As they watched Jason Kidd bypass town for Milwaukee and Paul Pierce combine the upstart Washington Wizards, the Brooklyn Nets lost characters from their seat and starting lineup that summer. Those reductions will alter Brooklyn’s makeup maybe not, although considerably . Lionel Hollins replaces Kidd, along with his seven seasons of head coaching experience must mesh 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 reputation Hollins assembled together with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“Is what Tony Allen does something that you can tutor?” he asked. “Is the way Marc Gasol moves 7’0″ and 260 pounds to stymie a point protector something anyone can learn?”
We are going to learn.
We find out whether Pierce’s production can be replicated by newcomer import Bojan Bogdanovic . And we will soon find out if Mason Plumlee’s time with Team USA in the FIBA Basketball World Cup will result in a sophomore effort that is big Brook Lopez must conquer yet another setback with his surgically repaired foot, and Kevin Garnett has to prove he’s got. But with Joe Johnson and Deron Williams in Jarrett Jack and the backcourt substituting Shaun Livingston off the seat, Brooklyn stays a squad that is savvy using a reasonable amount of ability if most of it is nearing its expiration date.
The playoffs are a sensible goal for the Nets, and a seed isn’t from the question in the event the 30-year-old Williams can remain healthy along with Lopez.
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