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Nets sign guard Joe Harris

Nets sign guard Joe Harris

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Joe Harris to a multi-year contract.

“We are pleased to welcome Joe to the Nets family,” said General Manager Sean Marks. “We are confident that Kenny and his staff will continue to create an environment in which Joe and our other young players will develop and thrive.”

Harris (6’6”, 219) has appeared in 56 games in two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-16), averaging 2.5 points in 9.1 minutes per game. He also appeared in six games during the 2015 postseason. This past season, Harris saw action in five games with the Cavs and 10 games with Cleveland’s D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, registering averages of 16.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 33.1 minutes per game with Canton. The 24-year-old underwent right foot surgery in January before being traded to Orlando and waived by the Magic. Harris was originally selected with the 33rd pick (second round) in the 2014 NBA Draft by Cleveland after a four-year career at the University of Virginia. At UVA, the Chelan, Wash. native earned All-ACC first-team honors as a junior and helped lead Virginia to two NCAA Tournament appearances. As a senior, Harris garnered All-ACC third-team recognition while leading the Cavaliers to their first ACC tournament title since 1976, first outright ACC regular season title since 1981 and first Sweet 16 appearance since 1995. He finished his collegiate career second in school history in three-pointers made (263) and three-point percentage (.407).

Nets sign Randy Foye

Nets sign Randy Foye

The Nets have signed free agent guard Randy Foye.

Foye (6’4”, 213) joins the Nets after splitting the 2015-16 season with the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder. In 81 games, Foye averaged 5.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.3 minutes per game. He also appeared in 16 games in the Thunder’s run to the Western Conference Finals.

“We are pleased to welcome Randy to Brooklyn,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “He is a veteran guard who will provide us with additional scoring and depth in our backcourt.”

The 32-year-old has seen action in 683 career games (393 starts) in 10 seasons with Minnesota (2006-09), Washington (2009-10), Los Angeles Clippers (2010-12), Utah (2012-13), Denver (2013-16) and Oklahoma City (2016), owning averages of 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.3 minutes per game. He’s also seen action in 27 postseason games.

Foye finished in the top 10 in the league in three-pointers made in three consecutive seasons (2011-14) and is a career .369 shooter from three-point range.

The Newark, N.J. native was originally selected with the seventh pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by Boston and began his career with the Timberwolves after a draft-night trade.

Nets sign rookie Caris LeVert

Nets sign rookie Caris LeVert

The Nets have signed rookie guard/forward Caris LeVert to a multi-year contract.

Selected with the 20th pick in the first round of the 2016 Draft, LeVert’s draft rights were acquired by Brooklyn in a trade with the Pacers.

All players selected in the first round of the Draft are guaranteed to receive a contract, assuming they want to begin their NBA career right away.

LeVert (6’7”, 205) played four seasons at Michigan and helped the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the National Championship game in 2013 and the Elite Eight in 2014. In 103 career games (70 starts) for the Wolverines, LeVert averaged 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. As a senior, the Pickerington, Ohio, native posted averages of 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 30.9 minutes per game while shooting .506 from the field and .446 from 3-point range in 15 games (14 starts) during an injury-shortened season. He earned 2014 All-Big Ten second-team and 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament team honors following his sophomore season, when he averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34.0 minutes per game in 37 games.

Nets sign Luis Scola and Greivis Vasquez

Nets sign Luis Scola and Greivis Vasquez

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Luis Scola and guard Greivis Vasquez.

“Luis and Greivis are ideal fits for the team culture we are building in Brooklyn,” said Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks. “Both are terrific competitors who will provide leadership and veteran experience to our locker room. Luis adds toughness, scoring and passing ability to our frontline, while Greivis is effective from either backcourt position, both as a facilitator and a scorer.”

Scola (6’9”, 241) joins the Nets after spending the 2015-16 season with the Toronto Raptors. Scola appeared in and started 76 games, averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. In nine NBA seasons split between Houston (2007-12), Phoenix (2012-13), Indiana (2013-15) and Toronto, Scola owns career averages of 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.2 minutes per game in 707 games (504 starts). He has also appeared in 48 career postseason games, recording averages of 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. The 36-year-old was originally selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by San Antonio, but did not make his NBA debut until the 2007-08 season after his draft rights were traded to Houston. As a rookie, Scola earned All-Rookie First Team honors with averages of 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.7 minutes per game. Prior to the NBA, the Buenos Aries, Argentina native began his professional career in his home country with Ferro Carril Oeste in 1995-96 at the age of 15. He played three years in Argentina before moving to Spain, where he played nine seasons with three clubs, including seven seasons with Tau Ceramica (2000-07). Scola earned Euroleague First Team honors in 2005-06 and 2006-07, was named the MVP of the Spanish League in 2004-05 and 2006-07 and garnered Rookie of the Year honors in 2000. Scola is also a decorated player on the international stage. Representing his native Argentina, Scola will become a four-time Olympian when he competes at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He earned a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, as well as a bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Nets sign Luis Scola and Greivis Vasquez

