Where’s Brooklyn at now?

The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:

 

 

 

1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.

 

 

Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.

Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.

Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.

 

 


 

 

2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.

Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.

Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to expectations, the Nets’ balance may make it difficult for Pierce or Garnett to register the numbers necessary to make them surefire All-Stars.

Windhorst: Fact. Pierce had a pretty good season last year but had to compete with the likes of James, Anthony, Deng and George as a wing player and didn’t make it. Garnett is still one of the most valuable big men in the game. There is some question about the minutes they’ll probably get with such a deep team and that may affect their numbers and perhaps their candidacy.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Because of age, new roles and the minutes limit they should be on, Garnett and Pierce likely won’t be All-Star caliber players this season. Nor do they have to be during the regular season. They still may be voted All-Stars, but the goal is to have Garnett and Pierce fresh and playing like All-Stars in the postseason.

 

 


 

 

3. Fact or Fiction: Deron Williams will reassert himself as a top-five PG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With both Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo coming off ACL rehab, this is probably easier than it sounds. But Williams should absolutely benefit from the additional talent around him. After averaging 18.9 points and 7.7 assists in a bit of a “down” year last season, it’s scary to think of the numbers Williams is capable of posting now. And team success has a way of making every floor general look even better.

Gordon: Fact. He’s got tough competition, but he was already playing like a top-five point after the All-Star break. The tricky thing is that all the best points play so differently that it’s hard to rank them along a firm scale — how do you value Stephen Curry against Rajon Rondo, for example? — but Deron should be in the conversation.

Wallace: Fact. I’m willing to write off the past two seasons based on the injuries, turmoil and drastic roster turnover. But D-Will is all out of excuses at this point. He’s either going to solidify his stature as an elite player or he’ll hitch himself to Joe Johnson as the biggest bust of a starting backcourt max money could buy. He’ll get his mojo back.

Windhorst: Fact. If you look at the numbers after the All-Star break last season you could make the argument he was already there. Williams seemed to be soured a bit by that season and a half he was mired on bad teams in Newark and didn’t come in the best shape or with the best mindset to Brooklyn. He seemed like a different player in March and April and you would assume he carries that over to November.

Youngmisuk: Fact. Williams will be even more rejuvenated with the talent surrounding him. He will be eager to show that this is his team and veterans such as Garnett and Pierce will make him better. Also, Kidd — his friend, mentor and coach –- will push the right buttons and get the best out of Williams.

 

 

 


 

 

4. Fact or Fiction: Coaching will be the Nets’ biggest weakness in 2013-14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Coaching is one of the team’s biggest wild cards at the moment given the untested nature of first-year coach Jason Kidd. That said, having a proven top assistant such as Lawrence Frank will ease Kidd’s transition and prevent coaching from hurting this team. Coaching will get blamed as the Nets’ biggest weakness if they struggle, but chances are the Nets will have more glaring issues elsewhere.

Gordon: Fact. Only by default, though. It’s hard to look at the lineup and see a strongly identifiable weakness, and we know that Kidd is still learning the ropes — some of the plays during his first Summer League games were drawn up by Frank, who’s surely going to justify his fat contract. It hopefully will be less so as the year wears on.

 

 

Wallace: Fiction. Kidd has a solid mentor beside him on the bench in Frank. Kidd was always a coach on the floor during his remarkable career at point guard. Managing clutch situations, egos and minutes will be a challenge as coach. But he’s got a team of veterans who appear to have his back. But it’s still early. Adversity hasn’t struck yet. Age will be their biggest strength — and potential weakness.

Windhorst: Fiction. While I think it is a risk to trust a team with such championship aspirations to a rookie coach, health will be a huge factor. This is an older team and their youngest star, Brook Lopez, is coming off foot surgery. Last season, injuries to Lopez and Joe Johnson really gave the Nets problems. If they’re healthy, they’ll be contenders.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Kidd may be a rookie and there certainly will be a learning curve. Kidd, though, will lean on his staff, especially Frank. The Nets have potentially bigger pitfalls such as health, age and chemistry.

 

 

 


 

 

5. Fact or Fiction: The Nets will win a championship by 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Money can build you a competitive team and a fantasy roster, but championship teams have a little something extra and we won’t know if Brooklyn has that until we see this group on the floor. The Nets will give themselves a short window to compete for a crown, but winning one in the next two seasons is no slam dunk, particularly if the group in Miami keeps its band together.

 

 

Gordon: You’re not getting me to answer this one with a straight face. If everything breaks right for them — Garnett and Pierce’s health, Kidd’s feel for the job, etc. — the Nets should surely be in the running. But all of that means they carry more risk than any other contender, too. (Hey, the boom-or-bust thing is kind of fun, right?)

Wallace: Fiction. It’s hard to say for sure that any team will certainly win a title by 2015. But the Nets have their work cut out with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls collectively in the midst of their prime. Considering Garnett and Pierce have a relatively short window of opportunity, the Nets have this season and next to get it done. I’ll believe how reliable they are when I see it. But I wouldn’t be absolutely stunned if they broke through.

