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New Jersey Nets Preseason Report 2014 posted by Nets Fan

New Jersey Nets has experienced several ups and downs in 2013-14 season. Starting slowly, the team managed a dismal 9-21, but there was a turnaround when Joe Johnson dominated over Oklahoma City. The team went to finish in the East at sixth seed. The Nets knocked out Toronto Raptors in first round's seventh game, and then were defeated by Miami Heat in the second round with only five games.   

In free agency, New Jersey Nets lost two main pieces. Paul Pierce left for the capital, and Shaun Livingston joined the Golden State Warriors. The team made acquisitions of young players, and their star addition was Bojan Bogdanovic, who was highly touted as the team's Euro stash. In a three team deal, New Jersey Nets had to give up Marcus Thornton, for Sergey Karasev and Jarrett Jack.

The Nets have kept changing their coach, and since 2012-13 season they have had their fourth coach. Lionel Hollins was brought in to replace Kidd, who joined Milwaukee. Hollins is known to focus on defense mainly. He has been an effective coach and was able to get Memphis Grizzlies to the finals of the Western Conference two seasons ago.

The acquisitions made by New Jersey Nets are not outstanding, especially when you consider the experience level of these players. Even if Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez somehow bounce back and perform better, the Net will again finish with being sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Experts predict 44-36 for the Nets, provided all the players are healthy and are giving their top performance. Deron Williams might get back to point guard position in the top seven, provided his ankle is fine. Expectations are running high for this player, who has yet to earn his contract amount. Lionel Hollins is expected to help Brook Lopez, just as he helped Zach Randolph and Gasol in Memphis.

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UEFA: Ukraine does not have any problematic objects posted by UkraineEURO2012

Over three hundred days before the start of Euro 2012 and Ukraine nas no building objects problems.

This was stated by the leaders of UEFA, Michel Platini, Gianni Infantino, according to Channel 5.

Olympic Stadium Renovation completed at 90%. Work in the Lvov stadium scheduled for completion in October. At the same time open and complex in Kiev.

Sports arenas in Kharkiv and Donetsk for two years as ready to receive visitors.

Also before the end of the year and expand the country's air gates - the airport "Borispol". The new terminal is to increase passenger numbers by half - to 12 million people a year.Continue reading "UEFA: Ukraine does not have any problematic ..."

Todd F. Dixon

Free Agency: Who the Redskins should and shouldn't sign posted by Todd F. Dixon

Okay, now comes our only "successful" part of the season as history has gone.  The Redskins always make a big splash in free agency and usually strikeout.  There have been a couple years when they took the year off and didn't do a whole lot (last year) but they are poised to make some big moves this year according to most credible sources.  As usual they are linked to many big-name free agents and will spend a lot of money unless they listen to me!

Nnamdi Asomugha - The Raiders free agent corner has been linked to so many teams and is widely regarded as the best free agent on the market.  He will be comanding 16-18 million a year and on the wrong side of 30 is a big thumbs down for me.  He is not a big turnover machine and is only good on one side.  He would not be good with our scheme nor opposite DHall.  We could get a few players for that price that would contribute and I want us to STAY AWAY!!

Santonio Holmes - He is a mold of Santana Moss and yes he is younger and a little more dynamic but he will command high dollars and is a locker room bane.  He also has off-the-field issues and would be a wasted of money.  The Skins have said he is their "Top" priority but they should just bid up and let him go back to the Nets, errr Jets.

Braylon Edwards - The other Jets free agent WR has also been linked to the Skins.  He also has problems off the field and has a history of not hanging on to the ball.  We do not need him at all, and it would be another waste of money.

Randy Moss, Ochocinco, and T.O. - Um.......hell no!  Fast fact: Vinny Cerrato actually offered 2 first round picks for Chad Ocho, so glad he is not with us anymore.

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Ukrainian team will prepare for the Euro 2012 abroad posted by UkraineEURO2012

On the eve of starting the finals of Euro 2012 Ukraine national football team will hold a short training camp in Austria or Germany.
As part of this planned series of friendly matches, in particular, meeting in Vienna against Austria on 1 June.

