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Jakarta PLN beated by Petrokima Gresik

  • Posted on March 22, 2021 at 5:48 am

Petrochemicals Gresik team win the fight without foreign players to beat last year’s finalist Jakarta Electric PLN on an advanced BSI Proliga volleyball competition which took place in the Basketball Hall Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Saturday (16/2).
Petrochemical beat PLN 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21). Both teams are yet to be strengthened foreign players in the game because they have not finished Kitas.
Petrochemicals, which has not even reached the title despite being a regular participant since the first was held Proliga (2002), started the match very well.
However, PLN, which has collected 3 titles, rose in the third set. Former national team libero Berllian action through service Marsheilla lompatnya catapulted points PLN. Seven points gained through her first service game. At that time, PLN behind 2-3. Thanks Berllian service, last year’s finalists were leading 9-3 away.
Petro, who rely on young players surrogate, could eventually catch up. Novia Andriyani, also appear attractive and smash through lompatnya service. Once the numbers chase stopped when PLN closed the third set with 27-25.
“We recently joined together. The new team playing together less than a month, let alone some PLN players, new players, while Petro players have been training together for a long time, “said Berllian.
Men’s team also suffered defeat PLN. Banks face tournament favorite Sumselbabel Palembang, PLN to its knees in three straight sets, 0-3 (18-25, 20-25, 22-25).
The two teams both have reinforced two foreign players. Only two players Sumselbabel Bank, Raydel Poey Romero and Maxwell Burt, have been training together since two months ago, while two foreign players PLN, Diogo Capolari Chiapetti and Edinho Edison Candido, new this week practicing with his colleagues.
“The fighting spirit children should be appreciated. However, children are still often throw jump serve, “said coach Palembang Bank Sumselbabel, Mashudi.
According to PLN coach, Viktor Laiyan, team work his team has not yet appeared. It was due to train with his team recently. “Today we toser also not optimal, it’s one of the weaknesses in the match,” said Viktor.

Aspac win this season NBL Awards

  • Posted on March 11, 2021 at 7:47 am

Surabaya – Jakarta Aspac scooped seven awards event title National Basketball League (NBL) from 2012 to 2013. Young players Andakara Prastawa be collecting the most awards, capturing three titles.

Aspac arguably appear dominant in the regular season the NBL this year. The team from the capital it has established himself a champion of regular half guard and led them, Pringgo Regowo, won the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

It increases the success-after title was followed by pelar Coach of the Year award is attributed to architect Aspac, Rastafari Horongbala.

Not quite there, Aspac young guard who is also the son of Rastafari, Andakara, crowned Rookie of the Year. 20-year-old basketball player was also successfully achieved the Sixth Man of the Year and included in the 2012-2013 NBL First Team.

Other players nominated in the first team this season is Dimas Aryo Morrow (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP), Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta), Rizky Ardiansyah Way (Milky Nikko Steel Malang), and Rony Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta).

The last award was given to Aspac title of Best Management Award this season. All new trophy that will be awarded as Indonesia NBL Championship Series held at GOR UNY Yogyakarta, May 18 to 26 next.

Here is a complete list of Award winners NBL 2012-2013:

MVP (Most Valuable Player)
Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Coach of The Year
Rastafari Horongbala (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Defensive Player of the Year
Galank Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta)

Sixth Man of the Year
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Sportsmanship Award
Max Yanto (NSH GMC Riau)

Rookie Of The Year
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

Speedy NBL Indonesia 2012-2013 First Team
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)
Dimas Aryo Morrow (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP)
Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta)
Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (Milky Way Nikko Steel Malang)
Rony Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta)

Top Scorer
Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (Milky Way Nikko Steel Malang) 16:52 PPG

Top Rebound
Galank Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta) 10.00 RPG

Top Assist
Kelly Purwanto Ari Nugroho (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP) 5:09 APG

Top Block
Ruslan (Stadium Jakarta) 2:48 BPG

Top Steal
Dimaz Muharri (CLS Knights Surabaya) 3:15 SPG

Best Management Award
Dell Aspac Jakarta

NBA Roundup: Heat use amnesty waiver with Miller

  • Posted on February 27, 2021 at 9:56 pm

The Miami Heat waived veteran guard Mike Miller through the NBA’s amnesty provision on Tuesday, a move that saves the two-time NBA champions $17 million in luxury tax fees.