Vasquez (6’6”, 217) has appeared in 398 games (157 starts) in six NBA seasons with Memphis (2010-11), New Orleans (2011-13), Sacramento (2013), Toronto (2013-15) and Milwaukee (2015-16), recording averages of 9.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 23.8 minutes per game. He has also appeared in 24 career postseason games, averaging 6.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 18.0 minutes per game. This past season with the Bucks, the 29-year-old saw action in just 23 games due to right ankle surgery, registering averages of 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 20.0 minutes per game. The native of Caracas, Venezuela was originally selected with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies, becoming the first Venezuelan-born player drafted in the NBA. Prior to the NBA, Vasquez spent four years at the University of Maryland, helping to lead the Terrapins to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Vasquez earned All-ACC second-team honors as a sophomore and junior before completing his standout collegiate career by garnering ACC Player of the Year, All-ACC first-team and consensus second-team All-American recognition as a senior. Vasquez is a member of the Venezuelan team that will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Nets sign center Justin Hamilton

Nets sign center Justin Hamilton

The Brooklyn Nets signed free agent center Justin Hamilton to a multi-year contract today.

“Justin is an energetic big with the ability to stretch the floor,” said Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks. “He is coming off a successful season in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues and will add depth to our frontcourt rotation.”

Hamilton (7’0, 260) joins the Nets after spending last season with Valencia in Liga ACB, Spain’s top division, where he earned All-ACB first-team honors after averaging 14.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game in 40 games with the club. Prior to heading to Spain, the 26-year-old appeared in 49 games in parts of two NBA seasons with Charlotte, Miami and Minnesota (2013-15), registering averages of 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. In the 2014-15 season, Hamilton appeared in 41 games split between Miami and Minnesota, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game. He also saw action in 39 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League during the 2013-14 season, posting averages of 19.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 35.6 minutes per game en route to D-League All-Star, All-NBA D-League first-team and NBA D-League All-Defensive first-team recognition. Hamilton began his professional career with stints in Croatia and Latvia during the 2012-13 season. The Alpine, Utah native was originally selected with the 45th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded to Miami on draft night before being waived by the Heat in advance of the 2012-13 season. Prior to beginning his pro career, Hamilton spent his first two collegiate seasons at Iowa State and his third and final season at LSU, where he earned All-SEC second-team honors.

Nets sign rookie Isaiah Whitehead

Nets sign rookie Isaiah Whitehead

The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Isaiah Whitehead to a multi-year contract.

Selected with the 42nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Whitehead’s rights were acquired by Brooklyn in a draft-night trade with the Utah Jazz in exchange for the draft rights to guard Marcus Paige, the 55th overall selection, and cash considerations.

Whitehead (6’4”, 210) played two years at Seton Hall, most recently leading the Pirates to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006. The Brooklyn native averaged 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 32.3 minutes per game in 34 games (33 starts) as a sophomore, earning unanimous All-Big East first-team honors and an Associated Press All-America honorable mention. He was also named the 2016 Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging 23.3 points and 5.7 assists in the Big East Tournament, where the Pirates claimed their first conference tournament title since 1993. As a freshman, Whitehead averaged 12.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 27.8 minutes per game in 22 games (19 starts) en route to Big East All-Rookie Team honors. A product of Abraham Lincoln High School and Coney Island, Whitehead was a McDonald’s All American and named Mr. New York Basketball by the state’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2014.

Nets sign Trevor Booker

Nets sign Trevor Booker

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent forward Trevor Booker to a multi-year contract. Booker’s deal is reportedly an 18$ million dollar contract over two years.

Booker (6’8”, 228) has appeared in 393 games (112 starts) in six NBA seasons with Washington (2010-14) and Utah (2014-16), recording averages of 6.5 points on .515 from the field, 5.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 20.3 minutes per game.

