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This Ben Simmons stat is alarming to Nets fans


For all of the flowers Ben Simmons has received for his newfound confidence and explosiveness, there's one department where Nets fans aren't exactly thrilled with their point guard. 

Turnovers have been an issue for Simmons in the preseason. While he dished out 28 assists in parts of four games, he also committed a whopping 15 turnovers, including eight against his old club, Philadelphia. 

Simmons has regained a great deal of his "attack dog" mentality, but there have been more than a few occasions where he's committed careless mistakes. 

Part of the learning curve is acclimating with many new teammates, but Simmons and center Nic Claxton have a net negative -17 when on the court together. 

While physically and mentally Simmons is looking closer to his pre-injury All-Star form than ever, he'll need to familiarize himself with the Nets system and his supporting cast to play a much more efficient and mistake free style of ball in the regular season.

Ben Simmons fails to score from field in Nets win over Heat

Ben Simmons has looked much improved this preseason but that wasn't the case on Wednesday night in Miami.

The Nets point guard went 0 for 4 from the field with just two points and four turnovers but added seven assists and eight rebounds. 

It was Simmons' second game in two nights, as he showed a reluctance to attack the basket with the same fervor and force he showed during the first three preseason games.

Brooklyn had five players reach double figures in scoring, including Lonnie Walker IV, who poured in a team high 22.

The Nets prevailed 107-104 in their final tune-up before the regular season opener as they host the Cavaliers next Wednesday, October 25.

Nets host Israeli club Maccabi Ra’anana with extra security expected

 The world is watching in horror as innocent lives are lost with Israeli forces gather nearing the Gaza Strip to counter the violence and atrocities committed by Hamas.

As chaos and war breakout overseas, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment is doing its part to keep everyone safe at Thursday night's preseason meeting between the Nets and Maccabi Ra’anana of the Israeli League at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  

There are mixed emotions and opinions from fans and players about whether the game should even be played, including Nicholas Claxton, who shared his belief that the game should be cancelled. 

With unrest in the Middle East, the game will go on as planned with extra security measures in place. 

Mikal Bridges named ahead of ex-Net superstar on ESPN top 100 player rankings

According to ESPN's top 100 NBA player rankings, Nets small forward Mikal Bridges hits at No. 33 overall. Bridges, 27, is looking for his first All-Star nomination this upcoming season. Many argue that Bridges should be higher up the list but another Net turned Maverick actually fell behind Brooklyn's good guy. An 8-time All-Star, former Rookie of the Year and NBA champion, Kyrie Irving was named just behind Bridges at No. 34 overall. While it's worth debating if both players should be ranked higher, Bridges' best ability is his availability, as he played in 83 regular season games and all five playoff games last year. While Bridges has been an NBA Ironman, Irving has been quite the opposite. 

Irving missed games for a multitude of reasons ranging from personal to unexcused absences to injuries.

It's clear Brooklyn is in good hands with Bridges leading the charge. 

Former Net great suggests two players Ben Simmons should emulate

Kenyon Martin is a name that lives in Nets' lore. A fiery and gritty competitor that helped lead the Nets to two consecutive, and to date their only,  NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Martin wasn't shy about imparting his basketball wisdom on Simmons. 

 On the GilberArenaShow, the one-time All-Star with the Nets, Martin, noted Giannis Antetokuonmpo and Russell Westbrook as two players Simmons should model his game after.

 Simmons looked healthy in Monday's preseason opener against the Lakers in Vegas. If he can start to play downhill and put pressure on teams to protect the paint, the Nets could be a sleeper team to keep an eye out for this regular season. 

Full episode below:

Simmons confirms: 'This is the best he's felt in two years'

 Save all the Ben Simmons jokes because he might make you eat your words.

After 14 minutes in preseason section on Monday, it was clear this is not the same Simmons that was laboring his way through the season last year in Brooklyn or disengaged with teammates the way he was two years ago in Philadelphia.

Simmons looked stronger, faster and healthier than ever and he let it be known to all the doubters.

You can never take too much from the preseason, but the explosiveness he showed in the open court and attacking the basket, along with a new found confidence to look at the rim offensively, will make Simmons a major X-Factor for the Nets this season.

Ben Simmons commits laughable turnover amid positive night


Ben Simmons looked a heck of a lot closer to his former All-Star self than he did to the shell of himself he was last season with the Nets. 

Appearing healthy and apparently fully recovered from back surgery, Simmons had an extra pep in his step during the first half of his preseason debut.

Simmons was attacking the basket, split four free throws, poured in 10 points and dished out three assists in 14 minutes.