Miller appeared in 59 regular-season games last season, and averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 15.3 minutes.

The Heat still owe Miller $12.8 million over the next two seasons. Miller signed with the Heat in summer of 2010 but suffered through injuries to his thumbs and back that limited his playing time.

—Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and will speak with young drivers as a condition of a settlement, according to News12 Long Island.

Kidd was arrested in Long Island on July 16, 2012, when he crashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole. The 40-year-old was placed on interim probation pending his appearance at two Suffolk County schools regarding the dangers of drunken driving. After he speaks, News 12 Long Island reported that Kidd will be allowed to change his plea to driving while impaired, a lesser charge. His driver’s license remains suspended.

Kidd retired as an NBA player after last season and was hired to coach the Nets.

—Metta World Peace officially joined the New York Knicks on Tuesday, signing a contract with his hometown team.

The Knicks made the announcement and World Peace confirmed it by tweeting a picture of the signing. After World Peace was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers under the amnesty provision, he received a $1.7 million contract from the Knicks and the Lakers will play the remaining $7.7 million of his deal in LA.

—The Philadelphia 76ers claimed swingman James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers from the Houston Rockets. the team announced Tuesday.

Selected No. 20 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by San Antonio, Anderson played three seasons with the Spurs and Rockets, averaging 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 116 games.

The 6-foot-11 Ohlbrecht is a native of Germany who spent time this past season in the D-League with Rio Grande Valley, averaging 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.63 blocks and 1.13 steals. Ohlbrecht also saw action in three games for the Rockets.

—Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born athlete to play in the NBA, has joined the Houston Rockets on a two-year, $2 million deal.

The 6-foot-9 forward spent his first four NBA seasons split between the Sacramento Kings andCleveland Cavaliers. His best season came in his rookie year of 2009-10, when he averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Casspi has averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 256 career games.

—The Denver Nuggets continued to transform their front office Tuesday when they named Arturas Karnisovas as assistant general manager.

Karnisovas, 42, joins the Nuggets after five years with the Houston Rockets. He started with the team as an international scout in 2008, and was most recently the team’s director of scouting. Karnisovas will assist new general manager Tim Connelly and team president Josh Kroenke with day-to-day operations related to scouting and player personnel matters.

It has been 20 NBA Big Names Visit Indonesia

  • Posted on February 19, 2021 at 8:46 pm

JAKARTA – A total of 20 big name in the NBA record ever visited Indonesia.
Finally, two NBA legends, Horace Grant and Rafer Alston Indonesia helped enliven the mat NBL All Star 2013 in the DBL Arena, Surabaya, Saturday (06/29/2013).
Horace Grant who had been crisscrossing the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and LA Lakers will be joined in the Red team coached by Anthony Rinaldo Ferry Sinaga (Kukar Garuda Bandung) and Aprijadi (Hangtuah South Sumatra).
While Rafer Alston who had shot to fame as Houston Rockets point guard will be joined with the Blue team coached Rastafari Horongbala (Dell Aspac Jakarta) and Abdurrahman Padang (Stadium Jakarta).
Before Grant and Alston, already there are 18 other big names who ever brought by DBL Indonesia. Indiana Pacers player, Danny Granger is the first name that was imported by DBL. When it comes Granger in 2008 to participate in the NBA Basketball Clinic.
Special for Indonesian NBL All-Star, DBL Indonesia has since 2012 invited the big name NBA to come into play. Point guard action-packed magical assists, Jason Williams came with Ricky Pierce, Vin Baker, and Duane Causwell.

