Ben Simmons still only doing individual work after knee injury with just 10 games left in the regular season
The Brooklyn Nets guard hasn’t played since Feb. 15 while dealing with left knee soreness. More than a month after he went down, Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said Thursday that Simmons is still limited to individual work in practice. With just 10 games left in the regular season, it’s unclear if Simmons will be healthy enough to play before the end of the season — though Vaughn insists he isn’t looking that far ahead. Ben Simmons still not doing any team work, only individual work. Vaughn said just last week that Simmons had not sustained any setbacks with his injury, and that he was “progressing.”"Definitely operate on the belief [that Simmons will play again this season]," Vaughn said last week, via USA Today .wftv.com
Young's buzzer-beating jumper lifts Hawks past Nets 129-127
Young waited patiently for Mikal Bridges to fly past him before sinking a buzzer-beating jumper over the reach of Spencer Dinwiddie to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 129-127 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The Hawks took their final possession with 7.3 seconds remaining after Cam Johnson's 3-pointer tied the game at 127 with 7.8 seconds remaining. “That’s nothing new.”Young finished with 34 points for the Hawks, who recovered after blowing an 18-point lead to overcome four Nets scorers with at least 20 points. Thomas had 11 points in the period, helping the Nets trim the Hawks' lead to 64-57 at halftime. Before the game, Vaughn said he's looking for consistency and a balance of offense and defense.wftv.com
Nets reportedly extend head coach Jacque Vaughn with multi-year contract
Jacque Vaughn will be the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets for the foreseeable future after the team extended him with a multi-year contract deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Vaughn has been the Nets' head coach since Nov. 1 when he took over for Steve Nash. Despite a tumultuous season full of suspensions and trades, Vaughn navigated the Nets to a 32-19 record since Nash's firing and a 34-24 overall record — good for fifth in the Eastern Conference. This story will be updated.wftv.com
Irving excused from Nets-Wizards, 1 day after trade request
NEW YORK — (AP) — Kyrie Irving sat out the Brooklyn Nets' come-from-behind win over Washington on Saturday night, a day after he told the team he would like to be traded. Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn said after the Nets' 125-123 win that Irving did not attend the game and that the player's absence was excused. He did say Irving “was not at the walkthrough.”He wouldn't speculate if Irving would be available for the Nets' two remaining games before the trade deadline Thursday afternoon. Vaughn said he spoke with Irving and the rest of the team Friday, prior to the star guard's trade request becoming public. It's really day to day.wftv.com
Nets top Heat 102-101, lose Durant to right knee injury
Royce O'Neale's putback with 3.2 seconds left put Brooklyn to stay, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 102-101 on Sunday night in a game where Durant left in the third quarter with a right knee injury. “Right knee, he'll get evaluated tomorrow and then hopefully I'll have some more info," Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. Durant left with 36.6 seconds left in the third quarter, not long after he appeared to get hurt on a drive by Miami's Jimmy Butler. Durant grabbed at his right knee after Butler, who had just driven to the basket, landed with his back to Durant and fell into him. “Jimmy made the absolute right play," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, after the team argued for a foul to no avail.wftv.com
Durant has 33 points to lead Nets past Pelicans, 108-102
NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combined to miss 32 shots and didn't let it bother them one bit. Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds, Irving scored seven of his 19 points in the final 1:12 and the Brooklyn Nets outlasted the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 108-102 on Friday night. T.J. Warren scored 15 points for Brooklyn and Royce O'Neale added 14, including a 3-pointer with 2:27 left. New Orleans made just two of 12 3s in the second half after making 10 of 17 in the first. Marshall helped the Pelicans get off to a fast start with 10 first-quarter points, highlighted by three 3-pointers.wftv.com
Nets roll to 12 in a row as Vaughn builds winner in Brooklyn
Vaughn not only got the Nets playing good basketball, he also provided calmness to a franchise that had endured 10 months of turbulence. Vaughn showed the Nets what he could do in 2020, when he coached them during the NBA's pandemic restart at Walt Disney World. Missing a number of their top players who either couldn't or chose not to play, Vaughn guided an undermanned Brooklyn team to a 7-3 finish and a playoff berth. He discussed his options with Popovich, who offered Vaughn the chance to hang around the Spurs and watch the coaches work. Boston, the only team to beat the Nets in 13 games in December, returns to Brooklyn for a showdown next week.wftv.com
Nets score 91 in 1st half, wallop weary Warriors 143-113
NEW YORK — (AP) — Jacque Vaughn wasn't aware his Brooklyn Nets had the best first half in their history. “It’s the Warriors," Durant said. Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors' early turnovers — they finished with 21 that led to 36 points — helped the Nets get going. The Warriors scored the next seven in one of their only highlights of the night before Brooklyn extended it to 91-51 at the half on Durant's 3-pointer. Nets: Brooklyn has won 11 of its last 12 games.wftv.com
Nets score 91 in 1st half, wallop weary Warriors 143-113
Kevin Durant scored 23 points, all but two in a 91-point first half that was the third-biggest in NBA history, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the Golden State Warriors 143-113 to send the reigning champions staggering home with their second blowout loss in two nights in New York.