This was told by the vice-president of the Football Federation of Ukraine Vladimir Lashkul. According to him, this is due to the requirements of UEFA, according to which national teams can not hold friendly matches in the host country for three months before the start of the tournament and a month after his graduation.

Recall that the coming friendlies team will play Ukraine on June 1 against a team of Uzbekistan in Kiev at the Dynamo stadium name Lobanovsky and June 6 against the French in Donetsk Donbass-Arena.Continue reading "Ukrainian team will prepare for the ..."

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Big Daddy Rides Brees’ Avalanche to the Bottom posted by Les Leonard

     What emotion described your mood after Sunday’s Superdome debacle? Did you feel disappointed, humiliated, angry, or betrayed? Big Daddy felt so humiliated by the Saints half-hearted effort. Only Brett Farve understood Saints fans embarrassment after his wood-stroking photos surfaced on the internet. Several of Big Daddy’s co-workers revisited the Madden Curse theory, citing Drew Brees’ God-awful performance in which 2 of his 4 interceptions resulted in pick-sixes. Others wondered if Cleveland Head Coach Eric Mangini instructed former Saints Scott Fujita and Mike Bell (two integral pieces to last year’s Super Bowl Championship team) to hire a Voodoo priestess to cast an Early Halloween spell on Drew. One thing is certain, the Browns’ coach unleashed his bag of tricks on the Crescent City, soundly out coaching Sean Payton all afternoon. Saints fans can only pray that the Black ’n’ Gold will collect tons of treats come Halloween night when Pittsburgh comes to town. In this edition of the Section 645 Saints Beat, Big Daddy tailgates in Champions Square, reports live from Section 645, recaps the Cleveland game, watches the New Orleans Hornets season opener, attends legendary Martinque chef Nat Carrier’s Birthday Bash, and releases his World Famous Pregame Information.

     Saints fans had Champions Square jam packed by 10 am. Some listened to the pregame concert, while others watched CBS’s coverage of the NFL Today on the big screen. No matter which option the Who Dat Army soldiers choose, they all munched down funnel cakes, hot dogs, and pretzels, watching down their tailgating eats with semi-cold $5.00 draught beers prior to entering the Superdome, where buying drinks smarts worse than a nun’s 3-sided ruler in parochial school. Once Big Daddy’s posse temporarily quenched their thirst, our group huddled around WWL’s Saints radio broadcast outside Gate C to catch some of Bobby Hebert’s, Deke Bellavia’s, and Mike Detillier’s pregame thoughts before ascending to hallowed Section 645 grounds near the summit of the Big Easy’s coolest man made mountain.

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Chicago's Rain Man Picks Purdue To Win The National Championsip posted by Colin Linneweber

An autistic teenager from Chicago has incredibly assembled a flawless NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket as the Sweet 16 is set to commence tonight.  

Despite the myriad of shocking upsets, Alex Hermann has somehow selected all 48 games correctly. 

The website reported that the betting chances of having an unblemished bracket entering the Sweet 16 are one in 13,460,000. 

“It’s amazing,” Hermann, 17, told Chicago’s NBC affiliate. 

Hermann managed to comprise his perfect bracket by studying numbers to find an ideal combination. 

However, Hermann veered from his strategy when he selected the Purdue Boilermakers as the eventual winners of the national championship. 

Hermann predicted that the Boilermakers will ultimately take scissors to the nets in Indianapolis because his older brother, Andrew, attends Purdue. 

The fourth-seeded Boilermakers next game is scheduled for Friday night against the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils.  

The Autism Society defines autism as “a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and skills.” 

Hermann’s story is the most intriguing one regarding autism since the Oscar-winning movie Rain Main premiered in March 1989. 

If Purdue does capture the title, Alex Hermann’s account will be this year’s

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Andy Charles

Collinson gets his big chance posted by Andy Charles

That collective sigh you heard was the one coming from New Orleans Hornets fans when they learned that All-Star point guard Chris Paul would be missing for maybe as long as two months in the wake of knee surgery.