Li-Ning Basketball Sponsor Indonesia

  • Posted on February 19, 2021 at 3:06 am

Li-Ning’s enthusiasm in supporting sport in Indonesia apparently not kidding. This time, the China-based company also appreciates to sponsor two basketball teams Indonesia, Satria Muda Britama and Indonesia Warriors.
Both Indonesia’s basketball team got a contract with a duration of 3 years. Previously, Li-Ning enthusiasm seen as sponsoring Indonesian badminton. Not only that, the sport product manufacturers are also sponsors athletes from many different sports such as, Petennis Maric Cilic, pole vaulter Elena Isinbayeva and sprinter Asafa Powell.
According to the Director of the Li-Ning, Mahender Kapoor, signing a new contract with the Indonesian Basketball aims that it is not only sponsoring the sport of badminton, but with also with the other.
“70 per cent for Asia is badminton. Our priority is not just to support badminton, but also other sports. We also sponsor the NBA’s top players, “said Director of Li-Ning, Mahender Kapoor in Jakarta, Tuesday (9/7).
While Andi Kurniawan, as the representative of Indonesia Sport Venture, revealing, in collaboration with Li-Ning, all team apparel will use the product in accordance with the contract clause.
Andi added, that the consideration to working with Li-Ning as a company from the bamboo curtain is a brand that is quite advanced. “For a nominal contract we can not mention, which is obviously the duration of the contract runs for three years,” he replied in the same place. [Cr / bnt]

Metta World Peace Join Knicks

  • Posted on February 6, 2021 at 3:22 am

Las Vegas – After Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers take a player again. Metta World Peace is to ensure that it defends New York Knicks next season.

Reported Fox, World Peace actually still have remaining almost a year contract with the Lakers. However, the two sides agreed to end more quickly through the amnesty clause.

The player formerly known as Ron Artest who’s agreed to two-year contract with the Knicks with values ​​touted reach about 3.2 million U.S. dollars (USD 32 billion).

With this move, World Peace after the first Howard left the Staples Center. Howard crossed to the Houston Rockets after just one season to strengthen the Lakers.

“I do not care if I’ll be a starter or just sweeping the floor. You hear me? I just want to win,” World Peace said in a press conference as proclaimed ESPN.

World Peace is ready to work together with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in an effort to win the NBA title. “This is not about someone helping someone else.”

“It’s about us doing it together., And they (the Knicks) got it. – If I’m not mistaken. They have a strong relationship, and everyone is team mates,” said 33-year-old small forward this.

World Peace had an average of 12.4 points, five rebounds and 1.5 assists in 75 games, including 66 times so the starter with the Lakers last season. He also suffered a left knee injury that required surgery in March.

Since starting his career with the Chicago Bulls in 1999, World Peace has appeared in 902 games with 832 times to be a starter.

He once became NBA champion with the Lakers (2010) and had an average of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals in his career overall Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Rockets and Lakers.

Terry: Nets Have Strategy Beat the Heat

  • Posted on February 2, 2021 at 7:44 pm

Perkenalan Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce dan Jason Terry. (Foto: Ist)

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Nets confident to face the NBA season 2013/2014. In fact, Jason Terry insists the Nets have the formula to beat the Miami Heat.

Nets did clean up after a failure in the playoffs last season. The squad is now dibesut Jason Kidd was brought three veteran players, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Terry, who today has been introduced.

Many great teams from the Eastern Conference has to face the Nets. In addition to the New York Knicks, the defending champion Heat is one of them. Terry assess the Nets have a strategy to subvert LeBron James et al.

“It’s time. If we could start the final game at training camp, I could do it. We know the need of the process, but it will not require adaptation for two years. Let’s do it this year, and why not, we get all the pieces, “said Terry.

“I’m not worried. We have a strategy. Me and Jason Kidd is a player who never beat them, “said the former Boston Celtics star, the Daily News reported on Saturday (07/20/2013).

Yes, when I was with the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd and Terry berhasul beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. They won the first title in history.

NBL Players Open Trade in the Middle Season

  • Posted on January 25, 2021 at 8:37 pm

Surabaya – It’s laid out three series, opening NBL clubs contestants the opportunity to exchange players (trade) in the middle of the season.