No matter how much progress Simmons has made, he'll always have his detractors.

So when the Nets point guard skipped across half court in what appeared to be a travel, went behind his back and attempted a no look pass to the wing that nearly ended up in the stands, his trolls were out in full force.

 The Nets season opens on October 27 and Simmons will have an opportunity to silence his haters when the games truly count. 

Ben Simmons reaches double digits in scoring in preseason debut


Ben Simmons made an early preseason statement, by looking as healthy as he's ever been since he donned a Nets uniform.

Brooklyn's, point guard opened the team's scoring with a smooth hook over LeBron James to set the tone for the night.


In 14 minutes, Simmons tallied ten points and three assists on 2 of 4 from the charity stripe. 

The Nets defense was about as casual as having a cup of coffee with an old friend, letting up 75 first half points against a starting five of James, Anthony Davis and DeAngelo Russell, Austin Reaves and Taurean Prince. 

Brooklyn fans anticipated the team being an elite defensive ball club, but the opening half of the preseason has to raise a ton of concerns for Jacque Vaughn and company. 

Simulation determines best Nets team ever


Have you ever imagined how the 1976 ABA Champion New York Nets would fare against the 2003 Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Nets?

How about the 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets against the 1975-76 New York Nets?

Well, courtesy of WhatifSports, you can see any team in sports history take on another all-time team, either current or historic. 

Of interest to Nets fans is what team is definitively the best of all-time.

Selecting three of the best Nets teams of all-time, we let the simulation do the work!

The first matchup saw the 2002-03 New Jersey Nets take on the 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets

The results might shock you!

So naturally, the next matchup we'd all pay to see is the 1975-76 New York Nets against the 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets. Those results may shock you, too!

And finally, Dr. J's 1975-76 New York Nets take on Jason Kidd's 2002-03 New Jersey Nets.

Does the winner of this matchup settle once and for all the best Nets team of all-time?

We like to think so! Once again, the results are quite stunning!

The Simulation possibilities are endless, but according to this set of simulations, the 2002-03 Nets rated as the best team in franchise history!

Former Net announces he 'made it out of Israel safely'

Former Seton Hall standout and Brooklyn Nets second round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Isaiah Whitehead, who currently plays for Ironi Ness Ziona of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, let his fans know via X, that he is safe. 

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict reached code red on Saturday when Hamas mobilized a surprise attack as Gaza militants launched thousands of rockets, resulting in at least 300 casualties.

With Israel 'at war' according to its Prime Minister, the world is hoping for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this violent conflict. 

How Kooky Kyrie, The Bearded One, and Kevin, too, ruined Nets' Superteam

It started with a clean sweep and ended with a clean sweep. Bookended by utter bliss and overwhelming dysfunction, the Nets superteam era was littered with disappointment and sprinkled with highlights. 

 From James Harden's lingering hamstring strain to Kyrie Irving's season-ending ankle injury and finally Kevin Durant's toe in the line in Game 7 of the 2021 NBA playoffs, even the most anticipated season in Nets' history ended in bitter anguish. 

 The offseason to come was filled with optimism that all three superstars would ink long-term extensions, but only Durant made good on his long-term commitment to the franchise, one he would reneg on not just once, but twice.

Irving's unvaccinated status caused him, fairly or unfairly, to be ineligible for home games and eventually the team refused to let him be a part-time road player. Discontent formed in the locker room with Harden growing impatient without Irving and eventually Durant who was sidelined by a knee sprain suffered a few weeks before the All-Star break. 

 Every step of the way, Durant, Irving and Harden had a chance to take a leadership role to keep the organization on the tracks. All three refused to hold each other accountable, culminating in Harden asking out and getting dealt to Philadelphia centered on a package around a physically and mentally damaged Ben Simmons. Irving eventually rejoined the team in time for a late season push, but with a friend turned foe Ime Udoka leading the hottest team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics, the Nets couldn't simply flip the switch come playoff time.

 The Nets lost four highly competitive games with Simmons in the series sweep, including falling victim to a Jayson Tatum game winner in the opener. Brooklyn was back to the drawing board and now it was Durant who grew disenfranchised with the direction of the team by demanding a trade that summer, only to rescind it a few weeks later. The Nets, with Durant and Irving leading the charge, raced out again to an impressive start to the 2022-23 campaign, but Irving's off the court antics, including promoting a film with anti-Semitic tropes became a breaking point in his relationship with the team. 

