Brooklyn Nets: Tyler Johnson In, Theo Pinson Out

Tyler Johnson, Brooklyn Nets

Late last night, the Brooklyn Nets made one of the first big moves of pre-Orlando free agency by signing veteran Tyler Johnson. The 28-year-old guard, who has played for the Heat and the Suns in his 7 year career, will continue his journey as a key player in the rotation for the Nets. Johnson was having a down year for the Suns before play was suspended, averaging only 5.7 points in limited playing time, but Net’s fans hope he’s able to capture some of the same magic he had early in his career with the Heat.

Nets Have Had their Eye on Tyler Johnson for a While

This isn’t the first time the Nets showed interest in Johnson. Back in 2016, the Nets had put out a $50 million offer sheet for Johnson, that was matched by the Miami Heat. Now a guard has been added to the mix, general manager Sean Marks has a decision to make on Chris Chiozza. Chiozza gave the Nets some great minutes down the stretch as a backup option to Spencer Dinwiddie but is currently a free agent. He is not guaranteed a spot on the roster but many Nets fans feel bringing Chiozza back would be in the team’s best interest, especially with Kyrie Irving sidelined until next season.

With Tyler Johnson coming in, the Nets also decided to permanently waive fan-favorite Theo Pinson. What Pinson lacked in on-court production he made up as a motivator on the bench. Whether it was celebrating big baskets by dancing on the sidelines or constantly hyping up teammates after significant plays, Pinson helped create the culture in Brooklyn that helped propel the team to a playoff run last year and made the team attractive enough for two of the biggest superstars in the league to want to play here. Every great team needs a hype man and Pinson for the last few years was that guy.

Unfortunately in attempting to build a championship roster, Marks has had to make certain sacrifices along the way. In cutting Pinson, allowing David Nwaba (another fan favorite) to sign a two year deal with the Rockets, and trading away the Net’s best player from a year ago in D’Angelo Russell, Marks has shown he’s willing to make the tough decision to take this team to the next level.

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Former GM Rod Thorn Blames end of Nets Eastern Conference Dominance on not resigning Kenyon Martin

Many people come to mind when Nets fans reminisce over the early 2000s teams that went to two straight finals in 2002 and 2003. Jason Kidd, Kerry Kittles, Keith Van Horn, Byron Scott, and Richard Jefferson are among some of those names. One name every Nets fan will forever remember was the energetic, undersized yet effective power forward, Kenyon Martin. “K-Mart,” who only ended up playing 4 seasons with the Nets, was undoubtedly their second most important player during those two runs to the NBA Finals. Martin was the #1 selection in the 2000 draft by the New Jersey Nets, which also happened to be the first draft of Rod Thorn’s with the franchise. It has been 20 years since that draft, and Thorn believes the Nets lost their Eastern Conference Crown when they failed to resign Jason Kidd’s favorite alley-oop partner, Kenyon Martin.

Thorn Shares Thoughts on What Led to Nets Demise in Recent Interview with Ian Eagle

Thorn, a legend most notably recognized for drafting arguably the greatest player of all in Michael Jordan during the 1984 draft, turned the Nets from a joke to one of the most dangerous teams in the East with only a few draft picks and several roster moves. Outside of trading for Jason Kidd, who quickly became the leader and best player on the Nets, Thorn’s second-biggest move was drafting Kenyon Martin.

K-Mart’s numbers never jumped off the sheet. In 4 years with NJ, he averaged a respectable 15.1 ppg and 7.6 RPG. At 6’9, he was undersized for the power forward position but prided himself on being the most energetic player on the floor at all times. Hustling for loose balls, throwing down high-flying alley-oops from Jason Kidd, and scoring on second-chance opportunities were several of Martin’s strengths. Pair his energy and ability to get out in transition with an all-time distributor in Jason Kidd, and what we received on the court was some of the best basketball in the history of the New Jersey Nets franchise. To refresh your memory of just how ferocious a player Martin was, here are several highlights from his days with the Nets:

When asked by Ian Eagle about Kenyon Martin, Thorn had this to say: “We were never the same after Kenyon left. We never replaced him while I was there. Tremendous heart gave it his all, run the court, was great playing with Jason. A little undersized for Tim Duncan, but did a great job for us, loved it.” After the 03 seasons, Martin would play one more season with the Nets before eventually agreeing to a sign-and-trade with the Denver Nuggets. According to an interview by Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson in 2018, Martin claims the Nets never offered him a contract after the 2004 season, forcing him to agree to a sign-and-trade with Denver for a lucrative seven-year $92.5M dollar contract.