Windhorst: Fiction. I can’t possibly predict what the landscape will be in the 2014-15 season, so basically I’m answering this on this season. If all teams stay healthy, I believe the Heat and Pacers are still better than the Nets. The Bulls are right there as well. I am not picking them to win the East at this point, so I can’t say they’ll win the title.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. They will contend but they might be the third-best team in the East. If they don’t win it all, the task only gets more difficult. The Nets’ cap-strapped roster will only get older while the 2014 superstar free-agent crop may alter the balance of power in the league, with the top players constantly looking to join forces to create the next star-studded team.

Jokowi Open MUSORPROV X KONI Jakarta

Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo officially opening the X Provincial Sports Council (Musorprov X) KONI Jakarta in 2013 at the Hotel Mercure Ancol, Jakarta, on Saturday (6/4).
On that occasion, Jokowi, greeting familiar Joko Widodo also presented awards to six athletes in the sport DKI tennis and track and field athlete ever to ASEAN Para Games in Surakarta.
“By saying bismilah, Province X Koni Sports Council of Jakarta in 2013 was officially opened this morning,” said Jokowi.
After a welcome start, Jokowi, which comes with a white shirt and black pants, immediately start hitting the gong sign Musorprov event X KONI Jakarta in 2013. He hoped that the event will run smoothly.
As is known, this Council was held to discuss the three main agenda. Ie to discuss the report of activities DKI KONI 2009-2013 tenure. The second item on the agenda to discuss and establish a draft work program KONI Jakarta term of office from 2013 to 2017. After that, the activities will be followed by the election of the Chairman of KONI Jakarta period 2013-2017.

PSSI Establish Cooperation with International Sports Law Association

PSSI Jalin Kerjasama Dengan Asosiasi Hukum Olah Raga Internasional

JAKARTA – The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) formed a partnership with the International Association of Sports Law (IASL) to build sport tourism and prevent football from terrorist acts.
There are seven scope of cooperation between the PSSI with IASL, the exchange of information and documentation, organization of joint activities for specific activities and the implementation of joint activities such as conferences, seminars and workshops on issues of international sports law.
Signing of the MoU by Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos IASL President and the Secretary-General (Secretary) PSSI Joko Driyono at Hotel Atlet Century Senayan Jakarta, Friday (28/6).
Secretary-General (Secretary) PSSI, Driyono Joko said, cooperation is expected to contribute positively to the flagship program PSSI, the Indonesian Football Millennium Development (IMFD) in international forums.
IMFD has been approved in the PSSI congress in Surabaya June 17, 2013.
“We are very excited. It’s a new era in the development of Indonesia Millennium Development Football, “he said.
On that occasion, IASL appointed Indonesia as the host of the 19th IASL Congress next October. Congress to be held in Bali that will be attended by 40 countries.
“Sport tourism and terrorism will be issues that will be discussed in Bali,” he said.
IASL is an international scientific association founded at the first International Congress on Sports Law, December 11 to 13, 1992 in Athens, Greece. IASL goal is the cultivation and development of science, research and teaching Sports Law and the Olympic institution.

Inter Sell 75 Percent Stake to Erto?

Inter Milan reportedly has officially sold its shares to Indonesian businessman, Erick Thohir, as much as 75 percent.
As reported by the Italian media Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday (9/7) this morning, Inter sold the shares are worth 300 million euro (Rp 3.9 trillion).
Thohir want to acquire Inter news that had been blowing since early May. Initially, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA club owners and club soccer MLS DC United was negotiating with club president Massimo Moratti to buy a 51 percent stake in Inter.
However, further news said Thohir offers up to 75 percent. However, the deal never actually come after Moratti has repeatedly denied that there was a deal with the boss Mahaka Group.

Olympic athletes become ‘Victims Twitter’ again

London – Michel Morganella, sport of football athletes from Switzerland, will no longer appear in the 2012 Olympics. He crossed the booms due to a nuanced Swiss racism on Twitter.

After Switzerland defeated South Korea 1-2 in a match Sunday (07/29/2012) and then, Morganella were certainly disappointed over losing his singing on his Twitter account.

That became a problem, which is addressed to chirp contents stronghold South Korea is not only rude but also nuanced racism. Morganella then reportedly already deleted the tweet, but the investigation is still being done. Moreover, the Swiss media have also been busy preaching chirp 23-year-old athlete.

In the process, chairman Gian Gilli contingent Swiss Olympic team ensures that Morganella has lost his right to appear at the 2012 Olympics with Switzerland. He could no longer automatically defend Switzerland for the match against Mexico on Wednesday (1/8).

“He is discriminating, insulting, and degrading of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,” said Gilli told Football Italia.

