“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.”
Deron Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
I’m begging the Nets to make sure this issue is fixed this time before putting Williams out on the floor. And a little honesty wouldn’t hurt, either.
Both Pierce and Garnett, who led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship, were listed on the Nets’ game notes as “out – rest.” Point guard Deron Williams also remains out with a sprained right ankle.
“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.
The regular season can’t start soon enough. We may have only dipped our toe in the water Tuesday night, but we can’t wait to dive in.
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.”
Deron Williams has a sprained right ankle and a bone bruise, but the Brooklyn Nets say their point guard will be ready for the start of training camp.
No big deal, you say? When an injured ankle belongs to Nets star point guard Deron Williams, you’ll have to excuse me for reacting with language slightly stronger than “Uh-oh.”
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.