While experts will no longer be picking Chicago to make a deep playoff run due to their mounting injuries, there is something to be said about the scrappy bunch that will be taking the floor for the Bulls. Even if Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah don’t return for the playoffs, Jimmy Butler’s “never give up” attitude ensures that all of Chicago’s postseason games will be exciting to watch. Butler plays with too much pride to roll over simply because the Bulls have lost some of their key players.
All-Star point guard free agent Deron Williams has finally made his decision as to where he will play next season. After months of speculation as to whether he would re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets or sign with the Dallas Mavericks (his hometown team), Williams quietly took to his Twitter account (@DeronWilliams) and let the world know from himself what his final decision was.
“Made a very tough decision today…. “ is all what Williams tweeted late Tuesday afternoon along with a picture of the Nets logo.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweets that a deal is done in principle that would send Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets to (hopefully) team up with Deron Williams.
There doesn’t appear anything that could potentially hold this deal up, save the amount of paperwork. That’s because in order to acquire Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks, the Nest practically had to give up half of their team. If the deal goes through as it is drawn up now, the Hawks would receive Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson.
I think MJ will take MKG under his wing and try to develop him into a star. Has the attributes to defend, rebound and attack the basket, however he has an unusual shooting stroke. With the help of MJ, this can be corrected at the age of 18, as he has plenty of time to develop. May reach for Beal for greater offensive power or a big man in Robinson.
The vision and dreams of bringing a basketball team back to Brooklyn is coming closer to reality. The Nets organization have spent 35 years in New Jersey and today they officially made the announcement that not only did they change their name, but unveiled new colors. Gone are the days of blue, red and silver and hopefully the start of a winning franchise, the Nets made two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons. Since 2007 however, they have endured five consecutive losing seasons and have been one of the laughingstocks of the league.
After the disappointing loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday, the Portland Trail Blazers (26-29) had to have known their recent record against the lowly New Jersey Nets (19-37) and had a smile on their faces, the Nets have only won nine games in Portland the last couple of seasons and Portland just dominates the series against them.
A regular-season game between the 12-26 New Jersey Nets and 4-31 Charlotte Bobcats doesn’t exactly scream excitement.
But Deron Williams did his best to make it as thrilling as possible.
The Nets point guard dropped a ridiculous 57 on the Bobcats, setting a franchise record and leading his team to a 104-101 victory Sunday night. That’s the most points scored in the NBA this season and breaks the team record of 52 points shared by Mike Newlin and Ray Williams.
Williams, who came into the game averaging 21.7 points per game, shot 16 of 29 from the field and was a perfect 21 for 21 from the free-throw line.