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.
Though Blatche’s high-risk decisions with the ball sometimes backfired, the skills he displayed had the fans begging for more.
While the Nets will have a starting lineup that includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez along with Pierce and Garnett, you have to worry about the longevity of this team.
For years, aside from the Jason Kidd era, the Nets had no chance to compete for a championship. Now they do.
Various media reports are suggesting that the brain trust in Brooklyn (meaning general manager Billy King) wants to add a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and is willing to cede swingman MarShon Brooks to get it. As usual, I have no idea what King is thinking.
The Heat changed things up, and now it is time for Gregg Popovich to adjust. Is there anyone else you would want in that film room and on the practice floor figuring out how to counter those moves more than Popovich?
Locally, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez (out until after the All-Star break) came in at No. 9 and the Mets’ Johan Santana (out for the season) came in at No. 13. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (out until after the All-Star break) is No. 19.
If job security was contingent on overall performance this season, how in the world did Billy King finagle his way to a contract extension while the Nets were still in the playoffs?
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says P.J. Carlesimo will not return as coach in 2013-14.
Joe Johnson slumped in Game 7, only scoring six points as the Nets were eliminated.