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Jason Kidd reportedly wants Brooklyn Nets coaching job

Jason KiddJason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA last week, and it looks like he is ready to move on to his next career.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Kidd had let the Brooklyn Nets know that he is interested in their head coaching vacancy. Wojnarowski says the possibility of hiring Kidd has been discussed within the organization.

Kidd played with the Nets organization from 2001-2008, which were some of his peak career years. He helped lead the franchise to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.

Since Kidd does not have head coaching experience, the former point guard reportedly is working to assemble a staff of assistants who could help him.

Kidd has long been considered one of the smartest and savviest players in the game, so a transition to coaching would seem natural. In interviews after announcing his retirement last week, Kidd said he was interested in coaching.

Mike Dunleavy a candidate for Brooklyn Nets coaching job

Mike Dunleavy SrMike Dunleavy is a serious candidate for the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job, the New York Daily News reports.

The Nets decided not to retain interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who went 35-19 during the regular season after replacing Avery Johnson as the team’s head coach in December.

Jeff Van Gundy was initially reported to be a candidate for the job, but Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski later said the interest did not appear to be mutual, likely because Van Gundy is happy serving as a commentator for ABC/ESPN. Phil Jackson has been mentioned as a candidate, but he may be more interested in a front office position.

The Daily News says Dunleavy has a good relationship with Nets GM Billy King and is golfing buddies with him.

Dunleavy, 59, lost his job as Clippers coach/GM during the 2009-2010 season and hasn’t coached since. The Daily News says Dunleavy had discussions with King about the job during the season.

Dunleavy and Jeff Van Gundy were mentioned as candidates for the job in December before Carlesimo was made interim head coach. At the time, Dunleavy openly lobbied for the position on his radio show.

Stan Van Gundy, Brian Shaw, and Jerry Sloan have also been mentioned as candidates for the position.

We’re thinking that the Nets won’t be able to land the big name they’re seeking and that someone like Dunleavy is much more realistic.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian wants to buy Jay-Z’s share of Nets

Alexis Ohanian NetsReddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is making it known that he would like to purchase Jay-Z’s ownership share in the Brooklyn Nets.

Last week it was reported that Jay-Z will be selling his ownership share in the Nets — an amount less than one percent of the franchise — in order to become a certified NBA agent.

Ohanian, who sold the popular social media site Reddit.com in 2006, is a Brooklyn native and Nets season-ticket holder, according to NetsDaily.com. Ohanian tweeted last week to express his interest in buying Jay-Z’s shares:

Ohanian was also on Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves” Tuesday where he again expressed his interest in buying Jay-Z’s share of the Nets.

“Absolutely,” answered Ohanian when asked if he would have interest in buying Jay-Z’s share. “In fact, I have tried to make as many public and private overtures as I can to let HOVA know that I would absolutely be honored to buy those shares.”

Nets Daily also says Jay-Z will decide who purchases his share of the team. Jay-Z reportedly paid $1 million for his stake in the team.

You can see Ohanian’s interview with “Money Moves” below. The Nets part comes at the very end:

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Reggie Evans says teammate saying he should be benched has motivated him

Reggie-Evans-NetsBrooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans had his best game of the season on Wednesday in a win over the Portland Trailblazers, scoring 22 points and grabbing a whopping 26 rebounds. For a player who averages 4.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, it was a standout performance. So what got into him?

Evans says he drew motivation from a teammate who thought he should be benched.

“I got frustrated one day when one of my teammates told my coach to take me out the game,” he told the NY Daily News. “I bit my tongue. I didn’t say nothing to (my teammate).

“But me, knowing me, I usually attack and say something. I bit my tongue. I said, ‘Ok.’ I said, ‘Alright, start being aggressive.’ So I took it in a positive way, instead of just doing my normal self, like ‘What you say? What you say?”

That channeled aggression has led to 7.3 points and 15.5 rebounds per game in the month of March. He has grabbed more than 20 rebounds on four separate occasions during the month, which is no coincidence. When you accomplish something like that, you’re dominating the glass.

