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Where’s Brooklyn at now?

The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:

 

 

 

1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.

 

 

Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.

Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.

Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.

 

 


 

 

2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.

Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.

Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to expectations, the Nets’ balance may make it difficult for Pierce or Garnett to register the numbers necessary to make them surefire All-Stars.

Windhorst: Fact. Pierce had a pretty good season last year but had to compete with the likes of James, Anthony, Deng and George as a wing player and didn’t make it. Garnett is still one of the most valuable big men in the game. There is some question about the minutes they’ll probably get with such a deep team and that may affect their numbers and perhaps their candidacy.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Because of age, new roles and the minutes limit they should be on, Garnett and Pierce likely won’t be All-Star caliber players this season. Nor do they have to be during the regular season. They still may be voted All-Stars, but the goal is to have Garnett and Pierce fresh and playing like All-Stars in the postseason.

 

 


 

 

3. Fact or Fiction: Deron Williams will reassert himself as a top-five PG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With both Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo coming off ACL rehab, this is probably easier than it sounds. But Williams should absolutely benefit from the additional talent around him. After averaging 18.9 points and 7.7 assists in a bit of a “down” year last season, it’s scary to think of the numbers Williams is capable of posting now. And team success has a way of making every floor general look even better.

Gordon: Fact. He’s got tough competition, but he was already playing like a top-five point after the All-Star break. The tricky thing is that all the best points play so differently that it’s hard to rank them along a firm scale — how do you value Stephen Curry against Rajon Rondo, for example? — but Deron should be in the conversation.

Wallace: Fact. I’m willing to write off the past two seasons based on the injuries, turmoil and drastic roster turnover. But D-Will is all out of excuses at this point. He’s either going to solidify his stature as an elite player or he’ll hitch himself to Joe Johnson as the biggest bust of a starting backcourt max money could buy. He’ll get his mojo back.

Windhorst: Fact. If you look at the numbers after the All-Star break last season you could make the argument he was already there. Williams seemed to be soured a bit by that season and a half he was mired on bad teams in Newark and didn’t come in the best shape or with the best mindset to Brooklyn. He seemed like a different player in March and April and you would assume he carries that over to November.

Youngmisuk: Fact. Williams will be even more rejuvenated with the talent surrounding him. He will be eager to show that this is his team and veterans such as Garnett and Pierce will make him better. Also, Kidd — his friend, mentor and coach –- will push the right buttons and get the best out of Williams.

 

 

 


 

 

4. Fact or Fiction: Coaching will be the Nets’ biggest weakness in 2013-14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Coaching is one of the team’s biggest wild cards at the moment given the untested nature of first-year coach Jason Kidd. That said, having a proven top assistant such as Lawrence Frank will ease Kidd’s transition and prevent coaching from hurting this team. Coaching will get blamed as the Nets’ biggest weakness if they struggle, but chances are the Nets will have more glaring issues elsewhere.

Gordon: Fact. Only by default, though. It’s hard to look at the lineup and see a strongly identifiable weakness, and we know that Kidd is still learning the ropes — some of the plays during his first Summer League games were drawn up by Frank, who’s surely going to justify his fat contract. It hopefully will be less so as the year wears on.

 

 

Wallace: Fiction. Kidd has a solid mentor beside him on the bench in Frank. Kidd was always a coach on the floor during his remarkable career at point guard. Managing clutch situations, egos and minutes will be a challenge as coach. But he’s got a team of veterans who appear to have his back. But it’s still early. Adversity hasn’t struck yet. Age will be their biggest strength — and potential weakness.

Windhorst: Fiction. While I think it is a risk to trust a team with such championship aspirations to a rookie coach, health will be a huge factor. This is an older team and their youngest star, Brook Lopez, is coming off foot surgery. Last season, injuries to Lopez and Joe Johnson really gave the Nets problems. If they’re healthy, they’ll be contenders.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Kidd may be a rookie and there certainly will be a learning curve. Kidd, though, will lean on his staff, especially Frank. The Nets have potentially bigger pitfalls such as health, age and chemistry.

