Brian Lewis: Brook Lopez: ““I think it’s kind of natural. We’ve gotten a little complacent. Like I’ve been alluding to, it starts with me.” #Nets
Losing can get to anyone. With the worst record in the league coming into New Year’s Eve, the Nets have done more losing than just about anybody. So it is not shocking frustrations mounted on the court during Friday’s game at Washington and in the locker room after yet another lopsided defeat. “It was in the locker room. We handled it. It’s important we all have respect for each other and also have the ability to hold each other accountable,’’ Brook Lopez said of the flared tempers, first reported by The Post. “It was just frustrating. It was emotional and a frustrating game, and guys were just venting. I don’t know what was necessarily correct or who said what, but the important thing is it happened.
“I don’t think conflict is bad. I’m not going to have a team meeting because a couple of guys were bickering. I’m a coach who embraces conflict. We have conflict in the video room, and we have brutal ones at times. “The fact they have conflict with each other, it’s not the end of the world. I’m glad they talked about it just like any family would when you get into an argument with your brother, sister or wife. Out of all that, it comes out that we can get better. Those moments of conflicts that can make you better.”
August 10, 2022 | 4:15 pm EDT Update
A jersey worn by basketball star Michael Jordan during one of the most famous seasons in his NBA career is expected to reach up to $5 million at auction. Jordan wore the Chicago Bulls jersey in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals, and it will be one of only two of his jerseys worn in a finals game to ever appear at auction, according to Sotheby’s.
An estimate of $3 million-$5 million is the highest ever for a Jordan jersey, or any piece of Jordan memorabilia, the auction house said. The 1997-1998 season is known as “The Last Dance,” and was the subject of a 2020 ESPN/Netflix documentary series by the same name.
Dave Joerger shared a personal update… “Things are really good for the Sixers, and for me as well. As far as personally, things that have gone on with recovering from cancer treatment. It is a process. You never feel like you’re fully healed or done with it. It’s always going to be part of your story and part of what you’re going to go through physically and mentally going forward. And your family has to live with it as well, but we feel very positive about it because of getting to it early. Identifying what the problem was early and then going to the treatment immediately. So we feel very positive going forward, to be and live a full life.”
“It’s pretty crazy. Things go fast,” Joerger said. “Before you even get to the [roster] changes, I think you get to the fact that James Harden, Joel Embiid, and other guys did not have a lot of time together. Our core has had two years together – Tyrese [Maxey], Tobias [Harris] – and Joel and Tobias have been together for a number of years, we get that. But to add a guy who has the ball as much as James does, especially with Joel, that’s only going to get better as more time is spent together.”
“I think what they’re expressing is ‘part of me wants to be like this, but I need somebody to go first.’ I think that’s what P.J. Tucker is going to really [do]. You’re going to see guys now come a little bit out of their shell with their personality – not outside of themselves, but that part of it can come out a little bit more as somebody is kind of out there in front. Now we have a catalyst for that and a leader in that area, and I think you’ll see guys’ toughness come out a little bit more than it has in the past.”