Joe Johnson Waived By The Brooklyn Nets!

Joe Johnson was the quiet in the chaos of the Brooklyn Nets storm the last six years.

There was a trade back in 2012 that was sandwiched in between the two events that doomed the Brooklyn Nets franchise.

Everyone will remember the Deron Williams $100 million extension that failed miserably.

Then all of the attention will go to the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade that mortgaged the first-round picks for the second half of the decade.

The Joe Johnson trade will be remembered only by the most hardened Nets fans.

It was in July 2012, the Brooklyn Nets acquired Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks that sent Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Deshawn Stevenson, Johann Petro, and Anthony Morrow down south. Plus the Nets sent a first-round pick (Boy, what is it with these first round picks!) and an agreement to swap two additional picks.

The move was done to show Deron Williams how committed the team was to winning.

Sean Marks has officially moved the team out of that era. Any evidence of Billy King’s fingerprints are off at this point going forward. The team is his.

Joe Johnson was waived by the Brooklyn Nets after three and a half years with the team. Let me say that one more time because it seems surreal at this point…

Joe Johnson was waived by the Brooklyn Nets. It’s over. The Joe Cool era is over in Brooklyn and I have one word to describe the situation.


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Brooklyn Nets Criticized For Front Office Diversity!

The Brooklyn Nets are in the middle of a completely lost season. They have been criticized for so many things over the years, from the bad trades, dysfunction on the part of ownership by being unaware of the chaos and turnover of the franchise, to the front office down to the inconsistent play on the court.

The one thing I thought the Brooklyn Nets would never be criticized for is diversity in the front office.

This is an important time in our country, with the racial divide and sensitivity of all races and genders. From the reports of police brutality to the difference in pay for men and women, it seems that every issue and decision is looked at under a microscope.

Even the hiring process of the Brooklyn Nets new GM.

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Recap: Nets 116, Suns 106 - “Markelevation!”

Markel Brown rises up lefty on Tyson Chandler

Markel Brown rises up lefty on Tyson Chandler

Mere hours after agreeing to terms on a contract buyout with veteran Joe Johnson, the Brooklyn Nets responded with a total team effort, in their 116-106 road win in Phoenix against the reeling Suns.

The loss of Johnson will be felt throughout the rest of the regular season, from the locker room and day-to-day interactions with young players to his on-court contributions in running the offense and taking pressure off the big fella, Brook Lopez, but for Thursday night at least, the younger Nets looked fully capable of running the show - albeit against a team that’s just recently sank below them in the league’s standings after losing their last 13 games and counting.

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Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams Five Years Later!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2016, marked the fifth anniversary of the Deron Williams trade. The team was bought in part by Mikhail Prokhorov from Bruce Ratner’s group. Then the transition was in motion to move the franchise from the New Jersey area to Brooklyn. With a new arena being built and so much at stake, the Nets needed a superstar to justify and bring creditability to it all.

Deron Williams was the guy that was supposed to do it. Deron Williams was the guy that was the chosen one to carry the franchise. Five years later, Deron Williams is gone. The numerous coaches he played under are gone and the GM who traded for and brokered his contract is gone.

At the beginning of the season, I analyzed the move and broke down the aspects to see if the move was worth it or not.

Brooklyn’s Finest reprises the discussion…

Boy! What a difference three years makes! After signing a five-year, $98 million max deal back in 2012, Deron Williams gets bought out at $27.5 million dollars out of the $43 million dollars remaining on his albatross… I mean contract. Read More


Brooklyn Nets News: Hollins Dishes Advice On Nets!

I know Brooklyn Nets fans don’t want to hear this bit of Brooklyn Nets news. Anything related to Lionel Hollins brings up bad memories. Well we here at Brooklyn’s Finest have to open up old wounds just one more time. There was a Lionel Hollins sighting and he was dishing on his old employers, the Brooklyn Nets.

Lionel Hollins spoke with Sirius XM radio on Monday and talked about a variety of topics. One of the topics he touched on was the chance that the Brooklyn Nets had of signing point guard Mike Conley in the offseason. That wasn’t all he discussed on Sirius XM. He went into detail on his tenure and the challenges that he faced.

The important thing to note here is that Lionel Hollins did not mention the Nets specifically while making his points in the interview. However, if you read between the lines, let’s not be naïve here; the Nets were the proverbial elephant in the room.

There are two teams that Lionel Hollins will be linked to when his coaching experience is discussed: the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets. Both teams were successful at times under his watch and both teams dismissed him when philosophical differences came into play.

When talking about Mike Conley and his future, the Grizzlies tenure came into play based on their time together.

When he talked about the effect of micromanaging and meddling can undermine the abilities of any coach…


Here’s what Lionel Hollins had to say on the subject on Sirius XM radio courtesy of the New York Post…

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Brooklyn Nets News: Hollins Dishes On Conley Coming to Nets!

