Nets GM says team built to beat Heat; related: Nets lose to Heat by 30


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In an in-depth piece from Howard Beck of the New York Times, Nets GM Billy King says that the idea behind the roster’s construction, specifically bringing back Gerald Wallace at $10 million a year, was to compete with one team in particular. 

“My thought was looking at Miami, because they were the team,” said Billy King, the Nets’ general manager, who added, “I had to build a team that I thought could compete.”

The strategy was to win the battle at a given position, if possible, or to “at least neutralize the battle,” in King’s words, at the spots where Miami had a clear advantage i.e. James.

Wallace gives the Nets a shred of hope, not only against the Heat, but against the Knicks Anthony, the Boston Celtics Pierce and the Indiana Pacers Danny Granger.

“You’re not going to stop those guys,” King said. “You just got to try to take things away from them and force them to do things they’re not comfortable doing.”

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This seems to be yet another indication of the Nets reaching a bit higher than what they can expect. Wallace is a good defender and a great stat stuffer. Joe Johnson is a good counter to Dwyane Wade. Brook Lopez is kind of a poor man’s Chris Bosh, and the Nets have Deron Williams who of course is vastly superior to Mario Chalmers. 

So you can kind of see the comparison, kind of se.Son has successfully stood in for Harry Kane in the past, but Mourinho seems less at ease with with the concept than his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino ever was.Kane is out until April as he prepares for hamstring surgery.Asked why Son couldn’t deee what King was aiming for when they spent $81 million on this roster just for this season. You can kind of see how he might think they’re a good matchup with Miami. 

In related news, the Heat beat the Wallace-less Nets 103-73, that’s thirty points if you’re not great at math, on Wednesday night. Miami’s balance was on display, using the perimeter and their shooters to torch what is turning out to be an even-worse-than-expected defense. But more concerning for the Nets, they handed in just a mark of 78 pointBielsa as he seeks more games on loan at Leeds.Nketiah has five goals in three European Championship qualifiers after Tuesday’s treble against Austria.He has yet to start a Championship game for Leeds so far this season and is itching to prove his wos per 100 possessions, a dreadful offensive efficiency. 

So, the team they were designed to compete against, in their first meeting, absolutely boat-raced them. Now, it’s just one game, in early November, without Gerald Wallace, maybe their third best player. Things could change. But it’s not just that. 

It’s that the Nets need to make the second round, maybe the conference finals this year, and to do so they will have to face other teams. How many times have we seen teams go all out to adjust their roster and compete with one team, only for the Arsenal vacancy.”I have a contract here until 2022. Thus far, I know managers are losing their jobs, the club have not indicated to me that they are going to sack me. I am very happy so would have no need to look elsewhere.”Why would I want to get ran over by a different set of matchups?

The Nets are still coming together. But they seem to be trying to spend and hype their way into legitimate contenders. And there’s a bigger game they should be playing.


2012 NBA Draft Lottery odds and draft order


(Getty Images) The NBA Draft Lottery will be held Wednesday afternoon with the results revealed at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the odds for each of the lottery teams and the rest of the draft order. We’ll have complete analysis following the lottery Wednesday night. Lottery/Draft selectionTeamOdds (percent chance at top pick)No. 1Charlotte Bobcats25%No. 2Washington Wiirector Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed the club’s interest in Toby Alderweireld. The Tottenham defender can be signed for £25m before the release clause expires on July 26.Asked about Baldini’s recent trip to London and Alderweireld’s buy-out clauszards19.9%No. 3Cleveland Cavaliers13.8%No. 4New Orleans Hornets13.7%No. 5Sacramento Kings7.6%No. 6Brooklyn Nets or Portland Trail Blazers (top 3 protected for Nets)7.5%No. 7Golden State Warriors or Utah Jazzuique Setien has risked the wrath of Gerard Pique by having the squad train in the RAIN yesterday.Setien has promised to take the squad he’s inherited back to basics and this includes having his multi-millionaire players train in cold weather.AS repo (top 7 protected for Warriors)3.6%No. 8Toronto Raptors3.5%No. 9Detroit Pistons1.7%No. 10New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota Timberwolves)1.1%No. 11Portand Trail Blazers.0.8%No. 12Milwaukee Bucks0.7%No. 13Phoenix Suns0.6%No. 14Houston Rockets0.5%No. 15Philadelphia 76ers–No. 16Houston Rockets (from New York Knicks)–No. 17Dallas Mavericks–No. 18Minnesota Timberwolves–No. 19Orlando Magic–No. 20Denver Nuggets–No. 21Boston Celtics–No. 22Boston Celtics–No. 23Atlanta Hawks–No. 24Cleveland Cavaliers–No. 25Memphis Grizzlies–No. 26Indiana Pacers–No. 27Miami Heat–No. 28Oklahoma City Thundnst Wolves.The 28-year-old got a red due to a VAR intervention, as the referee had originally given him a yellow.It means he will miss the club’s next two games.While the Hornets claimed a 2-1 success in the game, they will be hoping they can cope wier–No. 29Chicago Bulls–No. 30Golden State Warriors (from San Antonio Spurs)–


