March 5th, 2014 at 6:09 PM
By Martin Mihaly
Following Monday's big victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets are finally back at .500. The last time they had such a winning percentage they were 2-2 in November. After falling all the way to 10-21, the Nets have gone 19-8 since that point. It has been a long road back. On Wednesday night they will try to be over .500 for the first time all season.
As coach Jason Kidd put it, "Being .500 is for you guys to write about. For us, it's to get better each time we take the floor." (ESPN.com)
The Nets will welcome the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies into Brooklyn in what figures to be a difficult matchup. The Grizzlies have won seven of their last nine games and are just .5 games back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Rookie head coach David Joerger has turned his team around following a 10-15 start to the season. They are now 34-25. Through much of the season they have been without star center Marc Gasol. Gasol has missed 23 games this season due to injury. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 PM
By Sports Media 101
As part of the new "Gridiron Glory" exhibit appearing at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey — an exhibit featuring a number of items from the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Sports Media 101 will feature a series of articles pertaining to the science behind several sports. Enjoy!
Kicking a football involves kinetic energy and projectile velocity. The rotational kinetic energy of the kicker’s leg rotating at the hip joint is what creates the power that will drive the football over defenders hoping to block his kick and through the uprights. A kicker must concentrate on his strike point (where his foot will make contact with the football) as he is moving towards the targeted spot for the hold. Meanwhile, the ball is being snapped to the holder, who must receive the snap and get the ball down in time for the kicker to execute the kick while 20 people collide just yards away – 11 of them hoping to block the kick. Punts and kickoffs occur under their own sets of circumstances and are very different kicks beyond the actual technique of punting a football or the fact that a kickoff allows the use of a tee. Field goals, kickoffs and punts have differing needs in terms of distance, height and hang time.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 28th, 2014 at 1:13 PM
By Martin Mihaly
When you watch Marcus Thornton play, it is easy to tell he is a pure scorer. The guy can flat out shoot the ball. Thornton is a streaky shooter. When he gets hot, his shot is lights out. His quick release makes his shot look so effortless. If left open, his jumper can be like a layup for him. Jason Kidd has another tool to use from his bench.
Thornton will accompany Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson off the bench as yet another sharpshooter to go with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce in the starting lineup.
Through his career, Thornton has never been on a good team. The only time he was on a winning team was when he was with the New Orleans Hornets, now Pelicans, in 2010-11. The Hornets made the playoffs that season but Thornton was traded mid-season to the Sacramento Kings. Since then, he was stuck on a team that was constantly near or at the bottom of the league.
During his time spent with the Kings, Thornton was always one of the primary focuses of the team's offense coupled with DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans. Now, he will have to settle into a much different role.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 26th, 2014 at 9:18 PM
By Martin Mihaly
The Brooklyn Nets will pay a visit to the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night as they continue their extended circus road-trip. They will face a Portland team that will be playing without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The Nets enter the game 2-2 on the road-trip with games remaining against the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks to go with the Trailblazers.
With Aldridge out, the focus for the Nets defensive game plan will be All-Star guard Damian Lillard. Lillard is just in his second season in the NBA but he has become one of the best young players in the league. For the season, Lillard is averaging 21.4 points per game, 5.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 three-pointers made and 4.6 free throws made while shooting 43.1% from the field, 40.7% from three-point range and 88.5% from the free-throw line.
In the four games since the All-Star break, all of which Aldridge has missed, Lillard has taken his game up another level. He has put up 30.5 points and 6.7 assists while shooting almost 50.0% from the floor.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 25th, 2014 at 10:23 PM
By Martin Mihaly
It has been said enough already that Jason Collins coming out as gay was groundbreaking. This past weekend, the Brooklyn Nets signed Collins making him the first openly gay NBA player in league history.
Brooklyn signed Collins to a 10 day contract as a big man will play sparingly behind Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee. he is not a scorer or even a big-time rebounder, but he is a good defensive presence to play against some of the better center's in the league. This, however, may not be his biggest asset to the Nets.
What Collins presence could bring to the Nets is a greater sense of team unity. Before the signing, all his new teammates (some of which he had already played with before) said that they would fully accept Collins to the team.
Kevin Garnett was quoted as saying Collins is a "great guy, great character."
Joe Johnson said, "We would accept it greatly and it shouldn't be a problem." Read more... Join the Conversation...