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.”
April 19, 2021 | 2:49 pm EDT Update
JD Shaw: The NBA and NBPA have announced the following agreement on free agency: pic.twitter.com/njuhBMJGuO
Basketball-Reference: De’Aaron Fox is on track to be the first @Sacramento Kings player to average 25+ PPG and 7+ APG since Tiny Archibald averaged 34 & 11 for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-73 stathead.com/tiny/Brhbk pic.twitter.com/2YFHVHU5Bd
April 19, 2021 | 2:42 pm EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: Rookie Onyeka Okongwu on Clint Capela: “Literally today, I asked Clint how he gets all those rebounds he gets. There’s players who are taller than him, but he manages to snag 20 boards every other game. I told him, I’m amazed.”