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Chris Bosh just needs some? January 21, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Chris Bosh, Weekday Randomness, Yi Jian Lian, youtube.
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Slow updates are the style right now, it’s called the transition from an old computer to a new one, so if anything, new posts would be slow and some how untidy, can Yi beat Chris Bosh one on one?


Luck hates Yi January 11, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Injury Updates, NBA talk, Yi Jian Lian.
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Looks like Yi’s push for an All-Star bid is over, obviously the basketball god didn’t want Kevin Garnett to lose anymore sleep over the fact of whether would he be an All-Star or not, so what’s the simplest way of ensuring that? Break Yi’s finger of course.

Yi’s who is averaging 15.3ppg and 7.3rpg in January together with two games over 20 before his injury, it’s hard to say whether could he keep up with his current form when he comes back from his injury but one thing is for sure, we’re going to miss him.

At first it was reported that Yi was going to miss 3 weeks of action but reports say now that Yi could be out for as long as 6 weeks with a fractured fifth finger, add in the injuries of Ryan Anderson and the personal problems of Stromile Swift, it could be time to recall Sean Williams (more on him later) as the frontline is getting thinner by the minute.

Actually this injury could be a blessing in disguise, as in all things, because in his rookie season, he play decently until after the All-Star break, which he proceeded to struggle like mad, but now, he will be able to rest his entire body four to six weeks until after the break, which would be crucial if the team were to push for a play-offs berth.

Big loss on all fronts January 10, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Bobby Simmons, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA talk, Recap, Yi Jian Lian.
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We lost the game after Bobby Simmons decides to taunt the shit out of all the Milwaukee players, and forgot about his job, letting himself slip and giving Luke Ridnour the game winning floater.

We lost even though Vince Carter again had his best game of the season, and the bench played very well even though its a 9 man rotation.

We lost even when the team shot lights out from the perimeter to come back into the game, we lost even with 30 assists, a season high. We also lost even though we shot 53% from the floor.

We even lost Yi, who was just starting to show some consistency, and well on his way to another 20 point game in the third when he somehow broke his pinky, and his probably going to be out for a month.

Big loss this is, this kind of performance usually warrants a win, we just didn’t get the break, and Bobby Simmons was excellent until the final play, really.

Blank Post December 26, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets, Vince Carter, Yi Jian Lian.
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Big WOW, seriously, I mean after 28 games, I never thought that the Nets would still be this competitive, I mean at best they would be like 12-16 you know and a game out of the playoffs but 14-14? come on, you gotta be kidding me, 

The three point shooting that plagued us for the last three seasons, this season the team just literally exploded from beyond the three point line, Last season, we were consistently among the last 5 in 3 point percentage but this season, the team is all the way up to 13th in the league with 37.2%, which I could proudly say are better than teams like the Cavs and Jazz. The improved shooting effiency is a big change from the offense of last year where it was just pounding the ball up court and leaving it in the hands of Carter, Jefferson or Kidd (pre-trade), but this year, the team is playing faster leading to more shots attempted per game compared to last season, and although we’re shooting more or less the same percentage compared to last season.

The free throw shooting which we all lamented about in the past, thanks partly to Jason Collins, Josh Boone and Sean Williams, are totally not the case of our struggles right now, partly due to the fact that Boone has been injured for the first quarter of the season and Williams can’t even buy a minute on the floor. In 2007, the team averaged 27 FTs per game, but only converted 73% of it, which is below average, however this season, the team is shooting 79% from the stripe, a total increase of 6.3% in clean calculations, which boosted the Nets right up into the top 10 of points per game with 101ppg easily eclipsing last season’s effort of almost 96 ppg.

The change in lead guards also means that a change in tempo would be needed, and when Devin Harris has the ball, attacking the rim is his first option, and right now he is top 3 in the league is FTs attempted per game, and tops in FTs made, when you have a backcourt duo that is going to average 20 FTs per night, it opens up the outside shot for the rest of the team and that is what the rest of the Nets are doing right now, Jarvis Hayes finally deserves to have his J back, Keyon Dooling is shooting a decent percentage, Ryan Anderson is in the top 10 among rookies from three, and not to mention three starters shooting 40% and above from beyond the arc.

Seriously, the cornerstone of this 14-14 record is Devin Harris, one that I used to hate, because he was a Maverick, and I’m also one that’s still pretty much on the Kidd bandwagon, although he’s the one who jumped off it first. Considering how Harris ended last season averaging 16ppg and 6 apg, shooting less than 44%, I thought all right, he could complement RJ and Carter next season and be pretty decent for the next few years. But the numbers that he’s averaging now, he’s a hands down winner of the Most Improved Player award and 24ppg and 7apg? that’s Gilbert Arenas’ numbers right there. His improved aggressiveness going to the rim not only changes the dimension of the team, but it also helps Vince Carter, because now Carter does not have to be the one that constantly attacks the rim, but rather one that shoots mid range jumpers and posts smaller guards up, it fits with the team, as Harris can attack the basket better and faster than anyone does on the team, and the league, and this also opens up the middle for Brook Lopez.

