As they watched Jason Kidd skip town for Milwaukee and Paul Pierce combine the upstart Washington Wizards, the Brooklyn Nets lost crucial figures that summer. Those losses will alter the makeup not, although considerably of Brooklyn for the worse. Kidd is replaced by lionel Hollins, along with his seven seasons of head coaching experience should mesh nicely with the Nets’ veteran roster. At exactly the exact same time, Beckley Mason, in a piece for ESPN.com, raised some intriguing questions about the standing Hollins assembled with the Memphis Grizzlies.
« Is what Tony Allen does something that you can coach? » he asked. « Is how Marc Gasol moves 7’0″ and 260 pounds to stymie a point guard something everyone can learn? »
We are about to find out.
We find out whether newcomer import Bojan Bogdanovic can replicate Pierce’s generation on the wing. And we will soon find out if Mason Plumlee’s time with Team USA in the FIBA Basketball World Cup will lead to a sophomore campaign that is large Brook Lopez must overcome another setback with his surgically repaired foot, and Kevin Garnett must prove he’s got. But with Deron Williams in Jarrett Jack and the backcourt and Joe Johnson substituting Shaun Livingston Brooklyn remains a savvy squad using a fair amount of talent though most of it’s currently nearing its expiration date.
The playoffs are a goal for the Nets, and a seed isn’t from the question, if the 30-year-old Williams can remain healthy alongside Lopez.
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