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November 18, 2014 Updates

Kirilenko's minutes have been few and he wasn't in uniform Monday night, serving as one of two Nets inactives. Kirilenko is averaging 0.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 5.1 minutes in seven games. He had hoped to flourish in a more defined role this season. That hasn't happened. "It is what it is," said Kirilenko, who indicated the back problems he experienced in the preseason and last season were not issues. "I like our system, I like our coach and I spoke with the coach. Obviously, he sees it a little bit differently and he's been honest about it. I really appreciate it, but it doesn't make things better." Newsday

Ohm Youngmisuk: Lionel Hollins says he's disappointed Nets didn't scrap for 48 mins. Says when adversity hits, guys tend to stray from playing like a team Twitter @NotoriousOHM

November 17, 2014 Updates

Me: How much longer for you when your deal is up? Joe Johnson: To be honest with you, I'm not even sure. I try to focus on what's in front of me, and that's this year. Who knows how I'll feel after next year? At this point, I just try to focus on what's in front, and I feel great now. I just try to just really enjoy the moment, and see if we can come up with some great results. NBA.com

Me: Last week you made your feelings about how the team was playing known clearly, saying your teammates were playing "very selfish." What did you see that moved you to speak out? Joe Johnson: Just looking back on the teams that we played the first six games, it just wasn't very characteristic of us, man. I knew what it was going to take, or what we needed in order to go out west and be successful. And that first half [against Phoenix], it was a carbon copy [of what to do]. The ball moved. Guys touched the ball. Defensively, we were in the right spot helping. And the second half, whether we got fatigued or not, I don't know. We just didn't copy what we did in the first half. But what I said about us as a team, it was only to help us. NBA.com

November 16, 2014 Updates
November 15, 2014 Updates

In 2010, the biggest prize was LeBron James, but the free-agent class that summer was crammed with stars of every sort — including Johnson, who eventually returned to Atlanta with a massive six-year, $123.7 million contract. But he did so only after a flirtation with the Knicks. “Almost. Almost,” Johnson recalled of the Knicks’ contention. “The Knicks were the first team I met with.” New York Post

Johnson met with then-coach Mike D’Antoni, assistant general manager Allan Houston and owner James Dolan. “We all met and talked and they had a great presentation. It was impressive. You know what threw me off more than anything?” Johnson asked. “Obviously there was the money difference, but they said, ‘You needed a place in Westchester and you needed a place in the city.’ They said you would roughly spend like $5 million. “I was like, ‘aw, no,’ as opposed to being in Atlanta where I was already established with a solid team that was getting better every year. New York Post

The Nets haven't seen this many crowns since ... well, never. They're the Nets after all. Prince William and Princess Kate will swing by the Dec. 8 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center in Brooklyn while they're in town. The British royals will see the NBA's version of royalty: King James. The couple, who will be in the United States from Dec. 7-9, plan to attend the game, according to a news release issued by the British government. It will mark the first visit to New York for the couple, who will visit the Sept. 11 memorial. Newark Star-Ledger

November 14, 2014 Updates

Garnett declined comment when asked if he’d be interested in finishing his playing career with the Timberwolves or with his former Celtics coach Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers, but the future is never far from his mind. “If you have an opportunity to do what you love, then do it,” Garnett said. “I never want to cut any opportunity short or shut the door on another opportunity. If I’m able to contribute something of value and that value turns into something and I’m able to turn nothing into something, yeah that’s opportunity.” Yahoo! Sports

Garnett told Yahoo Sports he wants to one day own the Timberwolves. "I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That's what I want," Garnett said after a 107-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. Yahoo! Sports


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


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