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December 15, 2014 Updates

In an interview at the hospital, Evans said that Vanchiro’s father told her that Vanchiro awoke apparently disoriented and leapt from the building. She said that Vanchiro sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord in the fall, and that his brain had stopped functioning Sunday morning. The hospital listed Vanchiro’s condition as critical as of 11:45 p.m. Sunday. New York Times

Evans said Vanchiro had been behaving erratically since being ejected from Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, when the Nets faced the Knicks. Video taken from the stands showed Vanchiro, who lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident several years ago, being carried out of the arena by multiple security guards. In the videos, which were widely shared in the news media that night and in the following days, Vanchiro is missing his prosthetic left leg, which he said that he had removed during an exchange with the security guards. “After that, he was a completely different person,” Evans said. “He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat.” New York Times

December 14, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets are targeting the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets as destinations to unload guard Lance Stephenson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stephenson becomes eligible to be traded on Monday, and Charlotte has rapidly lost hope that its brief partnership with Stephenson can stand the test of time. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte has been open to discussing the Nets' big-salary stars as part of a broader Stephenson package, including Lopez and Joe Johnson, sources said. The combination of a third year on Deron Williams' deal – as well as the emergence of Walker as the franchise's point guard – leaves Charlotte uninterested in acquiring Williams, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Jeffrey Vanchiro, who had gained widespread attention as a colorful and outspoken fan of the Nets, was on a ventilator late Sunday afternoon and was not expected to survive after falling from a second-story window in Flushing, Queens, late on Saturday night. Vanchiro was staying at his father’s house Saturday night. Vanchiro’s fiancée, Kristi Evans, who was with Vanchiro’s family at New York Hospital Queens on Sunday, said that Vanchiro’s father told her that Vanchiro awoke apparently disoriented and leapt from the building. Evans said that Vanchiro sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord in the fall, and that his brain had stopped functioning Sunday morning. New York Times

Evans said Vanchiro, who had lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident several years ago, had been behaving erratically since being ejected from Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, when the Nets faced the Knicks. Video showed Vanchiro being carried out of the arena by multiple security guards and was widely shared in the news media that night and in the following days. In the video Vanchiro is missing his prosthetic left leg, which he had said that he removed during an exchange with the security guards. “After that, he was a completely different person,” Evans said. “He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat.” New York Times

Of course, all of this was accomplished without Brook Lopez, who missed his fourth straight game due to a lower back strain. The Nets plan to give an update on Lopez’s status Monday. Basically, what it all boils down to is this: either Lopez is going to have to change his game or the Nets are going to have to trade him. “I don’t know, hopefully we can,” Deron Williams responded when asked if the team can keep this up when Lopez comes back from injury. “We need to. That’s how we want to play. I think everybody understands that, when the ball’s moving around like that, it’s fun to play like that. You get into a rhythm, you feed off each other’s energy and it’s good to see.” ESPN.com

The 26-year-old is hurt right now, which hurts his trade value. He also has a $16.7 million player option for 2015-16, which he is expected to exercise. So the Nets are probably going to have to figure out how to make this work. And if Lopez coming off the bench isn’t an option, then they have to stop running their offense through him and make him an asset that makes his teammates better. Of course, that’s easier said than done. After all, the Nets don't really have the perfect big to complement Lopez, which would probably be an athletic rebounder/defender. And he's basically been the same player since he was drafted seven seasons ago. ESPN.com

December 13, 2014 Updates

Nets general manager Billy King knows his team isn’t playing up to expectations, but he isn’t ready to pull the plug. “My job is to listen to people and to make calls and to make calls back,” King said before the Nets’ 88-70 victory over the 76ers on Friday night at Barclays Center. “Does that mean we’re having a fire sale? Absolutely not. I’m doing my job, as well as asking the players and the coaches to do their job. But my job is to work the phones, see what’s available. New York Post

“If things make sense you make trades. If they don’t, you don’t do it. But we’re not shopping or having a fire sale.” New York Post

King, however, said he hasn’t been given a mandate by ownership to reduce the salary — the Nets are still slated to pay a league high of more than $115 million in salary and taxes this season. "We looked at it and made a decision this year to go in a different direction," King said. "It wasn’t that the message came down, do this. We talk and discuss things." Bergen Record

Yet it was obvious he was still closely connected to the 76ers. He even made a point of speaking up for his former teammates when asked about no longer being on a tanking team. One day after being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, the power forward kept referring to the Sixers as "we," hours before facing his former team Friday night. "One thing I can tell you in the locker room, we were set on winning," he said when asked how refreshing it is to play for a veteran, non-tanking squad. "We were just going away. I think the games we played in showed that. We lost some close games against some really good teams. Philadelphia Inquirer

December 12, 2014 Updates

More than nine years after playing his last game for Georgia Tech, Jarrett Jack will complete the education he came to Tech to acquire. Jack, a Brooklyn Nets guard in his 10th year in the NBA, completed coursework this summer, having taken summer classes during his offseason over several years. Jack will go to considerable lengths to participate in graduation ceremonies Saturday morning at McCamish Pavilion. The Nets play Friday night against Philadelphia and have a game at Charlotte Saturday night. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Come Saturday morning, Jarrett Jack is going to be a more complete man – more proud, more confident, more ready to meet the future, whatever it may be. Jack, the Nets’ backup point guard, will fulfill a promise he made to his family and himself 10 years ago. He will get his degree in Business Management from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. That’s a nice story. But it’s only half the story. “It’s a big personal achievement,’’ Jack said. “Finally I’ve rounded third and hit the finish line. I can finally say I’m a college graduate.’’ NBA.com

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