Brooklyn Nets: Why Patience Must Be a Virtue for Their Fans

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23:  Hip-hop artist and part owner of the New Jersey Nets Jay-Z sits courtside as the Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight's game is the last home game the Nets will play in New Jersey since the franchise will being moving and will play it's home games at the Barclays Center in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn starting with the 2012-13 NBA season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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The Brooklyn Nets are absolutely going to be one of the teams to watch when it comes to next season, but it will take some time for new players and teammates to mesh well together.

Nets part-owner and rapper Jay-Z will be pulling out the red carpet for the season's premiere, and tickets will probably sell out fast.

Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and Gerald Wallace are a start to an impressive roster, but there is still much work to be done.

These players will need to interact with each other in such a way that it translates onto the court. Just because a team has good players doesn't necessarily mean they have a good team. The Brooklyn Nets and their owners need to understand that even if this season isn't a success, they'll only be able to improve with time

It's a new franchise, they have a new arena and new fans will be coming from all over the tri-state area. The first thing the Brooklyn Nets players need to do is make sure that they're all on the same page. Andrei Kirilenko is rumored to be going to the Nets, according to the New York Post (via, and if they acquire him, it will be a distinct advantage. 

Kirilenko played last season with the CKSA Moscow team in Russia. If he returns to America, the Nets are one of the teams that would be happy to have him. He's tall, lanky, athletic and fierce on the court. He's aggressive and has great timing when it comes to making plays.

The Nets will need to play together as if they've been doing so for some time, and not show discouragement just because they're an up-and-coming franchise.

Patience must be a virtue for Brooklyn's newest fans, but if the team works well together, they might come out more successfully than some critics are expecting.