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By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
It was a tough debut for Lionel Hollins as Nets Head Coach, as the Celtics fully dominated Brooklyn on their way to a 121-105 win on Opening Night in Boston on Wednesday.
The Nets had a tough time keeping up with the Celtics, who were able to do whatever they wanted on offense for most of this game. The Celtics’ 121 points was the most the Nets have ever allowed on an Opening Night.
The Celtics were on fire to start, and went right at the Nets’ big men, Mason Plumlee and Kevin Garnett. The Celtics forced starting center Mason Plumlee into two quick fouls, which forced him out of the game, and they ran every play at Garnett, who could not keep up with Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.
The Celtics jumped out to a 32-23 lead at the end of the first quarter, and it kept going in the second. When Boston was up 52-40 with 3:28 left, Hollins was called for a technical foul. Ex-Net Marcus Thornton hit the free throw off of that, and that started a 15-1 Boston run to give them a commanding 67-41 lead at halftime.
The Celtica maintained their lead in the third, and it grew as high as 29, at 99-70, on a Marcus Smart four-point play with 52 seconds left in the frame, and led 101-72 entering the fourth. The Nets pulled to within 15 in the fourth, but Boston held on with ease.
Hollins said of the game, “They had 62 points in the paint, and most of them were not contested. Once Mase (Mason Plumlee) got into foul trouble, we didn’t really play ‘big’ after that. That wasn’t the problem, not playing big, the problem was that we were making so many mistakes in the pick-and-roll and just straight-line penetration really hurt us. They had 67 points in the first half, we came back in the second half, held them to 54. We actually outscored them by 10 in the second half. They played much better, we couldn’t score in the beginning, they made a lot of shots on emotion and they got us down, then we just started turning the ball over. We won the rebounding battle, they only had nine offensive rebounds, but it’s the 62 points in the paint and the turnovers that accumulated points…I wish that we could have gotten it down to 10 and put a little pressure on them and seen how they would have responded, but we never got to that point.”
The Nets were led by Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, who had 19 points each. Williams also had 8 assists and 3 rebounds. Plumlee was limited to 11 minutes, and had just 4 points and 4 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic had 7 points on 3-for-6 from the field and 1-for-2 on threes, with 2 assists, in his debut. Garnett had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Celtics were led by center Kelly Olynyk, who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Jared Sullinger followed up his two superb preseason performances against the Nets in preseason with another nice effort of 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Rajon Rondo, who was surprisingly in the starting lineup after a fast recovery from a broken hand, had 13 points and 12 assists. Five other Celtics scored in double figures, with Jeff Green getting 17 points, Avery Bradley had 15, and Marcus Thornton, Marcus Smart, and Evan Turner had 10 points each.
By Lloyd Carroll of the Queens Chronicle – BrooklynFans.com Contributor - Showcase photo by Jason Schott - Curtis Granderson getting a hit this past season
Keeping up a tradition that dates back to when they hired Casey Stengel to be their first manager roughly 53 years ago, the Mets have once again picked up another Yankees discard when they signed Kevin Long to be their next hitting coach after he was dismissed by the Yankees from that very same position two weeks ago.
This doesn’t mean that the Mets are making a mistake. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who made the decision to part ways with Long, basically admitted that he is a fine hitting coach but that someone has to be a sacrificial lamb for the fact that the Bronx Bombers missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Long’s number one job will be to improve the hitting of another Yankees refugee, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson. Grandy hit 20 home runs last season which was fine but his 141 strikeouts and .227 batting average were unacceptable, especially from someone earning $15 million from a team that watches its pennies.
At the very least Kevin Long has to get Curtis to hit around .260 and find a way to put the ball in play more often instead of whiffing. More daunting challenges will be trying to rejuvenate David Wright as well as getting the rest of the Mets’ position players to hit like major leaguers.
Last Tuesday HBO’s sports investigative show, “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” tackled one of one baseball’s longtime ugly warts, the incredibly low pay that minor leaguers receive. It’s so low in fact that it may violate federal minimum wage laws. Attorney Garrett Broshuis, who pitched in the San Francisco Giants farm system, has filed a class action suit against Major League Baseball on behalf of several of his former competitors and colleagues.