Never since Todd MacColluch had we had any centers with the production of Brook Lopez, I mean of course Brook is better than Todd come on! But, we never thought Brook Lopez would be this good this soon, I my self thought Brook Lopez is going to be a project, Josh Boone’s going to continue to start and miss free throws, but man hate to say this, but man, thank god for the injury, Lopez just exploded, 2 blocks per game? seriously when was the last time someone on the Nets averaged 2 blocks per game? not K-Mart, it was way back fellas. Jayson Williams is the only one I can think about back in 00. And also finally for the first time a Center not a guard, is leading the team in rebounds, thank god.

The improved offensive effiency, improved rebounding, a new point guard on the block and a low post presence which came sooner than expected is why we have 14 wins. But what about the 14 losses?

I hate to say this but look I don’t stay in Jersey or anywhere near the States but if my team is playing anywhere remotely near my place, I would be the first one to go, and what the heck is wrong with the Nets’ home record? 5-10 at home? That’s criminal, I mean if we would have the home crowd of maybe Memphis right here at the Deadzod, we would be looking at possibly a 10-5 record. It’s sad but the fact that the team feeds off the energy of fans from opposing arenas is just pathetic. I mean we want this team to win then we have to come out and cheer for them, where are they? From my own calculations, 6 games where I watched on broadband where the Nets got blown away at home, most of the fans were either dead at the third quarter or they aren’t even cheering. I can’t imagine any home team with this kind of support having a good record at home. The front office are pulling all the stops to attract people but the fans seriously have to take a look at themselves. Just look at the Rockets – Nets game.

Continuing this awful trend of giving up a trillion points in the second half, playing a game of two halves in every game is not the make up of a playoff team, and yes currently WE ARE A PLAYOFF TEAM, so losing out to the Bulls when we had a double digit lead in the third is unacceptable.

I had high hopes when Keyon Dooling and Eduardo Najera was signed by the team, they’re both instense defensive players who aren’t afraid to get up close, and I was hoping that their style of defense would actually rub off onto the team, but 25 games into the season, and upon from the occasionally flash in the pan on defense, it’s still as bad as last season, too slow on the close outs, and I thought last season, we were terrible the way we defended the three point line, but this season just Ko’ed last season’s 3pt FG % defense, the team is just letting opposing players get too many good shots, and we clearly have no designated defender who can stop whoever’s hot on the opposing team, Dwyane Wade got us, Deron Williams had us, we just can’t stop them. Trenton Hassell is a decent defender, but he is way too limited on offense to even be on the floor seriously, and Bobby Simmons, I mean he’s slightly better than Hassell, but if only Simmons was playing like it was 2005, and it would be even better if somehow they magically merged together, that would be the perfect SF to complement the team.

But seriously, 14-14 is nothing I can complain about, I should even feel delighted by this, because even if we were 12-16 I would be delighted, but the defense, and the early game intensity, the way we start out games while playing at home, I know it’s harder said than done but the team somehow just needs to make it a mind over matter kind of thing, no matter if the team is playing in front of 10 people or 16,000 people, it’s the intensity we start the game with that counts, Let’s win more basketball games in the 3/4! GO NETS!

Have You Done This Yet? January 2, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in All-Star Game, Antoine Walker, Caron Butler, Kevin Durant, NBA talk, Nenad Krstic, New Jersey Nets, Richard Jefferson, Rudy Gay, Steve Nash, Vince Carter, Weekday Randomness, Yao Ming, Yi Jian Lian.
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What have I done??!?!?! Well, they fucking listed Antoine Walker as a guard so you know, couldn’t resist, and hey, I like them, and yeah, those are all the Nets there, if htere’s Sean Williams he would probably be in too, and to answer my previous question from the last post, dude I’m Chinese what’d you expect? vote for Dirk Nowitzki?


Get On With It, vote for Yi, communism is the way FTW!, I always wondered how well he would do if he’s on the nomination list rather than the write in, well because you know, chinese people aren’t really computer savvy you see.

Peace =)

What Kidd (and Jefferson) really said November 10, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Gilbert Arenas, Jamaal Magloire, Jason Kidd, NBA talk, Richard Jefferson, Weekend Randomness, Yao Ming, Yi Jian Lian.
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A Lot of Talking with RJ
Actually, we were talking about my knee. He was telling me I need to get a second opinion because I shouldn’t be getting it drained this early on in the season. It was the same thing that me and Jason Kidd talked about after the game on the court. He said that I should get a second opinion and I shouldn’t be playing so many minutes early. He said that it’s the same thing that some of these players come back from. He had microfracture surgery, so he knows. His injury was worse than mine so he knows you have to take your time coming back.

