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Ryan Anderson chin up? January 12, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Brook Lopez, Eduardo Najera, Injury Updates, NBA Discussions, NBA talk, Ryan Anderson, Team Injuries, youtube.
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According to Fred Kerber, Ryan Anderson will start the Nets’ next game against the Thunder (6-32) replacing Yi, who fractured his finger last Friday, he played well coming off the bench early on, replacing Najera, which started the season on the injured list, but hit the injury barrier in December with a bad back which in turn dropped his shooting accuracy from 52% from downtown in late November to 36% in January.

Look Ryan Anderson clearly needs to play to gain his feel, confidence, his shot and whatever back, but to the point of starting him? I’m just thinking that we’re giving up way too much rebounding and defense by just starting Anderson, yes, yes Frank doesn’t want to disrupt the rotation because Najera’s doing well off the bench, but come on! Anderson is good I know, but Boone would be better off starting at the four, even if there is no viable back-up for Brook Lopez.

See Lopez could play the four and Boone could go down to the five, reason being? Brook Lopez has a workable jumper, that’s what all fours need, he may not be suitable to play the four but it’s not like asking him to convert to PF, it’s just one game, and for what it’s worth, Anderson can back Lopez up giving him substantial time to alternate between the four and five with Najera picking up the rest of the minutes split between Boone, Lopez, and Anderson, that wouldn’t cracked that rotation hard would it? And mind if I state the obvious, when Ryan Anderson started the season off the bench playing on fire, we were actually 11-8 at one point no? (although with Yi)

What my point is, I just don’t feel comfortable with Anderson starting the game, I think the team should let him come off the bench playing 20-25 minutes and slowly let him prove his way to the starting lineup, Yi’s out for 6 weeks, not 6 hours. He’s got time to prove himself, so right now let some one else who deserves the start, to get the start, and that guy is Josh Boone.

two months in, and already a mix.


I’m Sorry Robert, I didn’t expect this too October 29, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Antoine Wright, NBA, NBA Discussions, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Robert Hite, Vince Carter.
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Man, I could have swore on my balls that Robert Hite was going to be on the roster come game day against the Bulls, but apparently Thornski’s Serbian connexion is still going on strong; by refusing to waive Mile Ilic eventhough he’s a joke and the team’s frontcourt are as stacked as those trains in India.

But come to think of it, I kinda have the feeling that Hite bought this onto himself, with that game against the Sixers where he shot 0-10, and had 4 TOs, that may just be the game the Nets needed to waive him, but Hite’s a good player and it is our loss for not being able to keep him, he could have brought so much in terms of offensive production, something like a much more athletic Eddie House. Ah, this is just so like Hassan Adams all over again.

excerpt from Nets Daily blog
August 2007 – Signed Robert Hite to a partially guaranteed contract. (C)
Hite looked more like an NBA two guard than Adams in the summer league and he only cost the team $25,000. When Marcus Williams went down with a broken foot, Hite’s fate was sealed. The Nets needed to find a third string PG desperately. He gets waived by the Nets the day after Adams is waived by the Cavs.

So now the roster’s set at 15 players, with 7 frontcourt players which I shall categorize them in;
Can’t Shoot FTs: Jamaal Magloire, Jason Collins
Athletic: Sean Williams, Josh Boone
Shooting Bigs: Malik Allen, Nenad Krstic

8 Backcourt players which includes Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson. They’re followed by reserves (key reserves) Bostjan Nachbar, Antoine Wright, Marcus Williams, Darrell Armstrong and Bernard “I cannot be waive because you guys owe me money” Robinson. We basically know who’s going to be on the IL for most of the season, sy Ilic and Robinson, but who’s the other one?

Marty Burns does not like New Jersey, BUT I do August 4, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, NBA Discussions, NBA predictions, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards.



Now my take on the East, I don’t know whether Marty Burns is on crack or whatever, but come on man, Jersey? eighth? who is he kidding? I don’t know how to say this, but I know the teams limitations, so I won’t go on an ignorant typing spree and say that the team is the best in the East or whatever because the fact is they are NOT.

We’re NOT BETTER than
The Cleveland Cavaliers – or LeBron’s team? they killed us on the rebounding end during the playoffs, which I think their dominance over us will continue; no matter how many rebounding bigs we sign. Magloire isn’t going to blow us away by grabbing 10+ rebounds per game, not with Jason Kidd in the line up NO. Our back court is better than theirs definitely, but their frontcourt will kill us totally.