Unfortunately, we all know how this story played out. Martin left after the 03-04 season, the Nets traded for Vince Carter to take over as the primary scorer, and while the pairing of Carter and Kidd were sensational together for several years, they never peaked quite as hard as the early 2000s Nets teams did. Nets fans will forever be grateful for Rod Thorn turning around the franchise in trading for HOF point guard Jason Kidd and drafting significant pieces in Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson. But one could only wonder, what if the Nets had resigned K-Mart after that 03-04 season and continued to build off the Kidd/Martin/Jefferson trio? Could we have potentially returned to an NBA final if we ever found the right Center to pair with those three? These are the types of questions that have kept Nets fans up for the past 15 years, including me.

Brooklyn Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie Defends Himself against Twitter Troll

Brooklyn Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie

Twitter is an amazing place. Fans can interact with players and players can speak their minds to fans on a daily basis. Sometimes the interactions are pleasant and positive, other times players feel the need to defend themselves against the “haters.” The more a player tends to speak out and be active on social media, the more haters they seem to have. Spencer Dinwiddie, one of the most active Brooklyn Nets on Twitter, is a veteran when it comes to dealing with the “haters” on Twitter.

After a bizarre video of Mitchell Robinson putting on a dribbling clinic and drilling a jumper in a 2 on 2 scrimmage went viral, many Knicks fans were impressed with the young big man’s skills. Spencer Dinwiddie decided to address what many were thinking in a tweet responding to the video of Robinson.

As talented as Robinson is, Dinwiddie was 100% correct in his observation here. Unfortunately, @DaRealBootum chose this opportunity to take a shot at our “Tech Guy with a Jumper.”

Bootum even included a two-minute montage of Dinwiddie’s step-back misses illustrating his point. Very strange, specific area to attack Dinwiddie. I would assume most who attempt stepback jumpers don’t have high percentages. Dinwiddie perceived Bootum’s comment to be slight at his clutch gene and responded appropriately:

After reading Dinwiddie’s tweet, I decided to post a tweet of my own from the Fireside Nets account explaining just how spot on I thought Dinwiddie was in defending himself.

The perfect breakdown as to why Dinwiddie is CLUTCH and shouldn’t take trash from anybody trying to point out his misses. And clearly, Dinwiddie agreed with my explanation. Not only did he favorite the tweet, Dinwiddie responded to my tweet immediately afterward!

Just another day in the Twitter life of Spencer Dinwiddie. Now, let’s enjoy these videos of Dinwiddie hitting game-winners and laugh at those on Twitter that try to hate on him.




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On this Date 8 years ago, the Nets played their last game in New Jersey

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On April 23rd, 2012, the Nets played their final game in the Izod Center after their 2-year stint in Newark, thus ending the franchise’s run of 35 seasons in New Jersey.

The Nets lost the game to the Philadelphia 76ers, 105 – 87. Players that scored in double figures that night for the 76ers were Jrue Holiday (15), Andre Iguodala (14), Elton Brand (15), Lou Williams (11), Evan Turner (13), and Thaddeus Young (15).

Marshon Brooks (18) and Kris Humphries (16 pts 12 rbs) lead the Nets in scoring while Gerald Wallace, Johan Petro, and Armon Johnson all scored in double figures. Also on that Nets team was Gerald Green, Anthony Morrow, and DeShawn Stevenson. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez were inactive for that game. In Avery Johnson’s 2nd to last year as Head Coach, the team finished the season 22 – 43 that season. Here is one of the few highlights from that season:

It wasn’t until their move to Brooklyn and acquisition of Joe Johnson that the team finally started winning again. But from 2007 to that final game in 2012, the New Jersey Nets were one of the worst franchises in the NBA, finishing each of those five seasons with losing records.

