Nothing too spectacular occurred in the world of the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, and for this reason I will bullet point some of the more noteworthy things that did occur.
- Deron Williams has again reiterated that nobody knows where he will sign, although he was quoted as saying that he himself knew. I think this was taken out of context, and this is not what he actually meant. He meant to say that nobody, including himself, knows where he will sign next year. Here is a quote from Deron: “I want to reiterate, I don’t know what I’m doing next year, still, nobody does but me. Not even my mom… I just hate that people think they know where I’m going because I don’t know where I’m going, so there’s no way for them to know”. Even if he does know where he is going to play next year, he doesn’t want anybody else to know. Deron believes that everybody is reading too far into everything that he does: his trip with Billy King to Turkey, his trip to Prokhorov’s home country of Russia, going to the Nets practice facility and wearing Brooklyn Nets gear when he doesn’t have to. Deron says that none of this matters. I believe him. He hasn’t made up his mind yet.
- Marshon Brooks was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. This means he was one of the best 10 rookies of the year in the NBA, which sounds about right to me. Last week he received one second place and one third place vote for rookie of the year. He had a solid rookie season for the New Jersey Nets.
- After the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs last night, talk in Los Angeles has already begun about Dwight Howard coming to Hollywood. Lakers fans always think that the best players will want to come to L.A., but I don’t think Dwight does. The Dwight and Kobe tandem just doesn’t sound like it would work to me. Neither is a good passer, and both want to lead their team in field goal attempts (or at least free throw attempts in Dwight’s case). Even though it may not be a good fit, expect the Lakers to make a strong push for bringing in Dwight Howard. Most reports still say Brooklyn is Dwight’s first choice.
- It is unlikely that Nets 2011 second round pick Bojan Bogdanovic will be playing in Brooklyn next year. Prior to the 2011 draft, Bogdanovic signed a three-year extension with his Turkish team and the buyout seems like it will be too large for Bogdanovic to leave for the NBA next year. Billy King visited Bogdanovic earlier this month, but I think it’s just as well that he stays in Europe. I don’t expect him to do too much at the NBA level, especially not at his young age of 23.