When the Nets announced late Thursday night that Brook Lopez had suffered yet another foot injury, it seemed as if the team's 2014-15 strategy had faltered before the team had so much as played a regular season game.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in October 2015. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Early Friday morning, Bloomberg reported that a refinanced loan Fred Wilpon and his Mets ownership group engineered, likely using the SportsNet New York regional cable network as collateral, provides "at least $700 million" in new money.
The Brooklyn Nets struggled throughout December, and cost coach Avery Johnson his job in the process.
Fred Wilpon and his partners, owners of the New York Mets, have completed a re-finance of their debt against S.N.Y., according to the New York Post.
The New York Mets have gotten successively worse, as a baseball team, each season since they started playing in Citi Field back in 2009.
Carlesimo knows the only way he can stick around is by reviving Williams. One of his first acts as head coach was to sit down with Williams; his message, according to Carlesimo, was straightforward.
“I told him exactly what I needed him to be,” Carlesimo said Tuesday. “I needed him to be Deron Williams.”
As coach Mike Woodson answered questions less than 90 minutes before tipoff of Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trailblazers, a 105-100 loss, neither he nor anyone in the press room knew what his lineup would be.
At Thursday afternoon's press event to commemorate the firing of Avery Johnson, Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King answered questions. So did Johnson, even though he wasn't a member of the Brooklyn Nets anymore.
The New York Knicks, after their 21-8 start, are entering a new phase of the season.
EAST RUTHERFORD—We'd gathered at a location that no longer makes sense to see a coach who was fired for reasons no one outside the Nets organization fully understands.