The day before the show aired I asked Emmy-winning NBC and MLB Network air personality, Astoria native Bob Costas who was co-emceeing (along with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly) Broadcasting & Cable Magazine’s annual Hall of Fame ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria , about the issue. “It has been an underreported story for a long time. It’s not just ballplayers who have been exploited but minor league umpires as well. This is where journalism can do good things.”
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was one of the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award that night. Bud has long spoken about Major League Baseball’s great responsibilities as a social institution and I reminded him of that when I brought up minor league compensation. “We’re aware of this issue and I expect that the teams will discuss this at the winter meetings,” he replied.
Bud Selig will be retiring in January and he is very cognizant of things that will affect his legacy. I fully expect him to apply significant pressure on team owners to significantly raise the pay of minor league players, most of whom will never get to the majors.
The Jets’ latest humiliation, a 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium was dispiriting for a number of reasons. The Jets were well rested following a close loss to the New England Patriots 11 days earlier and that was a game in which second-year QB Geno Smith played fairly well. Also helping the Jets was that the Bills were without their two best running backs, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, both of whom have given the Jets fits in the past.
Geno Smith was abysmal as he was intercepted three in the first quarter and badly overthrew his receivers when they were open. Jets head coach Rex Ryan had seen enough and pulled Smith in favor of Michael Vick who lead them to three touchdowns but was also picked off by the Buffalo secondary three times.
Although he did not want to use it as an excuse, Vick conceded after the game that not getting a chance to practice with the Jets’ starters and learning their tendencies hurt him. At this point Rex has little choice but to let him start next Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. If nothing else, it gives Vick a chance to finally practice with the team’s better players instead of the back-ups. Of course when you are talking about the Jets, “better” is a very relative term.
If you enjoy meeting professional athletes, eating good food, and want to get some charitable tax deductions to put on Schedule “A” of your 2014 From 1040, November is your month.
The Jets will be hosting their annual Taste of the Jets event on November 10 at 4 World Trade Center while the Taste of the Giants will take place a week later at MetLife Stadium. Both events benefit hunger-fighting non-profits such as the Food Bank for New York City.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation’s yearly Sports Auction will take place at Times Square’s Hard Rock Café on November 10. Mets relief pitcher Vic Black and the Islanders’ Nick Leddy will be among the sports notables that night. The Starlight Foundation’s mission is to help make life a little more pleasant for chronically ill children and their families.
Finally on November 18 the Major League Baseball Alumni Association is holding its annual dinner at the East Village night spot, Capitale. Proceeds from the MLBPAA event go towards the development of youth baseball leagues and teaching clinics.
Last Wednesday’s Wizards-Knicks preseason game generated media buzz for reasons that had nothing to do with the game. It turns out that a photographer noticed that adult film star Lisa Ann, who is best known for satirizing Sarah Palin, was spotted in the stands acting romantically with freshman Notre Dame wide receiver Justin Brent.
I am a bit disappointed with Lisa Ann. Since she lives in New York, and obviously has an interest in college sports, she ought to be trying to improve the morale of the downtrodden Columbia Lions football team who are in the midst of a 17-game losing streak. I have little doubt that if Lisa Ann got a chance to meet and talk with those virile young men playing for my alma mater that they would make it their business to secure victory at all costs.
MSG Network’s Jill Martin does a terrific job interviewing a different person on Celebrity Row during halftimes at Knicks games in her “Gimme A Minute” segments. With all due respect to Matthew Modine, Spike Lee, Michael Rappaport, and the other regulars, ratings would skyrocket if Martin would interview adult entertainment stars such as Lisa Ann.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will certainly have a career in the entertainment industry if he should desire that as a post-base ball career. This past year he created a series of short video bits called “Foul Territory” for the YES Network’s website. Tex plays a fictional version of himself in which he interviews his fellow ballplayers as if he were a Will Ferrell film character or a G-rated Stuttering John for all of you longtime Howard Stern fans.
Teixeira showed up last week at ESPN Radio’s Bristol studios last week for a “Foul Territory” road trip. He brilliantly stayed in his clueless character even as ESPN Radio’s morning duo of Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg (“Mike & Mike”) were cracking up. His five-minute segment will live forever on the Internet.