Nets fined $25K after sitting Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and 6 others in win over Pacers
The NBA fined the Brooklyn Nets $25,000 on Thursday for “failing to comply with league policies governing injury reporting” after they sat eight players on Saturday against the Indiana Pacers. "I think everything that is reported today has been documented," Vaughn said, via the New York Post's Brian Lewis . "And so whether that is we know that Seth and Joe, they had offseason ankle injury, there's no argument to that. Kevin is leading the league in minutes, there's no argument to that. Royce has a personal reason he's missing the next game, there's no argument to that.wftv.com
Nets win despite missing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and their other 5 top scorers
No Kevin Durant, no Kyrie Irving, no problem for the Brooklyn Nets. Missing their entire starting lineup and three of their four top bench players by minutes per game, the Nets somehow managed to defeat the Indiana Pacers 136-133 on the road. Cam Thomas, who entered the game averaging 6.1 points in 14.4 minutes per game, led the way with 33 points off the bench on 13-of-20 shooting. Kessler Edwards, who had played a team-low 39 minutes all season, led the Nets in minutes with 34. Yes, they were playing the Pacers, but the Pacers are 14-13 and unlike Nets, wereplaying their starters.wftv.com
Vaughn defends Nets decision to rest most of top rotation
INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — First, Brooklyn Nets coach Jacque Vaughn had to convince All-Star forward Kevin Durant to stay home Saturday night. Then he tried to explain why the Nets opted to rest their top seven scorers at Indiana. On Saturday, Vaughn kept Durant and Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Royce O’Neale, Nic Claxton, Seth Curry and T.J. Warren all out. In Brooklyn's case, seven of the players including Durant, Irving and Simmons are either injured or rehabbing from injuries. “I hope that fan knows Kevin really wanted to play, he understands that he (Durant) wants to win every game but it's a decision that for us, as an organization, just had to do," Vaughn said.wftv.com
Nets' Ben Simmons out at least 3 games with left calf strain
NEW YORK — (AP) — Ben Simmons will miss at least the next three games with what the Brooklyn Nets said is a strained left upper calf. Simmons also will miss home games against Toronto on Friday and Boston on Sunday before he is reassessed. Simmons missed five games earlier in the season with left knee soreness. The Nets also said Yuta Watanabe would remain out and be reassessed next week because of his strained right hamstring. The forward was leading the NBA in 3-point percentage when he was hurt after a victory over Memphis on Nov. 20.wftv.com
Ben Simmons out at least 3 games with calf strain for 11-11 Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are once again without Ben Simmons. The All-Star guard has been diagnosed with a left lateral upper calf strain and will miss at least Brooklyn's next three games, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell. From the New York Post:"He had some left knee soreness, that same knee. That return had already seen Simmons miss five games a month ago due to a sore left knee, and now he has another injury in the same leg. The Nets currently hold a record of 11-11 as they go into Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards.wftv.com
Nets' Ben Simmons out vs. Wizards with knee soreness, considered day to day
Ben Simmons is back on the bench with a knee injury. The Brooklyn Nets said Tuesday that Simmons will miss at least Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards due to knee soreness. Simmons left Monday night’s 109-102 win against the Orlando Magic in the first half after experiencing soreness in his left knee. Simmons asked coach Jacque Vaughn to come out of the game, but Vaughn said after that he thought this was an isolated incident. "I think more so than anything the accumulation of games," Vaughn said, via ESPN .wftv.com
Boo Simmons: Nets guard jeered in 1st game in Philly
The undermanned 76ers were the ones that turned the game into a laugher. Simmons had 11 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and went scoreless in the fourth quarter of Brooklyn's 115-106 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Oh yes, Sixers fans cursed, they turned old No. Simmons played his first game in Philadelphia since a Game 7 loss to Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals on June 20, 2021. Sixers fans needed only a Sharpie and the adhesive to salvage their old No.wftv.com
Nets coach Vaughn has no update on when Irving might return
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Kyrie Irving's return from suspension is still unknown, with Brooklyn Nets coach Jacque Vaughn saying Sunday he had no update on the guard. “I'm just going to continue to go day-by-day, push this group and coach these dudes today,” Vaughn said. Irving took to social media again on Sunday and posted: "I was not put here on earth to participate in any religious/political wars or incite racial disharmony/prejudice within communities. Nets owner Joe Tsai and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver have both said in recent days they met with Irving and don't believe he is antisemitic. The Nets' next game is on Tuesday in Sacramento before they finish up their road trip on Thursday in Portland.wftv.com
Nets are already showing improvement under Jacque Vaughn, but is it sustainable?