 

 

 


 

 

5. Fact or Fiction: The Nets will win a championship by 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Money can build you a competitive team and a fantasy roster, but championship teams have a little something extra and we won’t know if Brooklyn has that until we see this group on the floor. The Nets will give themselves a short window to compete for a crown, but winning one in the next two seasons is no slam dunk, particularly if the group in Miami keeps its band together.

 

 

Gordon: You’re not getting me to answer this one with a straight face. If everything breaks right for them — Garnett and Pierce’s health, Kidd’s feel for the job, etc. — the Nets should surely be in the running. But all of that means they carry more risk than any other contender, too. (Hey, the boom-or-bust thing is kind of fun, right?)

Wallace: Fiction. It’s hard to say for sure that any team will certainly win a title by 2015. But the Nets have their work cut out with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls collectively in the midst of their prime. Considering Garnett and Pierce have a relatively short window of opportunity, the Nets have this season and next to get it done. I’ll believe how reliable they are when I see it. But I wouldn’t be absolutely stunned if they broke through.

Windhorst: Fiction. I can’t possibly predict what the landscape will be in the 2014-15 season, so basically I’m answering this on this season. If all teams stay healthy, I believe the Heat and Pacers are still better than the Nets. The Bulls are right there as well. I am not picking them to win the East at this point, so I can’t say they’ll win the title.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. They will contend but they might be the third-best team in the East. If they don’t win it all, the task only gets more difficult. The Nets’ cap-strapped roster will only get older while the 2014 superstar free-agent crop may alter the balance of power in the league, with the top players constantly looking to join forces to create the next star-studded team.

Dennis Rodman Immortalized in Hall of Fame Basketball (SMAN 1 Payakumbuh).

Springfield – The name of controversial former basketball player, Dennis Rodman was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This eccentric man looked very emotional time welcome the honor it.

Proclaimed ESPN, ceremonies took place on Saturday (13/8/2011) early morning hrs. Rodman looked even shed tears often choked several times when delivering a speech that lasted 13 minutes.

Rodman express gratitude for their coaches and apologizing to his family for the shortcomings and mistakes over the years.

Besides Rodman, there are nine others who entered in the Hall of Fame class of 2011. But Rodman managed to emerge as the center of attention at the event.

In this event, Rodman wore two outfits. When he arrived, a man who has a lot of tattoos was wearing a gray suit and matching cowboy hat feathers.

He then changed into a black suit complete with a logo of the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls at the back. Both clubs were brought Rodman won five NBA championship.

“I do not play basketball for money, I do not play basketball for the sake of popularity,” said Rodman. “What you see here is more than an illusion that I love to be someone who is very colorful.”

During his career, Rodman was known as a ferocious defensive style and accomplished rebounder. Men’s 198 cm berpostur touted as the greatest rebounder of all time according to statistics in the NBA by scoring the highest rebound 11 954 times.

Rodman began his career with the Pistons in 1986. For seven years, he successfully presented two titles in a row in 1988-89, 1989-1990.

San Antonio Spurs had defended two seasons before moving to the Bulls. With Michael Jordan, a former basketball player Dennis The Menace is nicknamed earn three championship rings and move to Los Angeles in 1998 continued to Maverciks Dallas next year before continuing his career outside the NBA.

Early triumph Djokovic

akarta – Novak Djokovic fasting Grand Slam title by appearing as the champion of the Australian Open. The glorious result was the beginning of the Serb’s success throughout the year 2011.

The title is relatively easily achieved by Djokovic. Face Andy Murray in the final round, the player who was a successful third seed beat Murray in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-3 in 159 minutes.

In his struggle to the top of the party, Djokovic managed to beat tough as Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals and former world number one, Roger Federer in the semifinals.

This title is the second major title for 24-year-old after the first achieved at the same event in 2008 by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

While in the women’s champion Kim Clijsters became. After trailing in the first set, the Belgian fought back to conquer the representative of China, Li Na in three-set battle 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the final.

This success is the continued success of former world number one was in a Grand Slam after winning in 2010 with a cover series won the U.S. Open.

Still from the tennis arena, the former world number one Justine Henin retired again shortly after being eliminated in the Grand Slam tournament’s biggest prize. Prolonged elbow injury is the reason Henin withdrew from the world that has made his name is.

Of the badminton arena, Indonesia failed to win a title in the Super Series Masters Finals in 2010 after his last vice Vita Marissa / Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Greysia Polii / Jauhari Meilina only until the semifinals.

Packelik achievements continued in Indonesia Super Series title. In the tournament opener, held Malaysia in 2011, ‘Red and White’ is represented only by Taufik Hidayat in the final round.

In the end, Indonesia was again vacant title after champion Taufik defeated host, Lee Chong Wei 8-21 17-21 in just 37 minutes.

Of basketball country, Satria Muda Britama forced to bury his dream to qualify for the playoffs the second season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) after bent Philippines Patriots 74-77.

This defeat practically bury SM ambition to enter the top four and qualify for the playoffs ABL because they only finished fifth in 15 games.

From automotive, Toni Elias returned to MotoGP this year after the previous season as the champion Moto2. In addition, Karel Abraham and Cal Cruthlow into two rookie who enliven motor racing this premium.

‘Knight’ Failed to Conquer ‘Dragon’

Kuala Lumpur – Indonesia Warriors, the Knights, defeat the dragon in the cage they hunt, Westports Malaysia Dragons. Rony Gunawan et al. defeated by a score of 79-82 by a team from the Kuala Lumpur.

compete in the MABA Stadium, Saturday (03/03/2012) evening local time, Larry Smith a contributor Jonathan scoring with 18 points. Meanwhile, Ron and Mario Wuysang scored a total of 29 points.

Tight battle occurred in the first quarter, in which the Dragons led 17-13 with one minute left. Despite continued pursuit, the Warriors had to thank the Dragons ahead 22-20 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, when the game took about five minutes left, Mario scored a three-pointer, making the Warriors cut the gap to 30-27. But, the Dragons managed to get out of the pressure and eventually winning 43-38 in the final quarter.

Tiras Jamaal Wade scored 32 points for the Dragons in this game and be with the most points for the Malaysian representative. Westports still lead late in the third quarter; 67-60.

With the rest of 49 seconds in the final quarter, the Warriors tried to catch up 79-76. However, Westports managed to maintain the advantage until finally win the fight.

For the Warriors, it was a sixth defeat from 10 games in the ASEAN Basketball League. Their position was still stuck in fourth place.

In the meantime, this is a victory for the Dragons sixth. They are now in the top of the standings.

Six Memorabilia Kobe Bryant is sold USD 4.3 Billion

Los Angeles – Six of Kobe Bryant memorabilia sold in an auction to support one of the charities the LA Lakers basketball star owned it. A total of 433 531 U.S. dollars which obtains, or approximately USD 4.3 billion.

The auction was for one month and officially closed on Saturday (20/7) morning local time. The two most expensive item sold was a pair of rings that Kobe had given to his parents.

The ring is a ring championship 2000 season, when Kobe led the Lakers to the NBA championship for the 12th time. A ring given to her father, Joe, sold for 174 184 dollars, equivalent to Rp 1.7 billion. While the rings were passed on to her mother, Pamela, sold 108,153 dollars or about $ 1 billion.

Other items sold in this auction include All-Stars ring maroon for 55 597 dollars (USD 550 million), two high school basketball Kobe uniform and a medal of the championship high school.

The auction itself was colored by controversy when Bryant sued the company that did the auction, Goldin Auctions, because he felt his mother had no right to sell the goods. But this case is resolved after both parents Kobe apologized and thanked for financial support that has been given.

As part of the auction, the company donated 62,565 U.S. dollars to The Bully Project, a charity supported by Kobe. As reported by Yahoo Sports.

Howard: teammate with Kobe Not Fun

Houston – Dwight Howard expressed his frustration during his career at the LA Lakers. One is to be a team with Kobe Bryant called Howard not a pleasant thing.

