With questions about
Obviously, many players felt relieved that they were not traded away before Thursday’s 3 p.m.
“We’re glad that it’s over,” point guard
He was asked when he heard the definitive news that Howard had waived his early termination option.
"It was probably a little bit before the press conference," Van Gundy said.
"So I don't know. Maybe noontime [or] a little bit after. I don't really remember. I was doing my New Jersey film. I don't really remember exactly. It was a big moment for our organization, but it wasn't like the JFK moment where everybody remembers what they were doing, you know? It wasn't quite that big."
Howard did not make himself available to the media after shootaround, so no new comments from him.
Howard’s decision to opt in for 2012-13 could have massive repercussions for the Nets if it means that Nets All-Star point guard
Had the Nets acquired Howard in a trade before Thursday's deadline, it almost certainly would have ensured that both Williams and Howard would have re-signed long term with the Brooklyn-bound franchise.
"I'm not going to opt-in," he said, according to the New York Daily News. "It's not monkey-see, monkey-do. Wherever I go is hopefully where I'm going to retire."
After missing Orlando’s last three games with a sprained left ankle,
Big Baby’s status in doubt
Van Gundy said he doesn't know if Davis will play tonight.
"I expect every time Howard gets the ball or does something really great on the floor, the fans are gonna cheer extra loud [now] that he's here for the rest of this season," Johnson said before the Nets started their shootaround.
“I expect their team to be energized. They’re playing really good basketball. While everybody else wants to talk about the
• Van Gundy said the Magic must improve markedly on the defensive end of the court for the team to develop into a true title contender. (More on that in a future blog post.)
• Derrick Stafford, John Goble and Matt Myers are scheduled to be the referees tonight.