December 12, 2018
Ruth J Morrison

Ruth J Morrison

BROOKLYN NETS POST-GAME COVERAGE AFTER LOSS TO PORTLAND [VIDEO]

The Brooklyn Nets took a hard loss at home in the Barclays Center against the Portland Trailblazers tonight. Team Black and White lost 108-98, leaving them with a 3-7 record at this point in the season.

“I take the blame for this. The guys played hard, we got a little stagnant on the offensive end so this falls on my shoulders. We got off to a good start and in that third quarter we came out a little flat and that falls on me,” Said Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd.

Regarding adjustments Portland may have made in the second half of the game that may have caused the drastic difference in the numbers, Coach Kidd responded, “I don’t know if it’s what Portland did, we had some great looks on offense, we didn’t score, and again, if we don’t score, we got to play the other side and tonight that again that falls on me.”

“Well, he feels it’s his fault, we look in the mirror as players, we feel it’s our fault," responded Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Jason Terry about the outcome of the game. “Everybody’s in this together that what it boils down to, we’ll watch some more film tomorrow. We head back out on the road again and we have to get it done, figure this thing out.”

“I take responsibility, it’s on all of us, me as well,” added Brooklyn Nets point guard Shaun Livingston. “I take the majority of that as well because as a point guard, you got to initiate the offense, make the right play calls to get guys involved and maybe that’s the time where I should look to be more aggressive to get into the paint, drawing fouls, maybe getting some free throws to pick our momentum back up."

“Just me personally, my job is to make shots, I only made two tonight. If I’m looking at myself individually it’s to make shots, however many shots you get, you got to make them” continued Terry.

REGARDING DEFENSE

“We got good looks offensively,” said Coach Kidd. “Again, the one thing I’ve always told the guys some nights the ball is going to go in and some nights, it’s not; but we got to be consistent on the defensive end and to start that third quarter, we weren’t.”

“At the same time defensively, we let them get comfortable. They had about five or six threes there that got them going,” added Jason Terry.

ABOUT HOW TO MOVE FORWARD

“We’re in it, we’re in a struggle right now, but it’s a grind, and we all have to be in it together, that’s the main thing,” said Shaun Livingston.

“We got to get healthy, we got to find a consistency to what we’re doing on both ends of the floor, so until that happens we’re going to continue to struggle. We figured it out that we have to play hard, we know that Jason Terry offered.

We can’t be one foot in and one foot out…., there is still the majority of the season left, it’s the first, what, two or three weeks,” Shaun Livingston added.

“Is this an evolutionary process,” asked Michael Bellamy?

“Oh, yeah, for sure, for sure and you don’t know when that’s going to happen, but when it does, it is going to be special and I believe that,” Jason Terry said emphatically.

“Again, as the coach, we got, we got some work to do,” Coach Kidd reiterated.

 

Reporter on the scene: Michael Bellamy

Videography: Lynndone Payne

After battering and bruising the New York Knicks by 41 points on Sunday, Dec. 8, the Boston Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets 104-96 on Tuesday at the Barclays Center.

In Deron Williams' return to the lineup after missing nine straight games, he scored 24 points. It was the first match-up for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce against their former team as members of the Brooklyn Nets.

It was also the first time Garnett played against the Celtics--the last time was March 4, 2007, when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After the game, Garnett and Pierce both gave credit to Williams who had been out for the majority of the beginning of the season due to a sprained left ankle.

"D-Will set the tone for how we were going to play tonight," Garnett said.

"He's the head of the snake," Pierce said. "I mean he's one of the most important pieces of what we're trying to do here, what we're trying to build and trying to win a championship."

Pierce didn't start, but Williams said he gave the team a 'big boost off the bench.'

Coach Jason Kidd thought so too and has even considered bringing Pierce off the bench going forward.

But Kidd has taken a lot of heat thus far for the Nets' poor record and addressed his job security after fans were calling for his immediate firing.

"That's part of the job, you have to accept it, there are no excuses, you have to try to win," Kidd said when asked about his job. "Whatever any owner decides to do, that's his decision. For us, to have guys ready to play, no matter who it is, injuries or no injuries, you have to have guys ready to play. Patience is something I've always had and I still do and I still believe the process will work itself out. As a whole, we still believe we can win and have a positive season."

Last year, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov fired coach Avery Johnson after 28 games last season. Assistant coach, PJ Carlesimo took over for the remainder of the 2013-2014 Season, but he too was fired after the Nets lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Chicago Bulls.

The Nets will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez underwent successful surgery this morning, January 4, 2014, to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, Nets' General Manager Billy King announced.

The procedure was performed by Dr. James Nunley, Duke University Medical Center's Department Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nets' foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley and team medical director Dr. Riley Williams III. In addition to the fracture repair, a second procedure, a first metatarsal osteotomy, was performed to unload and protect the injured area.

"With this procedure, we both fixed the broken bone (fifth metatarsal) in Brook's right foot and repositioned another bone, so that the sole of his foot will bear weight more evenly than before," said Dr. Williams. "The repositioning portion of the surgery lessens the stress on the fractured bone, and decreases the likelihood of re-injury in the future."

Lopez, who was injured during the December 20th game at Philadelphia, is out for the remainder of the season, but is expected to make a full recovery and will be back on the court for offseason workouts.

At the time of his injury, Lopez was averaging a team-high 20.7 points along with 6.0 rebounds and 1.76 blocks through 17 games played this season.

Following an MRI on Monday, January 6, 2014, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle.

