Murphy is not just Melo bait

  • When Troy Murphy was acquired by the Nets last week, not much was said about what the 6-foot-11 big man would bring to the Prudential Center. In fact, little was mentioned about him even being a local native (from Sparta, N.J.) who played his high school ball at Delbarton. Most of the talk centered around two things: 1) his $12 million expiring contract and 2) cap space to land Carmelo Anthony in 2011. But Murphy is coming off a double-double year, in which he averaged 14.6 points a game and 10.2 rebounds. According to The Star-Ledger, "Murphy is not only the best power forward the Nets have had since Kenyon Martin, he might be the best boxscore stuffer they’ve had at the position since Derrick Coleman."

  • Speaking of Anthony, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, the Nuggets star forward is open to signing a multi-year deal with the Nets.

  • On Tuesday, Nets rookies Derrick Favors and Damion James were at the New York Knicks' training facility for Panini America's 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. Here is video of them getting their pictures taken and how the stills turned out. Both Favors and James are looking forward to playing for Nets coach Avery Johnson.

  • Speaking of Johnson, TNT basketball analyst and former NBA coach Mike Fratello sat down for an interview with NetsAreScorching.com, and previewed how the new coach might run things on offense -- literally, run -- and defense.

  • This Saturday in Brooklyn, former Nets point guard Kenny Anderson will be making a return to Golden Hoops. Anderson once played in the prestigious youth basketball tournament, created by the New York Daily News in the 80s and 90s, and now he'll be serving as an honorary coach for Team NYC. The one-day affair features 40 boys and 20 girls who represent the nation's best in high school basketball. Other special guests include: acclaimed film director Spike Lee, legendary Knick John Starks, TNT's Kenny Smith, former Knick John Wallace and NBA rookie Evan Turner.

  • Remember when Michael Jordan first returned to the NBA in 1995? Nets point guard Devin Harris kept it Jordan-esque on his Twitter account yesterday, after not posting anything since June 25.

  • Nets minority owner Jay-Z is the top-earning hip-hop artist, according to Forbes, raking in $63 million in the past year.

Jared Zwerling is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN RISE. You can follow him on Twitter: @jaredzwerling.