It’s the horrible seasons fans are forced to endure that make the successful ones that much sweeter. When Brooklyn holds that championship trophy in the next few years, the same Nets fans that suffered from 2007-2012 will be the loudest ones cheering, and I will be among them.

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Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant and Other Nets Players Welcome Sabrina Ionescu to Brooklyn

On Friday Night, the New York Liberty selected Oregon Ducks point guard Sabrina Ionescu No. 1 overall in the 2020 WNBA draft. Ionescu had a legendary career at Oregon, most notably known for registering the most triple doubles in NCAA history, finishing with a ridiculous 26. She also had an incredibly close relationship with the late great Kobe Bryant. Bryant admired Ionescu’s competitive drive and the two shared many conversations about life and basketball together. Ionescu spoke at Kobe’s public memorial in February.

As the New York Liberty plan to play in Brooklyn for the full 2020 season, a move that has been heavily backed by Liberty and Nets owner Joe Tsai, Nets players have gone out of their way to welcome Ionescu to Brooklyn.  Kevin Durant started the welcome wagon shortly after Ionescu was drafted.

The Brooklyn Nets also congratulated Ionescu on their own Twitter page last night with several tweets including a video featuring Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, and Garrett Temple, all crafting Sabrina a personalized message about their excitement for her to play in Brooklyn.

Along with Sabrina Ionescu, the New York Liberty also selected Megan Walker (UConn), Kylee Shook (Louisville), Jazmine Jones (Louisville) and Leaonna Odom (Duke).

Brooklyn Nets: All-Time Starting Five Lineup

Brooklyn Nets, Joe Johnson

If the Brooklyn Nets were able to create a starting five featuring their best position players of all time, regardless of which period the players played in, who would that starting five be? This starting five can feature any player on the team after the Nets joined the NBA in 1976, so I will NOT be including Julius Erving and Rick Barry on this list.

My All-Time Starting Nets Five

Center: Brook Lopez

Career Stats: 16.8 ppg 6.4 RPG, 9 seasons with NJN/BKN

This position might have been the most difficult to select. There were several solid options to choose from, including Derrick Coleman and Jayson Williams, who played very solid basketball for the Nets in the ’90s, to old-timer Daryl Dawkins who was a dunk machine in the ’80s. I ended up going with Brook Lopez due to his consistent scoring and ability to play a true 5. The other players on the list were undersized centers and were better suited as Power Forwards.

A talented scoring big man drafted by the Nets from Stanford, Lopez’s 9-year tenure with the Nets often goes overlooked, as he was always one of the more quiet personalities on the team. Lopez offensively had all the tools to be an all-star center: post up scoring ability, great mid-range game, and he could even hit the open three on occasion. At his peak, Lopez averaged over 20 points per game for the Nets and helped with their transition from New Jersey to Brooklyn. The big knock on Lopez was and will always be his lack of rebounding, as he never averaged more than 9 rebounds per game in any season. Lopez was also viewed as “soft” on defense, and while he averaged more than 1.5 blocks throughout his career, he never struck fear into his opponents.

Power Forward: Kenyon Martin 

Career Stats: 12.3 ppg, 6.8 RPG, 4 seasons with NJN

Yes, K-mart’s career numbers will not wow anybody. Derrick Coleman averaged more points and rebounds than K-Mart so did Buck Williams. Obviously, from a historical standpoint, Kevin Garnett is the greatest PF to ever play for the Nets, but he played for the Nets well after his prime. K-Mart only played in NJ for 4 seasons, but his presence was so significant in New Jersey  I’m sure many Nets fans would assume he played there longer.

K-Mart was a pivotal member of the Nets teams that represented the Eastern Conference in back to back NBA Finals. Even as a limited shooter (his jump shot was one of the ugliest in the NBA) and undersized big man, Martin relied heavily on his athleticism and energy to score and make plays for his team.  He brought an intensity to the Nets that was unprecedented and upon Jason Kidd’s arrival, quickly became one of Kidd’s favorite players to set up for shots around the rim. From diving for loose balls every night to high flying two-handed dunks, Martin was an extremely fun player to watch, and he always seemed to elevate his game during the playoffs (see his ppg and RPG higher in playoff appearances with NJN).