OUTLOOK: Jamal Crawford


After an ill-fated season in Portland, enjoyed a bounce back campaign last year with the . He served his role as a sparkplug off the bench well, averaging 16.5 points and 2.5 aottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen insists local criticism isn’t affecting Denmark’s players.There’s been claims the national team’s players are fed up SG star Neymar.Jesus scored a hat trick against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League yesterday.His goals got the Blues all three points in the fixture.And it means he is the fastest Brazilian to reach 10 Champions League goals, surpassing the mark swith the reporting.But Eriksen says: “There is no frustration on our part. We are the ones who ssists per game. Crawford is no longer capable of serving as a backup point guard as he did earlier in his career, but he remains a potent scorer and shooter, averaging 16.5 points and 2.0 3-pointers per game. Hefootball.Kluivert has publicly urged coach Ernesto Valverde to give the young midfielder more chances in the second-half of the season.Puig has been linked with a move away in January, but Kluivert has made it clear he wants him to stay.”I think so, should fill a similar role for the Clippers yet again this season, but his single-minded approach to the game ultimately limits his Fantasy value more than his strong scoring numbers might indicate. Crawford is a borderline starting option, and is more of a late-round target on Draft Day in most formats.


Report: Marcus Camby leaning toward Bulls and Rockets, not Heat


Marcus Camby is all over the place this offseason. After spending an injury-riddled 2013-14 campaign back with the , Marcus Camby was sent to the , where he started his career in 1996, as a part of Sean Longstaff’s attitude when benching him for defeat at Norwich City.Bruce was certainly impressed by Longstaff’s response when he came on at Norwich and the midfielder is line to start against Spurs on Sunday.”I think, with all of that, is that usa package that helped the Knicks acquire . Roughly 10 days ago, Camby and the Raptors agreed to a buyout of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers.

It looks like Camby is zeroing in on his next destination. According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, the 17-year veteran center is getting more interest from the and the , while the are showing less interest. 

Source says of the 3 teams looking at free-agent center Marcus Camby (and vice versa) showing less interest than Houston or Chicago.

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson)

Camby only played 250 minutes for the Knice pair won titles together with AC Milan.Inzaghi’s Benevento defeated Napoli on Saturday in a preseason friendly.And Ancelotti posted to social media after the gamet to beat West Ham to the signing of Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan.EITB says the midfielder will be Monchi’s second summer signing after the arrival of Diego Carlos from Nantes earlier in the summer.Eibar have accepted Sevilla’s latest bid of around 1: “It’s always a pleasure to see you my friend Pippo, what great memories!”Carlo Ancelks last season, by far his lowest total of minutes in a season over his long career. Camby has never played for the Heat or the Bulls but he did finish the 2011-12 season with the Rockets when he was traded there from the . The 39-year old big man would most likely be used very sparingly, but could provide some shot blocking and rebounding help off the bench.




It took years to work his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff in Toronto, but he managed to early last season. Just as he did, however, the Raptors unceremoniously shipped him off the Memphis, where  he found nal.The Times says Arteta is ready to hold talks with Arsenal about replacing Unai Emery as boss.He is keen to talk to the Arsenal board about possibly replacing his compatriot at the helm at Arsenal.The report adds that Gunners chiefs are also interhimself stuck behind a pair of All-Star big men with little path to consistent playing time. Davis was averaging 9.7 points and 6.7 rielding no less than four takeover offers.The Sun says one group involves former Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra.A Chinese businessman was shown round Selhurst Park and the club’s training ground last month.It is understood the individual isebounds per game prior to the trade, but his production plummeted to 5.1 poy after he went AWOL from Arsenal.The Gunners skipper refused to travel with the squad to the US as he seeks a move away.Giroud, who left Arsenal last year, said: “Lolo is my good friend. I’ve known him for 10-11 years. We played together in the seints and 4.4 rebounds after joining the . There is a productive Fantasy option waiting to be unleashed in Davis, but the 24-year-old is not worth targeting on Draft Day as a reserve.


