- Michael Bloomberg thumbs FAA ban, plots course to Israel
- California bans full-contact football practices in off-season
- Thune: Downed fighter jets show more evidence of separatist capabilities
- Obama tells DNC fundraising crowd: ‘I’m not overly partisan’
- Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin
- Perdue strategy: Run against Reid, Obama, Pelosi
- White House: More changes to contraception mandate coming
- ‘Operation Normandy’ set to send 3,500 volunteers to border to ‘stop an invasion’
- Netanyahu’s spokesman: Safe to fly to Israel
- Oregon vandals smear cars with doughnuts, pastries, chocolate bars
Injured Williams to play against Raptors in London
Question of the Day
Williams, who was traded from the Utah Jazz last week, has a strained right wrist and bruised left hand. “I’m playing,” said Williams on Wednesday, who strained his wrist before coming to the Nets, and bruised his other hand on Monday in an overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.
“He’s in good shape right now,” Johnson said.
“It’s not easy necessarily losing home games, and no NBA team necessarily wants to do it,” Johnson said. “But you’re going to see this happening more and more, and especially with our team with the presence of our owner (Russian businessman) Mikhail Prokhorov.”
Both teams have Europeans on their rosters. The Raptors boast Italy center Andrea Bargnani and Spain guard Jose Calderon, two of the best continental players in the NBA.
“I definitely think we have an advantage with Andrea, Jose,” Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said. “People over here have definitely seen them play before. We have the home-court advantage.”
Raptors coach Jim Triano sees the trip as a bonus for his team, specifically the European players.
“Just to be just a little closer to home,” Triano said. “I know that some of them have family and friends coming that are in to watch them, and it feels like a little bit of a homecoming for them.”
Although the Nets will be missing their usual crowd, forward Kris Humphries hopes the fans in London will give the team a boost nonetheless.
“Hopefully, the people of the U.K. treat us like we’re the home team,” Humphries said. “It probably will be (neutral), but it’s an experience and you just got to roll with it.”
“We’ve got to make sure we have plays that fit his abilities,” Johnson said. “He’s a really good 3-point shooter, so we got to run more plays where he can shoot 3s.
“A lot of the plays we had just didn’t fit his skill level, so again, we just threw them out. They’re in the trash can. We kept some of the ones that fit his game.”
Retailer pays a price for getting too close to Obama
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff
- HURT: The cost of 'free' water in Detroit
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- DEACE: How to go from civil rights icon to bigot in one quote
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq