Before training camp started, it was pretty clear who four of the starters would be to open the season: Devin Harris at the one, Travis Outlaw at the three, Troy Murphy at the four and Brook Lopez at the five. But what about at the two? Anthony Morrow and Terrence Williams are the favorites, but Avery Johnson hasn't made his decision yet because he realizes both of them bring something different to the team.
Johnson on Morrow: "Anthony is a spot-up shooter, who's learning to become a little bit more like a Ray Allen on the move. We're trying to incorporate that into his game. He's just a prolific scorer, and he can make shots in his sleep."
Johnson on Williams: "Terrence's versatility to score, post-up smaller guys, initiate our offense for us then play off the ball ... you can do more things with him. He still may do something crazy one out of every five possessions, but it was four out of five earlier. He's taking pretty good care of the ball and making good passes."
Johnson seems to be leaning towards Morrow because he foresees Harris and Lopez consistently getting double-teamed and the court opening up on the perimeter (New York Post). Said Johnson: "[Anthony] does [make a better fit], especially when the ball goes in the basket. He gives Devin and Brook more room to operate because of his threes. We count them as layups and when he passes up those shots we're disappointed."
The Barclays Center will open for the 2012-13 season (Arena Digest). Nets CEO Brett Yormark, who was recently in Moscow to finalize deals to put Nets games on NTV-Plus and Russia-2 (BallinEurope.com), says Brooklyn gives the team great opportunities for development. "It’s 2.5 million residents," Yormark said. "Queens is very close by, and that’s 2.1 million more. Directly beneath the [site of the new arena], nine subway lines intersect, and there’s the railroad that connects us to Long Island. The Nets were born on Long Island."
Not many people in New Jersey are relieved the Nets' proposed trade for Carmelo Anthony is off the table. But one guy is: Derrick Favors (The Star-Ledger). "I don’t have to go home and think about it," Favors said. "People can stop asking me about it every day." But Harris said that no one is off the hot seat yet. "You have to understand, this could spark back up tomorrow."
The Nets could have two Rookie of the Year candidates on their roster. The first, of course, is Favors. The second is Damion James, who was very impressive during the Orlando Summer League, averaging 18.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 30 minutes per game (Bleacher Report).
Forward Andre Brown was waived yesterday, cutting the training camp roster down to 17 (The Star-Ledger).
You don't need to read a book to know that the Nets have had a complicated history, especially in the last couple of years. But, if you must, there is a book for you that debuted today.
Last season, the Nets didn't set any examples on the court, but off it they did set one using social media branding. Last April, the Nets experimented with virtual ticket distribution and because it proved to be a huge success, now other teams want to replicate it (Mobile Marketing Watch). For an April 12th game between the Nets and the Bobcats, Gowalla, a location-based social networking service, distributed 250 pairs of tickets as virtual items in targeted locations, such as sports bars, outdoor parks and gyms. Fans could redeem the virtual tickets for actual Nets tickets at the arena’s box office.
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