Williams was treated with a cortisone shot in the ankle joint, as well as given platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into the lateral ligaments of the ankle.

In addition, Williams received a PRP injection into his right ankle and a cortisone injection into his right ankle joint to relieve inflammation.

Williams, who will miss Wednesday's game versus Golden State, is currently in a walking boot and will be re-evaluated at the end of the week.

Dez Bryant is still feuding with the Dallas Cowboys; Tom Brady walks out of press conference, and; Brooklyn Nets add Jared Dudley

In this episode of What's The 411Sports, Keisha Wilson and Mike McDonald are talking with former Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns about his upcoming charity golf classic, and about:

Dez Bryant's Twitter feud with Stephen Jones and Sean Lee;
Tom Brady walking out of a press conference because of a question insinuating that his trainer, Alex Guerrero, may have had something to do with Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy;
• the trade of Jared Dudley from the Phoenix Suns to the Brooklyn Nets, and;
• the question of whether Odell Beckham Jr. is capable of leading the New York Giants.

 

Will Kevin Durant find peace if he leaves the Golden State Warriors?

In some corners, Kevin Durant is becoming a laughing stock, and others are just downright concerned about the NBA star.

Durant is the second best player in the league and he doesn’t seem to be comfortable in his own skin or with his personal decisions, as in the decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The NBA MVP has been caught with fake social media accounts to go after people who may mock him. Or, in the case of Clint Capela, Durant felt a need to go after him using a burner account.  All Capela was doing was expressing confidence that his team, the Houston Rockets, could beat the Golden State Warriors, telling ESPN’s Tim McMahon:

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them.

But today, we were ready. I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense -- all the switches, the weak side -- and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them.

We are better than them."

Yes, Durant, the nine-time NBA All-Star, felt a need to hide behind a fake account to respond to Capela.

Seriously!?

Even Dirk Nowitzki has expressed concern about Durant's sensitivity.

Kevin Durant, if you're not the put your name to it kind of guy, then let it go. You really don't have to respond, after all, you are the one with the ring.

WATCH VIDEO CONVERSATION: Keisha Wilson and Mike McDonald Discuss if Carmelo Anthony is a good fit for the Houston Rockets

 

It looks like the Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony are still looking to get hitched once Melo is through the waiver process. Another sign that the marriage may still happen is that reportedly, the Rockets are also looking to sign a defensive player or two before training camp.

However, everyone is not thrilled that Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, may sign with the Rockets. Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports thinks the Rockets should steer clear of Melo.

Rashad Jennings Says Odell Beckham Jr. is Capable of Leading Giants

Rashad Jennings talking with media photo credit unknownRashad Jennings, former New York Giants running back. Photo by Bill Kostroun

During a conversation on an episode of Fox Sports’ Speak for Yourself, Rashad Jennings, a former running back with the New York Giants said that Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. could “absolutely” be a leader.

What’s The 411Sports hosts Keisha Wilson and Mike McDonald took up the question and the responses were mixed.

 

WATCH: Keisha Wilson and Mike McDonald Discuss Odell Beckham Jr.’s perceived leadership capabilities

WATCH: Rashad Jennings: Odell Beckham Jr is ‘absolutely’ capable of leading the Giants

 

Jared Dudley infers that a team of professionals with the right focus and drive could potentially overcome odds

The Brooklyn Nets acquired Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round draft pick from the Phoenix Suns for Darrell Arthur on July 20, 2018.

Signed for a veteran’s presence in the locker room and elsewhere, Dudley, wasted no time sounding like an elder statesman when he spoke to the media on Wednesday.

Dudley recounted a story when he first landed in Milwaukee. It was Jason Kidd’s first year as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd walked into the locker room, looked at a room filled with young players and told them, “If you don’t think we’re making the playoffs in this conference, let me know.” The Bucks made it into the NBA playoffs that season, going from a 15-win team to a .500 club.

The Nets won 28 games last season, another 13 games would make them a .500 NBA team. Let’s hope that with the players that Nets GM Sean Marks is assembling, this upcoming season Brooklyn could go beyond just 41 games in the win column.

 

video added August 4, 2018

 

A reporter’s question causes Tom Brady to walk out of New England Patriots' press conference

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a history of walking out on meetings with the press when questions become uncomfortable.

Back in 2016, weeks before the US presidential election, Brady abruptly ended a press conference when a reporter asked him a question about Donald Trump’s vulgar conversation about women with Billy Bush now known as the infamous Access Hollywood tape.

Shortly after the public became aware of the tape, a reporter at a press conference in Cincinnati asked, “Tom, you have kids of your own. How would you respond if your kids heard Donald Trump's version of locker room talk?”

The Patriots quarterback, who is friends with Donald Trump, responded with, “Thank you, guys. Have a good day.” He smiled and walked off.

On Saturday (July 28, 2018), another uncomfortable question arose at Patriots camp when a reporter’s question suggesting Patriots WR Julian Edelman's suspension may be related to Brady’s health coach Alex Guerrero.

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe asked Brady, “When Julian [Edelman] tested positive, a lot of people connected it to Alex Guerrero. What’s your reaction to that? Do you think it’s fair?”

And, true to form, Brady did it again.

“I have no comments, just ridiculous. I’m out,” Tom Brady said before walking away.

Julian Edelman was suspended for four regular-season games for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

Brady, who is known to eat a mainly plant-based diet prescribed by Guerrero, will turn 41 on Friday and will be entering his 19th season in the NFL.

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