The Detroit Pistons – I hate to say this but for me, the Nets can’t seem to beat Detroit, even though they’re on a bad patch, we can’t seem to take advantage of that. their bench got deeper and their starting five is still a five man group who can impose their will on any game any time.

The Toronto Raptors – The reigning Atlantic division champs and I expect them to stay the champs, Ya, they didn’t made any big moves to shore up the team or anything, but hey, when you’re already good, what can you still do to change it? Why change things when nothing’s wrong right? what they did was ala Spurs, tweak the bench but not the starting five, that was what the Spurs did and that got them championships, and in Toronto’s case, It will win them the division crown, Jason Kapono + Juan Dixon + Bargnani = deadly.

The Chicago Bulls – They’re basically the same as Toronto, if nothing’s wrong don’t fix it. They’ll basically be the same team last season and will also have an improved Tyrus Thomas taking over from P.J Brown, deep backcourt with Shefolosha and Duhon, scary.

The Washington Wizards – Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison ARE a more productive trio compared to the Nets’ big three, but team wise, we’re a better defensive team, a pretty much balanced team, abit better on half court sets, and abit more consistent. Besides they have some dude named Michael Ruffin on their bench, who is basically the second coming of Popeye Jones, minus the production.

The Boston Celtics – I have no idea how many times have I already said this for the past few days, but unless Boston miraculously finds a way to get somebody other than Glen Davis as their first frontcourt option off the bench, there’s a bunch of exmaples of “big threes” failing to get the job done, example? the Bucks, and of course our very own Nets. Besides that, you have to play in that gelling factor, they can’t say whatever they want about how they like each other, but nothing counts until they produce on the court, MAKE ME EAT ME PETTY WORDS.

The Miami Heat – ONE WORD, OLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD. Find me another team who has a team as old as them, I mean AS OLD AS THEM, they have some young guys who can play, Dorrell Wright, Wayne Simien, but the problem is, Pat Riley doesn’t play them and he likes to stick with guys like Antoine Walker and yada yada yada, even though the thorough fact is that they can’t produce, this is the year we’ll kick their asses.

The New York Knicks – Overweight big men, Blah.

The Orlando Magic – Would probably go on a big run the close the season on during the season, but Rashard Lewis will be hoisting a ton load of threes.

The Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers and the Charlotte Bobcats – Surely one of these teams will surprise, or maybe TWO.


What’s New in The Atlantic Division July 5, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Boston Celtics, Eastern Conference, NBA Discussions, NBA predictions, NBA previews, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Off-Season, Philadelphia Sixes, Toronto Raptors.

The Nets drafted Sean Williams and re-signed Vince Carter, we all know that, but in the mean time, our foes around the division got better as well, that’s an understatement because the number of stars around the teams are double the number of last season’s, basically right now the Knicks are contenders to make the playoffs, the Sixers probably won’t suck that much, Boston would have two All-Stars on their team, the Raptors went from strong to abit stronger, and of course then there’s the Nets.

New York Knicks
No matter how you look at it, the Jigs stole one hell of a deal from Portland, basically you’re giving up a malnutritioned 7 footer who shootes too much and a also a Nate Robinson sized tumor in exchange for a premiere 20/10 guy in the league, that’s good business anyhow you see it.

Wilson Chandler isn’t much of a prospect in my eyes, but since Isiah had a wee bit of success in the draft, as in David Lee and Renaldo Balkman, I’ll give him to benefit of the doubt that Chandler will not end his first season like how ermm…Michael Bradley did.

Possible Outlook: A starting line-up of Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford, Quentin Richardson, Z-Bo, and Eddy Curry, sounds really tasty on paper, Krispy Kremez, but everything looks good on paper, Curry and Randolph are both black holes, put them on a tande and you get possibly a 0:4 assists to TO ratio, Randolph will have to live with less shots and accept and interview on Marbury’s frickin’ show.

Throw in the fact that they have a very strong bench, David Lee, Mardy Collins and yes, Nate Rosbinson, yes they have quite a squad out there, but then again, they have Jerome James and Isiah Thomas

Favorite Outlook: Randolph, Eddy Curry and Jerome James, the three big fat uncles, bwent fishing at some nearby swamp, tagging along, their little nephew Nate Robinson. So the three “Fatsketeers” saw this Dunkin Donut outlet and went berserk, leaving their  nephew outside the store picking fights with everyone.