Paul needs arthroscopic surgery for a cartilage tear in his left knee, an injury suffered in freak fashion seconds from the end of the loss to the Chicago Bulls last week when he collided with a photographer on the baseline as he went to retrieve an errant shot.

Results of a scan showed that Paul had a partial tear of his meniscus, an injury that really cannot be played through and could develop into something serious if left untreated for a long spell of time.

But maybe, just maybe, Paul’s absence will not be felt as badly as some NBA Predictions first thought, based on the performance of his replacement Darren Collinson in the 109-102 overtime win over a decent Memphis outfit on Saturday night.

Collinson played all but a few minutes of regulation and ended the game with 17 points and a superb Paul-esque 18 assists, working well in tandem with fellow rookie Marcus Thornton in the backcourt.

But is playing two rookie guards, with very little depth to come off the bench, what the Hornets need in the middle of a fierce playoff race that sees eight teams covered by only three-and-a-half games (as of Monday).

Sure the Hornets have plenty of experience further up the court in David West, Emeka Okafor and Peja Stojakovic, but another injury among their current starting five would put them in deep trouble with most NBA Bets and there isn’t really much coming off the bench that could be traded for an established veteran to help out.

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Les Leonard

Big Daddy Feels Turbulence on Cloud 9 posted by Les Leonard

     New Orleanians began their work week all smiles again Monday morning courtesy of the Saints’ record-setting 9-0 start. Even though our wallets were decimated for the ninth straight game, Saints fans ain’t complainin’. As the Saints aim to complete their second of three triumphant visits to the Sunshine State Sunday, Big Daddy mentally prepares to go where Who Dat has gone before. In this week’s edition of the Section 645 Saints Beat, Big Daddy congratulates former U.S. Representative from Louisiana’s 2nd District William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, reports the action live from the Kingpin, recaps the Tampa Bay game, examines recent Saints scares, forecasts the New Orleans Hornets season, and releases his World Famous Pregame Information.

     Who wasn’t relieved when U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III made his wise decision? Wednesday Ellis ruled that William Jefferson will remain free while he appeals his 11 count federal conviction. Obviously, Dollar Bill isn’t a flight risk because he’s such a devoted God-fearing family man. Bill’s ability to spend priceless family time during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Mardi Gras, and the Saints first Super Bowl with his wife and kids has to be the feel-good story of the year. Do you think Lifetime will make a syrupy holiday special depicting the Jefferson’s tight-knit family? Perhaps the made-for-TV gem would teach struggling Americans how to afford Ivy League educations for their offspring like the Jeffersons did with their five amazing children. Since locals love “making groceries,” the movie could show people where to find those special frozen pie crusts that chemically react when ordinary freezers transform them into extraordinary devices that produce cold hard cash.

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Andy Charles

posted by Andy Charles

Allen Iverson’s sometime glittering career in the NBA could just be over after he left the Memphis Grizzlies early into his tenure with the franchise.

Although Iverson was given permission ‘to leave to attend to personal business’ late last week, his time in Memphis had already started to become a sideshow with more talk about him being asked to come off the bench than anything else.

Iverson had only played three times for the Grizzlies before leaving ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Los Angeles Clippers, and had not played badly in averaging 12.3 points and 3.7 assists despite his displeasure at not being in the starting line-up as Memphis preferred to start Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo in the backcourt.

The 34-year-old also complained at a lack of communication with coach Lionel Hollins, as he revealed: “It’s probably going to always be hard for me and him to see eye-to-eye, because we’ve never even talked to each other. Obviously that’s what you do if you’re trying to accomplish the same goal.”

Hollins was non-committal about Iverson returning to the team, issuing a ‘no comment’ and admitting he had no idea if he would be back in the short or even the long-term.

Memphis had been anticipated as one of the league’s improvers this season but have started the campaign just as in most recent years with their 1-6 record the joint worst in the Western Conference and better than only the injury-hit New Jersey Nets overall.

