Brooklyn Nets Anthem
Team Leaders 2012-2013
Brook Lopez – Points
Reggie Evans -Rebounds
Deron Williams -Assists
Joe Johnson – Steals
Brook Lopez – Blocks
BY STEFAN BONDY
The new-look Nets, who fancy themselves as title contenders, will get a quick crack at the champions.
Brooklyn’s home opener – which follows the season opener in Cleveland — is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1 against the Miami Heat, a source told the Daily News, reuniting Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with Ray Allen.
It’s a chance to avenge the embarrassing efforts last season against the two-time defending champs, who pounded the Nets three times by an average of 21 points. LeBron James has won 17 straight games against the Nets, a streak that started in 2008.
In the past three years, James has turned down an offer to sign with the Nets, implied the franchise should be contracted and accused players of quitting on former coach Avery Johnson.
But his history against the newest Nets is not so one-sided. He was defeated twice in the playoffs by Garnett, Pierce and the Celtics, and lost to Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and the Mavericks in the 2011 Finals.
At his introductory press conference, Terry said the Nets have the “formula” to topple Miami.
“I’m not concerned (about Miami),” Terry said. “We have the formula. Jason Kidd and I are the only ones to crack that code.”
On Monday, Kidd revealed to season ticket holders that the season opener is in Cleveland. A league source told the News that the Nets are also scheduled to play home against the Bulls on Christmas, at the Knicks on MLK Day and at the Lakers on Feb. 23.
The league has yet to punish Kidd for pleading guilty this month to DUI, but the NBA standard is a two-game suspension – meaning the coach would miss games against the Cavaliers and Heat.
Nets Announce 2013 Preseason Schedule
The Brooklyn Nets will open their 2013-14 campaign with a seven-game preseason schedule that includes three home contests played at Barclays Center, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.
The preseason slate features a home-and-away set with the defending champion Miami Heat, who visit Brooklyn on October 17, while the Nets travel to Miami in the preseason finale on October 25.
The schedule is also highlighted by the return of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Boston on October 23rd. The former Celtics were acquired by the Nets on July 12th in an offseason blockbuster trade, and will host their former team at Barclays Center on October 15th.
Brooklyn kicks off its exhibition schedule October 8th against the Wizards in Washington, followed by a home tilt in Brooklyn against the Detroit Pistons on October 12th and a road contest against the division rival Philadelphia 76ers on Octo
Nets Ad “Beef” To Their Already Deep Bench.
- By TIM BONTEMPS
- Last Updated: 10:59 AM, July 27, 2013
The Nets filled the final remaining open spot on their 15-man roster when they agreed to a deal with free-agent swingman Alan Anderson on a two-year deal yesterday, according to Anderson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Both years of the contract are fully guaranteed, and the second year is a player option.
By landing Anderson, the Nets bolstered what arguably should be one of the deepest benches in the NBA next season. Anderson’s a good perimeter shooter and defender who can give the Nets additional depth at both shooting guard behind Joe Johnson and Jason Terry and small forward behind Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko.
After spending four years between NBA stints, Anderson revitalized his NBA career over the past two seasons in Toronto, where he emerged as a valuable rotation piece for Raptors coach Dwane Casey. Last season, Anderson averaged 10.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 65 games for the Raptors.
The Nets have 15 guaranteed contracts, effectively filling their roster for the season unless they make a trade. With Anderson under contract, the Nets total team payroll is now a little more than $102 million, according to salary data collected by ShamSports.com.
Because of the new harsher luxury tax structure in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the Nets would pay roughly $87 million in luxury tax payments on that salary amount, bringing their current total monetary commitment for 2013-14 to just over $189 million.
Brooklyn Nets Salary 2013-2014
Nets’ salary figures for 2013-14 courtesy of ShamSports.com:
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