Clyde: Pressure Is On The Nets to Match Expectations

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — With all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Brooklyn Nets, their array of stars and their new arena, Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier says the pressure is on Brooklyn to live up to the expectations.

“The Net fans now think they’re on par with the Knicks,” Frazier, who broadcasts Knicks games for MSG, told SNY.tv before the Knicks beat the Nets, 97-95, Wednesday night at the Nassau Coliseum.

“The pressure’s on them now, the expectations of living up to that, which is why New York is so difficult to play. There’s always those expectations.”

Frazier helped lead the Knicks to two NBA championships in the early 1970s, but by next spring it will have been 40 years since the Knicks last won a title. To read more of this story, click here

For Brook Lopez, a Fresh Start

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The fact that Nets General Manager Billy King has spent considerable time over the last two years trying to trade for Dwight Howard at the expense of Brook Lopez is not an indictment on Lopez. It is simply King trying to improve a team whose owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, has given seemingly endless resources to try and make better.

When the very public negotiations between King and first-year Orlando Magic GM Rob Henningan reached an impasse, King moved quickly,  locking up Lopez on July 11 for four years and $61 million with the team that drafted him 10th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Despite playing only five games in 2011-12 thanks in large part to a broken right foot, Lopez isn’t quite a consolation prize in the Dwight Howard Sweepstakes, not with career averages of 17.4 points and 7.5 rebounds. Lopez, who had played in all 246 games over his first three seasons, remains a centerpiece in the Nets’ move to Brooklyn.

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Billy King: "Most Nights, We’re Going to Have the Advantage"

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – After a move across the Hudson River, a brand new arena,  a complete overhaul of the team’s color scheme and an offseason spending spree, the Brooklyn Nets are finally one week away from training camp and arguably the most important season in franchise history.

The man who spent hundreds of millions of owner Mikhail Prokhorov‘s dollars this past summer, General Manager Billy King, addressed the media at the PNY Center on Tuesday morning and among all the topics covered, his feelings on his new team are quite clear.

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Childress Signing Made Official, Nets Roster at 15

The Nets officially agreed to terms with free agent guard Josh Childress on Thursday afternoon and in doing so, have likely completed their opening night roster as their first season in Brooklyn is quickly approaching.

The six-year veteran, who was amnestied in mid-July by the Phoenix Suns, will play under a one-year, non-guaranteed contract in Brooklyn. Despite that, he is considered a near-lock to make the team. Based on his six years of service, Childress will make roughly $1.07 million. After being amnestied by the Suns, Childress is still owed $21 million over three seasons, but he will not count against their salary cap.

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Nets Announce Blatche Signing

What was agreed upon days ago between Andray Blatche and the Nets finally became official on Wednesday.

The Nets announced on Wednesday that the two sides have come to terms that will bring the 6-foot-11 big man to Brooklyn two months after the Washington Wizards waived him via the amnesty provision on July 17.

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Donte Greene, Nets Come to Agreement

Despite spending the better part of the last seven weeks revamping his roster, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King is apparently not done yet.

The Nets have agreed in principle to a non-guaranteed contract with free agent small forward and former Syracuse star Donte Greene, who spent his first four seasons as a fan favorite with the Sacramento Kings.

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Nets Release Preseason Schedule

As Barclays Center gets set to open on Sept. 28 with the first of eight concerts from Jay Z, the NBA’s release of the league-wide preseason schedule on Wednesday afternoon confirms when the building’s main tenant will make its debut.

The Brooklyn Nets will make their Barclays Center debut on Oct. 15 when they play host to the Washington Wizards.

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Humphries Re-Introduced, Bogans Signs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Newly re-signed free agent power forward Kris Humphries was re-introduced by the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday morning at the PNY Center, and he was apparently in the mood to reminisce.

Humphries has been through some tough times with the Nets, namely the second half of the infamous 12-70 season in 2009-10. He played the last two seasons at the Prudential Center in front of a largely-apathetic fan base as the team prepared to move to Brooklyn.

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Shengelia to Sign Two-Year Deal

All Tornike Shengelia wanted was an opportunity with the Nets. Once he got one, he made the most of it and is now a part of the move to Brooklyn.

Shengelia, a versatile 6-foot-9 forward who was an afterthought on draft night just two and a half weeks ago, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Nets on a two-year contract for approximately $500,000 per season.

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Lopez Re-Introduced in Brooklyn

By RACHEL MARCUS

Special to ZAGSBLOG

BROOKLYNAvery Johnson immediately deflected the question away from Brook Lopez.

The Brooklyn Nets head coach didn’t want Lopez, the team’s newly re-signed center, to respond to a question about what could happen when January rolls around and Lopez is a part of trade rumors involving Dwight Howard again.

“Whenever a free agent signs a contract, I don’t think the possibility of you being traded in January ever comes up,” Johnson said at a press conference for Lopez on Wednesday in Brooklyn. “That would be a first for me, and I’ve been in the league over 20 years.”

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