“Trevor is a seasoned big with a defensive mindset who will bring toughness, rebounding and a competitive edge to our team,” said Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks.

He also made a playoff appearance in 2014 with the Wizards, registering averages of 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game in nine contests. This past season, the 28-year-old saw action in 79 games with the Jazz, averaging 5.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.7 minutes per game while setting single-season career-highs in minutes played (1,632), rebounds (452), assists (84) and steals (59). The Newberry, S.C. native was originally selected with the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft by Minnesota before his rights were traded to Washington on draft night. Prior to beginning his NBA career, Booker played four years at Clemson (2006-10), earning All-ACC second-team honors as a junior, All-ACC first-team recognition as a senior and All-ACC defensive team honors in each of his final two seasons. He helped lead the Tigers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-record 93 victories during his four-year tenure.

Brooklyn Nets sign Jeremy Lin

Brooklyn Nets sign Jeremy Lin

The man who gave New York a fun dose of Linsanity has returned to the city. Now operating out of Brooklyn now instead of Manhattan.

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Jeremy Lin to a multi-year contract. The deal is reportedly a $36 million dollar contract over three years.

“We are excited to welcome Jeremy to Brooklyn,” said Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks. “He is a high character and competitive individual who will fit our culture moving forward, as well as the style of play that Kenny will be implementing. Jeremy is a proven veteran point guard with strong leadership qualities, who is an obvious fit in this system and city.”

Lin (6’3”, 200) has appeared in 369 career games (183 starts) in six NBA seasons with Golden State (2010-11), New York (2011-12), Houston (2012-14), Los Angeles Lakers (2014-15) and Charlotte (2015-16), posting averages of 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.8 minutes per game while shooting .432 from the field and .803 from the free throw line. He has also made three playoff appearances with the Rockets (2013 and 2014) and Hornets (2016), appearing in 17 games and recording averages of 10.1 points and 3.1 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. This past season with Charlotte, the 27-year-old Lin appeared in 78 games (13 starts) and averaged 11.7 points, a career-high 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 26.3 minutes per game. He played in all seven of the Hornets’ first-round playoff games against Miami, recording averages of 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.0 minutes per game. After a four-year collegiate career at Harvard, Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and began his professional career by signing as a free agent with Golden State. While at Harvard, Lin was an All-Ivy League first-team selection as both a junior and senior and an All-Ivy League second-team choice as a sophomore. The Palo Alto, Calif. native is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.

Nets trade Thaddeus Young to Pacers

Nets trade Thaddeus Young to Pacers

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired the draft rights to Caris LeVert, the 20th pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, along with a future second round pick, from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for forward Thaddeus Young.

LeVert (6’7”, 205) played four seasons at Michigan and helped the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the National Championship game in 2013 and the Elite Eight in 2014. In 103 career games (70 starts) for the Wolverines, LeVert averaged 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. As a senior, the Columbus, Ohio, native posted averages of 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 30.9 minutes per game while shooting .506 from the field and .446 from 3-point range in 15 games (14 starts) during an injury-shortened season. He earned 2014 All-Big Ten second-team and 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament team honors following his sophomore season, when he averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34.0 minutes per game in 37 games.

Young played in 101 games (93 starts) with the Nets after joining the team via trade from Minnesota on February 19, 2015, averaging 14.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 32.0 minutes per game. A nine-year NBA veteran, Young has appeared in 665 career games with Philadelphia, Minnesota and Brooklyn, holding averages of 13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 30.6 minutes per game.

Nets hire assistant coaches

Nets hire assistant coaches

The Brooklyn Nets have announced Head Coach Kenny Atkinson’s coaching staff, naming Jacque Vaughn, Chris Fleming and Bret Brielmaier assistant coaches, Adam Harrington assistant coach and director of player development, Jordan Ott assistant coach and manager of advance scouting and Mike Batiste player development assistant.

Vaughn spent two-plus seasons as head coach of the Orlando Magic (2012-15), and previously served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (2010-12). Most recently, Vaughn spent the 2015-16 season as a pro scout with the Spurs. Prior to beginning his coaching career, the Altadena, Calif. native enjoyed a 12-year playing career in the NBA after being selected with the 27th pick in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. In 776 career games with Utah, Atlanta, Orlando, New Jersey and San Antonio, Vaughn averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. The Kansas grad made nine playoff appearances in his 12 seasons in the league, and was a member of the 2007 NBA champion Spurs.

