Since they watched Jason Kidd bypass town for Milwaukee and Paul Pierce combine the Washington Wizards the Brooklyn Nets lost crucial figures this summer. Those losses will alter the makeup not, although significantly of Brooklyn for the worse. Kidd is replaced by lionel Hollins, and his seven seasons of head coaching experience should mesh with the Nets’ roster. At exactly the exact same time, Beckley Mason, at 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 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’ll also find out whether Pierce’s production can be replicated by newcomer import Bojan Bogdanovic on the wing. And we find out if Mason Plumlee’s time with Team USA in the FIBA Basketball World Cup will lead to a large sophomore effort 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 over a handful of minutes per match. But with Joe Johnson and Deron Williams in Jarrett Jack and the backcourt substituting Shaun Livingston Brooklyn remains a savvy squad with a fair amount of talent though most of it is currently nearing its expiration date.
The playoffs are a sensible goal for the Nets, and a seed is not out of the question, in the event the Williams can stay healthy along with Lopez.
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