Brooklyn Nets Update

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Without a first round selection in Thursdays 2012 NBA Draft, the Brooklyn Nets are concerned with far greater issues.  The Nets are currently anticipating July 1st, which marks the beginning of free agency as they are trying to re-sign star point guard Deron Williams and hope to acquire Orlando Magic Center, Dwight Howard.  Their competition for Howard appears to be the Dallas Mavericks area also in pursuit of Williams.  As the deadline draws nearer, the Nets are disposing their entire PR arsenal and; for example, today parked a massive sign out front of his Manhattan house for his birthday.  There is no doubt an allure to these Brooklyn Nets as they are moving into a new facility and hope to add stars to a roster that is filled with role players.  Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and Gerald Green are a few of these supplementary players who are all coming off strong individual performances in the 2011-2012 season, especially Humphries, who despite being voted

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The most important All Star game in professional sports

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The Major League Baseball All Star game is an annual weekend dedicated entirely to the best baseball players in the entire world.  Until 2002 it bared resemblance to most other events of its kind, however all that changed after 2002.

In 2002, the game was held in Milwaukee and ended in controversy with a tie in the 11th inning.  In the typical an All Star game, every player will maybe get one or two innings of playing time so as to accommodate every player.  Because the 2002 game went two innings over the projected finish, both managers ran out of relief pitchers.  Commissioner Bud Selig called the game and the MLB community went into a frenzy and demanded that nothing like that ever occur again.  Selig responded by enacting the current policy that undoubtedly elevates the stakes to all players competing.  Finally made permanent in 2006, the League that wins the game will have its participant in the World Series awarded home field advantage over the losing team.  Though it was initially an experiment, the new format proved to be successful.  The American League took advantage of the new rule for the first 7 seasons it was enacted while the National League won 3 World Series titles between those years. 

Last years game was held at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and was dominated by fantastic pitching.  The National League won 5-1 and earned home field advantage which proved to be vital as the 2011 World Series went to 7 games, with the Cardinals winning. 

The 2012 MLB All Star game will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on July 12 and will be televised on FOX.  It seems poised to be very exciting as votes are currently being counted to confirm each sides roster.  Matt Kemp is the leading vote getter for the National League with 3,322,009 votes and Joey Votto is right behind him with 3,151,032.  The Rangers Josh Hamilton is currently on pace to break the all time votes record with his vote count of  5,414,880 with significant time left for ballots to be casted.  Each teams starting pitcher has yet to be named though the National League will most likely come down to the Mets R.A. Dickey or, recently off of his perfect game, the Giants Matt Cain.  The American League is a tossup, though will most likely be awarded to the Tigers

The Biggest All-Star Game in Sports Gets Bigger in Houston

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Every year around mid-February the greatest athletes in the world gather for the best weekend in sports.  NBA All-Star weekend will be coming to the city of Houston next year and be held at the beautiful Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets.  The All-Star game will be viewed by a worldwide television audience in more than 200 countries and broadcast in over 40 different languages.  The last two games held in Houston were both classics with Karl Malone earning MVP honors in 1989 as the West defeated the East at the Astrodome.  Then, in 2006 Lebron James became the youngest player to be named All-Star game MVP when he scored 29 points and helped lead the East to a victory over the West.

The NBA is unique with its All-Star procedures in that it features a weekend of events beginning Friday that is capped off by the All-Star game on Sunday.  The festivities begin with the Celebrity All-Star game on Friday that is followed by the Rookie-Sophomore (now referred to as Rising Stars) game in which the leagues top new and 2nd year player

Top 5 New Jersey/New York Nets of All Time

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5. Rick Barry: New York Nets

One of the most prolific shooters in basketball history, Ricky Barry kicks off our list of the 5 greatest Nets ever.  Though he only played 3 seasons for the then ABA Nets, Barry was twice an All-star and twice an All-ABA selection.  As well, he played the second most minutes played and has the highest free throw shooting percentage in ABA history.

 

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4. Buck Williams: New Jersey Nets

Perhaps the most accomplished Nets player of all time, Buck Williams in the franchises all time leader in games, minutes, field goals attempted and made along with points scored.  A 3-time all star, Williams was a work horse leading the NBA in minutes played in 1984, games played in 1984 & 1986 and offensive rebounds in 1983.  As well, he was the NBA Rookie of the year and a one-time selection of the NBA All defensive team.

 

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3. Kenyon Martin: New Jersey Nets

The first overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft out of the University of Cincinnati, Kenyon Martin was one of the most athletic players to ever play in New Jersey.  The Naismith player of the year his senior season for the Bearcats, Martin went on to be selected to the NBA All-Rookie team and later to an All-Star game in 2004.  Most importantly though, Martin along with Richard Jefferson, Keith Van Horn, Jason Kidd and others helped lead New Jersey to back to back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003; although they lost both.  Martin went on to play for the Denver Nuggets and is currently a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

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2. Jason Kidd: New Jersey Nets

As previously mentioned, Jason Kidd was one of the essential players on the Nets back to back Finals teams.  He helped lead New Jersey to a 52-30 record in the 2001 season after coming over from the Phoenix Suns.  These two Finals appearences were the first in New Jerseys career and though they lost, put the team on the map.  The highlight worthy plays, normally orchestrated by Kidd, often included alley-oops that were gravity defying and highlight worthy.  Kidd went on to play 8 seasons in New Jersey and is currently on the Dallas Mavericks, winning his first championship last season.