But it is Iverson’s future dominating the sports pages, with retirement the latest word to rear its ugly head despite comments from owner Michael Heisley that Iverson had not intimated to him that he was thinking about calling it a day.

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Scott Shepherd

First Impressions posted by Scott Shepherd

The NBA season is officially underway (unless you live in Chicago or Milwaukee).


After several hours parked in front of the NBA League Pass for the past two days, it’s time for some first impressions.


The Good


Ty Lawson


How good was he last night? I predicted the Denver Nuggets to be the third best team in the West this season, and that was assuming that Ty Lawson would play like a rookie point guard.

But his 17 points, six assists, and four rebounds, plus very solid fourth quarter minutes in a close game against a decent Utah team, shows that he may be a real X factor for this team moving forward.


Brook Lopez


Lopez was a monster last night, finishing with 27 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks, and four assists. Of course, the Nets lost, mainly because they couldn’t hold off the mighty T’Wolves down the stretch, but it certainly wasn’t because of Lopez.


Los Angeles Lakers


I know they were playing the Clippers, but the champs didn’t miss a beat. This could have been the most lopsided seven-point game I’ve ever seen.


If it hadn’t been for the extended period in the second quarter where D.J. Mbenga tried to show his limitless range the Clippers would have lost by 20.


The Lakers starters (minus their second best player, Pau Gasol), were nothing short of dominant all game. They just toyed with the Clippers for most of the game, and clamped down where it mattered most.


Boston Celtics


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Richard Jefferson says he's retiring after Cavaliers win NBA title (Ball Don't Lie)

