Here’s the latest from HOOPSWORLD, my take today on the endless rumor mill spinning around the New Jersey Nets. I’ll tell you this: it may be hard to tell who is coming to New Jersey this summer, but it’s a no-brainer as to who is not coming to the Nets.
I know what you are thinking: what is a guy who lives in Portland and covers the Blazers doing writing about the Nets? Easy. My opinion on the NBA is boundless and without borders, and that is the beautiful thing about writing for HOOPSWORLD.
It’s a well-paved avenue if you avoid the bumps and drive it right.
Besides, after cutting my teeth in New Jersey covering the Nets – and rubbing elbows with Jay Z and Beyonce’ along the way -I tend to keep my ears open to what is going on in East Rutherford, which of late swings between rebuilding and holding on to hope for a team I watched go at it in the playoffs two straight seasons (2006-’07).
Plus, after all the half-hour bus rides ( sometimes standing) I took from Port Authority in mid-town Manhattan to East Rutherford, New Jersey to cover games, it’s hard not to keep tabs and have a take or two on what’s going on.
Actually the picture above says a lot right now. Not only did I get this opposite view from seven rows back in press row (see that second receeding hairline over Richard Jefferson’s shoulder? that’s mine) as the Nets and LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers battled in the second round of the ’07 playoffs at then-Continental Airlines Arena, but Jefferson (that’s him on the right) may be trying to avoid eye-contact with his days in Jersey perhaps coming to an end.
R.J.’s a good guy though, so I hope he stays. Never had great talks with him while on the Nets beat – save for his typical postgame banter while Vince Carter and then-Nets point guard Jason Kidd worked the media podium. But this last season in Portland when New Jersey came to town, I made it a point to talk up Jefferson. It was good to catch-up.
Not only is he open and straight real about himself, his job and the life of the NBA, but being in a smaller market like Portland like I am, it affords writers to get to know guys who are usually swarmed by media moshpits in New York and New Jersey.
Good luck R.J.
Hard to tell what the future holds in New Jersey.