Philadelphia Sixers
Thaddeus Young
, they said they need his shooting or whatever, Derrick Byars is a steal, Jason Smith WILL be a bust, and also another guy aptly named Herbert’s on a Hill, four rookies, and one of them’s a bust.

Derrick Byars is one of my favorites in this year’s draft, and seeing him on the Sixers team makes me feel like.. feel like… Qyntel Woods all over again, anyhow, the Sixers looking at Andre Iguodala as a saviour as just playing themselves, A.I is a star, he is a good player, but he isn’t a franchise player, YET, Andre Miller and guys are heading towards to correct path, adding in a collection of experience, athleticism, and youth, they’re heading towards the correct path, they just need time to grow.

Possible Outlook: Probably struggle their way onto another limping record during the All-Star Break before charging back for a grandstand finish, Iguodala will probably be an ALl-Star or maybe bubble All-Star team player, Jason Smith would have proven that Nick Fazekas is a better prospect and player.

Favorite Outlook: Derrick Byars, Thad Young, and Herbert Hill all breaking into the starting lineup alongside Iguodala and Andre Miller, ya, they’ll play small ball, and Byars will just jack up threes. Iguodala + Young + Miller = lots of alley-oops.

Toronto Raptors

BC (Before Colangelo), this team would have probably sucked their way through the draft process (drafting Rafael Araujo), or swam their way through the Free Agency (Rafer Alston? Lamond Murray?). But now, After Colangelo, he’s got himself Carlos Delfino in exchange for two draft picks, and then signing Jason Kapono through FA. By the way, BC hates the draft or what? he traded away Phoenix’s draft pics, and now he’s doing the same with the Raptors?

Possible Outlook: Build on their spetacular season and successfully defends the Atlantic crown, Chris Bosh turns into the second coming on Tim Duncan and brings the team to the brink of say the Eastern Conference Finals, Kapono shoots the bullets out of the crowd and Juan Dixon sulks somewhere in the arena. Hi Kris Humphries, you suck.

Favorite Outlook: They go the Clippers way of life, and struggles throughout the entire season, ending wth a mediocre or bad record, and leads everyone to believing Bryan Colangelo isn’t god in disguise, he’s Lucifer, and Sam Mitchell will be brought to the gallows.

Boston Celtics

HAHAHA, that’s it, way to go Danny, way to fucking go and screw up whatever’s left of your sorry franchise, and trade for Ray Allen? look, your team at least had something goin with Delonte West, Tony Allen and all the young guys on the team, basically if you wouldn’t want to trade Al Jefferson, then trade Paul Pierce, something’s gotta give, but not the 5th pick, that team just went from servicable to bad. They’re going to be undersized for good, AL Jefferson will have to play Center, Ryan Gomes will have to make way for Pierce to slide over to the 3. Ray Allen’s going to sell some jerseys and make some shots, but he isn’t going to brng this team to the promiseland. maybe lotto land. 

Possible Outlook: The Celtics starting FIVE, 1- Rajon Rondo, 2- Ray Allen, 3- Paul Pierce, 4- Ryan Gomes, 5- AL Jefferson, looks good right? except for the fact that bot of their All-Stars are injury prone, okay maybe Pierce isn’t but Allen’s going to miss his fair share of 10-20 games every season, maybe they will scrape into the playoffs or stay in the race until something happens, some bad injury happens, but maybe they won’t at all.

Favorite Outlook: ending the season 20-62, or worse or partially better, so that they could get the number overall draft pick and spend it on O.J Mayonaisse, and with that I can conclude their season with a nice, EVEN JESUS COULDN’T SAVE BOSTON. (Sorry Adam if you’re reading this, it soudns a bitharsh I know.)

I won’t be doing the Nets, why? because I don’t want to be have to sort of blogging bias, so I would save the Nets for later, because I know that I would eventually end up being bias eventhough I’ve said I won’t. Try me.

20 years of….William Petersen? June 27, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in NBA Discussions, NBA Draft, NBA talk, Off-Season, Weekday Randomness.

Taking a page from Jake (Bullets Forever), the past 20 17th picks in the draft.

