The Nets played their first scrimmage Tuesday, one that ended appropriately enough with Deron Williams hitting two clutch free throws and a round of applause. Avery Johnson was pleased with what he saw. Among other things, Johnson saw a team that was in shape.
He credited Williams for getting all 18 Nets to the PNY Center for informal workouts. No one, he pointed out, asked out of the practice because of fatigue, a common occurrence at NBA camps.Tyshawn Taylor was limited by a strained right quad. Nothing serious. Said D-Will, "I was excited (today). I've been excited for this week since I signed."
Looking back, Williams said he was frustrated with what he saw from some teammates last season, "“You’re getting your ass kicked and then you’re in the locker room laughing about the game afterwards. I don’t think that stuff is funny. That’s what we had to deal with last year. But I don’t think we’re going to deal with it this year, because just talking to the guys that’s not what we’re about."
Johnson noted that as of now, Andray Blatche is his back-up center and Mirza Teletovic his back-up power forward but added that Blatche could swing over to the four. And in social notes, MarShon Brooks revealed that his failure to retrieve some cocoa butter for D-Will won him a carload of popcorn. The smell lingers, he reports, whenever he turns on the a/c.
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