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Where’s Brooklyn at now?

The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:

 

 

 

1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.

 

 

Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.

Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.

Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.

 

 


 

 

2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.

Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.

Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to

Team Badminton Indonesia Aims Three Gold

Nitya Krishinda/Greysia Polii. (Foto:badmintonindonesia.org)\

JAKARTA – Indonesian badminton team save big target on the mat SEA Games 2013 in Myanmar. Team manager, Ricky Soebagdja, said that his team targeted three gold medals and two silver medals.

“Our target is three gold medals and two silver medals. Predicted gold medal came from the mixed doubles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. While the silver of the men’s singles and women’s singles “Ricky said the PBSI website.

Mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad / Natsir Liliyana and men’s doubles Hendra Setiawan / Mohammad Ahsan is a mainstay, is expected to win a medal. Angga Pratama / Rian Agung Saputro, young couples hope Indonesia is also expected to be able to steal the gold medal.

Meanwhile, Greysia Polii / Nitya Maheswari Krishinda who won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold 2013 also targeted for the gold medal. Single number target two silver medals from the men’s singles by Tommy Sugiarto or Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka, as well as the single daughter of Linda Wenifanetri or Bellaetrix Manuputty.

SEA Games in Myanmar itself to be one of the four focus PBSI in this year in addition to the All England, Sudirman Cup and World Championships. To that end, PBSI will prepare the players as much as possible.

“Currently running as normal exercise, but exercise is going to be more focused towards the SEA Games later” Ricky clear that strengthen Indonesia SEA Games team in 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997.

Indonesia itself successfully carved a brilliant record at the 2011 SEA Games, where the team managed to donate 11 badminton medals. This makes Indonesia came out as the overall champion. (min)

Beat Warriors, Champion ABL Beermen

Jakarta – San Miguel Beermen came out as the champion of ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) 2013. They make sure the title after win over Indonesia Warriors 70-55 in the third game.

In a match in Mahaka Square, Wednesday (06/12/2013) night local time, Beermen already winning since the first quarter. They closed the quarter with a 14-10 advantage over the Warriors.

In the second quarter, the Warriors had time to catch up and just left half a 20-21 ball in position. But this quarter remain the property Beermen with a score of 33-27.

Beermen getting away in the third quarter and was ahead 11 points at 53-42 position. Beermen then closes the quarter with a 53-43 advantage.

Beermen advantages persist in the fourth quarter and 17 points in their winning positions 65-48. Beermen were kept going and won 70-55.

With the victory in the third game, the ABL Beermen juar clinched with a 3-0 aggregate advantage over the Warriors in the final best of five format. In the two previous games were played at home, the Beermen also recorded victories.

Pauliasi Taulava became the best performers of the Beermen had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. While the Warriors camp, Mario Wuysang so it’s best with 21 points and 3 rebounds.

For the Beermen, this is their first ABL title. As for the Warriors, this defeat means the failure to defend the title in the 2012 season earned last.

Glad Higuain Choose Maradona Napoli

Naples – Before finally docked to Napoli, Gonzalo Higuain chased by Juventus. Higuain decision was welcomed by Diego Maradona, who is a living legend Il Partenopei.

After being adrift future, Higuain claimed another step to join Napoli. Real Madrid have received an offer worth 37 million euros given by Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Higuain is currently reported to be in Rome and immediately undergo a medical to finalize his move to the city of Naples. Higuain arrival obviously be good news for Napoli who had just been left by his goal machine, Edinson Cavani.

With equivalent capabilities Cavani, Higuain could predict success at this club as Cavani has been given.

“Got news that Pipita is the new Napoli striker made ​​my happiness more than doubled,” Maradona said as quoted by Football Italia.

“I am also delighted at the player who has always been my favorite child. I’m sure he can give satisfaction to the Napoli fans that should be respected by the rest of Italy and Europe because it is a clear example of the values ​​of sport and fair competition,” he continued.

“It is indeed true Argentinian would never play in Turin.”

Higuain and Maradona relationship is fairly close as 25-year-old striker was a mainstay up front when handled Maradona’s Argentina in the 2010 World Cup. Naturally, if Maradona Higuaín very excited to play at Napoli, who also made ​​his name.

“I wish the best for Higuain, Napoli and the rest of the Neapolitan people,” said he.

Lyon: Gourcuff Not For Sale!

The emergence of the news will be great interest from several European clubs make Olympique Lyonnais fame should re-affirm that Yoann Gourcuff is not for sale.
Arsenal duo La Liga, Atletico Madrid and Valencia is associated with future 27-year-old players.
Reported strong Gourcuff will leave associated with the Ligue 1 appearances last season, only playing in 18 games due to injury be an excuse as if Lyon will release Gourcuff.
“Yoann Gourcuff will not go away during the transfer window, it is true a lot of approaches (from other clubs) but I think he will bertajan,” said President Lyob adviser, Bernard Lacombe in OL TV.

