Since they watched Jason Kidd bypass town for Milwaukee and Paul Pierce join the Washington Wizards, the Brooklyn Nets lost key characters that summer. Those reductions will alter Brooklyn’s makeup not, although significantly for the worse. Kidd is replaced by lionel Hollins, and his seven seasons of head coaching experience must mesh with the Nets’ veteran roster. At the exact same time, Beckley Mason, at a piece for ESPN.com, raised some intriguing questions regarding the standing 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 lbs to stymie a point guard something anyone can learn?”
We are going to learn.
We’ll also find out whether Pierce’s production can be replicated by rookie import Bojan Bogdanovic on the wing. And we see if a sophomore effort will be led to by Mason Plumlee’s time with Team USA in the FIBA Basketball World Cup Brook Lopez must overcome yet another setback with his surgically repaired foot, and Kevin Garnett has to prove he’s got enough juice left to contribute more than a couple of minutes per game. However, with Joe Johnson and Deron Williams in Jarrett Jack and the backcourt replacing Shaun Livingston Brooklyn remains a savvy squad using a fair amount of talent–even if most of it is nearing its expiration date.
The playoffs are a goal for the Nets, and a seed isn’t out of the question if the 30-year-old Williams can remain healthy along with Lopez.
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