That’s from Arenas’ his blog, where he has other stuffs like his dramatic comeback to win the Celeb Blogger Award, seriously, while Arenas’ celebrating his victory, should somebody feel bad for that Matthews dude, who got little votes?

– On the other hand Jamaal Magloire seriously deserves more playing time, what is Lawrence Frank playing? Magloire’s shooting bricks at his free throws but other than that he’s a rebounding beast and he should be on the court, get things right Frank.

Yahoo Sports hates communism!

Vince Carter resigns, Yi wants BIG CITY!! July 2, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Andray Blatche, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Draft, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Off-Season, Vince Carter, Washington Wizards, Yi Jian Lian.
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Vince Carter will be here for at least the next four years (bar trade), with an option for a fifth year, basically that’s what Paul Pierce did with Boston a few years back (or is Carter’s deal a bigger one?). I can imagine Carter playing for the Nets at 34, he’s going to average 10 threes attempted per game, and maybe the odd dunk every 5 games. I’d say he would do alot better than what Shawn Kemp is doing at 34.

The deal calls for a guarantee of $61.8 million over four seasons, according to a team official who has been involved with the negotiations, with the team holding an option for a fifth year.

Basically everything is good right now, that is of course until the next time Vince Carter chokes and but bar the playoffs, he did have  great season that I would say warranted him the money, but his performances in the playoffs wer what caused him to resign that fast with the Nets.

Yi wants out?? Yi’s a talented prospect, but he wants out from a team who drafted him? man..where’d you wanna go? Boston? Memphis? I would say Memphis is worse than the Bucks, in terms of “BIGGIE” wise, and imagine how he’d look wearing Grizzlies jerseys.

And, the Nets are apparently offering a contract to Andray Blatche, the second year forward from the Wizards. Now, I’ve been following the Wizards for quite awhile thanks to the exploits of Gilbert Arenas, Blatche is a talented young man who is also a capable defender, he’s also long and athletic, but signing Blatche means that resigning Mikki Moore would be off the books, so if Moore stays for less money, I’d take Moore, because that VC deal would bring the Nets near max cap.

Additionally, it is expected New Jersey will offer Wizards restricted free agent forward Andray Blatche a four- or five-year deal starting at $3.9 million a season, according to a second source.

Blatche is a restricted free agent by the way, so th Wiz could match any offer we put on the table, so the chances of us getting him on board are slight because th Wizards are big on resigning him,

Draft Preview Picks: Yi Jian Lian May 21, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in NBA Draft, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Off-Season, Yi Jian Lian.
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This Draft Preview is where i focus on the possible picks the Nets could take and players where i fancy the Nets picking, and maybe prevent another 1st round bust like Jason Collins.

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Yi JianLian, 易建联  
7’0″ 230 lbs
  Guangdong Tigers

Yi is my favorite player in the draft, not only i see him as a potentially great player, i see him as a great fit for the Nets offense as well. DraftExpress had him getting drafted in the 9th position and NBA Draft.net had him going in 5th, so for New Jersey to draft him is fairly impossible, unless we trade to move up.

– Good Court Vision
– Impressive Athleticism,
– Able to run the floor well
– Consistent jumpshot from 18 – 20 feet.
– Ball handling skills
– 7’2″ wingspan
– able to standout with his rebounding ability

– Age (which i think is a bunch of bullshit, why the fuck every Chinese player is surrounded with how old are they, can’ they accept the fact that he’s 20? oh no, they have to go around and say he’s 40 for god’s sake, does Greg Oden look 20? i don’t see anyone throwing gauntlets around saying he’s of Neanderthal age, alright, maybe there is.)
– Lack of upper body strength
– Gets riled up by rough play
– No real position in the NBA
– Language
– Unable to read the flow of the game correctly

What He Brings to the Nets
Imagine a guy, no, two guys, Krstic and Yi both of them capable of hitting shots from the outside, and add in the fact that Yi is a competent shot blocker, sounds tasty isn’t it? having two guys who can both spread the court means more space for guys like Kidd, Jefferson and Carter to operate, AND, Yi plays the 4, so Krstic can slide back to the 5, which is really good stuff right here.

How can the Nets get him
Ed Stefanski has seen Yi played and is impressed by his play, but other than trading up or making a draft day deal, i don’t see how New Jersey could land Yi, Richard Jeffersoand the 17th pick could be enough to lure teams into giving up the 9th or 5th spot, but if i were to choose between Yi or RJ, i’ll take the latter.