1987 – Ronnie Murphy – played 18 games, and averaged 2 ppg,  
1988 – Eric Leckner – best season was a 5.1 ppg stint with the Sixers
1989 – Shawn Kemp – The Reign Man was a 6 time All-Star and averaged a career best 20.5ppg in 42 games for the Cavs.
1990 – Jerrod Mustaf – 4 years in the NBA before moving to somewhere.
1991 – Victor Alexander – averaged 9 ppg throughout his 6 seasons
1992 – Doug Christie was named to 4 All Defensive teams and hit 805 threes throughout his career, and he’s annoying. (P.S : led the league in steals)
1993 – Greg Graham – 4.5 ppg in 4 seasons
1994 – Aaron Mckie – Won the NBA Sixth Man Award in 2001, spends time now acting as Goofy
1995 – Bob Sura – averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 2004, and he’s a triple double cog.
1996 – Jermaine O’Neal – a 6 time All-Star and winner of the MIP Award (2002), led the league in blocks in 2001.
1997 – Johnny Taylor – couldn’t even play over 50 games before being shipped to nowhere.
1998 – Rasho Nesterovic – averaged 11.2 in 2003 and nothing else.
1999 – Cal Bowdler – 3 seasons averaged 3 ppg, amazing..
2000 – Desmond Mason – a double slam dunk champ who shoots FTs using a mechanical lift.
2001 – Michael Bradley – best season was a 5 ppg, 6.1 rpg season in 2003
2002 – Juan Dixon – led the Terrapins to the National Title and is now jacking up shots all over the league.
2003 – Zarko Cabarkapa – averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg while playing in YUGOSLAVIA or Serbia or Montenegro or whatever
2004 – Josh Smith – A Slam Dunk champ, averaged 2.5 blocks in 3 seasons, and the youngest player to break the 500 block mark.
2005 – Danny Granger – 14.6 ppg in his second season
2006 – Shawne Williams – scored 13 points in his debut
2007 – ??

There’s 8 players on this list who averaged less than 5 ppg.
There’s 2 players on the list who are All Stars, Shawn Kemp and Jermaine O’Neal
There’s 9 playres on the list who aveaged more than 10 ppg at least for one season. (yes, This is a stretch just to put Rasho Nesterovic in.)
There’s 4 players here who competed in the Slam Dunk Competition. (Bob Sura, Shawn Kemp, Desmond Mason and Josh Smith.)
There are 4 players on the list that has won something whether it be awards or something.

Be back tomorrow, or maybe later, cheers

Hi Gil, Sara from CSI or?

Nets’ Draft Update #6 June 13, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in NBA Discussions, NBA Draft, New Jersey Nets, Off-Season, Petteri Koponen, Ron Lewis, Taurean Green, Trey Johnson, youtube.
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Devon Hardin was here yesterday, but today the Nets have a slew of guards working out for them, let’s start with the man who led to Florida Gators to two straight NCAA Championships, Taurean Green.

Taurean Green
He’s a solid point guard, not going to amaze anybody with anything, but that’s the amazing thing about him, he makes play without fancy stuffs, he just gets the job done, although I don’t see the Nets drafting him with the 17th pick, it would be a fairly big surprise if he slips beyond the first round, but if the Nets do get a deal to get themselves a second round pick and if Green is still there, he’s definitely a steal, but NBA Draft.net compares him to Tyronn Lue, which is a bummer.

Ron Lewis
He projects himself as a Raja Bell, Bruce Bowen type player, I have no idea on how Lewis plays but he’s listed at 6’4″ and plays Small Forward, abit undersized and abit like Hassan Adams as well, but again, not what we need.

Trey Johnson
Johnson who played for Jackson State, is a prolific scorer, a big time scorer, so it would be interesting to see how he fits into a team that doesn’t require him to score as much, less plays are going to be run for him, so he has to spend more time focusing on defense and facilitating the basketball to other people. The Nets do not need another scorer but, and I don’t think he fits the Knicks either, therefore I don’t know anything else.

(edit: I have to emphasize again, the Nets need a big man who can rebound, block shots, and also have a little bit of offense in him, somewhat of an improved version of Mikki Moore. No we do not need a big low post scorer, we have enough scorers on the team, a defensive minded big man is what we need.)

Petteri Koponen
He’s pretty much like Taurean Green, I mean in terms of his draft status, basically if Thorn and Co manages to get a pick or deal for a pick in the second round and if Koponen is still avalaible, draft him, and yes i rate Koponen higher than Green, mainly because Koponen is still just 19, and he’s 6’5″. Draft Express has his best case scenario as Beno Udrih, which is an understatement, because he has the ability to be much better, however if he’s a bust, i have just the right guy to compare him to, Zoran Planinic.