That Tuscan villa that you’ll find across the street from the Queens Center is the brand new Olive Garden. There was some talk that Olive Garden’s corporate owner, Darden Restaurant Group, which recently had a major upheaval in its board of directors, would try to remove Olive Garden’s very popular unlimited soup and salad deals from its menu. Managers at the new Elmhurst restaurant assured me however that will not be the case. Olive Garden’s $9.99 unlimited pasta, soup and salad promotion runs through November 22.
Long Island-based Arizona Beverages has expanded their Shaquille O’Neal line of drinks into the world of reduced-sugar fruit punches. Previously Shaq, an NBA legend who is a very savvy businessman, previously lent his name and likeness to Arizona’s flavored cream sodas.
Smart athletes looking for a competitive edge are steering clear of drugs and looking into homeopathic ideas such as breathing in dry salt. Jets running back Chris Ivory has become a regular at Park Avenue’s Breathe Easy spa as has former Giants rusher Tiki Barber who saw it as beneficial for training for the New York City Marathon. Breathing in microscopic salt particles reduces the inflammation in both nasal passages and the lungs which improves aerobic performance. For regular folks, dry salt therapy helps clear up sinus infections and reduces snoring.
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor – @JESchott19 – Photo by @LolitaLens
Mason Plumlee will be the starting center for the Nets on Opening Night on Wednesday night in Boston against the Celtics. Brook Lopez is still recovering from the foot injury he suffered in China.
Plumlee is reprising a role he performed with a lot of success last March, when the Nets played some of their best basketball, going 12-4 in their run to the playoffs. He served as the starting center last March when Kevin Garnett was out with back spasms.
In March, Plumlee averaged 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds, including five games in which he posted double digits. He and point guard Deron Williams worked very well together, with D-Will feeding him for numerous alley-oops, in much the same way Chris Paul would set them up for Blake Griffin.
Plumlee was asked if looking back to last March gives him confidence going into the opener, “Definitely, and that’s something that, I didn’t have huge numbers or whatever, but just to know that your team’s winning when you’re part of it, that’s the biggest confidence booster. That does more for you than a good line, that’s something you can hang your hat on.”
On how starting helps his rebounding, “I would say the biggest thing with getting extended minutes is it gave me a better rhythm for rebounding. Sometimes to rebound, it’s easier when you’re out there for an eight, ten minute segment, you get a feel just for the flow of the game, and that was big for me.”
If the Nets do well with Plumlee in the starting lineup, it could present an issue for Nets Head Coach Lionel Hollins. Does he leave Plumlee at center and move Lopez to power forward? The solution that would work best is that Hollins should move Lopez to power forward because it might not be as strenuous as the center position, and make Kevin Garnett the backup center, where he could provide energy off the bench.
Another option could be for Plumlee to slide to power forward with Lopez at center. On what he thinks of that, Plumlee said, “I think it could be a great lineup, especially if we’re both rebounding at a high level – that’s where we can punish teams because you get guys like Joe, D-Will taking shots, but then you get second shots off of having two ‘bigs’ in there. If we can capitalize on the boards with that, it’s a great lineup, but if we don’t rebound, it doesn’t really make sense. That has to be like a pound-type offense where you’re making them pay defensively and offensively on the boards.”
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor – @JESchott19
JaKarr Sampson, who left St. John’s ahead of his senior year, has made the Philadelphia 76ers’ Opening Night roster.
Sampson’s decision to leave produced mixed reactions because it was not likely he would be drafted. He worked out for many teams before the NBA Draft in June, but was not chosen. The Sixers signed him soon after and brought him in to their Summer League, and then training camp. In five preseason games, Sampson averaged 18.4 minutes, 4.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.6 turnovers per game.
I caught up with Sampson when Philadelphia came in to Brooklyn to play the Nets on Monday, October 20th.
On how it felt to be in training camp with the Sixers, Sampson said, “It feels good, I feel like I’m getting better every day, every game, every practice, so it feels good to be here.”
The Sixers are coached by Brett Brown, and Sampson said of him and the rest of the staff, “I love the coaching staff, they’re fun, and I’m learning a lot from them. They’re patient because we’re a young team, and it’s just a good situation all around.”
