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November 25, 2014 Updates

Lionel Hollins has offered pointed critiques of Brook Lopez’s game before, as have other Nets coaches before him. But after the Brooklyn center got outplayed badly in San Antonio and benched for yet another fourth quarter, Hollins’ latest critique raised eyebrows because it was as complete as it was damning. “[He’s] the same Brook. He can score,’’ Hollins said Monday, before adding, “He needs to be better defensively, he needs to be better rebounding, he needs to be better passing the ball to his teammates.’’ New York Post

“If you saw, if you had been able to see practice today, you would’ve seen some really nice passes. It’s just being aware and trusting that your teammates are going to make plays, and understanding the game better,’’ said Hollins, who insists it’s not impossible for Lopez to make those improvements. “There’s people that come into this league and their whole life they’re only asked to do one thing. And when you get to this level it takes a little more to win. I’m trying to ask him to do those things.’’ New York Post

November 24, 2014 Updates

And a rumble from the trade front: Word is Brooklyn's market for Andrei Kirilenko is expanding beyond merely dispatching AK-47 to Philly. One intriguing option, if Nets wait 'til Dec. 15 when trade market expands, is said to be AK-47 back to Utah for Jeremy Evans/Toure Murry Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

But while the results haven’t been what he or the team would like, Plumlee said the bigger issue for him is trying to do too much. “By the end of last year I kind of had a rhythm, I was playing extended minutes, and to go from that back to spot minutes is an adjustment,” Plumlee said. “I have to be better in the minutes I have. “I’m not always getting a lather, I’m not always getting a sweat, and I think that’s probably the biggest thing. I don’t think it’s so much style of play, or anything like that, but I think that’s why I’ll be in foul trouble a lot. … I’ll be eager to do something, instead of just playing the same way in a shorter time period and building off of that, where you’re not pressing, you’re not forcing things.” New York Post

November 23, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers are monitoring Andrei Kirilenko's state of affairs in Brooklyn, Northeast Ohio Media Group has been told - though it's more due diligence at this point than anything else. Cleveland is in dire need of an athletic wing defender who can guard shooting guards and small forwards; and a rim protector. The Cavaliers, on all fronts, are busy these days. Cleveland Plain Dealer

If the Nets want to dump AK-47 on another team and save more than $10 million in luxury taxes, they'll have to give something up. It just may not be Karasev or a draft pick. And it may or may not be Philadelphia. The other possibility is that he is waived and signs either in the NBA or overseas. His wife said recently she'd like to see him finish his career with CSKA Moscow, where he started out We should know more early in the week. NetsDaily

Garnett hasn’t spoken to the media after each of the last four games. But when he last spoke a week ago after the Nets lost in Portland, he discussed how he was feeling a couple of weeks into his 20th NBA season. “I’m giving what I’ve got,” Garnett said. “I’m trying to be the example [and make] no excuses, and just come out here and be whatever kind of example I need to be for this team, and hopefully people follow and I’m able to impact some.” New York Post

November 22, 2014 Updates

According to a tweet from Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, the Brooklyn Nets have had preliminary talks with the Sixers about a trade involving Andrei Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev. The tweet also states that the Sixers would likely waive Kirilenko if such a deal were completed. The Sixers would likely require a future draft pick in addition to acquiring the Nets' pair of Russian-born players. It's unclear what the Sixers would send the Nets in return. CSNPhilly.com

Andrei Kirilenko will be without the Nets for the team’s two-game road trip, and most likely forever. Though the team cited “personal reasons” for Kirilenko’s absence, a team source confirmed to The Brooklyn Game that Kirilenko’s lack of minutes and boot from the rotation played a factor in him leaving the team indefinitely. When asked if Kirilenko had played his last game for the Nets, one high-ranking Nets source said, “If I were a betting man, I’d say probably.” The Brooklyn Game

In an interview with a Russian sports publication Tuesday, Andrei Kirilenko said "optimism is over" for him and that Lionel Hollins had told him after first few games of the season, "Andrei, I do not see your role on the team." Kirilenko says he was surprised and contends he can "probably help the team.". In previous interviews with Pavel Osipov of Sport-Express, Kirilenko had expressed optimism about his role in the team's plans and had praised Hollins, making favorable comparisons between him and Jason Kidd. Now that's changed. NetsDaily

November 21, 2014 Updates


Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.


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