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November 12, 2014 Updates

Before taking off to fly to Phoenix, the normally reserved and quiet Johnson voiced very strong concerns about the Nets playing "very selfish." "Defensively we help from time to time," Johnson said after Tuesday's practice. "Offensively, I think guys kind of exhaust their options and then when there is nothing else for them, then they'll pass it when they have to. For the most part, we have been very selfish." ESPN.com

It all started Sunday, after Brooklyn's 104-96 victory over Orlando, when Johnson voiced his displeasure with what he felt was a lot of stagnation on offense. He then took to Twitter, tweeting "I'm off this s---." "Just some frustration, obviously," Johnson said. "I am not hiding anything. I just thought we were 4-2, six games into the season, I know it's early, we haven't played anybody. "I just didn't think that, as individuals [and] as players, we all have each other's backs out there. I felt I didn't believe it. I go back, and I watch the tape just to try to get a different perspective. My feelings haven't changed." ESPN.com

Anything seemed possible over the past two years, as Nets fans looking for a schedule or a score typed “nets.com” into their web browsers and were redirected to a curious variety of distinctly non-Nets sites: an amateurishly designed page with a photo of Cuban sticking out his tongue; the personal home page of Jason Kidd, who had a messy split with the Nets this summer after a single season as their coach; an All-Star team ballot for the Knicks. All 14 of the players who played for the Spurs in the N.B.A. playoffs last season are back, and the rookie Kyle Anderson (1) has replaced Damion James.Spurs, Picture of Continuity, Are Set for Another RunNOV. 11, 2014 The Nets do not own the Internet domain name Nets.com, and whoever does has been playing a yearslong joke on the team’s fans. The website Deadspin and others highlighted the antics, but exactly who was posting the material has been a mystery. New York Times

“If you come out here, I’m going to make you help us with the New York Times crossword puzzle first,” Jane Hill, 69, of Santa Fe, told an inquiring reporter over the weekend. Hill, a former fine-arts photographer and a Bard College graduate, is the person behind one of the biggest mysteries in the history of the Nets. New York Times

The Nets’ front office, however, is less amused. The team has strongly rejected the $5 million price tag Hill put on the domain name. “Our website is BrooklynNets.com, and our fans know this is our site,” said Barry Baum, a team spokesman. “Brooklyn Nets is our brand, and we have no interest in Nets.com, despite the shameful efforts of the registrant to attempt to sell us this domain name for seven figures.” New York Times

John Hill is a sports junkie who follows the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Pistons and the Mets; earlier this year, he sent the Nets faithful to Mets.com. He said he took pride in coming up with references that were a step below the obvious, like the switch to Kidd’s website or a redirection to the Boston Celtics home page, which he did after the Nets completed a high-profile trade to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. “The one compliment I take to heart is when people say, ‘This is the ultimate troll,’ ” he said. “There’s some joy in that.” New York Times

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Williams toasted Shumpert like an English muffin all game, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Nets’ 110-99 victory. One question was answered: Williams is healthy. One question remained: When are the Knicks getting a healthy point guard back? “I’m going to take this one,” said Shumpert, who stood up, stuck out his chest and took every hit. “Deron Williams got to do whatever he wanted out there. I got to get better with controlling the ball after him coming off the ball screen. I didn’t do a good job of that tonight. “As a reflection of that, our bigs got in foul trouble, they hit 3s from everywhere on the court because he kept getting into that paint. I [have] got to do a better job of getting over the ball screens and not letting him get into our defense.” New York Post

Since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, the site has redirected to the official websites of the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, and a few anti-Nets splash pages, egging the Nets on In an effort to put pressure on the Nets to buy the domain — for over seven figures at one point, according to one report. Amidst rumors and reports that the company sold the domain to Mark Cuban, James Dolan, or some other enterprising entrepreneur, it appears the domain has never left Cyber Mesa. The Brooklyn Game

Now, the owners of the site have redirected Nets.com to former Nets coach Jason Kidd’s personal website, just a few days after Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov fired a jab at Kidd, saying “don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you.” The domain is currently up for auction on eBay, with a current bid listing of $51,100 after 13 bids. It seems like the site might finally get some closure — or a new beginning. The Brooklyn Game


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


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