Small Forward: Kevin Durant

Career Stats: 27.0 ppg, 7.1 RPG, 0 seasons with NJN 

Technically, Durant 100% qualifies for this list. While he hasn’t played in a Nets uniform yet, there is no small forward in the history of the franchise that has accomplished anything close what to KD has. Durant is a former MVP (2013 – 14 season), 2-time NBA champion (won Finals MVP in both), 4-time scoring champion, and a 10-time all-star. He is arguably the best scorer in the last decade, and he is just 31 years old. The Nets will await to see if Durant can return to an elite level next season, almost 2 years removed from the Achilles injury he suffered in the 2018 – 19 NBA Finals.

Other small forwards considered: Richard Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanović, Keith Van Horn, Kendall Gill, and the interchangeable SF/SG players, Vince Carter and Joe Johnson.

Shooting Guard: Vince Carter

Career Stats: 16.7 ppg, 4.5 seasons with NJN

VC joined the Nets in 2004 after 7 great years with Toronto and instantly developed chemistry with teammate Jason Kidd. The loss of K-Mart to Denver became a distant memory in the eyes of Nets fans, as Carter provided fans with highlight-reel dunks and alley-oops on a nightly basis. Two of the best Vince Carter plays on the Nets you will ever see: His reverse dunk alley-oop pass from Kidd in 2006 and his posterization of Alonzo Mourning in 2005. While the Nets never went back to a championship with Kidd and Cater, the pair gave fans several years of extremely entertaining basketball.

While one could make the argument that Carter was a small forward for the Nets, he and Jefferson shared wing duties and were interchangeable at the 2 and the 3. Other notable shooting guards that could have been selected include Drazen Petrović, who was becoming a superstar for the Nets until he passed away after a tragic car accident in 1993 and Joe Johnson, who was the leader on Brooklyn teams that went to the playoffs in the early 2010s.

Point Guard: Jason Kidd

Career Stats: 12.6 ppg 6.7 RPG 8.7 APG, 6.5 seasons with NJN

This one was a no-brainer; Jason Kidd is the greatest Net of all time and was the main piece during the franchise’s most successful run to date. From the time he was traded to the Nets in 2001 for Stephon Marbury to when he was traded back to the Mavericks in 2007, there was never a greater time for basketball in New Jersey. Always an elite passer, Kidd made everyone on the Nets better because he made the game easier for them. Whether it was setting up players like K-Mart or Carter for epic fast-break dunks to finding open shooters like Keith Van Horn, Lucious Harris, and Kerry Kittles for open three-pointers, Kidd always knew where his teammates were going to be before they got there. If you want to relive some of Kidd’s greatest assists of his career, many of them with a Nets uniform on, watch this video here. The man was an absolute magician with the basketball.

Kenny Anderson, D’Angelo Russell, and Kyrie Irving are several other notable great NBA point guards.

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Brooklyn Nets: Stephon Marbury says Durant/Irving Duo Will be “Pretty Magical” Together

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

All basketball fans remember Stephon Marbury. An extremely talented player out of Georgia Tech, “Starbury” had what many would consider a successful career in the NBA, playing for 5 different franchises (Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Suns, Knicks, Celtics) over the course of 13 seasons and averaging respectable career stats of 19.3 points per game and 7.6 assists per game. Marbury was the Nets starting point guard for several years and received an all-star appearance with the franchise in 2001, but injuries marred his tenure with the Nets and he was traded to Phoenix after that 2001 season for Jason Kidd, who would eventually be the missing piece in leading the Nets to the NBA finals.

In 2010, Marbury would leave the NBA to pursue a basketball career in China, where he would resurrect his career and go on to lead his team, the Beijing Ducks, to 3 CBA championships. Since the corona-virus pandemic began, Marbury has been a major contributor in lobbying for more masks to be made and shipped to New York City. On April 27th, Marbury released a documentary on his life and basketball career called “A Kid From Coney Island.”

Marbury Opens Up on Scoop B Radio in Recent Interview

The former Net sat down with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of on Scoop B Radio for an interview to discuss several topics.