27-year-old center is only just one season with the Lakers before leaving to Houston Rocketrs. In Los Angeles, Howard is expected to add strength to the Lakers actually disappointing.

Howard could not be united with his teammates and coach Mike D’Antoni. As a result, Howard was not uncommon heavily criticized.

Nicks stats in the regular season was worse with an average of 17.1 points per games – the second-worst of his career – and 12.4 rebounds per games, fourth worst in his career.

With Howard, Lakers painstakingly entered into the Western Conference playoff zone. After qualifying was, the Lakers only up to the first round after dilibas San Antonio Spurs without resistance alias 0-4.

“Is it hard to play with Kobe? Yeah, used to be very difficult,” said the former Orlando Magic player was quoted by Fox Sports.

“Me and Kobe, we debated several times. Everybody knows Kobe wants to score and there is some time we scramble to get the ball. And it happens within a team.”

“But playing with Kobe does not affect my decision to join with Houston. I just think Houston offers a better situation for me and my career.”

Rumors of a rift between Howard and Bryant even clearer. Kobe is no longer known memfollow’s former colleagues on Twitter.

Aspac win this season NBL Awards

Surabaya – Jakarta Aspac scooped seven awards event title National Basketball League (NBL) from 2012 to 2013. Young players Andakara Prastawa be collecting the most awards, capturing three titles.

Aspac arguably appear dominant in the regular season the NBL this year. The team from the capital it has established himself a champion of regular half guard and led them, Pringgo Regowo, won the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

It increases the success-after title was followed by pelar Coach of the Year award is attributed to architect Aspac, Rastafari Horongbala.

Not quite there, Aspac young guard who is also the son of Rastafari, Andakara, crowned Rookie of the Year. 20-year-old basketball player was also successfully achieved the Sixth Man of the Year and included in the 2012-2013 NBL First Team.

Other players nominated in the first team this season is Dimas Aryo Morrow (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP), Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta), Rizky Ardiansyah Way (Milky Nikko Steel Malang), and Rony Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta).

The last award was given to Aspac title of Best Management Award this season. All new trophy that will be awarded as Indonesia NBL Championship Series held at GOR UNY Yogyakarta, May 18 to 26 next.

Here is a complete list of Award winners NBL 2012-2013:

MVP (Most Valuable Player)
Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Coach of The Year
Rastafari Horongbala (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Defensive Player of the Year
Galank Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta)

Sixth Man of the Year
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Sportsmanship Award
Max Yanto (NSH GMC Riau)

Rookie Of The Year
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Speedy NBL Indonesia 2012-2013 First Team
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)
Dimas Aryo Morrow (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP)
Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta)
Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (Milky Way Nikko Steel Malang)
Rony Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta)

Top Scorer
Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (Milky Way Nikko Steel Malang) 16:52 PPG

Top Rebound
Galank Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta) 10.00 RPG

Top Assist
Kelly Purwanto Ari Nugroho (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP) 5:09 APG

Top Block
Ruslan (Stadium Jakarta) 2:48 BPG

Top Steal
Dimaz Muharri (CLS Knights Surabaya) 3:15 SPG

Best Management Award
Dell Aspac Jakarta

Conquered Slammers, Third Defeat Warriors Swallow

Jakarta – Indonesia Warriors third defeat in four games earlier in the ASEAN Basketball League. Compete in BRITAMA Arena to face Chang Thailand Slammers, they were defeated 70-82.

In the match that took place on Wednesday (01/02/2012) night, the Warriors had left behind 18-23 in the first quarter. Slammers also managed to maintain an edge over the hosts in the second quarter.

When the match five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Warriors still 27-31 behind. Jerick Uy Canada then managed to make an equalizer for a 37-37 Warriors, but Warriors fall behind 37-40 at the end of the second quarter.

Led by Chester Tolomia, who chalked 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the game, Slammers continue to maintain their lead. At the end of the third quarter, they made the Warriors behind 53-63.

Warriors two foreign players, Larry Smith and Steven Demon Jonathan Thomas, contributed a total of 34 points in this game. Thomas also had 11 rebounds, but still could not save the Warriors from defeat.