eles Daily News Thursday that he to let his Achil


Less than a week away from the season opener, guard told the Los Angeles Daily News Thursday that he to let his Achilles tendon to heal from the added pressure. Bryant, who is six months removed from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles, has been anxious to practice with a ball in his hands despite not being near d in Australia in response to the bushfire crisis, reports BBC Sport.The club said it will contribute overentiis insists he’s happy for Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea won the Europa League final.Sarri left Napoli last summer for the Blues in an acrimonious departure.“Of course I was a Chelsea fan yesterday, I was supporting an Italian first of all,” De L 30,000 Australian dollars (£15,870).”This is a fantastic gesture by the club,” said Ryan.”Adversity can bring out the best in people and it’s 100 percent. “Injuries to the lower extremities can always lead to something else,” Bryant said. “It’s not about waiting until I’m 100 percent necessarily. But it’s about making sure youend. We caught up with the LaLiga icon to discuss his career and some of the greats he played alongside…Fernando Hierro experienced a lot during his two-decade career as captain and star for Real Madrid and Spain – including winning five LaLiga tit’re running with the proper gate. We’re not putting stress on other areas that can cause problems down the road.”The Lakers have not established a timetable for Bryant’s return, leaving his status uncertain for the start of the season.


Video: Metta World Peace picks up a tech for whapping Jeremy Lin in the face


Well, it wasn’icester City are not planning to sign a replacement if they sell Harry Maguire.It isb.He is currently with Argentina’s under-23s in Colombia, where he is taking part in the Olympic Games qualifying tournament and has scored two goals. Mac Allister, who had been on-loan with Boca Juniors, will link up with Albion after the competitio no secret that Manchester City and Manchester United both want to sign the English center half.United are more likely to meet Leicester’s demand for a world record ft the Harden elbow, and it wasn’t much, but it probably was intentional and it definitely wasn’t nice. Metta World Peace (the irony of the name is inescapable) continued his legendary history of borderline unnecessary fouls Sunday night with this tap to Jeremy Lin’s face. 

The fact that this comes against the ies.Newcastle have immediately sent out feelers for potential managerial candidates after announcing Rafa Benitez is leaving the club.TMW says Gattuso is on their shortlist, though is yet to hear from Toon reps.While in charge of Milan, Gattuso was lsame team as Harden is coincidental, but it’s kind of a funny coincidence nonetheless. 

At least he went to check on him, after he nailed Harden in a “celebration” he just kind of preened and walked away. This will of course be subject to review by the on Monday morning. 


NBA Power Tankings: The race to rebuilding begins now


Power rankings are something NBA fans seem to love.

You’re constantly discussing how your team compares to the rest of the league. Does your favorite team stack up to the contenders in the league? Are they close to the same teams that are competing for a playoff berth? Where do they rank in the league right now and where are they headed throughout the season? The fans near the bottom of the rankings typically start to grow numb to it, but this year should be different. 

With such an important and hyped draft class expected to grace the league with the talents of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and even more top prospects. It’s why we’re seeing teams forgo their responsibilities this season and looking ahead to the Lottery. To help include the fans of teams at the bottom of the provides each week, we’ve decided to rank how well teams are tanking this coming season and as mystery injuries pop up and wins go out the window in the later months, we’ll welcome more teams to this list and analyze how they’re doing it.

fans of crappy teams with no hope for this season, welcome to’s Power Tankings:


The Sixers are so bad that the bookies gave them 17 wins for an over/under this year and a lot of people started laughing at it being so high. Their new coach has come out and named six players on the roster as “NBA players.” They may have a historically poor shooting point guard combination in and . is a fantastic glue guy but he’s their best player. is their second best player. is their third best player. None of these things are signs that they can be taken seriously as an right now, which is unfortunate for the players on the squad but it does allow them to show their value for future teams interested in adding role players.

The Sixers decided not keep Royce White around which is an interesting query regarding his place with this team and the league. Was he too talented to have around for a team trying to guarantee they’re going to be the worst in the league? Or was he not worth the trouble and a complete afterthought because the took care of his money? There was such an amazingly amicable parting ways between the Sixers and White that it makes this decision even more fascinating. Philadelphia are your tanking kings for the year and it’s not even close until lottery nightmas is excited to be playing for Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.The midfielder arrived this week from Fenerbahce.“I am very happy to be here and it already feels like a family,” said the midfielder who turns 20 next month.“It’s a dream to be coache.


The Phoenix Suns are doing tanking the way you’d want to do it. They’re providing exciting young players, they have twins on the floor (everybody loves twins), is going to probably lead the league in steals, they have a project big man that fans will love tracking the progress of, and they’re going to play a chaotic style of basketball that will be entertaining to the fans while still accomplishing the goal of bringing home the ping-pong balls. The Suns are even one of the few teams in the league that have a good social media presence while providing a hashtag for the Twitter followers that isn’t stupid. They have “IgniteTheFuture” which is a really good, honest hashtag that doesn’t sound like you’re catering to eight-year olds.

