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NBA: Stan Van Gundy Calls Brooklyn Nets 'Bush League'
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NBA: Stan Van Gundy Calls Brooklyn Nets 'Bush League'

Jan 1 2014, 11:35pm CST | by

Former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy labeled the Brooklyn Nets as a "bush league organization" on "Amani and Eytan" on NBC Sports Radio.

Stan Van Gundy thinks the Brooklyn Nets are a "bush league organization."  This is what the former Orlando Magic head coach told Amani and Eytan during their radio program on NBC Sports Radio Dec....

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NBA: Stan Van Gundy Calls Brooklyn Nets 'Bush League'

Jan 1 2014, 11:35pm CST | by

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Former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy labeled the Brooklyn Nets as a "bush league organization" on "Amani and Eytan" on NBC Sports Radio.

Stan Van Gundy thinks the Brooklyn Nets are a "bush league organization." 

This is what the former Orlando Magic head coach told Amani and Eytan during their radio program on NBC Sports Radio Dec. 30 as reported by ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo. Van Gundy pulled no punches when he went on air.

"I think with all the injuries it's been hard to evaluate Jason Kidd. It's been easy to jump on him not just because of the record, but the things coming out of their locker room, the situation with Lawrence Frank, the incident of spilling the drink on the floor. 

"I mean this has looked like a bush league organization much of the year, they don't play with much effort at all, a very uninspired team. But at the same time they had so many people hurt you just don't know. And now they are not going to be healthy all year. 

"You can do whatever you want with the coaching situation but it is not going to change the situation with their roster. They just don't have a lot of options -- they don't have draft picks, they are way over the salary cap. 

"They are probably in the worst situation of any team in the NBA right now."

The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy agreed with Van Gundy's observation in his Jan. 1 article when he said,"The Nets have become the target of ridicule throughout the league, with their astronomical payroll, pitiful record, apathy and their coach on the hot seat just 31 games into his career."

On the other hand, Mazzeo was able to quote Kidd shortly before the Nets took on the San Antonio Spurs, who beat Brooklyn 113-92, to get his thoughts on what Van Gundy had to say. 

"Well I think we have one of the best owners (Mikhail Prokhorov), and so I'm confident. We've got a group of guys in there that are fighting, and we can only take care of one thing and that's tonight's game. 

"Everybody has a right to their opinion, but the guys in that locker room are fighting, and we look forward to tonight's game."

Bondy, who notes Prokhorov hasn't attended a Nets game since October, also interviewed Nets forward Paul Pierce after the loss. Pierce quipped,"It's embarrassing. I don't know if I've ever been part of this many blowouts in one season already." 

Another person who agrees with Van Gundy's assessment is no other than Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who had a conversation with The New York Post's Tim Bontemps on New Year's Day. 

"They've had everything hit them. They've had a gazillion new players. They've had injuries that are ridiculous. You can almost not even begin to deal with that. You have to have all your bodies there.

"And even if you had them all there, it takes time to put in a system and get used to each other. They haven't had an opportunity to do any of that."

The Nets are 10-21 (.323) and are fourth in the NBA's Atlantic Division as of Jan. 2. 

 
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Monroe could sign a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons and become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, but that would be risky. Detroit Pistons restricted free-agent big man Greg Monroe is "definitely" willing to sign a one-year qualifying offer of $5.3 million with the Pistons, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. Monroe and the Pistons are currently at a stalemate in contract negotiations. There have been reports ...
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The latest on Kevin Love's situation in Cleveland, the Pistons adding former players to their coaching staff and more from around the NBA. Kevin Love becoming a Cleveland Cavalier is pretty much a lock at this point, but the two sides don't have an agreement on a new max deal in place, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. While it's been expected that a Love-to-Cavs deal would require a long-term commitment from the All-Star f ...
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Even in the unpredictable waters of NBA restricted free agency, something should have budged for budding big man Greg Monroe. Young, skilled, strong and savvy, the 24-year-old is a unique player in a league littered with larger-than-life specimens. But the "Moose" stands out for the wrong reasons. A throwback force on the low block, he's alone in the supply column yet still outweighing the demand. Teams can recognize b ...
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There's no movement in the free agency experiences of Eric Bledsoe or Greg Monroe. But there are some basic solutions to ending the stalemates. It's almost too simple to explain why Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe are dying on the vine. Both entered the summer expecting max-level deals as restricted free agents. Their respective teams, the Suns and Pistons, offered less or perhaps even nothing a ...
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