One of the topics discussed was Marbury’s thoughts on how Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will fit together once the two suit up for Brooklyn. “I think those two on the court is going to be pretty magical,” Marbury said. “I think it going to put things in perspective as far as how good they really are and what their capabilities are because Kyrie Irving is a different monster. And Kevin Durant is a different monster. And they two together because they have a good energy with each other and they’re on the same page they’re going to flow perfectly. So I think it’s gonna be good.” Coming from a former player, this is refreshing for Nets fans to hear. We have yet to see KD and Kyrie on the floor together, but if you agree with Marbury’s sentiment, it’s realistic to see this duo become one of the best in the league.

Another topic that Scoop B touched upon was Marbury’s short tenure in Minnesota playing with recently inducted Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett, and why Marbury doesn’t regret his decision to request a trade after only a few years into his career. “I couldn’t give seven years of my life living in Minnesota. I grew up in New York where it was a melting pot; Black, White, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Italian – all different types of races. And when I moved to Minnesota it was predominately white. After leaving Georgia Tech where I lived in Atlanta. So you go from a melting pot to a place where there is a lot of black people to where you go and it’s 6 percent black people. It was a culture shock for me. ” Marbury explained. He went on to mention that the cold, winter Minnesota weather also played a factor in his decision to leave.

Finally, Marbury expressed his excitement for the Michael Jordan documentary, saying that “Jordan is not from this Earth” and “shouldn’t even be ranked” implying that there is no comparison to who Marbury believes is the great player of all time. Marbury would go on to say that the upcoming Michael Jordan documentary will deter the opinions of young fans who believe Lebron is a better player. Marbury recalled being “in awe” of Michael Jordan when the two met on the hardwood during Marbury’s rookie season.

Marbury would also go on to talk about the corona-virus in length and the differences in how China and the US have handled the outbreak, his experience participating in the 2001 all-star game, and how significant Yao Ming’s impact on the NBA was. He even shares his opinion on Spike Lee’s movie He Got Game, claiming that the talented director stole the story loosely based on Marbury’s life. You can listen to the entire interview here.

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Brooklyn Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie Trolls Bulls & Knicks in Recent Tweets

Brooklyn Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie

The “Tech guy with a jumper” is at it again. Spencer Dinwiddie, who has been the most active Brooklyn Net on Twitter by far since the NBA suspended its season indefinitely almost a month ago, has decided to apply for the open Chicago Bulls general manager position, as you can see in his tweet below:

Dinwiddie, no stranger to sarcasm, took his joke a few steps further by breaking down what he thinks the Bulls should do in the short term in order to fix their broken franchise.  He starts off his plan by saying Chicago should trade Tomáš Satoranský for himself and appoint Dinwiddie the GM, with Chicago also giving Brooklyn an additional pick to make it fair because “Dinwiddie gets buckets.”

His next step includes Klutch Sports signing Dinwiddie to their agency, if and only if, Anthony Davis joins the Bulls. Pretty foolproof plan so far right? Dinwiddie then breaks down what his roster would look like with the addition of himself and AD, as you can see below:

Dinwiddie even goes as far as to discuss what the Bull’s bench rotation would look like under his supervision as well:

Dinwiddie would go on to tweet about his hypothetical plan as the future player/GM of the Chicago Bulls 9 more times, finishing his thread by tweeting “THEY CALL ME JACKIE MOON”, the infamous player/owner/coach played by Will Ferrell in the fictional movie Semi-Pro. It seems he put a lot of thought into this sincere troll of the Chicago Bulls.

Dinwiddie wasn’t finished lending his roster decision-making expertise on Twitter, tweeting directly at the Knicks:

After thinking it over, Dinwiddie decided that his attempt to hypothetically fix the Knicks roster would be “too dicey.”

Nobody knows if Dinwiddie will be on the Brooklyn Nets next season, but wherever he ends up,  let us hope he never stops tweeting.

