Brooklyn Nets to wear Brooklyn Dodgers-inspired alternate jerseys

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The new NBA sleeved-jerseys are generally pretty terrible, but the Brooklyn Nets have found a nifty way to use the concept while paying homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who called the borough home until 1957. Here’s a look at Joe Johnson wearing one of them:

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, it’s all part of what will be called “Brooklyn Blue Nights” at the Barclays Center. We’ll see the jerseys for the first time on March 21 when the Nets play the Boston Celtics.

It sounds like Adrián Beltré is mulling retirement

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Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling retirement.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Beltré said, “It brings the question of is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight back? Is it a sign that it’s getting closer to time to say good-bye to you guys?”

In 358 plate appearances this season, Beltré has hit .278/.335/.394 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. His .729 OPS would be his lowest since 2009, when he put up a .683 OPS with the Mariners. Beltré is a free agent after the season and turns 40 years old in April. It wouldn’t be surprising if he decided to call it quits after this season. If he does hang ’em up, Beltré will be — in this writer’s humble opinion — a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible five years from retirement.