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April 16, 2015 Updates

There’s a worry that the comments, which come on the heels of Brooklyn’s final game of the season in a tight playoff race, could distract the team in a high-pressure situation. But while Johnson and Williams declined to speak with the media prior to the game, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said the comments didn’t faze him. “I don’t really care (about the comments),” Hollins said during his normal media availability before the Nets took on the Orlando Magic. “I wasn’t here. I don’t care. All I can go by is how we are this year, and as I’ve said many many times, the vocal leader of our team early on was (Kevin Garnett), and since he’s left it’s been more of a collective.” The Brooklyn Game

With the Nets set to play their season finale Wednesday against the Magic - a game they have to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive - another Hall of Famer jumped on the Williams' blame train. "I can't argue with what Paul Pierce said. I have to agree with him," Reggie Miller told WFAN. "I don't really like to kill guys but you have to call a spade a spade. I think he's right on. "The most important position in the game today is the point guard position," he added. "And if you can't get that out of your point guard - because that's the coach on the floor. That's the guy that has to get everyone rallying in the right position. So if your point guard is not demanding and is not accountable and is holding everyone else accountable, your team is going to struggle. That's why Brooklyn has struggled because Deron Williams - not only has he not held himself accountable, he's not holding anybody on the floor accountable as well." New York Daily News

April 15, 2015 Updates

The player that puzzled him the most, said Pierce, was point guard Deron Williams. "Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. "I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.'' ESPN.com

Pierce said veteran Joe Johnson was an affable professional but also a reluctant leader. "Joe is quiet,'' Pierce noted. "He doesn't want much attention. He doesn't say much. "There's a lot of secondary guys on that team. KG and I went there looking at them as the main guys who would push us, because we were advancing in years. But we ended up doing all the pushing.'' ESPN.com

After the first two seasons of splash, the Brooklyn Nets have begun a tumble down the NBA’s overall sales list. The Nets fell out of the top 10 in team merchandise sales for the first time since moving to Brooklyn, according to a release from the NBA. They also did not have a top-15 selling jersey for the second straight year, after Deron Williams’s #8 jersey ranked sixth in 2012-13. (Williams led the Nets in jersey sales last year as well, ranking 22nd overall.) The Brooklyn Game

April 14, 2015 Updates

Nets Daily: According to Nets sources last June, Pierce initially wanted $20m over 2 years to remain in "horrible" situation. NO doubt most of what Pierce has said is accurate but he did want to stay and wanted a lot of money. Twitter @NetsDaily

When the season ended, they declined to sign Pierce to a new deal and let him walk as a free agent. "I would have stayed in Brooklyn because of Kevin,'' Pierce said. "I told him, 'I don't really like this situation but I would never leave you if you want me to stay.' But they decided not to re-sign me so I never had to make a choice. I would never have left Kevin like that.'' ESPN.com

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