30 Teams in 30 Days: Brooklyn Nets Preview for the 2013-2014 Season
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OK folks, October is here, and that can only mean one thing...NBA Basketball previews, baby! So it's time to go out and grab NBA2K14 and get ready for some action on the hardwood.
Being the basketball junkie that I am, it is only fitting that, in anticipation of what should be one of the most exciting seasons we've had in years, each team should be dissected and broken down to its very last compound. For each of the next 30 days, all NBA teams will be previewed, and the most pressing questions for each team will be addressed.
Only the unadulterated truth.
Today, we're taking a look at the potentially good, but also very old, Brooklyn Nets. Once the billionaire Russian owner realized that his franchise player PG Deron Williams had less heart than the tin man in the Wizard of Oz, he had to go out and appease the upstate faithful in order to own up to the "win now" mandate, and he certainly did that.
The Nets traded for a bevy of Boston Celtics players, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry. It provides them with the championship experience they sorely need, and if that wasn't enough, the biggest change won't be on the court but who will be holding a clipboard.
Jason Kidd, he of exactly zero games logged as a coach at any level, will now be manning the sidelines. He made a career out of being one of the league's best distributors, now he will have to distribute minutes to this already very old team.
Reports already have surfaced that Kidd and Garnett are disagreeing on the amount of minutes the "Big Ticket" should play in the regular season, but even KG should realize that at this stage of his career he is best reserved for the month of April and potentially May.
There are some bright spots that greet the beginning of Kidd's tenure. Reggie Evans will bring his ferocious rebounding every night, and the Nets return one of the league's stingiest defenses from a year ago, having allowed an average of 95.1 points per game.
KG can only help the team improve upon that statistic.
How Will the Brooklyn Nets fare this season?
Who is the leader of the Brooklyn Nets?
Is it Kidd, who will have to realize that he is no longer one of the boys in the locker room but instead is the guy being paid to develop and coach these guys past Miami?
Is it Williams, who is being paid to be a franchise leader but who may have to concede that role to Garnett?
Is it KG, who knows what it takes to win a title? Resolving the leadership question may be Brooklyn's biggest obstacle, especially when crunch time in the playoffs arrive.
One thing's for certain, it's not Joe Johnson.
Jason Kidd is able to get the new guys to mesh well with Deron Williams, who decides to take a back seat and allow the players who have rings to lead the way. They are able to manage KG's and The Truth's minutes effectively and dominate the Atlantic Division en route to shocking Miami in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals.
Age begins to creep up on the older guys, they break down faster than Greg Oden's knees, and wind up scratching for the final playoff spot in the East, in which case it leads to Jason Kidd having too many nights of having to call for a designated driver.
For my realistic expectations for this team, check out the video. Also don't forget to comment on Twitter @JohnReidIV
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