Warriors finally defeat by a margin of 12 points at the end of the game.

It was the third defeat of the season the Warriors were ingested. Previously, they were putty in the hands of Westports Malaysia Dragons and the AirAsia Philippine Patriots.

Warriors are now in seventh position standings of the eight teams that competed in the ABL. “We have to stick together as a team,” said Thomas sesusai game.

NBA flopping rule may go to arbitration, per report

The NBA Players Association filed an unfair labor practices charge against the league to combat the new anti-flopping fines, but the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the complaint. Now, the NBAPA is seeking an arbitrator to work between itself and the NBA, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger. In October of 2012, the NBA announced a set of punishments for faking or exaggerating official calls: “We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner’s authority without the consent of the union,” NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. “It’s a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.” The complaint against the NBA was filed by the ousted director of the NBAPA, Billy Hunter, who said the league should not have the power to fine its players without discussing it and then earning consent from the union. In the regular season, players were warned once after a first-time offense before being charged $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and then $30,000 for follow-up offenses. Nineteen NBA players were given warnings during the year, and five players received the initial fines. There were stricter rules without warnings during the playoffs, and eight players earned $5,000 fines in the postseason. The NBA and NBAPA could resolve the issue between themselves to avoid the need for arbitration, and Berger reports discussions are ongoing. Outgoing NBA commissioner David Stern said he was happy with how the anti-flopping rules worked to combat a growing league-wide problem.

Two New Teams Join NBL Indonesia

Surabaya – Starting the season 2011/2012, participants Indonesian NBL competition increases, following the merger of the two new teams. They are Pacific Caesar Suarabaya and NSH GMC Riau.

“We are on the DBL Indonesia as the organizer and all members of the Board of Commissioners congratulated NBL Indonesia joined the Pacific Caesar and NSH GMC. Hopefully they can further enliven the competition in the most prestigious basketball league in Indonesia, “said Azrul Ananda, Indonesian NBL commissioner in a press release received detikSport, Tuesday (08/09/2011).

The decision to accept a new team, obviously Azrul, has long been discussed in the meeting of the Board of Commissioners NBL Indonesia, which consists of the leadership of all the participants and organizers of the club. As soon as the 2010-2011 inaugural season ended, the plan was directly addressed.

Once an opportunity is opened, Azrul revealed that there are some clubs that expressed interest in joining. Some then submit a formal letter, says ready to join. DBL Indonesia parties then discussed with the Board of Commissioners about the acceptance criteria before deciding which teams received first.

In the end, it was decided Pacific Caesar Surabaya and NSH GMC Riau Indonesian NBL as a new member. “To the other teams that are interested, we have to convey that there is still a chance to join in the future,” said Azrul.

Decisions regarding new members NBL Indonesia was greeted enthusiastically by both teams. “Since frozen out of Kobatama eleven years ago, we always look forward to come the opportunity to play at the highest basketball league in Indonesia,” said Willy Winoto, Deputy Manager of Pacific Caesar Surabaya. “Could tasting class action-game NBL Indonesia clearly be a matter of pride for us that are not measurable. All can not wait to welcome the passing of the new season next September, “said Willy.

NSH GMC Riau was no less excited. “We were surprised and delighted at the incredible declared officially joined NBL Indonesia. With the inclusion of our team in the best league ground water, may become more vibrant competition, “said Arlan Joseph, Manager NSH GMC Riau.

Pacific Caesar Surabaya ever enliven the competition in Major League Basketball (Kobatama), then joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL). In the 2010-2011 season PBL, Pacific Caesar signed up as the runner up. NSH GMC Riau also once graced the competition Kobatama and PBL.

NBL Indonesia 2011-2012 season will begin with the Preseason Tournament, in Malang, the end of September. New regular season will begin this December, after the end of the SEA Games XXVI.

With the addition of two new clubs, it also increases the number of matches. Last season, each club playing 27 times in the regular season. In this new season, each club played up to 33 times.