In a press statement received by the editorial detiksport, Wednesday (08/02/2012), PT Detection Basketball Cross (DBL) as the organizer NBVL explained about trade policy in the middle of the season.

Mentioned that each team has the right to exchange a maximum of three players with the system ‘one to one’. Players that can be exchanged is rated 9-17 players in each team. The player rating is based on statistics up to the end of the Series III in Palembang.

According to the Implementing Regulations Flexi NBL Indonesia 2011-2012, this player trade period lasts seven days before the convening Series IV in Denpasar, February 18 to 26.

Each team will use that right must notify the league and all the other teams, before the trade was closed on February 17. If there is no confirmation, the team considered not take advantage of that right.

“Strength in Flexi NBL team this season more evenly. Competition tight. Leveraging trade window could increase the chances of achieving their targets. However, the period is quite short. Hopefully this is not even a blunder,” said Yondang Tubangkit, basketball operations manager DBL Indonesia PT.

Will Kobe Bryant look out for Lakers?

  • Posted on January 21, 2021 at 10:05 pm

This week, with the release of the official salary cap numbers and onset of formal contract signings, was supposed to bring clarity to the NBA. Instead it left us debating the kind of obligations not covered by the collective bargaining agreement, a hazy realm of morals and values.

You could gather as many lawyers and accountants as you want and you still couldn’t come up with a definitive answer to the question: What do the Lakers owe Kobe Bryant? Conversely, how much does he owe them?

These are the central questions governing the Lakers as they make their key decisions for the next few years. Should they go all-out for another championship in Kobe’s shrinking window among the league’s elite, or should they embark on a long-term strategy to win down the road? Should Kobe forsake the fair compensation coming his way in order to facilitate the Lakers’ moves?

The Lakers have paid Bryant a quarter of a billion dollars during his NBA career. They’ve put him in position to win five championships. In return he has played through every circumstance short of being strapped to a hospital gurney, and has scored more points than all but three players in the history of the league.

So far it appears the Lakers are operating under the premise that they’re beholden to Bryant, the guy they’ve been tied to since 1996. It’s not the way things usually work in Los Angeles, where spouses and leased cars are often returned at a similar rate. The Lakers used their one-time amnesty provision on Metta World Peace‘s $7.7 million salary, even though taking Bryant’s $30 million off the books would have had a more dramatic financial impact and still provided an opportunity for him to return in 2014-15.

A promise to cut Kobe loose (along with axing Mike D’Antoni) also would have been a much more meaningful sign to Dwight Howard than those “Stay” billboards that the Lakers were committed to the center.

Dramatic moves? Surely. But if you think about it, they would have been no different from what the Lakers did in 2004 when they were desperate to retain Kobe. They let Phil Jackson go and traded Shaquille O’Neal to Miami. When it came to choosing between Kobe and Shaq, the Lakers went with the 25-year-old over the 32-year-old. They also went with the more popular of the two. Lakers fans were infatuated with Kobe, and growing increasingly frustrated with Shaq.

Kobe won the crowd. And if there were any doubts that he still holds exalted status, he quelled those when he made his way out to the Lakers bench on crutches, shortly after Howard was ejected from the Lakers’ final playoff game. The crowd responded with its loudest cheer of the day.

It’s why the Lakers are riding with Bryant, who turns 35 next month and is coming off a major injury, over the 27-year-old Howard, who sent neither the franchise nor its fan base into mourning when he decided to leave for Houston. It’s also because Howard built no equity with the Lakers. He didn’t win a single playoff game.

Accomplishments don’t always mean obligations. Paul Pierce played 1,102 games for theBoston Celtics, helped them hang their 17th championship banner, scored more points in the green and white jersey than anyone other than John Havlicek — and yet those things didn’t allow him to finish his career in Boston. There’s no provision in the salary-cap rules for that, no way for the Celtics to retool while keeping Pierce aboard at a salary commensurate with his service. So now he’s a Brooklyn Net.