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3 Players Who Would Complete Brooklyn Nets Superstar Trio

Brooklyn Nets, Blake Griffin

Bleacher Report recently came out with an article discussing several trades the Brooklyn Nets could potentially make this offseason to acquire a third star. While Spencer Dinwiddie has insisted that Brooklyn already has a 3rd star in Caris LeVert, I decided to come up with our own list of 3 all-star caliber players that would be elite 3rd options behind Kyrie and Durant.

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The 3 Options:

  • Option # 1: The first person I think would be an excellent fit in Brooklyn would be Blake Griffin. Griffin can stretch the floor as a power forward as he has significantly improved his three-point shooting in the last several years. Griffin’s 2018 – 2019 season was incredible for the Pistons, averaging 24.5 points and 7.5 boards per game. Unfortunately, he has been riddled with injuries this season, and his statistics have dropped significantly, but I believe when healthy, Griffin can still play at an elite level. He has also played with Deandre Jordan before, and the duo showed they could mesh well with each other.
    • Current deal: Griffin has two years left on a five year $171 million dollar contract
  • Option #2: I don’t agree with Bleacher Report’s take that Buddy Hield could be a better or equal fit as LeVert. I also don’t think CJ McCollum would be a great fit here either since he, like LeVert, is a ball-dominant guard. Even if you’re able to keep LeVert, I don’t believe Hield or McCollum makes sense in this offense. Insert Bradley Beal. Beal would be a perfect 3rd complement to Durant and Irving since he can play off the ball better than most guards in the league. The Nets would be able to add a legitimate shooter to an already lethal offensive lineup. Beal can also defend the majority of 2 guards in the league. He would be able to take command of the offense if Irving and Durant are not on the floor. Beal is also just 26 years old.
    • Current Deal: Beal has one year remaining on his five years $127 million dollar contract
  • Option #3: This is my “risky” option, since LaVine hasn’t shown consistent success like the two players above, but he has been one of the lone bright spots for the Chicago Bulls in the last two years. LaVine, who has been banged up for the majority of the year, has averaged 25.5 points per game on 45% shooting in 60 games. He has been an elite defender at 6’6 and one of the most explosive young guards in the game. Shooting only 38% from 3 point range, LaVine would have to improve that number in order to play off the ball more efficiently, but at just 25 years old, he has a ton of room to improve his game.
    • Current Deal: LaVine has two years remaining on his four years $80M dollar contract

I believe these three players would significantly increase the Nets’ chances of competing for a championship. We’ll see if Sean Marks is able to pull the trigger on any of these options come the off-season.

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Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant to Participate in players-only 2K tournament

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant is back in action!  Well…not exactly. Durant will make his first appearance with the Brooklyn Nets on the virtual hardwood during a players-only 2K tournament hosted by the NBA. The tournament will consist of 16 players and take place over a 10 day period. The event will be available for fans to watch on ESPN and the date is to be determined. There are several other notable players that will be participating in the tournament, such as Donovan Mitchell, Andre Drummond, and DeMarcus Cousins.

Mitchell and Durant are two players who have tested positive for coronavirus, with Mitchell being cleared of the virus last week and Durant sending out a positive message to his fans shortly after he was diagnosed.

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Recently it was reported that the Chinese Basketball Association would further delay their return, which was originally scheduled for April 15th, to May at the earliest. Unfortunately, this is bad news for the NBA, who is watching these decisions closely in anticipation of salvaging their own season.

It is important for the NBA to stay active and connected with their fans during these troubling times, and this tournament is an excellent way to do so. Not only will we be able to hear from some of the athletes in quarantine, but we will also be able to watch them “play basketball” and candidly interact with each other, even if it is through a video game.

More leagues should come up with unique virtual events like this to engage with fans and help keep their brands active. Luckily for the NFL, they have their Draft coming up in April, so they are set content-wise for the time being. It will be intriguing to see how the MLB, a league that is often viewed not as progressive as the other leagues, stays engaged with their fans while their season is currently suspended.

My Prediction: Kevin Durant will win this tournament. Durant prides himself on being the best on the court, regardless if that court is real or animated. Being an elite scorer in real life will ABSOLUTELY translate to KD being a monster in 2k. I have the utmost faith in a guy who has probably had more practice on the sticks than anybody else in the last year.

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