After helping propel the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA title , and earning the first championship of his own 15-year career, veteran forward Richard Jefferson announced —in the winning locker room, mid-champagne showers and all —that he's decided to retire from the NBA. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] WTF Richard Jefferson JUST ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT on Snapchat ? 😂😭😭 —Alysha Tsuji (@AlyshaTsuji) June 20, 2016 Richard Jefferson says he's retiring. "Hell of a way to go out." —Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) June 20, 2016 Jefferson retirement announcement came out of the blue during interview while he was drinking Moët. I confirmed "for real, you're done?" —Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) June 20, 2016 A very, very, happy Richard Jefferson just told me in Cavs room he's retiring. "I'm done. I'm done." And then -- "I need a cigar" —Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) June 20, 2016 Jefferson elaborated a bit —with a brief tongue-in-cheek tangent about a potential future as an erotic essayist —in a locker-room interview with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton: Richard Jefferson announces his retirement to @FSOAllieOop on @cavs Live postgame STREAM: —FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 20, 2016 Jefferson, who turns 36 on Tuesday, will hang 'em up after playing a larger role than many expected in these NBA Finals, averaging 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 24 minutes per game. He gave Cleveland a spark when stepping in for a concussion-sidelined Kevin Love in a Game 3 start, and acted as a key role-playing cog in the Cavalier small-ball lineup —Tristan Thompson at center, LeBron James at power forward, Jefferson at the three alongside J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving in the backcourt —that dominated the Golden State Warriors, outscoring them by 36 points in 66 total minutes to tilt the series. "I knew I only could control what I could control," Jefferson said when asked during an NBA TV interview how he approached his role when getting tapped to take Love's place. "I'm not a guy that they're going to call plays for, I'm not a guy that they're going to run anything for. So I was just like, 'Richard, just rebound the ball like crazy. Rebound the ball, run the floor, play defense, get on the floor for any loose ball.' [...] That's what I can control, and then try to get shots and try to do some extra things." There was a time when such a circumscribed role would've been out of place for Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 prototype small forward out of Arizona drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 13th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft and flipped to the New Jersey Nets on draft night. As a rookie, he was a key reserve on the Jason Kidd-led Nets squad that won the Eastern Conference before getting swept out of the Finals by the dominant Shaq-and-Kobe Los Angeles Lakers. By Year 2, he was in the starting lineup for a team that took an excellent Tim Duncan-fronted San Antonio Spurs to six games; by Year 3, he was Kidd's primary finisher, leading the Nets in scoring while showing advancing chops as a rebounder and playmaker. Those Nets teams never got over the top, though, and after seven good-to-very-good years, the Nets shipped Jefferson to the Milwaukee Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons. That trade began Jefferson's move from near-star to the ranks of NBA journeymen; he'd be traded three more times in the next four years, suiting up for the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors and the Utah Jazz. Despite Jefferson continuing to perform, produce and bring professionalism to the teams he played for, he kept finding himself on the move, often owing less to his own abilities than to front offices' desire to shed his high price tag. (He signed a $78 million deal with the Nets in 2004, and a four-year deal worth nearly $39 million to stay with the Spurs in 2010.) After coming up short of a title in his early years, and spending most of his prime being shipped around the league, Jefferson decided he was going to spend the latter stage of his career doing what felt right to him: taking whatever chances he had to pursue a championship : "I want to play for a championship team. I want to win a championship. I've come that close. People think just the NBA, but I'll take it back a little further for you. I lost in the [NCAA] national championship game. Then I went to the Olympics and lost to a quality Argentina team and won a bronze medal. Then I lost in two NBA finals. I want to win." [...] "If I get an opportunity to play for a championship team, I'm going to go hunting for that. I have no loyalty. I'm not one of those guys that played for the same team for 15 years like a Reggie Miller who has to decide whether or not he's going to do that. No. I'm a gun for hire." After a respectable season as a starting swingman for the early-stage-rebuild 2013-14 Jazz, Jefferson inked a one-year deal to link up with the Dallas Mavericks, thinking that playing for Rick Carlisle alongside Dirk Nowitzki might get him back into the postseason and potentially in the mix for a ring. His late-career reorientation into a corner-3-shooting, defense-first wing helped him carve out a significant role on a Mavs club that won 50 games, but bowed out in the opening round of the postseason to James Harden's Houston Rockets. Jefferson had agreed to a deal to return to Dallas, but backed off on it —reportedly with Mark Cuban's blessing —after lining up a gig with LeBron's Cavs. Hooking up with the King worked out better than he could have dreamed. "I owe my entire basketball career to him," Jefferson told reporters after Cleveland's Game 7 win on Sunday. "I’ll give you a little walk down right now. I lost the national championship game to Duke, then I lost two straight NBA Finals, then my third year we lost to [the] Detroit [Pistons] after being up 3-2 and they won the championship, then I lost to [the] Miami [Heat] and they won the championship, then to top it off I went to the Olympics and we were the worst team of all time. My whole career has been so, so close. Then I had a stretch of six to seven years where you become a little bit of a journeyman. "To be able to get on a team and walk in with a guy that says he’s going to be able to carry you and bring me here, I owe everything, every shot, every play, everything I’ve ever done to that man." Jefferson will walk away having played more than 36,000 combined regular- and postseason NBA minutes, with career regular-season averages of 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.1 minutes per game. He proved during the playoffs, and especially during these Finals, that he's still got enough left in the tank to help a contender in limited minutes ... but man, as exit opportunities go, how do you beat this? "My teammates keep trying to talk me out of it," he said during his NBA TV interview. "And I'm just like, 'Guys, this has been the most stressful month of my life, I don't know.'" We don't know about all that —judging by the man's Snapchat , it seems like RJ's enjoyed himself quite a bit throughout the Cavs' run to the championship —but after doing everything he could to put himself in the best position possible to win the title that had eluded him throughout his career, and finally succeeding, no one can blame Jefferson, who has already clocked an estimated $110 million in career NBA earnings, for decided to go out on top. "Over the course of my career, I've made tons of mistakes," he said during his NBA TV interview. "I think we all look back on our careers and you're like, 'I should have handled this situation differently, I should have approached this one differently.' But the last three, four years, I've just locked in. Like, hey, I don't know how much more I have, so I'm going to make sure I'm in the best shape I [can be], and you know, whatever happens, whether they play me or not, I'm going to show up to the gym and work. "But this is all held together with duct tape and Super Glue," he added with a smile. "And when this is all done, it's done." More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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