When the smaller Nets were having a hard time keeping the Knicks off the offensive glass, Durant tracked back to rebound. The key to a significant uptick for these Nets, though, comes on the other end of the floor. That likely won't sustain; Vaughn realizes that and highlighted "fouling and defensive rebounding" as more sustainable pathways to improvement. Thanks in part to what Curry called the “fresh energy” that Vaughn has brought to his new role, some things already have. “Again, it’s just — I look at the camaraderie that the players have shown” under Vaughn, Marks said before the game.wftv.com
Durant, Nets pound Knicks 112-85 after promoting Vaughn
NEW YORK — (AP) — Kevin Durant had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 25 points in his team's first 12 games, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the New York Knicks 112-85 on Wednesday night after making Jacque Vaughn their head coach. Durant beat the Knicks for the 13th straight time, and he's had triple-doubles in the last two of them. New York's basketball rivalry remained no rivalry at all, with the Nets beating the Knicks for the eighth straight time. The Nets decided to stick with Vaughn earlier Wednesday after showing signs of progress since he replaced Steve Nash after a 2-5 start. ... Nic Claxton had 12 points.wftv.com
Durant, Nets pound Knicks 112-85 after promoting Vaughn
Kevin Durant had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 25 points in his team’s first 12 games, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the New York Knicks 112-85 after making Jacque Vaughn their head coach.
Why Jacque Vaughn could signal a move in the right direction for Nets
After the Brooklyn Nets and former head coach Steve Nash parted ways, the franchise named longtime assistant Jacque Vaughn as acting head coach, as opposed to the interim title Vaughn received when he filled Kenny Atkinson’s first chair during the disjointed 2019-20 season. “I guess I was the write-in candidate, in the minds of the elections right now, but I’m OK with that,” Vaughn teased reporters. This will be Vaughn’s second tenure as a head coach following two-plus seasons at the helm of Orlando from 2012-15. Vaughn was particularly effective in maximizing Caris LeVert, one of the young Nets gems mined during this Brooklyn regime’s original feel-good rebuild. How Ben Simmons returns into the fold will play a significant ingredient in the Nets’ success under Vaughn.wftv.com
Nets make Jacque Vaughn coach, decide against Udoka pursuit
NEW YORK — (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets made Jacque Vaughn their head coach Wednesday, promoting Steve Nash's replacement instead of hiring suspended Boston coach Ime Udoka. Vaughn has gone 2-2 as acting coach since the Nets and Nash parted ways on Nov. 1. His first game as the head coach will be Wednesday night at home against the New York Knicks. “He has a proven ability to get the best out of our players, hold them accountable and play a cohesive, team-first style of basketball.”After moving on from Nash, the Nets had been in discussions with Udoka, who along with Vaughn had been a Nets assistant before taking the Boston job. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Brooklyn Nets name Jacque Vaughn, not Ime Udoka, their next head coach
The Brooklyn Nets pivoted amid reports that they intended to hire suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, instead lifting the interim tag from Jacque Vaughn's title as their replacement for Steve Nash. "Jacque’s basketball acumen, competitiveness and intimate knowledge of our team and organization make him the clear-cut best person to lead our group moving forward,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “He has a proven ability to get the best out of our players, hold them accountable and play a cohesive, team-first style of basketball.”Check back soon for more details.wftv.com
Nets reportedly plan to hire suspended Celtics coach Ime Udoka to replace Steve Nash as head coach
Assistant Jacque Vaughn will take over as interim head coach, but the team is reportedly planning to hire suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka to take his place. The Athletic's Shams Charania reports that the two sides are already engaged in discussions and planning to make the hire. The Celtics will reportedly let Udoka out of his contract to take another job. If Udoka is the next Nets coach, he brings his own set of baggage into an already tumultuous situation. But he's suspended for the season for reportedly having "an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff."wftv.com
Durant back, will start for Nets against Heat on Thursday
Nets Bucks Basketball Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant yells to teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash)NEW YORK — (AP) — Kevin Durant will start for the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night against Miami after missing 21 games with a sprained left knee ligament. The Nets brought Durant off the bench in his first game after returning from a lengthy injury absence last season, but Vaughn said the All-Star forward was ready to play from the start this time. The Nets were 5-16 in Durant's absence, falling from second place to eighth in the Eastern Conference. They are still without Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, but believe just having Durant will make a difference.wftv.com
Net gains: High hopes in Brooklyn with Durant, Irving ready
NEW YORK – Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sent expectations soaring when they decided to come to Brooklyn. And that includes 7-11, so get to know us,” Irving said, referring to their uniform numbers. He sat out all last season, while Irving ended up limited to only 20 games because of a shoulder injury. In just 9 1/2 minutes, Durant and Irving outscored the Washington Wizards by themselves, combining for 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Durant, Irving and Nash have all downplayed the talk.