The Suns will still be really bad. 20 wins could be a struggle for them throughout the year, but if they’re providing you with fast break highlights, dunks, and a bevy of plays that make the fans feel good about the future while planning for it at the same time, isn’t that what you want out of an organization that is focused on losing now to be set up for later? The Suns aren’t the most tanking team of the 2013-14 season but they’re doing it arguably the best way from a basketball and business standpoint.


Feel free to throw the Orlando Magic right in there with the Suns in terms of teams going about this tanking thing the correct way. Look at the deep frontcourt the Magic will throw at opponents this season. is basically a walking double-double, and  are quality rotation bigl-boss-Mikel-Arteta-looking-add-Wales-assistant-Albert-Stuivenberg-backroom-staff.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Arteta is putting together his coaching staff after officially taking over as Arsenal’s new manager on Sunday.And after confirmings that any contender could use, could be a really good stretch-4, and is a role player that a lot of scouts are high on. If you want to extend the excitement for the future to the backcourt, you can do that with Rookie of the YAsmir Begovic is set to leave Bournemouth this summer.The 31-year-old goalkeeper – who has played 61 times for Bosnia – has become frustrated with a lack of first team action, says the Daily Mail.Since January, the £10 million signing from Chelsea hear candidate that will get plenty of minutes at both guard positions. This team has a lot of talent that you can watch grow this season.

The issue for them is while they’re talented and deep in some areas, they don’t quite have the top talent yet to really make a difference. It wouldn’t shock me if this was the most consistently competitive team we deal with throughout the season. will take too many shots and we may be disappointed with the production juxtaposed with the pay scale of guard  once again, but the rest of this team should be fun. It is a little weird that they thought getting rid of Matt Guokas as the color commentator role on telivision broadcasts would help their tanking position, but I don’t understand a lot of moves teams make during the offseason.


There is a lot to love about the Bobcats after this offseason. They went out and got a scoring big in . They saw make huge strides last season. The wing corps of , , and should be fantastic defensively. They got in the draft that is like a giraffe running the floor. The Bobcats look like they’re turning it all around. However, we don’t know if they’ll have consistent scoring and the defense is an issue. may still be a guy that has to work on catching the ball before games (I’ve literally seen them practice just catching basic post-entry passes with him).

Also, will be gunning for a contract with a contender or a trade at the deadline.  is still a guy that puts up a lot of empty calories in the stats department. Unfortunately when the season starts up, they put on Charlotte Bobcats uniforms, which tends to ruin any hope they may build up in the preseason. The Bobcats are heading in the right direction, but they’re still a team looking toward the draft for a savior. We’re still waiting for that top moment of the Bobcats season when Michael Jordan remembers he owns a team and heads down for a little post-practice one-on-one with the wing players.

On the tank bubble

The , , and are all teams to watch in this respect but they haven’t come close to finding mystery ailments for their key players yet as they attempt to “Wig out for Wiggins” or “Have a Scandal for Randle” or “Be Sorry for Jabari.” That could come in a couple of months.


23-year-old Sporting Lisbon winger has excelled at


heaManchester United are watching West Brom star Matheus Pereira.The 23-year-old Sporting Lisbon winger has excelled at The Hawthorns on-loan this season and has become a firm favourite with Baggies fans.But his form has also caught the eye of several td coach Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago Tribunebility to see out his current contract.The Reds boss penned a contract extension that runs until 2024 in December, with the club appearing destined to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of this season.But McAteer told beIN Sports: “He has a te Wednesday that center ‘s condition is “.” Noah will sit out Wednesdaetermined to prove himself at Arsenal.On Sunday against Aston Villa he came off the bench at half-time and scored his first Arsenal goal in more than three years in a 3-2 win.”We spoke at the start of the season,” said Chambers. “The plan always was y’s against the Thunder. He played in just the one preseason game and his status still remains uncertain for the team’s season opener on Oct. 29 at Miami.


Podcast: Spurs Offseason Report and how much longer Pop has in the game


 of the Express-News and of join Matt Moore to talk about how much longer Gregg Popovich will coach, if the Spurs kept pace this offsill finish in the top-four this season.Chelsea have now won their last four games in all competitions and sit just outside the Champions League qualifications spots in fifth place in the table. Speaking to Betdaq, Johnson said: “If Chelsea can keep geason, and whether defense is still a priority in San Antonio. 

For more on the Spsays fans can be excited about their current batch of kids.Last week, a Jurgen Klopp side comprised of youngsters defeated League One outfit MK Dons 2-0 in the Carabao Cup.And speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with RB Salzburg in turs, . You can . 

You . You , and you . Fed a first pro Everton deal until the end of June 2022 after turning 17 earlier this month.A first pro deal is a reward for the youngster despite confirmation that he will miss the rest of this season, having suffered an ACL injury while in pre-seasoollow.