Eat the Apples, It’s Draft Day, sort of…. June 12, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in NBA Discussions, NBA Draft, New Jersey Nets, Off-Season, SB Nation Mock Draft, Vince Carter.
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So I’m in this Mock Draft Day extravaganza organized by Mike Prada of Bullets Forever, and will be hosted by Indy Cornrows, and since this is a Nets blog, it is for sure that I’m drafting for the Knicks, not, sorry the Nets.

Well, you see, the Nets only have one draft pick, the 17th pick in the first round, which is really a bummer because this maybe the first draft in a very long time where even second rounders taken in the draft could be gold. I’ve just started to review the team’s options, in order to secure a second round pick, which in turn, the pick could be used to cashed in as tokens to play roulette at some nearby casino.

The very first move I did was to email Jake Whitacre, the youtubesman from Bullets Forever, who is drafting for the New Orleans Hornets, about a trade that will send Eddie House over to the Hornets and in return, I get that exclusive invite to some posh top of the hill club, I mean the second reound pick of the Hornets, BUT, the catch was Eddie House is a Free Agent, so which means to deal is a no deal. Bad judgement from me there.

So, basically I’m still searching for somebody who would be willing to give up their second round pick, and my trade bait? Hassan Adams, a toilet bowl seat and a packet of nuts. I like Hassan Adams, and I like House too, but since I like Adams more than I do House, therefore I decided that House should go, BUT House is a FA (again my bad, I feel embarressed.), therefore Adams took up his place. Why? you see, on my list of IPs (Important Personnels) for the Nets, House is ranked at 19, behind the ball boys, and Adams at 14, slightly ahead of Mile Ilic. So since Ilic’s trade value is equaivalent to a Big-Mac. Hassan Adams is the only one left, thus trade bait status is on his back.

So the search for a chance to draft in the second round continues while I move up to the first round, Let’s do an update here, the Nets have the 17th pick, I must concede that trying to draft someone who can come in straightaway and help the team with that pick, is hard. Not impossible, but hard.

What do the Nets need to address through the draft?
– Definitely somebody with an inside presence, somebody who can block shots, and can score in the paint, with added althelticism wouldn’t be bad. Jason Smith, assuming that the Wizards won’t take him first would be a nice addition, but after reading what Draft Express wrote about him, I’m a little bit sceptical, besides we alredy have one big guy who has a face up game in Nenad Krstic, we just need another guy who can complement him in the post and drop Jason Collins to the bench.

Which, takes us all the way to Josh McRoberts, bar all his weaknesses, he is just what we need, the Nets need his size, his shot blocking, his flair, passing. That is of course if there isn’t anyone else better than McRoberts for us to pick. I wouldn’t rule out Tiago Splitter or maybe even Sean Williams either, and if guys like Al Thornton is still around, it would be really interesting, so if anyone has any opinions on who to draft or maybe help me get onto that posh club on top the of hill, E-mail me yo, and Michael Owen, don’t leave Newcastle United! please.

And, final note, I’d resign Eddie House although he’s somewhat of a Damon Jones and likes to switch teams, but no Mikki Moore, and yes Vince Carter‘s continued story of resigning with the team has progress.

Carter has until the end of the month to opt out of the final season of his contract, worth $16.3 million. The consensus feeling is he will do that but then remain in New Jersey with a new contract. Figure he gets a four-year deal totaling in the $60 million to $65 million neighborhood.

And, Rod Thorn also squashed up any hopes of having Zach Randolph over in a swap for Richard Jefferson by issuing this

“I never had a conversation with them,” Thorn said. “They have talked to several teams, but we were not one of them.”

Nets’ Draft Update#2 June 7, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Dashaun Wood, NBA Discussions, NBA Draft, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Off-Season, Stephane Lasme, youtube.
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It’s the second day of the combined work outs between The Nets and The Knicks, and I bet Isiah Thomas his view is obstructed for good and I’m lazy so i’ll just set off by showing SOME videos of the four guys that came for the private workouts. i would though, say something about Dashaun Wood, I like guys from small schools or second round picks, undrafted guys making it big in the league, and Wood’s name came bursting out of nowhere since he led Wright State past Butler and into the NCAA Tournament and there’s no looking back since, so if he’s going undrafted, please Stefanski! please! sign him to a rookie deal..

Dashaun Wood

Stephane Lasme

Lasme averaged 5.1 blocks in his senior season, ah shotblocking just what we needed, but wait, Sam Clancy is a bust, they look the same, undersized shotblockers will not have a good future, prove me wrong

There will be more Draft pick previews soon, and then there’s the NBA Finals tomorrow. my my.