The Celtics chose their future over honoring Pierce’s past effort, or fielding a competitive team in the present. Is that fair to Pierce, or the fans, who will still be charged full price? Let’s just say the Celtics are operating at an obligation deficit right now.

You know an organization that shows a balance of zero “debt” right now? The Clippers. They got the best available coach (even though he technically wasn’t available) and paid him a salary most coaches don’t get anymore, they’ve got their two biggest stars — Chris Paul and Blake Griffin — under long-term contracts, and they filled out their roster with role players such as J.J. RedickJared DudleyDarren CollisonMatt Barnes and Ryan Hollins.

That might explain in part why Paul declined a free-agency tour of his own. He could have squeezed another personnel move or two out of the Clippers, or lured other teams into rearranging their rosters to accommodate him.

“I didn’t feel like that would be fair,” Paul said. “I’m pretty aware of what could have happened, or where you could go. I’m pretty knowledgeable about the situations. There was no need to put any of that added stress on anybody.”

So he told the other teams not to waste their time, committed to the Clippers from the outset, then signed the paperwork at the first possible opportunity. Then again, I’d be pretty eager to sign my name to a contract that had $107 million coming my way, too.

We won’t see Kobe command such big numbers again. The salary-cap restrictions mean that if Kobe wants to continue playing beyond next season and bring in the best available talent, he and the Lakers will have to reach agreement on a salary that pays him below his worth. Even if he can’t produce at the same level, you could argue he still deserves a max contract based on all the years that same concept — a salary ceiling — prevented him from receiving his fair cut of the tickets, jerseys and sponsorships he sold. But he’ll be forced to choose between competition and compensation. I’m guessing the competitor will win out.

Shaquille O’Neal took a $7 million pay cut with the Miami Heat in 2005, a move that enabled the Heat to reconfigure their roster and bring in the pieces that won them the championship in 2006. In 2007, Kevin Garnett’s reduced salary (he made about the same in the first three years of his new contract as he did in the final two years of his previous, landmark contract) made it easier for the Minnesota Timberwolves to send him to the Celtics in the trade that redefined his career.

Bryant could be asked for an even steeper drop-off, up to $20 million a year. After the Lakers showed their faith in him this summer, next year will be his time to return the favor.

Where’s Brooklyn at now?

  • Posted on December 9, 2020 at 12:40 pm

The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:

 

 

 

1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.

 

 

Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.

Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.

Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.

 

 


 

 

2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.

Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.

Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to expectations, the Nets’ balance may make it difficult for Pierce or Garnett to register the numbers necessary to make them surefire All-Stars.

Windhorst: Fact. Pierce had a pretty good season last year but had to compete with the likes of James, Anthony, Deng and George as a wing player and didn’t make it. Garnett is still one of the most valuable big men in the game. There is some question about the minutes they’ll probably get with such a deep team and that may affect their numbers and perhaps their candidacy.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Because of age, new roles and the minutes limit they should be on, Garnett and Pierce likely won’t be All-Star caliber players this season. Nor do they have to be during the regular season. They still may be voted All-Stars, but the goal is to have Garnett and Pierce fresh and playing like All-Stars in the postseason.

 

 


 

 

3. Fact or Fiction: Deron Williams will reassert himself as a top-five PG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With both Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo coming off ACL rehab, this is probably easier than it sounds. But Williams should absolutely benefit from the additional talent around him. After averaging 18.9 points and 7.7 assists in a bit of a “down” year last season, it’s scary to think of the numbers Williams is capable of posting now. And team success has a way of making every floor general look even better.

Gordon: Fact. He’s got tough competition, but he was already playing like a top-five point after the All-Star break. The tricky thing is that all the best points play so differently that it’s hard to rank them along a firm scale — how do you value Stephen Curry against Rajon Rondo, for example? — but Deron should be in the conversation.