Evans did not provide any details about whether he heard the teammate make the comment or if head coach PJ Carlesimo told him about it, but something seems to have clicked. You don’t grab 15.5 rebounds per game over a month stretch without giving 100% effort. The Nets will need that to continue come playoff time if they want to make a run.

H/T The Brooklyn Game via Pro Basketball Talk

Nets launch app that allows fans to live stream games for free at Barclays Center

Tech-warsCommercial breaks, timeouts and halftime are the best opportunities to take a bathroom break or hit the concession stands when you attend a sporting event. It’s the only way to assure that you don’t miss any of the action, and if you paid good money for a ticket you want to get the full experience. However, these are the times when bathroom and concession lines are the longest. Fear not, Brooklyn Nets fans — you guys are covered.

According to The Verge, the Nets launched a new addition to their Barclays Center smart phone app on Wednesday night that allows fans to stream the games for free on their iPhone or Android device while inside the stadium. This means that any time a fan gets thirsty or needs to use the restroom, they can simply pull the game up on their phone and continue watching while they are away from their seat.

And that’s not all. If you happen to miss something — say while the dude at the beer stand is taking your order — the app allows you to rewind up to 30 seconds of missed action. It also allows you to switch between four cameras, some of which feature the regular TV broadcast views and others that stream from GoPro cameras mounted around the arena.

The app is powered through Cisco’s StadiumVision Mobile, which incorporates an advanced “multicast” system that is supposed to remain uninterrupted even if 19,000 people are using it at once. It sounds so advanced that I’m fully confident a Nets PR team that sends tweets like this had nothing to do with developing it.

It may be disturbing to some, but we live in a world where people’s faces are constantly buried in smart phones and tablet devices. If you’re thinking people don’t need WiFi and live-streaming games on their phone while they’re at an actual sporting event — think again. All stadiums and arenas will likely have this at some point. The Nets are simply ahead of the curve.

H/T Gizmodo

Nets PR staff reminds you the team is undefeated when outscoring opponents

The Brooklyn Nets public relations staff’s Twitter account knocked it out of the park with this dynamite nugget they dropped following the team’s 113-111 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday:

Public relations staffs for sports teams are tasked with keeping track of statistics that make the team look good, and their hope is that the media and fans will pick up on it. For instance, the Nets PR team tweeted nuggets about the team’s bench, overtime winning streak, and hot 3-point shooting. But some clever fox decided to remind you of the most obvious fact of all time. Slow clap for the Nets’ PR department for that one.

H/T Deadspin

LeBron James: Nets were not playing hard for Avery Johnson

On the surface, it would appear that firing Avery Johnson was exactly what the Brooklyn Nets needed. The former coach was let go at the end of December, and the team has gone 13-4 since interim head coach PJ Carlesimo took over. However, LeBron James feels that the improvement has more to do with effort than it does coaching style.

“They’re playing like they want to play for their coach,” LeBron said on Wednesday before the Miami Heat beat the Nets in Brooklyn, via the NY Post. “It sucks that Avery [Johnson] had to take the hit of them not wanting to play at a high level, but that’s how it looks to me. They haven’t changed their offense, they haven’t changed their defense. They’ve just picked up the intensity level, and you can tell they like to play for P.J. [Carlesimo].”

That may be so. Deron Williams averaged nearly two more assists and two more points in the month of January, after previously admitting that he was struggling to learn Johnson’s offense. LeBron openly questioned Johnson’s firing when it happened, pointing to the fact that the Nets went 11-4 during the month of November. Brooklyn was off to a 3-10 start in December at the time of Johnson was canned.

Such is life in professional sports. Sometimes a coach wears out his welcome and can’t get the best effort from his players. Other times the head coach becomes of a victim of circumstance when his team is just incredibly inconsistent. If the Nets end up having a terrible month of February, we’ll have a better idea of why Johnson was run out of town.