Morganella itself is the second athlete in the 2012 Olympics after the team returned catapult inappropriate chirp on Twitter. Previous Greek athlete Voula Papachristou also suffered a similar fate due to mocking African immigrants.

Jose Mourinho Respect Contract In Chelsea

Jose Mourinho Hormati Kontrak Di Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he had no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge to return to FC Internazionale.

Previously, Inter president Massimo Moratti said that Mourinho will return to the Nerazzurri in the next three years. Despite loving the club given the treble in 2010, Mourinho was that it had no intention of returning the Giuseppe Meazza.

When asked by reporters who also attended Goal Indonesia about it on the sidelines of the team’s training at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Mourinho replied: “Nothing.”

“I love Inter. I have a good relationship with the club, players, and Moratti. I have an emotional connection with every my former club. ”

“But return to Inter is not my intention. My attention is now fixed at Chelsea. I have a four-year contract with Chelsea. If Moratti said I would be back in three years, that’s not true. ”

“I want to honor my contract here [Chelsea]. I want to stay at Chelsea. If I can last longer, then it became my ambition. “

David Moyes Disappointed Manchester United overpowered Yokohama F Marinos

David Moyes Kecewa Manchester United Dibekuk Yokohama F Marinos

Manchester United manager David Moyes admitted he was disappointed to see his team defeated Yokohama F Marinos 3-2 in a preseason game.

The Scottish coach considered his team conceded a goal in the game is trivial. But, however, remains Moyes praised the Japanese club.

“It was a tough game for us. They played well but we conceded a goal very bad,” said Moyes told MUTV.

“They’re a pretty good team. They make the players work hard enough, but we were not able to maximize our chances.”

Moyes also commented on the appearance of United’s young players on their pre-season tour. “It was a tough game for young players. We want to see what they will do and they play well,” he concluded.

Stadiums in Europe that has Musala and Mosque

Tiga Pemain Muslim di Timnas Prancis: Ribery (kiri), Anelka (tengah) dan Benzema. Ilustrasi - AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

Rubin Kazan, professional clubs in the Russian Premier League, to build a mosque in his new stadium: Rubin Stadium. Construction of places of worship for Muslims by players or fans club of course a form of respect and tolerance of management.

Start 2013-2014 season, Rubin Kazan new stadium occupies. The sports complex will also be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Stadium with a capacity of 45 thousand spectators was headquartered Kazan, city Muslim population reaches 55 percent of the total city population.

Services prayer rooms for football fans is provided by the club in the Premier League, Blackburn Rovers. Since 2008 at the Ewood Park stadium complex there is special worship space, but can be utilized by the entire trust. One porch, diverse religions.

Tom Finn, managing director of Rovers, describes the worship space in the stadium was designed as a quiet room with soundproofing.

Thus can be used for worship in comfort and quiet. The club expects to bring in more spectators through the facilities of this kind.

As a pioneer who built the club worship space in the stadium, there are actually Bolton Wanderers. Since 2006, the club in the Premier League was founded in 1874 has been to build prayer rooms for fans.

As with Rovers and Kazan, Wanderers fans to prepare for all religions. The place of worship is called a ‘silent room’.

While the latest in the UK is Newcastle United. Starting this year, the club had a special prayer room in the stadium. Of all the players with different religions should use it.

There are seven players in the Muslim club based in St James Park Stadium, that is Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Mehdi Abeid who now has a special place for prayer. Previous them to pray in the existing spaces only.

“Religion has an important role to some of our players,” said Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, said the reason to build a place of worship.

In Germany, Bayern Munich club will build a mosque at the Allianz Arena stadium. The 2013 Champions League is a place of worship dedicated to the players who are Muslims and Muslim fans.

The plan stems from the demand for mainstay striker Munich, Frank Ribery converted to Islam to marry a woman from Morocco in 2006. Actually requested only a small space that can be used for prayer. But management wanted to get up bigger, with a mosque imam who worked full-time.

Those costs, the club is willing to bear 85 per cent. The rest is left to the players and fans to participate.

This kind of model is different to that done by other clubs. The entire cost of the construction was funded from the club’s finances.

Race of Champions to be Held Again in Bangkok

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BANGKOK – For the second consecutive Race Of Champions (ROC) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. In this year’s edition of the Rajamangala Stadium arena again believed to be the event which will take place on 14-15 December 2013.
End of season competition, held every year since 1988, brings together the motorsport world champions such as Formula 1, WRC, touring racing, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and the X-Games in one arena to fight in identical cars. In each event, ROC fight two titles are Champion Of Champions (individual) and the Nations Cup (states).
Last year Lotus F1 team driver, Romain Grosjean, managed to win the individual title. While Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher won the Nations Cup, six times in a row representing Germany.
ROC 2013 will again hold ROC ROCKS Fan Festival at the Rajamangala Stadium, anyway. The festival will feature a series of performances, demos, music, DJs and much more, allowing ppara enggemar to be closer to the stars of the sport.