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New Brooklyn Net Luis Scola shocked by New York rents


According to RentJungle.com, the average one-bedroom apartment in New York City rents for $2848 a month. A two bedroom will run you an average of $3631.

Luis Scola and his family have spent the past few seasons in Toronto and Indianapolis but are now moving to Brooklyn, where he signed with the Nets. He wants to do it right — live in the city, walk everywhere, eat out more, not be so suburban. But about those rents…

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“I think New York is one of the best cities in the world — a lot of people question New York. They love to visit but not to live,” Scola said. “I’m excited. I like to live there, too, but I don’t like the renting prices.”

Scola will make $5.5 million on his one-year deal in Brooklyn, he can swing those rents. He’s not going to have to live in Hoboken with two people he met on Craig’s List.

But yes, sticker shock.


Report: About those Jahlil Okafor to Celtics rumors, Boston will not surrender much

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It was a splash of cold water in the face of hot Russell Westbrook/DeMarcus Cousins/Blake Griffin rumors — if the Celtics get anyone via trade this summer, the Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor is far more likely than any of those three. It was a reality check (and spot on).

Reality also says it’s not all that likely the Celtics get Okafor, either.

At some point, Danny Ainge will need to push all his chips, or assets, into the middle of the table to land a superstar. But how many would put out for Okafor? Not many according to Keith Pompey of the Philadephia Inquirer.

Word out of Boston is that the Celtics will not give up much for the 6-foot-11, 257-pounder.

They have concerns about his playing in the city after being involved in two street fights there in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning. Nor do they like the fact that the center saw a gun pointed at his head in Old City and that he was stopped for going 108 mph over the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Ainge has a reputation for trying to drive a hard bargain in the best of cases, let alone ones where his interest in said player isn’t likely very high. Okafor would fit with the Celtics — the guy can score inside and rebound, valuable NBA skills — but he’s not the game-changer they need. He’s okay. He’s not the answer.

Ainge should not push his chips into the middle of the table for Okafor. If he can get him on a steal he will.

And the Sixers shouldn’t take that kind of an offer for Okafor.

But it’s not fun to talk about why trades won’t happen, so go into the comments and come up with fantasy moves.


Derrick Rose on Knicks: “They’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams”

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Derrick Rose has never lacked confidence. At times it’s an irrational confidence — which is why New Yorkers will relate to him.

You’re going to need that belief in yourself to be a little guard (officially 6’3″) weaving your way through the trees of the NBA in the paint to become an MVP. You’re going to need that to bounce back from multiple knee injuries and still be an impactful NBA player. Optimism about yourself and the future can lead to great things.

Then there’s the other edge of the sword. The Knicks had an interesting off-season adding Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings and coach Jeff Hornacek to Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Lang Whitaker of NBA.com asked Rose about the expectations that come with this lineup in the rational city of New York.

They’re high. I mean, with these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they’re trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that. And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to Melo and all the guys who’ve been around. You’ve got Brandon who just signed for one year, he’s got to show why he’s there. I’ve got to show why I’m there. Joakim has to show why he’s there. Everybody’s trying to prove themselves.

I hate to be the one that breaks it to you Derrick, but when Silver said it was not good for the league to have two super teams, he was talking about the Warriors and that LeBron James/Kyrie Irving/Kevin Love group that just won an NBA title in Cleveland. Even “they” need to admit that’s a better team than the Knicks right now.

“They” must be thinking of these Knicks circa 2011.  These Knicks should be better than a season ago, and they have a rising star in Porzingis. The rest of these Knicks — Rose, Noah, ‘Melo — can be pretty good but are chasing the shadows of their past. Rose, in a contract year and finally looking healthy late last season, he should put up good yet inefficient numbers. Just like Anthony. Hopefully, Noah can stay healthy and contribute.

These Knicks will be better than a year ago, but in my mind New York is going to be competing with Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, Orlando, Chicago, and Milwaukee for one of the final three playoff spots in the East (conservatively, Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Indiana, and Detroit are locks). The Knicks should comfortably be in that mix, they probably are a playoff team if healthy.

Maybe I just lack confidence in the Knicks and will be proven wrong. Maybe “they” will be right. We’ll see. But I like my reality-based world.

Tomas Satoransky, Wizards finalize deal to bring him from Spain


WASHINGTON (AP) Guard Tomas Satoransky has signed with the Washington Wizards.

The team announced the deal with their 2012 second-round draft pick Thursday, without revealing the financial terms.

Earlier this month, the Wizards and Satoransky agreed to a $9 million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the move who spoke on condition of anonymity at the time because there was an NBA moratorium on such signings.

As part of the deal, the Wizards agreed to contribute $650,000 toward Satoransky’s buyout from the Spanish club he has been with.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Satoransky is from the Czech Republic.

Boston’s Jae Crowder: “Toronto is not a team we’re worried about”


Heading into next season, the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the clear and heavy favorites again in the East.

Second in the East is probably Boston. Or Toronto. It’s a toss up depending on how Al Horford blends in with the Celtics, and if Kyle Lowry can have another massive year for the Raptors.

Of course, that’s not how Boston’s Jae Crowder sees it. From MassLive.com’s Tom Westerholm:

“My guys were telling me that Bleacher Report says we’ll win 59 games,” Crowder said. “That’s a lot of wins, but I want to get past the first round of the playoffs. Two seasons in a row getting swept” (Note: The Celtics lost in six games this past year) “that’s my goal to be honest with you. I think our ceiling is the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto is not a team we’re worried about. I think Cleveland is the top team. That’s what it comes down to.”

There is only one team in the East that should be picked to win 59 games or more, and they play in Northeast Ohio.

Should Boston be worried about Toronto? Yes, within reason. Crowder is right it remains Cleveland then everyone else in the East, and Boston has work to do.

“I still do think we are missing a few pieces, I’m not going to lie to you,” Crowder said on Thursday, before his appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 60 Days of Summer. “I know we can win games. I’m just trying to advance, advance, advance. Looking at how the playoffs played out the last two years, I feel like we have a good chance.”

Boston is not only positioned well for this season, but also they are in a great spot going forward — eventually they will land another star and those pieces Crowder wants.

But for now, Crowder should worry a little about Toronto.