Media Day is now two weeks away … September 26. Training camp opens the following day. In the meantime, gamers are gathering at HSS Training Center and if the Nets social media is any information, the one participant who’s not but checked in is Kevin Durant.
On Friday, Kyrie Irving was pictured on the Nets social media in entrance of the good window at 168 thirty ninth Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn…
That leaves solely the arrival of Kevin Durant. KD has not been on the facility, from what we have seen on Nets social media, since earlier than he made his commerce request on June 30. Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, nevertheless, stated Saturday afternoon that certainly the Slim Reaper has certainly been in
On Saturday, KD took within the Texas-Alabama soccer sport in Austin. The eyes of Texas have been upon him…
Texas misplaced, 20-19. KD additionally provided encouragement to the Longhorn basketball staff…
No one appears involved that he’ll be the final participant available … if that’s certainly the case. There’s no set deadline that gamers should be within the constructing apart from for Media Day and the beginning of camp. Players normally collect at coaching services after Labor Day.
Meanwhile, everybody appears to be working laborious, once more per Nets social media…
The full roster nonetheless hasn’t been set. David Duke Jr.’s standing stays unsure though he is been grinding away at HSS. There are nonetheless two Exhibit 10s unfilled and a two-approach if Duke. will get an ordinary deal. And we might not hear about these ultimate slots till simply earlier than camp opens. That’s occurred in previous years. And there can at all times be a commerce.
All that stated, nevertheless, we will now begin to make comparisons between this yr’s roster and final yr’s.
- The Nets are youthful. Patty Mills, already 34, and Durant, who turns 34 on the third day of camp, are the staff’s oldest gamers. Last yr, there have been two 37-yr-olds on the roster in LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap. Markieff Morris, at 33, replaces Blake Griffin, additionally 33. The remainder of the roster additions are 20-somethings: TJ Warren is 29 as is Royce O’Neale. Ben Simmons, Edmund Sumner and Yuta Watanabe are all 26 and Alondes Williams 23.
- The Nets are taller, larger. No longer will the Nets be at an obstacle peak-clever as they have been vs. the Celtics final yr. Ben Simmons is 6’11”, the tallest level guard ever within the NBA (if that is the place he performs.) Markieff Morris and Yuta Watanabe are 6’9”, TJ Warren is 6’8” and each Royce O’Neale and Edmond Sumner is 6’6” and Sumner can play the purpose. Having some extent guard rotation with 6’11” Simmons and 6’6″ Sumner together with 6’2″ Kyrie Irving and even 6’5″ Alondes Williams is an enormous benefit.
- The Nets have slimmed down (Day’Ron Sharpe) and/or bulked up (Cam Thomas, Nic Claxton and Ben Simmons) within the off-season.
- The Nets are pretty much as good because it will get from deep. They at present have six gamers within the prime 50 of lively 3-level shooters by share within the league together with the primary (Seth Curry), second (Joe Harris) in addition to the twenty fourth (Kyrie Irving), thirty second (Patty Mills), forty third (Kevin Durant) and fiftieth (Royce O’Neale) within the NBA, common season. In the playoffs, Curry additionally ranks first with Irving at No. 9. Edmond Sumner would not make the profession record however in 2020-21, he hit 39.8 % from deep. And they’ve a man who has assisted on almost 1,000 3-pointers in his profession, Ben Simmons.
- The Nets are higher defensively. Nic Claxton is stronger and newcomers Ben Simmons, Royce O’Neale, Edmond Sumner are all plus defenders, with Simmons having been among the many NBA’s finest defenders previous to final season’s holdout and again surgical procedure. He was chosen first staff All-Defense in 2020 and 2021, ending second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2021. Even Yuta Watanabe can defend with a capability to change 1 by way of 5.
There are considerations about well being, in fact. Ben Simmons is coming off again surgical procedure on May 4, Seth Curry arthroscopic ankle surgical procedure on May 9. Joe Harris had ankle surgical procedures on November 29, then once more on March 21. TJ Warren underwent foot surgical procedure on January 5, 2021 and Edmond Sumner achilles surgical procedure on September 14, 2021. Markieff Morris did not want surgical procedure for his Nikola Jokic-induced whiplash however missed 4 months anyway. All are at HSS and presupposed to be prepared for camp. The Nets haven’t stated who’s going 5-on-5 and who’s not (though Sumner has hinted he is there.)
Then, there’s management. Who’s the Nets chief within the locker room and on the court docket? There’s been a whole lot of concern about whether or not KD is as much as the problem. And if not him, who? As Kendrick Perkins stated on ESPN this week, “Who goes to be the chief? Ben Simmons wants steering, Kyrie Irving wants steering, hell Kevin Durant wants steering at this cut-off date.”
He’s not unsuitable.
What’s this mid-season event all about?
Shams Charania tweeted Friday, then wrote Saturday in regards to the NBA’s plans for an in-season event that might start as early because the 2023-24 season. Here’s the fundamentals from his tweet…
(*19*)Current framework of NBA In Season Tournament as quickly as 2023-24, per sources:
– Cup video games by way of November
– 8 groups advance to single-elimination Final in December; different 22 proceed with common season
– All video games a part of regular 82-sport schedule; one additional for 2 Final groups
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 9, 2022
It’s no exaggeration to say that is the largest change for the NBA in like, ever. Both the G League and WNBA have had comparable tournaments the previous few years and the gamers union appears to be on board. So anticipate it to occur.
