offered freedom to talk to the New Jersey Nets about going East as part of a massive three-team trade… Except, for the record, he doesn’t want to talk to anyone. That’s what he said Sunday night, as reported by the Denver Post. “I don’t want to…

  17. Nets granted permission to speak with Melo

    Jan 16, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Throughout this entire, bizarre process, there have been some who kept questioning if any of this was true or just a fabrication of the New York media. After all, Carmelo Anthony never said he wanted to be traded from the Nuggets. And technically that could still be true. But a big piece fell into place…

  18. ‘Melo says it’s all about winning. Trade to Nets moves closer. Do those two things go together?

    Jan 15, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    It’s getting close. The Nuggets, Nets and Pistons are still negotiating, hammering out the final details of a proposed blockbuster trade, something the Denver Post and multiple other sources are reporting. The details could be finalized the first part of next week, after the Nuggets finish their road trip Sunday night. Then it all falls…

  19. About that O.J. Mayo/Knicks rumor, Denver reportedly isn’t interested

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    This really should have been expected. The Knicks are scrounging around trying to insert themselves back into the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. They started talking with the Memphis Grizzlies to come up with a trade package that might include O.J. Mayo. And the Nets said “no thanks, not interested”, according to a tweet from Chris…

  20. Nets GM says he wants to make some trades. Really? Who knew?

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Billy King is working to try and rebuild franchise that last season flirted with historic futility. That is not planting a tree in the backyard work, that is building the Panama Canal work (just with a smaller chance of catching malaria). The Nets need a lot of things. But New Jersey GM King has new,…

  21. When billionaires joke around: Mark Cuban calls Mikhail Prokhorov a “p***y”

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented By Final Fantasy XIII

    UPDATE 4:30 pm: As we kind of expected, this seems to be a joke between the two via the media. Stefan Bondy of the Daily News, who wrote the original story, got a text from Prokhorov in response to the original comment: “I think Mark has it wrong. I don’t like cats.” Other media there…

  22. Knicks and Nets, it’s a rivalry now. Almost.

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    It started with a radio spot, which aired a couple of times over the weekend during Knicks games (via Nets Daily): “Hey Nets. You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain’t never gonna be like us.  Knicks, Nets, Tuesday, 7:30, MSG.” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov responded to that Tuesday in…

  23. Avery Johnson just wants someone, anyone to be aggressive

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

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    We’ve picked up on a subtle theme in Avery Johnson’s talks to his team. Subtle like an Oliver Stone movie or a Metallica guitar riff. First he ripped the Nets as being basically tissue paper as they watched the tape of the team getting destroyed by the Heat (the day after they lost to the…

  24. Knicks put up Amar’e billboard right across from Nets Brooklyn construction

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    knicks_billboard_at_atlantic_yards_large

    Remember back in June, when the brash new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov put up a billboard of himself and Nets part owner Jay-Z overlooking Madison Square Garden. Underneath is said “Blueprint for Greatness.” The Nets real blueprints are being used for their new building under construction in Brooklyn, at the Atlantic Yards. Which is right…

  25. Shaq wants to be Nets GM, keep them in New Jersey… but not for 745 days

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal has scored more points than any player ever born in New Jersey. There you go, a little trivia to start your morning. And while some may think its death trap, a suicide rap, Shaq likes Jersey. Not enough to be on Jersey Shore… wait, we shouldn’t really put that past him. But enough…

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