Saturday, May 30, 2015

CEO/GM letter: Nets "on pace" to open training center during season (nah); team less committed to Williams, Johnson

Letter via NetsDaily
As noted by NetsDaily, in a letter to season ticket-holders, Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark and team General Manager Billy King refer to an effort to re-sign center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young, while building "on our emerging young core of players, such as Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, and Sergey Karasev."

That suggests that the highly-paid Deron Williams and Joe Johnson--some three years ago introduced with enormous fanfare as "Brooklyn's Backcourt"--are on the outs. The Nets have unsuccessfully tried to trade them and their contracts.

"We also want to update you that our world-class HSS Training Center is on pace to open during next season, which will give our players and coaches a state-of-the-art practice facility in Brooklyn," Yormark and King declared.

That's Yormarkian spin.

The new facility in Sunset Park is not "on pace to open during next season," unless they changed the pace. It was announced last year as opening "for the 2015-16 NBA Season."

The New York Post reported:
“Brett and Billy are very transparent with season-ticket holders,’’ Nets chief communications officer Barry Baum said in confirming the letter. “We continue to be a very accessible franchise. After the trip, they wanted our fans to know what’s on ownership’s mind and our plans going forward.’’
Not so.

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