Fleming begins his first season with the Nets after spending last season as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. Prior to joining the Nuggets, the Forked River, N.J. native served as a head coach in Germany for 14 years, first with QTSV Quakenbrϋck/Artland Dragons for eight seasons (2000-08) and then with Brose Baskets Bamberg for six seasons (2008-14). Fleming led Brose Baskets to four German League championships and was named the German League Coach of the Year in 2011. The University of Richmond alum also had a six-year stint with QTSV/Artland as a player (1994-2000). Fleming is currently the head coach of the German national team, a position he has held since November 2014.

Brielmaier spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to joining the Nets. A native of Mankato, Minn., Brielmaier also worked for four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (2009-13), beginning his career as a player development assistant before becoming the team’s video coordinator for his final three seasons in San Antonio. Brielmaier played collegiately at the University of Arizona and he began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant coach under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olsen during the 2008-09 season.

Harrington joins the Nets after most recently serving as a shooting coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2014-15 season. Harrington also founded With Purpose Training, working with NBA and NCAA players. The Bernardston, Mass. native competed collegiately at North Carolina State and Auburn before embarking on an eight-year pro career (2002-10) that included stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets during the 2002-03 NBA season. Harrington also spent time with teams in the NBA D-League, China, Spain, Israel, Germany, Croatia, France and Poland.

Ott joins the Nets from the Atlanta Hawks, where he spent the past three seasons as the team’s video coordinator. Prior to his stint with the Hawks, Ott served in the same capacity with the Michigan State men’s basketball program for five years (2008-13). The McConnellsburg, Pa. native received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Penn State in 2006 and earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Michigan State in 2008 while serving as a graduate assistant with the Spartans. Ott also worked as an assistant coach with the Dominican Republic national team in last summer’s FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City.

Batiste begins his first season in Brooklyn after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Batiste played professionally for 14 years, including one season with the Memphis Grizzlies (2002-03). He spent 10 years with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League, helping to lead the club to eight consecutive league championships and earning the league’s MVP award in 2010, as well as stints with clubs in Belgium, Italy and Turkey. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Batiste played collegiately for three years at Arizona State, earning first-team All-Pac 10 honors in his final year (1999).

Here’s the New York Daily News reporting on the Nets and their rebuilding project:

Nets will sign Tyler Johnson to offer sheet

After signing starting point guard Jeremy Lin on Friday and power forward Trevor Booker on Saturday, the Nets are preparing to add restricted free-agent guard Tyler Johnson, who has agreed to sign a four-year, $50 million offer sheet, according to The Vertical.

The Miami Heat, with whom Johnson has played for his first two NBA seasons, have three days to retain him and match the Nets’ bid once the 24-year-old signs the Nets’ offer on Thursday, which is when the free-agent signing moratorium will be lifted.

Jeremy Lin to sign with Nets

It’s going to take multiple seasons to make real progress, but the Nets are trying to rebuild. They recently traded Thaddeus Young, waived Jarrett Jack, and now are built around center Brook Lopez and a team of backups. Point guard Jeremy Lin is good enough to start for some teams but would come off the bench for most others. But, he’s a player. And he has super-fun history in NYC — Linsanity, ya’ll. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Jeremy Lin to sign with Nets

Jeremy Lin is back in New York, and the Nets have found their point guard.

Lin announced the move Friday morning on his Twitter account: “The journey continues…thankful for the next chapter!!”

Yahoo reported that the deal is for three years and $36 million, and includes a player option on the third year.

Lin had made a name for himself on the other side of the river with the Knicks midway through the 2011-12 season when Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was an assistant in the Garden. Lin averaged 18.7 points and 7.7 assists in 25 starts for the Knicks, giving rise to the phenomenon known as Linsanity.

Nets waive Jarrett Jack

Nets waive Jarrett Jack

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Jarrett Jack.

According to the New York Post, “Jack had a salary of $6.3 million for next season, but the Nets had until Thursday night to waive him and owe him only $500,000. The team will stretch that sum over three years to save every possible penny of cap room.”

Jack saw action in 112 games over two seasons with Brooklyn, posting averages of 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 29.2 minutes per game. This past season, Jack appeared in and started 32 games, averaging 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 32.1 minutes per game before suffering a season-ending right knee injury on January 2. An 11-year NBA veteran, Jack has played in 803 career games with Portland, Indiana, Toronto, New Orleans, Golden State, Cleveland and Brooklyn, recording averages of 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 28.1 minutes per game.

