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.”
Finally back on top of their division, all the New York Knicks keep hearing is that they are going to fall back. Second in the Eastern Conference last season, now they’re supposedly second-best in their own city.
“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami,” Garnett said when asked about James’ comments. “He has nothing to do with Celtic business.”
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.