New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams Dunks on Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez is expected to return in six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery Friday to repair a non-displaced stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot, the team announced.
“A single screw was inserted into the bone to stabilize the fracture and speed up the healing process,” foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “He was placed in a boot and will walk with the aid of crutches. Brook will begin his rehab in two weeks.”
O’Malley and Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
Lopez, 23, was hurt during the first half of Wednesday night’s preseason game against the New York Knicks. His surgery comes just three days before the Nets open the 66-game regular season in Washington.
It looks like New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez will get his wish to play beside power forward Kris Humphries again. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Humphries, who is getting plenty of extra press these days due to his marital breakup with reality-TV star Kim Kardashian, has re-signed with the Nets.
The deal is expected to be for one year and around $8 million
The Orlando Magic abruptly pulled Dwight Howard off the trade market Wednesday in the midst of discussions with other teams, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Magic have decided that none of the various offers they’ve received, most notably from the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, is worth executing.
That hasn’t stopped the Brooklyn-bound Nets from continuing to lob trade pitches at the Magic. Sources say they were prepared to include five future first-round picks in the deal to satisfy both the Magic and the Blazers, who wanted multiple first-rounders in exchange for surrendering Wallace and facilitating the trade. The Nets, sources said, offered to sweeten the deal for Orlando and Portland by including their own first-round picks in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 as well as a 2012 first-rounder previously acquired from Houston.
Dwight Howard will ask the Orlando Magic to trade him to the New Jersey Nets, and a deal could go down as soon as Friday, sources close to the situation said.
Howard’s representatives have already told the Nets that they are his preferred destination.
When Howard speaks to the Magic, he will tell them that he will not re-sign with the team after this season, sources said. There is also a chance that Howard will not attend the opening of training camp Friday, according to a source.
As ESPN.com reported last week, the Nets are ready to offer the Magic a package built around center Brook Lopez and two first-round draft picks, New Jersey’s own and one the Nets acquired from Houston in a previous trade, according to sources.
New Jersey is also willing to take back Hedo Turkoglu and the three years, $34 million remaining on his deal.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Training camp hasn’t even started and the New Jersey Nets have an injury.
Nets general manager Billy King disclosed late Monday that forward Travis Outlaw has a broken right hand. King released no other information about the injury, adding he would have more to say after the player was examined by team doctors.
Outlaw signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Nets in July 2010. He started 55 of 82 games with New Jersey last season, averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Outlaw is entering his 10th season in the NBA.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Nets general manager Billy King vehemently denied rumors Wednesday that he was in trade discussions with the Orlando Magic regarding All-Star center Dwight Howard.
“I’ll go on the record that I haven’t talked to Orlando about a trade since February, right before the trade deadline,” King said at a press conference at the team’s practice facility. “I have not had any conversations at all with my good friend Otis (Smith, the Magic general manager).
“So, I don’t know where that is coming from.”
There were published reports which stated the Nets were in talks with the Magic about trading two first-round draft picks and center Brook Lopez in return for Howard, who is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent next June.
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The New Jersey Nets are prepared to offer a trade package featuring Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks to acquire Dwight Howard before the Orlando Magic center becomes a free agent in July 2012, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com this week that, to sweeten the proposal, New Jersey would likewise offer to take back the contract of Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has three seasons left on his contract worth just under $35 million. Absorbing Turkoglu’s remaining salary would become financially feasible for the Nets after the expected release of swingman Travis Outlaw through the amnesty clause that will be included in the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement and by including another smaller contract or two in the deal.
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The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves looked for a coach, Kurt Rambis, Mark Jackson, and Elston Turner all had to come in for second interviews. There’s been no “indication there will be a second round of interviews” this time around, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Some of the current candidates are “expecting an answer this week,” the paper reports.
The paper suggests that the battle to be the coach of the NBA’s worst team is down to 47-year-old New Jersey Nets assistant coach Sam Mitchell, who won Coach of the Year during his 2004-2008 run with the Toronto Raptors; 71-year-old Don Nelson, who holds the NBA record for most victories by a head coach with 1,335; and 67-year-old Bernie Bickerstaff, who is an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers but has been the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets/Wizards, and Charlotte Bobcats.
Source:Minneapolis Star Tribune, Yahoo Sports
New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is planning to play in Turkey in the fall if the NBA lockout has not yet been settled.
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- It will be interesting to see if any other big names decide to follow Deron Williams and strike a deal with a Euro team. Williams seems to be a different kind of dude. The risk of injury is very real here.
Russian tycoon and New Jersey Nets basketball team owner Mikhail Prokhorov was confirmed Saturday as the new head of a Kremlin-friendly political party.
The 46-year-old billionaire was all but unanimously elected head of the Right Cause party by its members.
Right Cause is seen as a Kremlin creation designed to lure opposition-minded, pro-business voters, while building an illusion of competition with the ruling United Russia party ahead of December’s parliamentary elections.
Prokhorov said last month he was targeting second place in that vote.
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1859 – Philadelphia A’s organize to play “town ball” became baseball 20 years later
1935 – Babe Ruth grounds out in his final at bat
1937 – Brooklyn Dodgers snap NY Giant Carl Hubbell’s 24-game winning streak
1950 – Due to rain, Indy 500 shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins
1956 – Mickey Mantle HR just misses clearing Yankee Stadium’s roof
1964 – SF Giants beat NY Mets, 8-6, in 23 innings (2nd game) (7 hrs 32 mins)
1985 – New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000
1994 – Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates
2002 – The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
Just when the NBA concluded one big off-season divafest that everyone thought could not be topped for sheer audacity and narcissism, it simply rolled on to a big in-season divafest. What the Carmelo Anthony story lacks in hourlong television debacles, it gains in dragging an oligarch all the way from Russia to proclaim the situation a circus.
Mikhail D. Prokhorov has apparently pulled the Nets out of the race for Anthony’s services.
I feel bad for George Karl in all this. He’s basically having his team ripped apart by rumor after rumor.
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