Report: Nets trading Thaddeus Young to Pacers

The Nets finished last season with a 21-61 record, the third worst in the league, ahead of only the Lakers and Sixers. A Brooklyn rebuild is clearly in order, which is difficult when a team has traded lots of first round draft picks away. But they have reportedly taken a step in the rebuild direction today, as reported by Woj/Yahoo Sports:

Brooklyn has traded forward Thad Young to the Indiana Pacers for the 20th pick and a future 2nd rounder, league sources tell @TheVertical.

Young, a power forward, averaged 15.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last season and now gets to play alongside star Paul George.

Both the Nets and Pacers could make more moves soon. It’ll be interesting to see if the Nets deal center Brook Lopez, who is their best-remaining commodity.

Anthony Mason was an awesome NBA player. A versatile, rugged forward with handles like a guard. Super fun to watch. And he passed away far too soon. Mase will be remembed in many ways, one of which now comes in the form of a street named in his honor. Here’s the New York Daily News reporting:

Street in Queens, NY named after Anthony Mason

Fans, friends, civic leaders and former teammates gathered Saturday in Jamaica, Queens, to honor Anthony Mason, the late, great Knicks’ bruising forward, renaming the street where he grew up, for him.

“Anthony Mason Way,” was added to 147th St. at Rockaway Blvd. for the player who died last year at 48 of congestive heart failure.

“This is a beautiful event,” said his son, Antoine Mason, 23. “The tough thing is, it’s not about anybody else here. It’s about the guy who’s up there.”

A city hoops legend and a graduate of Springfield Gardens High School, Mason was feverishly dedicated to the game. He’d break into the school gym to practice his game through the night, his son said.

Nets athletic performance department

The Brooklyn Nets have named Zach Weatherford as director of player performance, Dan Meehan as head strength and conditioning coach, Lloyd Beckett as head athletic trainer/physical therapist and Aisling Toolan as director of physical therapy.

“We are extremely excited to announce the formation of our new performance team which is comprised of world renowned leaders in the fields of athletic performance and sport science,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “Together they bring a collective experience along with global industry contacts that will open doors for the Nets to have access to top performance programs and techniques from around the world. Working in conjunction with our elite medical team from the Hospital for Special Surgery, we will be able to provide our players with the highest level of care possible, giving them every advantage to reach their maximum level of performance.”

Here are their bios, from the Nets:

Zach Weatherford joins the Nets after spending the past two years as human performance manager at the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command. Weatherford was appointed as the first Naval Special Warfare human performance program manager to facilitate the program across the Navy SEAL/SWCC Force of over 8,500 active duty personnel. From 2010-14, Weatherford served as human performance manager for the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. Prior to his military experience, Weatherford held multiple roles with the U.S. Olympic Committee. From 2007-09, Weatherford held the position of sport physiologist for the U.S. Olympic Committee, where he led a multidisciplinary team of science-based human performance professionals which implemented platforms across 17 U.S. Olympic Team programs. In addition, Weatherford served as the strength and conditioning/video specialist for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team from 2004-07 and as strength and conditioning coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee from 2000-04. Throughout his time with the U.S. Olympic program, Weatherford was on staff for three Olympic Games (2004-Athens, 2006-Torino, 2008-Beijing). A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Weatherford received a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology along with a sport science degree.

Dan Meehan comes to Brooklyn after serving the past six years as head strength and conditioning coach/sport scientist for the North Melbourne Football Club in Australia. In his role with the club, Meehan was responsible for developing and implementing individual training programs for 45 Australian Rules Football players, which included strength and power training, conditioning, speed and agility work, injury prevention and corrective exercise techniques. Meehan also worked in the same capacity for the Melbourne Tigers of the Australian National Basketball League during the 2011-12 season. Previously, Meehan spent five years as a physical preparation coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport in Melbourne working with Olympic and World Championship medalists in numerous sports. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Meehan received his Bachelor of Exercise Science degree and Honors research degree from Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

Lloyd Beckett joined the Nets in 2014, and for the past two seasons has held the dual role of director of physical therapy and assistant athletic trainer. He was honored as the Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year for the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining the Nets, Beckett worked with the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations as a physical therapist in 2014. Beckett also spent two years as a physical therapist at the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute and has held sports medicine internships with the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, New England Patriots and Providence College. A native of Falmouth, Maine, Beckett received his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees from Northeastern University. He also holds a Master of Science degree from Bridgewater State University.