Nets hire Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as coach
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who they said would remain on staff as Nash's lead assistant. In Steve we see a leader, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our players," Marks said.
It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs
Those games went final shortly before San Antonio was playing its final game of the season, against Utah. The 76ers, starting as the Syracuse Nationals before moving to Philadelphia, went to the playoffs every year from 1950 through 1971. This is how long the streak, all of it with Gregg Popovich as head coach of the Spurs, went: David Stern wasnt even halfway through his 30-year run as commissioner when the Spurs streak started. And the Spurs won 170 playoff games in that span; only seven franchises have more playoff wins in their entire history. There were 102 players who got into at least one Spurs playoff game during the streak, including current NBA head coaches Jacque Vaughn, Steve Kerr and Monty Williams.
NBA playoff picture comes into a bit more focus
Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. The NBA playoff picture is getting a little clearer. Brooklyn secured one of the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference on Friday, defeating Sacramento 119-106. For the Nets, the clinching comes as something to savor in a topsy-turvy season. Should that series take place, the ninth-place team would have to go 2-0 in a best-of-two series to advance. Were going to try to win every game.Phoenix, Sacramento and New Orleans remain in the mix for a play-in series spot.
Caris LeVert's 34 lead Nets past Wizards, 118-110
The Nets moved seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference standings, and now the Wizards hopes of forcing a play-in series are fading. Thomas Bryant had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Troy Brown Jr. added 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Wizards. The Nets are without DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince because of positive coronavirus tests before the restart. His 170 jams last season tied Kenyon Martin (2002-03) for the most in a season since the stat first was kept during the 1997-98 season. He is in his first season with the Nets after signing a two-way contract with the team in January.
Magic beat Nets 128-118 in restart opener, move up to 7th
They extended their winning streak to four and moved back ahead of the Nets into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Magic outscored the Nets 75-43 in the middle two quarters, allowing them to overcome some shaky defense at the start and finish. So Brooklyn started two players who hadn't started an NBA game this season one who never had. Veteran Jamal Crawford, signed as a substitute player after not playing in the NBA this season, did not play. Nets: Play Washington on Sunday.
Jamal Crawford's latest NBA chance finally arrives with Nets
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Jamal Crawford is coming off a 51-point game. And for a while, it looked like that game might have been Crawfords last as a player because for most of this season, the now 40-year-old guard remained unsigned. Bryant scored 60 in his final NBA game. If guys said your last game was a 51-point game off the bench, thats a heck of a exit, Crawford said. So, I tried to find the peace within that and I got a chance to spend time with family.
Practices begin at Disney, as teams begin restart routines
Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday, July 11. He had just walked off the court after the first Orlando Magic practice of the restart, and some of his teammates remained on the floor while engaged in a loud and enthusiastic shooting contest. We all missed it.The last eight teams were coming in Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers among them. I really think the NBA did the best they could to know make this as good as they can for us.
Despite virus cases, Nets say no thought to skipping restart
Spencer Dinwiddie is a maybe, with his status unclear after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brooklyn Nets don't look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks said Wednesday there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. Vaughn had moved Jordan into the starting lineup, but now the job apparently goes back to Jarrett Allen. They eventually decided it was best to first come back to Brooklyn, and both Dinwiddie and Jordan tested positive after returning. He sent his family to Phoenix when the virus struck New York, only to find that Arizona's cases are now rising.