Brown said of Sampson after the preseason game with the Nets, “I get excited because he’s got a heck of a story to tell. His route to an NBA court is unique and he comes with fantastic personality and he’s got a great team spirit and, most importantly, he plays defense. We’re trying to find keepers to complement our lottery picks, and we’re trying to polish him up and see where he ends up, but he’s great value, he’s good to have around.”
On what his main skill is, Sampson said, “It’s gotta be defense, especially at the wing spot when you’re 6’8″ able to guard 2′s or 3′s (referring to the position on the floor), I gotta say defense, that’s my ticket. That’s all Coach (Brown) talks about is defense, that’s what he’s building his program up from is defense.”
On the difference between an NBA defense and college, Sampson said, “You don’t see too much zone in this league. We did a lot of zone, kind of switch it up, we pretty much ran everything at St. John’s.”
On if he keeps up with any of his former St. John’s teammates, Sampson said, “I keep in touch with Phil (Greene), Chris Obepka, D’Angelo (Harrison), pretty much all the guys.” On how it looked last March when he declared for the NBA Draft and it looked like Obepka, who can block shots as much as Dikembe Mutombo, was leaving as well, he said, “It fell apart for a little bit, but they stuck to it and they should have a good season this year.”
I told him how there is one constant from last year to this year at St. John’s, and that is Rysheed Jordan is still is being silenced. Sampson said of that, “Really, is he not?! They’re not letting him talk? I didn’t know that, that’s crazy. I really have no idea (why), I don’t know the deal with it.”
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19 Showcase photo – The NEC Head Coaches at Media Day on Tuesday at Barclays Center, with LIU’s Jack Perri (back row, 2nd on left) and SFC’s Glenn Braica (front row, 2nd on right) by @JESchott19
For the first time in their history, the St. Francis Terriers Men’s Basketball team are the favorite to win the NEC in the preseason coaches’ poll. Conversely, LIU Brooklyn, who won the NEC three straight years from 2011 to 2013, was chosen eight in the poll. This was announced at NEC Social Media Day on Tuesday morning at Barclays Center.
St. Francis Head Coach Glenn Braica has stressed defense and rebounding, and it paid off last year. They led the NEC in scoring defense (66.8) and ranked second in the following categories: field goal percentage defense (.410), three point percentage defense (.333) and blocked shots (5.3). St. Francis finished with a 18-14 record and were 9-7 in NEC conference play.
Braica said of St. Francis entering the season as the target in the NEC, “Doesn’t feel any different because I think the only pressure is the pressure you put on yourself. We put pressure on ourselves every day in practice just to have a good practice, so to me we’re gonna disregard all that stuff. We appreciate the compliment, but it does nothing for us and it’s almost like being up at halftime, doesn’t really matter and we’ll just go from there and try to be as good as we can be, whatever that is.”
St. Francis is led by two dynamic seniors, forward Jalen Cannon and guard Brent Jones. Braica said of them, “They’re two of the more established players in the league and this will be their fourth year playing together and they’ve developed very good chemistry. They’ve also gone through some good times and some tough times and learned how to fight through them. I think we’re blessed to have two guys like that at two different positions with that type of experience and guys that we can rely on. As a coach, you want to have guys you can trust and rely on. I trust these guys.”
Braica has been at St. Francis for five years after being one of Norm Roberts’ assistants at St. John’s. On what makes this team different, Braica said, “One thing about our team this year I think we’ve had pretty good players and we’ve had a lot of them, but here hasn’t been much separation in their ability or in what they have done. This year, there’s a separation because of what some of the guys have already accomplished. If you’re a new guy coming into our program, you can’t look at Jalen Cannon, Brent Jones and not respect what they’ve done and not understand their role on the team and I think that’s something that’s established early on our team this year which we have not had in the past.”
St. Francis forward Jalen Cannon said of being picked to win the conference, “The ranking is just a ranking.” When asked if they wanted to go after the team that was chosen Number 1 in prior years, Cannon said, “Yeah, pretty much, I mean, you gotta go after everybody. The ranking is just a ranking at the end of the day, from the best teams to the worst teams, you just gotta come out and play because this conference is really tight.”
