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New Jersey Nets Notes, Quotes 2009-06-12

New Jersey Nets Notes, Quotes 2009-06-12
--With the Nets being such a porous defensive team last season, coach Lawrence Frank, who always preaches defense first, feels he has the perfect evidence to support his argument before his team.

The playoffs.

"The proof is in the pudding in this league," Frank said. "Not to be a broken record, but you look at Orlando, they were 9-0 when they held opponents to 90 points or less in the playoffs (through the East finals). Cleveland was one of the top two defensive teams in the league. Orlando had the Defensive Player of the year. The Lakers are an improved defensive team. Denver went from being a team that was poor defensively to one of the better teams. I don't know what more proof anyone needs."

--NBA Commissioner David Stern is convinced the Nets will be in Brooklyn eventually, despite rising costs to the move and an independent report suggesting the project that would relocate the team to New York would not be as beneficial as originally thought.

"I remain confident that (Nets majority owner) Bruce Ratner is accurate in telling us that they're going to begin construction by the end of the year," Stern said. "The Nets are going to be on (the New York side) of the river, so as a result I think the Brooklyn Nets will have a cachet that's very good for the team, its fans and the NBA."

A recent report by the Independent Budget Office, a publicly funded non-partisan agency, indicated that rising arena costs and increased funding have substantially lessened the projected revenue return for New York City. In short, the project isn't worth it to New York City. The arena's estimated cost is up to $850 million, from $555 million. City funding has more than doubled, from $100 to $200-plus million. The IBO findings were an update on analysis performed in 2005.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm excited about bringing back our team. I think we can build on the positives we had and continue our growth, in terms of everyone improving and understanding -- especially since the group's been together -- about really being committed to winning (through) individual and team sacrifice." -- Coach Lawrence Frank, on continuing the rebuilding begun last season.

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