Wallace: Fact. I’m willing to write off the past two seasons based on the injuries, turmoil and drastic roster turnover. But D-Will is all out of excuses at this point. He’s either going to solidify his stature as an elite player or he’ll hitch himself to Joe Johnson as the biggest bust of a starting backcourt max money could buy. He’ll get his mojo back.

Windhorst: Fact. If you look at the numbers after the All-Star break last season you could make the argument he was already there. Williams seemed to be soured a bit by that season and a half he was mired on bad teams in Newark and didn’t come in the best shape or with the best mindset to Brooklyn. He seemed like a different player in March and April and you would assume he carries that over to November.

Youngmisuk: Fact. Williams will be even more rejuvenated with the talent surrounding him. He will be eager to show that this is his team and veterans such as Garnett and Pierce will make him better. Also, Kidd — his friend, mentor and coach –- will push the right buttons and get the best out of Williams.

 

 

 


 

 

4. Fact or Fiction: Coaching will be the Nets’ biggest weakness in 2013-14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Coaching is one of the team’s biggest wild cards at the moment given the untested nature of first-year coach Jason Kidd. That said, having a proven top assistant such as Lawrence Frank will ease Kidd’s transition and prevent coaching from hurting this team. Coaching will get blamed as the Nets’ biggest weakness if they struggle, but chances are the Nets will have more glaring issues elsewhere.

Gordon: Fact. Only by default, though. It’s hard to look at the lineup and see a strongly identifiable weakness, and we know that Kidd is still learning the ropes — some of the plays during his first Summer League games were drawn up by Frank, who’s surely going to justify his fat contract. It hopefully will be less so as the year wears on.

 

 

Wallace: Fiction. Kidd has a solid mentor beside him on the bench in Frank. Kidd was always a coach on the floor during his remarkable career at point guard. Managing clutch situations, egos and minutes will be a challenge as coach. But he’s got a team of veterans who appear to have his back. But it’s still early. Adversity hasn’t struck yet. Age will be their biggest strength — and potential weakness.

Windhorst: Fiction. While I think it is a risk to trust a team with such championship aspirations to a rookie coach, health will be a huge factor. This is an older team and their youngest star, Brook Lopez, is coming off foot surgery. Last season, injuries to Lopez and Joe Johnson really gave the Nets problems. If they’re healthy, they’ll be contenders.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Kidd may be a rookie and there certainly will be a learning curve. Kidd, though, will lean on his staff, especially Frank. The Nets have potentially bigger pitfalls such as health, age and chemistry.

 

 

 


 

 

5. Fact or Fiction: The Nets will win a championship by 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Money can build you a competitive team and a fantasy roster, but championship teams have a little something extra and we won’t know if Brooklyn has that until we see this group on the floor. The Nets will give themselves a short window to compete for a crown, but winning one in the next two seasons is no slam dunk, particularly if the group in Miami keeps its band together.

 

 

Gordon: You’re not getting me to answer this one with a straight face. If everything breaks right for them — Garnett and Pierce’s health, Kidd’s feel for the job, etc. — the Nets should surely be in the running. But all of that means they carry more risk than any other contender, too. (Hey, the boom-or-bust thing is kind of fun, right?)

Wallace: Fiction. It’s hard to say for sure that any team will certainly win a title by 2015. But the Nets have their work cut out with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls collectively in the midst of their prime. Considering Garnett and Pierce have a relatively short window of opportunity, the Nets have this season and next to get it done. I’ll believe how reliable they are when I see it. But I wouldn’t be absolutely stunned if they broke through.

Windhorst: Fiction. I can’t possibly predict what the landscape will be in the 2014-15 season, so basically I’m answering this on this season. If all teams stay healthy, I believe the Heat and Pacers are still better than the Nets. The Bulls are right there as well. I am not picking them to win the East at this point, so I can’t say they’ll win the title.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. They will contend but they might be the third-best team in the East. If they don’t win it all, the task only gets more difficult. The Nets’ cap-strapped roster will only get older while the 2014 superstar free-agent crop may alter the balance of power in the league, with the top players constantly looking to join forces to create the next star-studded team.

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