Braica said of weighing the past season’s results against the preseason poll, “There’s a lot of turnover in the league so I think there’s gonna be a lot of good players that no one’s ever heard of yet, but they’re going to establish themselves as the year goes on. That happened to us two years ago. We won twelve league games and we were picked last I think, and then we were picked higher the following year and we finished below that, so you just never know.”
St. Francis has three freshman, Glenn Sanabria, a guard from St. Peter’s in Staten Island; Keon Williams, a forward from John Hardin in Elizabethtown, NJ; and Gunner Olaffson, a guard/forward from Reykjavik, Iceland. On if we might know more about them as the season goes on, Braica said, “I think they all have the potential to be contributors. It’s a big jump from high school to junior college to this level. It’s not necessarily about talent, it’s about just learning different things, the grind and stuff like that. I think whoever catches on quickest and whoever can do it on a daily basis and not give in to anything are going to be the guys who can contribute more. I think they’re all capable of being contributors during the year.”
LIU Brooklyn only has two remaining starters, forward Landon Altenberry, who averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game; and guard Gerrell Martin, who had averages of 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
LIU Brooklyn Head Coach Jack Perri said of having to mesh 8 new players with 6 returning players, “It’s enjoyable because they’re a good group and they all get along, certainly off the court and then it’s competitive on the court. That’s really all we’re talking about is just competing. There is no starting five right now, there just isn’t, and I said that from day one, ‘hey, you guys are gonna compete and whoever comes out on top will be the guys that start,’ and then if you’re in the rotation and all that stuff, so it’s really been competitive. We’ve had our share of injuries to this point even this year that have not allowed us to go up an down. We’ve had about eight or nine guys consistently (injured), somebody comes back, somebody gets hurt, so it is what it is, but the guys that are out there are competing, playing hard, and I think we have some talent.”
Nura Zanna is one of those players Perri hopes to have healthy. Zanna is a 6-7 240-pound forward who was McDonald’s All-American nominee in high school, who had to redshirt, or sit out, last season due to injury. Perri said of Zanna, “Nura was a guy who we had kind of penciled in last year as a huge key for us after losing five guys the previous year, that he was gonna play a lot of minutes. He tears a ligament in his wrist and is out for the whole year last year. They did something wrong in his first surgery, so he had to have the surgery over again, and he doesn’t get cleared, after having three surgeries, until the end of April. He comes back, has a good summer, and he finds out he has some kind of defect in his knee, so he was out for another three weeks, so we just have had him back for about a week now. And you can see, he’s a big, strong, physical kid who has great athleticism and is gonna be a good player for us. I’m excited about Nura. He gives us a different dynamic that we didn’t have last year, but that we’ve had in the past, whether it’s Julian Boyd, Jamal Olasewere, he has that kind of athleticism, that kind of ability, so I’m excited about Nura.”
LIU has two new players from Icleand, Elvar Fridriksson from Reykjanesbaer, and Martin Hermannsson from Reykjavik. Perri said of them, “I’m really excited about Elvar. He’s not gonna be a normal freshman. He’s gonna make mistakes, absolutely, but I think he’s a very competitive kid that has some ability to score, as well as get guys some shots. The kid, Martin Hermannsson, was the MVP of the Icelandic Professional League, really talented kid, we got him late. Those two kids are best friends, and it’s kind of helped those two adapt to New York, being together, they’re wonderful kids. Martin, he’s been tremendous, here’s a kid that knows how to play. he just understands where to be on the court, he makes the game look very easy, drive and kick, shoots threes very well, is a competitive kid, he’s gonna play a lot of minutes, I’m really excited about him.”
Recruiting players from Iceland has to be different than recruiting a kid from Albany. Perri said of that, ” You’re right. It was unique, and recruiting, sometimes you get lucky. I knew a guy that was coaching over there, it was his first year and he had mentioned them, and an assistant coach that I’m friendly with, he went out there from James Madison, and he saw the point guard (Elvar Fridriksson), and I called him on it, and I said ‘this guy says something on him, what do you think?’ and he says, ‘oh, yeah, I really like him, maybe not James Madison, he’s a little small because he’s 6-feet, we like our point guards a little bigger, but I’d love to coach him, I’m like ‘okay, good,’ so I get about 12 to 14 DVDs on him, I’m like, ‘wow, he’s like Jason (Brickman), zipping passes crosscourt, making good decisions off ball screens, the way we play, yes! So we bring him out, we work him out while he’s here, and again I’m like ‘okay, this is easy,’ nobody’s really recruiting him, so we took him. His best friend, he ended up having an unbelievable year, and it was us and Winthrop, and he thought New York City was great, and we had a scholarship open up late, and it’s just been tremendous. We were really fortunate and lucky in a lot of respects to get those kids, but that’s what recruiting is, keep digging, keep turning over every rock until you find something that fits.”