Here’s some extra particulars from The Athletic Saturday:
The event video games would run by way of November, and eight groups would advance to a single-elimination spherical in December. The different 22 groups within the league would proceed with common-season play.
All of the video games could be a part of the conventional 82-sport schedule with one additional sport for the 2 ultimate groups.
The gamers union likes the thought due to one other side of the plan — prize cash, doubtlessly $1 million per participant!
Of course, this may be the second large change for the NBA in three years, the play-in event being the primary. Traditionalists will doubtless object to the in-season event, as they did to the play-in event however the play-in has been very profitable. That plus the success of the G League and WNBA variants little question is giving the NBA confidence to make such a change. Moreover, the league is crusing alongside. Last yr, its worldwide income topped $10 billion for the primary time, coming inside $1 billion of the NFL. (So a lot for “go woke, go broke!”) At this level, it seems the NBA can do no unsuitable.
As a part of that monetary success, Shams additionally reported Friday that the wage cap — and a whole lot of different issues, like the luxurious tax threshold and the dimensions of the mid-stage exceptions — goes up once more.
(*19*)The NBA has knowledgeable groups that the 2023-24 wage cap is at present projected to be $134 million ($10.4M greater than this season), with a $162M tax stage, per sources. Both are $1M greater than earlier projections.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 9, 2022
That ought to save Joe Tsai a little bit cash in luxurious taxes. He paid $97.7 million in July and as of now, he’ll pay $99.3 million subsequent July, per Yossi Gozlan. That quantity will change because the roster does. Luxury taxes are decided by every staff’s payroll on the final day of the common season, which this yr is April 9.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Barclays Center
There can be a brand new factor on the Barclays Center court docket, the sector’s tenth anniversary emblem, as Mike King tweeted this week…
We’re nonetheless ready on what else the staff will do to commemorate the anniversary. There’s just one NBA participant left from that 2012-13 staff, Brook Lopez who’s nonetheless enjoying in Milwaukee, having received a hoop two years in the past with the Bucks. Last season, one other member of that staff, Joe Johnson, made a cameo look with the Celtics. Two different gamers are enjoying professionally abroad: Toko Shengelia, who performs in Italy, and MarShon Brooks, who’s in China. Both are actually of their 30’s.
Johnson does appear to be he may give it a go, primarily based on this tweet from final week…
no 15 for KD … with a twist
Kevin Durant launched his fifteenth signature sneaker with Nike this week. nevertheless it was with a inventive twist, a “producer pack,” a multimedia association…
The sneakers retail for $150.
On a associated observe, anticipate the Nets, already close to the highest of jersey gross sales worldwide, to promote extra in Japan. In 2021, the Nets have been the second hottest staff in gross sales throughout the empire however surprisingly, none of its stars made the highest 10. This yr, that is more likely to change. Yuta Watanabe’s Raptor jersey was the most effective vendor in Japan final season. As lengthy as he makes Brooklyn’s roster, that success ought to proceed however with a Nets No. 18. (It ought to be famous that neither Watanabe nor the Nets will see a windfall. NBA groups share the income from worldwide jersey gross sales 30 methods.)
The actual problem with the NBA 2K rankings
For the second yr in a row, Kevin Durant has complained about his NBA 2K ranking. He thinks he ought to be at 99 reasonably than the 96 quantity he is been assigned within the final two variations of the sport. We do not know simply how upset KD is. He may simply be goofing. You by no means know.
Putting the KD debate apart, the massive head-scratcher among the many Nets is Patty Mills. Mills who had profession-excessive numbers final season, together with a close to Nets file 227 threes. He additionally performed in 81 video games, however nonetheless dropped from a 77 to a 72. It wasn’t simply followers who have been upset. Josh Giddey, a fellow Aussie and Thunder level guard, took problem with the quantity.
“I needed to triple-examine and ensure I used to be studying that accurately,” Giddey stated after he talked in regards to the annual launch of the brand new 2K sport. “That’s 72 was a bit bizarre to me.”
Peter Hooley, an Australian basketball author agreed…
Indeed as Clutch Points famous in its story, a 72 is “bench hotter” territory and Mills had an excellent season.
Meanwhile, together with his former teammate Manu Ginobili being enshrined within the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, Mills bought some Hall consideration himself earlier within the week. A San Antonio TV station requested followers about whether or not Mills deserves a spot in Springfield. As KENS5 Jeff Garcia famous, it is the Basketball Hall of Fame not the NBA Hall of Fame and Mills exploits on the worldwide stage would possibly get him some votes.
Mills owns a bronze Olympic medal in 2020, 4 gold medals on the FIBA Oceania Championship (2007, 2011, 2013, 2015), turned the third Indigenous basketball participant to play for Australia, and on the 2012 Olympics, he had the very best scoring common with 21.2 factors per sport. That was higher than Team USA’s Kevin Durant with 19.5 factors per sport.
He was even named to the Tokyo 2020 All Star Five for the boys’s Olympics basketball event.
Add in what he has achieved for Indigenous basketball gamers in Australia by creating the primary Indigenous basketball league and he might need a case that may very well be debated.
And debate we’ll.
Meanwhile, Mills continues his “Unearthed” tour Down Under, combining basketball camps with talking engagements on the necessity for indigenous peoples to have a constitutionally assured “voice” in Australian political life…
Mills can be again in Brooklyn for camp. He had been coaching at HSS earlier than departing for Australia.
Congratulations once more to Pooch and if he hasn’t framed this, we can be sorely upset.
It’s at all times good when the boss welcomes and acknowledges the brand new worker.