 Owner Joe Tsai gave Irving a punch list of tasks to complete to get reinstated by the club, which he ultimately fulfilled and then returned. For the second straight year, Durant suffered another pre-All-Star break MCL sprain and the locker room, led by Irving, unraveled. 

 Only weeks later, Irving, who was set to become a free agent at season's end, held the Nets feet to the fire to offer him a near max contract extension. The two sides were miles apart, leading Irving to requesting a trade and the Nets obliging, sending him to Dallas for a package centered on Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and picks. 

 With his co-star gone, it wasn't long before Durant revisited his trade request and skipped town like the other two thirds of the superteam. It was a tragic story of misfortune, missteps and a lack of leadership. The front office and ownership deserve their share of the blame for the dysfunction, but the trio stars not only gave up on their teammates and the organization, but the fans and each other.

 Irving, Durant and Harden will remain as not only the biggest What-if in Nets history, but in sports history as well.

Former Net launching 3-on-3 Pro Streetball League

"The Big Ticket" will be going box office in 2024 to show off his true entrepreneurial spirit. 

You heard right, a former Net, Timberwolf and Celtic great will be dipping his toe in the proverbial Pro Streetball League waters.

According to CBS Sports, Kevin Garnett has his sights set on creating a 3-on3 basketball league called, Str33t. It will feature men's, women's and co-ed teams competing over 4-weeks.

Garnett's company, Big Ticket Sports, is forming a partnership with Pro League Network to get the venture off the ground.

Str33t is gearing towards a streaming audience with fast-paced games and will play under FIBA 3-on-3 rules. 

The success of rapper Ice Cube's BIG3 has been well documented and it appears Garnett is looking to throw his hat in the ring and be the hottest ticket in the 3-on-3 circuit.

Str33t is set to get underway in 2024 and will be sure to capture basketball fans' imagination, especially those who have been longing for a viable streetball league to watch.

Even since the grassroots And-1 mixtapes, there's been a growing demand for streaming and televised pro streetball to whet hoopheads appetites for nonstop action on the blacktop and Str33t might just satisfy the craving. 

Nets will hold annual Practice in the Park event on Oct. 14

 Nets fans looking for an up close and personal look at the 2023-24 Brooklyn Nets can look no further than Brooklyn Bridge Park on October 14th.

 The Nets may not have the star-studded rosters of season's past, but Mikal Bridges is well on his way to a first All-Star selection.

Former three -time All-Star Ben Simmons is showing signs of returning to form, while Cam Thomas is one of the most exciting young players in the game. 

Nic Claxton is aiming for the NBA's defensive player of the year award, while Spencer Dinwiddie's veteran leadership and bubbly personality will be sure to amuse fans.

Nets fans looking to get notified about tickets, click on the link at the tweet above for more details!

Simmons laughs off question about his Sixers holdout when compared to Harden's

You can't fault the reporter for trying to get a reaction but Ben Simmons wasn't taking the bait. 

When asked by the media at HSS Training Center about how he spent his 2021 Sixers Media Day, a time during which he was away from the team, Simmons offered the run of the mill, "no comment," followed by a wry smile. 

The question, of course, pertained to James Harden's acrimonious relationship with Philadelphia and specifically general manager Daryl Morey.

Despite Harden claiming that he'd never play for a team where Morey is employed, the point guard has since reported to training camp, with many NBA insiders surmising that he'll make it as uncomfortable as he can for the Sixers.

With Harden trying to force the 76ers hand for a trade, Simmons is trying to get on the court and healthy for his first time since being traded to the Nets. 

While some Nets fans maintain optimism that Simmons will regain his All-Star form, neither Brooklyn nor Philadelphia can be overly pleased with their end of things at this point in time.

Lillard's trade to Milwaukee all but ends Nets, Knicks pipedream of landing Giannis

The chase for Portland superstar Damian Lillard was characterized all offseason as a one team race, but wound up seeing a dark horse team candidate emerge. The seven- time All Star has a new place to call home in Milwaukee.

Trailblazers GM Joe Cronin was issued a trade demand to one destination by Lillard, Miami.

An offseason staring contest between the two clubs front offices saw little to no progress all summer and into the fall. 

 Over the last two weeks, Bucks ownership took heed to Giannis Antetokuonmpo words of warning, when he remained non-committal about signing in Milwaukee long-term unless the team could guarantee they would be contending for titles.


The move for Lillard not only signals that the Bucks are serious about chasing Larry O'Brien trophies, but it also eliminates a lengthy list of possible suitors for their Greek star player services.

Both the Nets and Knicks were among eight to ten teams rumored to be part of a Giannis sweepstakes, should he double down on his win or else demands. 

