Getting Devin Harris Back On Track

By: Omar Hozayen

Devin Harris’s ’09-’10 season was, to say the least, disappointing.  Harris looked very disinterested at times and was not nearly as productive as he was a season before when many people felt he deserved to win the Most Improved Player Award. Harris was also unable to score as well as he did in ’09, going from 21.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting to 16.9 ppg on 40.3% shooting. This was especially important because the Nets desperately needed scoring last season and saw their offense become more stagnant than the swamp water of New Jersey. To no one’s surprise they ranked last in this category in terms of points per possession.

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Part I: How Do The Nets Get Carmelo Anthony?

This is the first post in a quick two-part series exploring a possible Carmelo Anthony-New Jersey Nets collaboration. Tomorrow, I will be posting a column concerning how Anthony would potentially fit in with the Nets.

By: John Fraty

The recent rumors swirling around Carmelo Anthony have been numerous. There are people who say he wants out of Denver and has a few teams he is considering a move too. He could go to New York with CP3 and form another Big Three alongside Amar’e Stoudemire. He could stay in Denver and be comfortable in the only NBA city he’s known. He could heald to Houston and accentuate a nice core. He could make Orlando his home in a sign-and-trade that would make the state of Florida the best in the NBA. Or, ‘Melo could find his way into the hands of Mikhail Prokhorov and the New Jersey Nets.

I’m liking the sound of that last one.

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A Look Back At Nets’ History: The Mookie Blaylock/Pearl Jam Story

As mentioned in the prior post, this is the premier of a brand new series here on The Nets Nation. “A Look Back At Nets’ History” will be a weekly post every Sunday. The series will be filled with all kinds of interesting posts about the history of your New Jersey Nets, whether that be on or off the court.

By: Adam Callahan

Darren Oshay Blaylock. One of the NBAs greatest examples that size isn’t everything. To win in this league, you need commitment, passion, drive, and heart. Mookie Blaylock fit this mold perfectly. Standing at a mere 6’1 and 190 lbs, Blaylock had a very successful career in the league. A career full of highlights, one being that Mookie is one of the 34 players in the history of this game to have 22 or more assists in a game.

Blaylock’s career began in 1989, when the New Jersey Nets drafted him 12th overall out of the University of Oklahoma. Mookie played his college ball first at Midland College, and later transferred to the University of Oklahoma to become a Sooner. Fellow NBA little man, Spud Webb, also went to Midland College before moving onto N.C. State. When the Nets drafted Blaylock out of the University of Oklahoma, he had a reputation as a relentless defender. He had the record for most steals in a season, 150, and most steals in a single game, 13. On top of this he averaged 3.8 steals a game, setting a record in the NCAA. Mookie also became the first player in NCAA history to eclipse 200 assists and 100 steals in back-to-back seasons. Blaylock took the Sooners to the 1988 National Championship, where they lost to the Kansas Jayhawks.

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New Series On The Nets Nation Set To Premier

By: Adam Callahan

It was brought to my attention by one of our readers that although the website provides analysis on the current Nets squad and the NBA as a whole, we haven’t really touched on the history of the Nets too much, whether that be on or off the court. Although the Nets franchise may not be able to boast 17 championships like the Celtics, the franchise does have a great deal of history to be discussed whether that be on or off the court.

After realizing this, we here at The Nets Nation are going to release a series known as “A Look Back At Nets’ History.” 

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Should The NBA Contract?

By: John Fraty

I’m a sports junkie through and through. ESPNEWS is on more frequently in my house than any other news channel. I watch nearly any sport and appreciate everything sports have to offer. While I’m a diehard New York Mets and Philadelphia Eagles fan, basketball is my favorite sport to watch and write about. The beauty of sports is often the underdog competing to beat all odds and be extremely successful.

However, in the NBA, that is very rarely the case. The NBA has become a top-heavy, almost predictable league. Predictability truly kills the enjoyment of watching sports. That is why I propose a plan that would radically, and I mean radically, change the way the NBA works today. I believe the NBA should contract to a 24-team league: 4 teams per division, 3 divisions per conference, 2 conferences, 1 better and more exciting league.

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Nets’ Player Rankings: 10. PF Sean May

This is the second post in a weekly series breaking down the players on the Nets’ roster. There is always a chance there will be transactions made and the rankings can be changed. For now, we are leaving the rookies out because they haven’t actually played in an NBA game yet. Throughout the regular season we will be updating these rankings weekly based off of performances during the week prior. Last week we had Quinton Ross as our No. 11 player to kick off the series, today we will focus on Nets’ big man Sean May.

By: Adam Callahan

What he can do:

Sean May’s career has taken a few big twists and turns. As far as his contributions for the Nets go, May could serve as a big body inside defensively. That’s pretty much it though, May is about 6’9 and 266 lbs. His build is similar to that of Celtics’ forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Big Baby stands at 6’9, 269. May isn’t as tall as they come, and most certainly not as athletic as they come. His contributions really go as far as him becoming a bruiser on the team inside. May has slowly seen his minutes regress over the past 3 season. By last season’s end, May averaged 8.9 minutes per game, a number that will likely go down even further with the Nets this season. In order for May to be remotely effective for the Nets, he will have to accept a lesser role and play it with intensity on a night-to-night basis.

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Nets vs. Heat On October 31st

By: John Fraty

Before the the 2010-2011 NBA season kicks off, we’ll preview a few of the biggest games of the year to give a sneak peak of what’s in store for the year. We started off with the season opener, and now we move on to a game that catches every Nets fan’s eye: the Nets vs. the new-look Miami Heat in Newark on October 31st. The teams meet again in Miami a week later – November 6th, but this first matchup is definitely an intriguing one.

Obviously, this is a huge test for the Nets. This will be just their third game of the season (Miami’s fourth) and I’m interested to see how the Nets’ play against a team which is absolutely loaded. Miami will be at the forefront of nearly any conversation involving the NBA next season, and I can’t give you enough reasons why. LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh have teamed up to create a team that will be a powerhouse for many years to come and has a chance to dominate the East when Boston’s age catches up to them and if Orlando isn’t able to mesh like everyone expects them to.

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