Aisling Toolan joins the Nets after spending the past five years as a physical therapist at the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation and Performance Center. In addition, Toolan served as the physical therapist for NYCFC during the 2015 MLS season. In 2014, Toolan completed a rotation at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, where she worked with National Team gymnasts, fencers, wrestlers and weightlifters. Toolan received her Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. The former Irish international soccer player and native of Dublin is also a board certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy.

Nets hire Kenny Atkinson as head coach

The Brooklyn Nets yesterday (Sunday) announced that they have hired Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach. Atkinson will become the 21st head coach in the franchise’s NBA history.

“We are thrilled to announce Kenny Atkinson as our new head coach and to welcome him and his family to Brooklyn,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “Kenny’s years of NBA coaching experience working under successful head coaches such as Mike Budenholzer and Mike D’Antoni have provided him with the foundation and experience we were looking for in a head coach. We believe that Kenny’s core principles, leadership, communication skills and exceptional background in player development make him an ideal fit for the culture we are building in Brooklyn.”

Atkinson currently serves as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks and will continue in this capacity until the conclusion of Atlanta’s postseason. With respect to the Hawks and their playoff schedule, a press conference to formally introduce Atkinson will be held on a date that has yet to be determined.

“I’d like to extend a personal welcome to Kenny and wish all of us success as we begin a new era at the Brooklyn Nets,” said Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov. “Aside from his tremendous skills and experience, he has the mindset we need to build a winning team day by day, step by step. Together, we can do great things.”

Atkinson joins the Nets after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks under Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. The Hawks made playoff appearances in each of Atkinson’s four seasons, including the club’s first-ever trip to the Eastern Conference Finals last season. The 2014-15 Hawks registered a franchise-record 60 wins, including a franchise-best 19-game win streak, and captured their first division title in more than 20 years. Atkinson served on the 2015 Eastern Conference All-Star coaching staff, and he guided Team World in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in New York. Prior to his tenure with the Hawks, Atkinson was an assistant coach for four seasons with the New York Knicks (2008-12), helping the team reach the postseason in 2011 and 2012. Atkinson also spent one season as the Director of Player Development for the Houston Rockets (2007-08).

“I am truly honored and humbled to be named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and I would like to thank Nets’ ownership and management for this tremendous opportunity,” said Atkinson. “Together with Sean and his staff, we look forward to building a winning tradition here in Brooklyn. I also want to acknowledge and thank Mike Budenholzer and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for their cooperation and support throughout this process. While I am eager to begin working with the Nets, I remain committed to my coaching responsibilities with the Hawks for the remainder of the postseason.”

Very rough Nets season almost over

Here’s the New York Post reporting on the Brooklyn Nets, whose season was a bit lacking in the wins department:

Very rough Nets season almost over

As the shorthanded Nets stumble to the finish of this painfully long season, interim coach Tony Brown has begged with them to show some grit. In Monday’s 120-111 loss at Washington — the first quasi-competitive effort in their nine-game skid — the Nets actually showed some fight, even if it was against each other.

After the Nets had come out flat to dig themselves a 20-0 hole right from the start, Brown benched his starters and watched his bench claw back into the game, eventually leading 85-79. And in the second quarter, backup Sean Kilpatrick had a confrontation with Bojan Bogdanovic, one both claimed was nothing but a positive.

“Honestly, I think that’s good for the team, especially when we lose a couple of games,’’ said Bogdanovic. “We have to get some fire, fight with each other a little bit to wake up everybody. So, there is not a problem between me and Sean.’’

The Nets — who are 21-60 and finish their season Wednesday vs. Toronto — haven’t just been asleep, but comatose. Before Monday’s six-point loss, they’d dropped eight straight by an average of almost 19.3 points, every one by double-digits.

The Brooklyn Nets have signed center Henry Sims to a second 10-day contract.

Originally signed to a 10-day contract on March 17, Sims has appeared in four games with the Nets, averaging 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game.

The Nets are 21-51 this season which is the second worst record in the Eastern conference.

Nets sign Sean Kilpatrick to multi-year contract

The Brooklyn Nets today signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a multi-year contract.

Initially signed to the first of two 10-day contracts on February 28, Kilpatrick played in nine games with Brooklyn, averaging 11.9 points on 49.3 percent shooting from the field and 47.1 percent from three-point range in 19.1 minutes per game. Kilpatrick has scored in double figures six times, including each of the last four games.

In 21 career NBA games split between Brooklyn, Denver and Minnesota, Kilpatrick has averaged 7.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game.

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