It appears that Milwaukee has vaulted to the top of the Eastern Conference power rankings and teams like the Nets who are expected to go big star hunting in the off season ahead. Will need to look to other options. 

Irving challenges Barstool's Portnoy to 1-on-1


Dave Portnoy and Kyrie Irving are two entertaining and at times controversial Twitter accounts to follow. So when their worlds collide, you can expect fireworks.

Portnoy, the face of Barstool Sports included Irving in a post and referencing karma, to which Irving took exception.

Portnoy, along with all of Boston have no love lost for Irving, who indicated he was committing to the Celtics long-term, only to renig and sign with the Nets during the summer of 2019.

Irving has stayed out of the person battles-that was up until now. The NBA star issued Portnoy a man to man clash on the hardwood, to which the sports blogger and pizza reviewer obliged. 

Should Irving and Portnoy make this an actual event, it would break all ratings records, and the proceeds should be donated to a charitable cause.

Nets potential trade package for Dame revealed


The Brooklyn Nets are atop Damian Lillard's wish list if he moves from Portland this summer.

While Nets nation has mixed emotions about acquiring the 32-year old, seven-time All-Star, a potential trade package has surfaced.

Shams Charania of The Athletic speculates on the framework for a potential deal between Brooklyn and Portland.

As tempting as going big star hunting this offseason would be for the Nets, the better route for the long-term future is to engage Portland for a trade involving the No. 3 overall pick in a package centered on Mikal Bridges. 

Lillard has called Bridges the best small forward in the game and co-starring alongside him in the Pacific Northwest is a perfect pairing.

Brooklyn already went the route of purging future assets for declining superstars and if Sean Marks is playing the long game, acquiring Scoot Henderson at No. 3 overall is his best option on the table.

Two Ex-Nets aim for superteam reboot with Suns


Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden didn't exactly work out in Brooklyn. So why would two of the three superstars want to reunite in the Valley of the Sun to run things back?

ESPN LA's Romona Shelburne tells fans to keep an eye on Harden possibly making nice with Durant and joining him in Phoenix.

The Suns waived point guard Chris Paul on Wednesday, but left the door ajar for him to re-sign on a team friendly deal.

Although,  it does seems more likely than not that Paul will play elsewhere this upcoming season.

Meanwhile, Harden is reportedly torn between staying in Philadelphia or returning to his old stomping grounds in Houston.

While Durant and Irving continue to lobby for more stars to join their squads in Phoenix and Dallas respectively, Nets fans can sit back and watch the duo's tired act. 

Irving and Durant won't give up their schtick of playing general manager with shortsighted moves that will likely cost their teams in the long-run if they fail to win a title

With new CBA rules in effect, it's makes top loading rosters will bloated contracts financially burdensome and handcuffs GMs from building the rest of the roster will quality pieces. 

Bridges recruiting Celtics free agent to join Nets


Mikal Bridges hasn't been shy about trying to make Brooklyn a free agent destination, especially after the superstar Exodus that took place the last two years. 

The Nets are big game hunting this offseason as they likely plan to build around Bridges and match any offer for restricted free agent Cam Johnson.

Bridges will be turning 27 and entering the prime of his career. Grant Williams fell out of favor in Boston and head coach Joe Mazzulla buried him on the bench in the Eastern Conference Finals series loss to the Miami Heat.

Brooklyn needs at least two pieces to complete with the heavyweights in the east, but adding a selfless role player like Williams is an under the radar move that will help Brooklyn build a deeper rotation come playoff time.

CP3's next stop might not be where you'd expect

 Chris Paul is still chasing that elusive first NBA title and after his future is being discussed on Wednesday, he'll likely be searching for a new home next year. It was initially reported Phoenix informed Paul they are planning to waive him, but recent reports indicate the Suns are exploring all options including: waiving and re-signing as well as trade avenues.

The 38-year-old veteran point guard is in the twilight of his eventual Hall of Fame career's landing spot not might be the place you think. 

That's right, Broooooklyn. Reuniting Paul with ex -Suns teammates Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson makes too much sense. In fact, the trio made an NBA Finals in 2021 and in fact led the Bucks 2-0 before dropping four straight and the series. 

The Nets have been lacking a true point guard send distributor since James Harden quit on the squad.

It's unclear what Paul's contract demands will be and his willingness to play on the east coast, but basketball-wise it's an absolutely no brainer.

If the Nets, who are rumored to be in the Damian Lillard sweepstakes, pull the trigger on that deal, Paul could be a finishing piece for a contending team.