PROFILE: Gerardo Martino, Security Safe Attractive Football Barcelona

PROFIL: Gerardo Martino, Jaminan Aman Sepakbola Atraktif Barcelona

When Tito Vilanova announced the resignation of directors Barcelona last weekend, football fans and the media instantly discuss the most appropriate figure to continue coaching sticks Camp Nou.

President Sandro Rosell, vice president Josep Maria Bartolomeu, and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is already pocketed the desired candidates, but perhaps no one candidate a 50-year-old named coach Gerardo Martino is emerging as a substitute Vilanova.

Tuesday (23/7), the official announcement finally launched Barcelona after the day before the appointment was busy-busy Martino Spanish media reported. Martino agreed to two-year contract at Barcelona and will bring together two staff confidence to Camp Nou, the Elvio Paolorosso and Jorge Pautasso.

Zubizarreta reportedly more comfortable if Barcelona tried to approach Luis Enrique, who are familiar with the culture of the club and never deal with Barcelona team B. However, one obstacle is Barcelona had to pay compensation of € 3 million for Enrique has just agreed a contract to train Celta Vigo. Rosell and Bartolomeu choose Martino, the man who has known Rosell since a dinner invitation on the sidelines of the World Cup three years ago. Third Barcelona officials finally agreed to negotiate and take names Martino for approval to the board of directors. Everything runs fast and as Martino departure from his home in Rosario, Argentina, the final decision was up.

Is Martino exact figures in the deal with Barcelona? Task team tackles one of the world’s best position is first trained outside Latin America. Since I started training in 1998, Martino spent five years with the Paraguay national team coached eight great achievement reaching the 2010 World Cup and the final of the Copa America 2011. Selepasnya year he moved to train club that raised him as a player, Newell’s Old Boys, before retiring this summer to look for a new challenge.

Much like when Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova was appointed as coach, Martino capacity to handle my level team Barcelona questionable. Martino warranty at least be able to compete with the Blaugrana season 2013/14 given Cesar Luis Menotti. “Do not be surprised if he hit a top. He made Newell’s as one of the team who look most attractive in Argentina”, said the coach, who also handles the Barcelona.

Martino training style is often compared to his teacher, Marcelo Bielsa. When Newell’s cruised into the final of the Copa Libertadores 1993 and then lost on penalties from Sao Paulo, Martino became the mainstay of the team’s midfield Bielsa. Martino later known as the Saxon “Bielsista” despite having a more pragmatic approach than the teacher. This is linked with Barcelona Martino. Before deciding swerved into the coach, Bielsa and Guardiola had visited them discuss the ins and outs of football for eleven hours. Guardiola impressed by the science of high-tempo pressing game and a dominant ball possession so dub Bielsa, “the best coach in the world”.

High tempo pressing game and ball control also characterizes coaching Martino. Only, the coach who is familiarly called “Tata” is often adapt tactics according to the opponents faced. Martino agrees with the principle of “the best defense is attack”, but to attack, the defense must first provide a sense of security. One win and three draws in five matches, Paraguay capable of reaching the last eight of the 2010

Badminton Taufik Hidayat of Retirement

JAKARTA – Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat formally withdrew from the world badminton. It was submitted directly by Taufik after undergoing contra game victory over India, B.Sai Praneeth. In the last game, Taufik also have to give a final score of 21-15, 12-21, 17-21.

“Thank you for all the media that I have been together for a long time, thanks for all forms of support. Match will be the last game for me. Sorry if the ending was not good, but I’m not only be seen from the final result,” said Taufik told reporters in Senayan, Jakarta.

“My career for 25 years will cease today, thanks to the PBSI be my shelter. I hope the young athletes could be better than me. Make my accomplishments as motivation and throw away things that are not good from me , “said Taufik.

Taufik himself admitted that he would use the time with family after not being a professional athlete badminton again. After that, the 31-year-old will menyibukan himself to wrestle in the world of badminton. However, when asked whether it would be a coach, Taufik has its own answer.,

“Until this moment I did not think to become a coach, there are still many people who could be a quality coach. I do not want to lie to myself by wearing my big name,” said Taufik.

Also present in the media conference Anton Subowo as PBSI secretary general also expressed his gratitude to Taufik Taufik after what has been given to Indonesia, “On behalf of the PBSI I thank you for all the achievements that have been donated Taufik. I think it can only convey PBSI, “said Anton. (min)