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.
“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” the nine-time NBA All-Star said.
No one is going to confuse Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson with Nostradamus any time soon. But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped speaking his peace.
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the rest of the Brooklyn Nets are still trying to mesh on the court.
“I’m not putting AK in (LeBron’s class in terms of talent),” Kidd said, “but when you talk about guys who fill up the stat sheet, that’s what he does and that’s what he’s always done.”
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.
Nets return home without any new injuries, though point guard Deron Williams and new acquisition Jason Terry remained limited.
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.
“There’s a lot of excitement. There’s a lot of unknowns,” Kidd said Tuesday. “Kind of feels like I just got traded from Phoenix here.”
Some members of the Miami Heat have been told the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear “nickname jerseys” in at least one of their four matchups this season.
“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.”
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.”
Knicks guard Raymond Felton responded to Paul Pierce’s claim that the Nets will own New York.
“It’s an unbelievable move for (Nets coach Jason Kidd) to have a team like that to start off his first year,’’ Smith said. “They have a great chance to compete for a title. But we’re still the marquee team in New York.”