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19 Showcase photo of Marquis Teague by @LolitaLens
It’s been a busy couple of days for the Nets as they finalize their roster for Opening Night in Boston Wednesday night. They traded Marquis Teague to Philadelphia, exercised options on Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev, and waived Willie Reed. Here is a further look at the moves:
On Friday afternoon, Nets General Manager Billy King announced that the Nets have traded guard Marquis Teague, along with the 2019 second round draft pick that was obtained from Milwaukee this past June for Coach Klueless Jason Kidd, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for guard Casper Ware.
Ware appeared in nine games for Philadelphia last season, and he averaged 5.3 points and 1.1 assists in 12.9 minutes per game.
Teague was acquired from the Chicago Bulls on January 21, 2014 for Tornike Shengalia. He was chosen by the Bulls in the 2012 NBA Draft in the first round (29th overall) out of Kentucky. Teague played in 40 games for the Bulls and the Nets last season, and averaged 2.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 11.1 minutes per game. In 88 career games, Teague holds NBA averages of 2.3 points and 1.4 assists per game.
NETS WAIVE WARE:
On Saturday, the Nets requested waivers on guard Casper Ware, Nets General Manager Billy King announced.
The Nets’ roster now stands at 15 players.
OPTIONS EXERCISED ON PLUMLEE, KARASEV:
The Brooklyn Nets have exercised the third-year contract options on forward/center Mason Plumlee and guard/forward Sergey Karasev, Nets General Manager Billy King announced on Friday. Both players will remain under contract through at least the 2015-16 season.
Plumlee was selected by the Nets with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft out of Duke. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team following his first season with Brooklyn. In 74 games, including 22 starts, last season, Plumlee averaged 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.79 blocks in 18.2 minutes per game for the Nets. He led all rookies in PER, Win Shares, Win Shares/48 Minutes, True Shooting Percentage, Field Goal Percentage and Dunk Rate and was second among qualifying rookies in blocks per game. This past summer, Plumlee was selected as a member of USA Basketball Men’s National Team and won a gold medal in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in September.
Karasev was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade on July 10, 2014 that also brought Jarrett Jack to the Nets. He was selected by Cleveland in the first round with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Russian native averaged 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game in 22 appearances with the Cavaliers last season.
The Nets have requested waivers on forward/center Willie Reed, Nets General Manager Billy King announced on Thursday morning.
Reed was signed to the Nets’ training camp roster on September 25, 2014, and he posted averages of 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two preseason games.
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
St. John’s sophomore point guard Rysheed Jordan is once again being prevented from speaking to the media for varying, unclear reasons. Jordan did not speak to the media for his entire freshman season.
It is not certain who is instituting this ban, whether it’s Athletic Director Chris Monasch, Head Coach Steve Lavin, or public relations personnel. One reason given for this is that he is focusing on his academics, which makes no sense because it’s not like players are hitting the books in the locker room after a game. If players are in the interview room for five minutes, that’s a long time. Talking to the media is part of the game, and should be included in the time devoted to the game. It’s ironic that he can’t talk to the media, but playing road games does not interfere with his studies?
It also invites speculation that there is something wrong with Jordan, which is very unfair to him. If they do not feel he has the best command of the English language and it would be embarrassing to the school to have him speak to the media, it shows the fallacy that these are “student athletes,” that he is primarily there to play basketball.
It is in this writer’s opinion that he should be allowed to speak to media, as any other player in college or professional sports is required to do. I cannot think of one instance where a team has made it a point to keep a player from the media.
The Big East Conference should step in and urge St. John’s to end this practice. St. John’s is basically the flagship team of the conference since they play home games at Madison Square Garden, the home of the tournament for 33 years, and it is not a positive thing for them to act this way towards media.