How’s this for Brooklyn Nets news! There was a Lionel Hollins sighting this week! You remember him, right? He’s the dude that got fired by the Brooklyn Nets in a “reset” in a Commodores like, “Easy like Sunday Morning” scenario. Not only that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov reassigned Billy King to other duties (Question: Does anyone know those duties yet?) while taking his sweet time in replacing him with Sean Marks last week. I thought about Lionel Hollins last week and noticed that he was very quiet since he turned in his complementary thank you for the opportunity statement.

I thought he showed a lot of class by just stepping off into the sunset while still collecting a check and letting interim head coach Tony Brown deal with his headaches for a fraction of the cost. With the Brooklyn Nets winning only half of Hollins’ total since he left and with all of the drama surrounding the recent GM hire, Lionel Hollins looked like the bigger man.

Until Monday.

Lionel Hollins spoke with Sirius XM Monday and shed some light on the Mike Conley situation giving out advice to the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.

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Recap: Nets 104, Trail Blazers 112 - Nets Guards Can’t Hang

The Brooklyn Nets’ 104 to 112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers got out of hand quickly, thanks to Portland’s dynamic backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum setting the tone early. McCollum’s 13 first quarter points helped the Blazers establish an early double-digit lead, and while the Nets (and Brook Lopez) chipped away over the remaining three quarters, the combination of offensive miscues and defensive lapses, particularly from their guards, would prevent the Nets from taking the lead permanently after fighting back in the fourth quarter.

It seemed as if every time the Brooklyn starters or second unit bundled together a couple of buckets in the pursuit of momentum, it was Lillard or McCollum manufacturing offense off the dribble and making tough shots to curb it. The perimeter shooting and ball handling from either Blazer guard helped to stretch the Nets’ defense to all spots on the floor, and allowed their quick and agile bigs the necessary spacing to roll to the hoop untouched. McCollum roasted Wayne Ellington for 21 first half points and 34 overall, and single-handedly outshot the Nets from beyond the three-point line in the first half (4-0).

As has been the case all too often of late, the Nets’ offense mostly evaporated outside of Brook Lopez’s efforts. His ability to generate his own offense can often lead to a trickle-down effect on his teammates as long as he’s getting into the lane and collapsing the opposing defense, but as the team’s effort and ball movement slowed, his flat-footed jumpers became more prevalent. His counterpart and former practice foe, Mason Plumlee, attempted to use his superior speed whenever he could, by beating Brook up the court and rolling hard on his circuitous routes to the rim, and kept pressure on Lopez all evening.

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Recap: Nets 96, Hornets 104 – Brooklyn Leaves Home with a Whimper

The last home appearance before a 9-game road trip didn’t go according to plan for Brooklyn, as the team struggled to overcome Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets, 104-96.

The Nets head to the west coast to take on three teams in the playoff picture in the Western Conference before heading back east to take on the Raptors and the Sixers to round out the road trip. Interim head coach Tony Brown will get a chance to make his mark on Brooklyn’s dismal 4-19 road record with the trip. The team won’t return to the Barclay’s Center until March 13 against Milwaukee. Read More


Brooklyn Nets News: Who Is Sean Marks?

After about six weeks of not having a General Manager (don’t be fooled, I still think Billy King was the GM) and having the franchise out in the ocean with no boat, the Brooklyn Nets buckled down, got some act right, and hired Sean Marks as their new GM.

You mean, Mikhail Prokhorov DOES know who Sean Marks is?

“After an exhaustive vetting process, we are delighted to have Sean our General Manager,” Mikhail Prokhorov said. ” His experience on the court, in coaching and management gives him a 360 degree view of the job at hand. His background helping to build one of the greatest teams in the NBA gives him an un paralleled frame of reference. And he impressed us all with his vision, his values, his personality and his enthusiasm for the club. The vote to select him from an incredible list of talent was unanimous. We welcome Sean into our Nets family and look forward to his strong leadership and independent thinking as we build our own success story.”

That means finally… finally… FINALLY! After all this time, the Brooklyn Nets…


Now the question is…

Who is this Sean Marks guy, who now has the keys to the Nets franchise going forward?

Here’s the resume…

Sean Marks was one of the last reported candidates that joined the GM list. It was reported that he was on the Brooklyn Nets’ radar less than a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s what I wrote at the time:

Sean Marks currently worked as the Assistant General Manager of the San Antonio Spurs. Marks played the journeyman role for 12 years in the NBA and has a background in international basketball, playing for New Zealand in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

He joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 and is considered a valuable asset in the organization. In the last three years with the Spurs, Marks has taken full advantage of the commitment to excellence that is the San Antonio Spurs. Marks has climbed the ladder first as a basketball operations assistant, then he became the director of basketball operations before becoming an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich. He helped bring home a championship over the LeBron James-led Miami Heat before becoming the Assistant GM last season. Marks also headed up the San Antonio D-League affiliate, the Austin Spurs, which looked very well on a resume for the Nets, who are set to launch their own D-League team, the Long Island Nets.

What put him in the final three after only a couple of weeks, you ask? Sergey Kushencko, a member of the Nets search committee, is personal friends with R.C. Buford, the Spurs’ GM. The way I see it, if you can’t get a hold of the best, have the best point you in the right direction. Sean Marks has to be the real deal, if one of the mainstays of the Spurs dynasty has a good word for him. Period.

Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports the deal is for four years.

“The Nets and Marks agreed to a four year contract, league sources told The Vertical.

In discussions that extended to Wednesday night, the Nets significantly increased their contract offer to persuade Marks to accept the job, league sources said.

Marks, 40, had emerged as the Nets top choice through a two month process”

Sean Marks expressed his feelings at the press conference…

“I am very excited to be named the General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets, and to become a member of the vibrant and dynamic organization that represents Brooklyn,” Marks said. “I would like to thank the Nets’ ownership for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to the challenge of creating a unified culture and building a winning team.”

That’s so sweet, isn’t it? Feels like my first day at Brooklyn’s Finest.

Let’s deal with the real here.

The reason why Sean Marks was hired by the Brooklyn Nets is the reason why they almost lost him…

Sean Marks is not stupid.

According to the Sporting News, sources originally offered Marks a three-year deal with the Russian ownership having a say in the personnel matters. Well we’ve all seen how that worked out. Marks wasn’t having that (smartly) and decided to turn that down.

It was almost over for the Nets, make no mistake about it. The next candidate was Arturas Karnisovas, the Denver Assistant GM. But the Nets could not afford to let Marks walk away.

Sporting News sources close to Marks reported that Marks accepted the job ONLY after it was understood that there would be “less involvement from the committee” and “more power and control”.

Now everyone can step back and see if the open letter from Mikhail Prokhorov was legit or was he blowing smoke.

Question: Can you name the owner of the San Antonio Spurs? Good luck thinking about that one off your head.

It’s Peter Holt.

Here’s the point.

There was a time that I could not spell Mikhail Prokhorov, much less pronounce it. I would do radio analysis PRAYING that I didn’t butcher his name. Now I can spell it easily and pronounce it.

That’s the problem. Prokhorov has not learned his lesson yet. He hired Sean Marks to run the Brooklyn Nets. Now that he is hired, let the man run the team. Sean Marks is used to do things a certain way…

The right way.

We’ve seen the Nets do things a certain way…

It hasn’t worked.

Sean Marks was mentioned by Prokhorov to have strong leadership and independent thinking. Does he really know what independent means here?

Independent means that Sean Marks is coming in to overhaul everything in the front office which is going to anger a lot of people aka this basketball committee that is currently running the franchise. That is going to be  the only way the Nets fans are going to know that Marks is making a difference. It is the only way that the Nets are going to go in the right direction.

This era can go two ways: real bad or successful. Anyone coming out of San Antonio has high pedigree and knows how things are supposed to go. Let’s look at two recent former Spurs employees in Brett Brown of the Philadelphia 76ers and Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks.

Brett Brown walked into a situation that was WORSE than the Nets in dysfunction, being run by Sam Hinkie. No direction, no explanation, and the 76ers are one of the worst teams in the NBA. So bad that Jerry Colangelo was brought in to clean up the mess.

Mike Budenholzer had a strong foundation in Atlanta with a plan going forward. Granted, the GM at the time was Danny Ferry, one of the candidates Brooklyn passed over was running things, but look at the Hawks now.

Sean Marks is walking into a tough situation here. A situation that can frustrate a person into just quitting. Look at Deron Williams. Look at Lionel Hollins.

Let’s hope Sean Marks isn’t next in a few years.


Recap: Nets 109, Knicks 98 - Nets Surge Out of the All-Star Break


New Nets GM Sean Marks looks on along with Mikhail Prokhorov

For one night at least, hope sprang eternal at the Barclays Center Friday, following the Brooklyn Nets’ 109-98 victory over the New York Knicks. With recently-signed general manager Sean Marks overlooking the action alongside team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets played maybe their most complete game of the season, and rode Brook Lopez’s season-high 33 points to a comfortable win over their crosstown rivals.

It’s been a long and arduous week off for the Brooklyn Nets, as trade rumors had given way to the even more annoying GM rumors in recent days. The drama and hilarity peaked with Tuesday’s infamous quotes from Prokhorov in which he expressed unfamiliarity as to Marks’ identity, and whether sarcastic or earnest in intent, it still read as deadly serious to the Nets’ faithful at the time. By the end of the league’s Thursday trade deadline, Marks was the new general manager and the recipient of a four-year deal (valued at around $9 million, per Mike Mazzeo) and the Nets roster would remain intact for the team’s final 30 games.

Freed from the trade speculation and front office uncertainty, the team responded in their first game, post-All-Star break, and committed just seven turnovers against the reeling New York Knicks while shooting 48-percent from the field and getting double-digit scoring efforts from all five starters. The aforementioned Lopez always enjoys his duels with twin and fellow giant, Robin, and set the bar on Friday in matching his season high in points (and setting a career high in their personal matchups). When the game tightened a bit late in the fourth quarter, Brook began settling for long jumpers instead of generating any north-to-south movement in the lane, yet drew eight free-throw attempts on the night and shot an efficient 13-of-23 to go with two assists (including this incredible wrap-around pass to get Thaddeus Young a dunk in the fourth quarter).

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