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The Other Side: New Jersey Nets

I'm supposed to have teammates, right? (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Wizards miserable season started with a 95-85 loss to the New Jersey Nets last October. At the time, it appeared to be an upset, until the Wizards kept spiraling toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference, while the Nets finished 15 games ahead of Washington in the standings.

But while the Wizards loaded up this summer, the Nets went deeper into their rebuilding plans. They are expected to be really bad this season, after giving away one of their best talents -- Vince Carter -- to Orlando for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie. The Nets are 0-2 after losses to Minnesota and Orlando. Here's what else you need to know about the Nets.

1. A Russian billionaire could turn the Nets into the Nyets. Mikhail Prokohorov, the richest man in Russia with a reported worth of $9.5 billion, has a deal to buy 80 percent of the team and a project to move the team to Brooklyn. The Nets hope that his presence (and Jay-Z) can give them the inside track on the LeBron sweepstakes.

2. The Nets already had a reunion with Vince Carter on Friday. Orlando won but Carter got hurt. Carter spent 4 ½ seasons in New Jersey and received a standing ovation before the game.

3. The Nets have the youngest starting five in the NBA, with an average age of 22.8. They have some nice young talent in Courtney Lee and Brook Lopez. Devin Harris is the graybeard of the lineup -- at age 26 -- but he is likely out with a hamstring injury.

By Michael Lee  |  October 31, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
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Harris is likely out of the lineup for the Nets tonight with a sore groin:

Any word on Caronimo?

Posted by: TheFunBunch | October 31, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mike,

Any word from anyone on a Russian trying to buy an American sports team?

Any rumors or anything?

How do people around the league feel about it?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 31, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards with or without CB and AJ should smoke this team at home.

At least that's what good playoff teams do!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | October 31, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with most people's view of Courtney Lee just being a "system guy" or a "role player" specializing in defense and not going on offense so much. If you go back to his college days, you'll see that he is a supreme shooter and scorer who can make long jumpers and also be aggressive taking it to the hole. Last year he was a solid rookie playing on a champion-caliber team with three other all-stars and a borderline all-star in Turk, so he had to kind of settle into a specialized role just because there were so many other talented scorers surrounding him. In Jersey, where he's probably going to be the third option on offense, he'll give you 15+ points a night if he's aggressive and the Nets give him enough touches. I'm a huge Nick Young fan, but sometimes i just wish that Nick Young had a bit of what Lee has an him, Lee just oozes confidence and maturity and veteran poise even tho he was just a rookie last year. Not many players, much less rookies, get their dunk blocked by LeBron and keep on trying until they succeed. I'm hoping for Courtney Lee to become a solid starter for the nets and maybe even an all-star a few years down the road.

Posted by: Marine4Life51 | October 31, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Just keep Nick Young on the bench and we should be ok.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | October 31, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

If Butler is out of the lineup, I hope Miller can look for his shot.

Sure I like his unselfishness, but he needs to realize that it is better for him to take the jump shot than Haywood or Oberto. Pass to them only if they are close to the basket!

Posted by: sagaliba | October 31, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

If Butler cannot go, then by default, Paul Davis will be activated.

Posted by: sagaliba | October 31, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

What's with the Nick Young hate?

The guy played just over 12 minutes and during the time that he was on the court the net was minus three. Yes, -3.

Last time I checked the Wizards lost by more than 3 points last night.

The guy may not have earned extra PT with his time last night, but still when Stevenson gets into foul trouble and when Butler is out, odds are NY will see at least some action on the court. The effort is there, the execution is not.

Posted by: JPRS | October 31, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

If Butler's hurt or below full strength, NY will undoubtedly get a few minutes of burn. In NY's defense, he's displayed a little more confidence in front of the home crowd and should give the Wiz something if pressed into service (especially if he gets a couple buckets early). Stinks that the Wizards' home opener is the second half of a back-to-back against a rested team, but adrenaline should do the trick for them.

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 31, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"What's with the Nick Young hate?"

Hate? More like disappointment.

I bet that oh-for-eight in twelve and a half minutes had something to do with it.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 31, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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