Brook Lopez scored a game-high 27 points, Deron Williams had 10 points and eight assists and the Brooklyn Nets ended their four-game losing streak to the Utah Jazz with a 104-88 victory Tuesday night.
Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Orlando Magic routed the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 on Sunday in Jason Kidd’s coaching debut.
“I don’t know if we felt we were a better team than the Heat last year,” Williams said. “And so I think in order for us to be able to beat them this year, we have to feel like we are a better team and we can beat them. And I think we do.”
This year’s Nets team has the potential to be off the charts, with far superior depth to support a starting five that has accumulated 35 All Star appearances
“The potential is definitely there for us to be one of those teams that can be talked about in NBA history,” Pierce said. “But it’s up to us to go out there and show it, be healthy and make a great run.”
As for Kidd’s Nets, the culture change is a work in progress. The talent is oozing from every corner of the roster, but team chemistry often doesn’t sync overnight, especially with so many new components.
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says “this is the window” for his retooled team to push for a championship.
Most sports fans focus on baseball and football during October. For the new-look Brooklyn Nets, however, this just might be their most important month until April.
“Honestly, I don’t even know who’s on their team,” the forward told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m not going to lie. I’m just happy to be a Knick. That’s it.”
While many of the faces have changed from the group that lost a Game 7 home game to Chicago to end last season, many of the same challenges remain. Below, I list the Nets’ three biggest question marks going into the 2013-14 season.
This will be the season when the Nets-Knicks rivalry will blow up and evolve into one of the greatest in pro sports.
All those questions directed at the newcomers at the press conference would have been more appropriate for Williams, the man with that one ball in his hands most often.
Traded from Boston to Brooklyn, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were introduced along with Jason Terry on Thursday at a news conference at Barclays Center, their new home.
The Nets and Celtics finalized their draft-night trade Friday, a nine-player, three-draft-pick swap centered on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008.
Prokhorov isn’t putting up all this money just to make the playoffs — he wants a championship, or at least a serious run at it. Kidd, with help from his staff, will have to sort out all these new parts to find the right formula in a hurry.