I. Hiring a new coach
-We need to find a coach that is both knowledgeable in basketball, but also can help this team develop a character, culture, and identity. This season was a remarkable success, considering where Nets basketball came from, just a few years removed form 12-70. But this team lacked any type of identity and to become a success in the NBA, the Nets need to carve out their niche. Many of the candidates above would be solid in replacing PJ, and each has their pros and cons. Sloan, Shaw, Van Gundy, Rivers if we can deal for, or even Del Negro when he is fired. But it's up to management to find the right fit for this team.
II. Supporting cast
-Let's look back at Miami's first season together as a BIG 3, shall we? They took some time to mesh, and lacked a solid supporting cast. But look what the Heat have done over the past two seasons. They've upgraded their bench, and that has made an incredible difference, especially with a tight cap. Facing a similar situation, we need to tool this team in a way that the pieces fit better together. Sure, an upgrade at PF, and this and that would help, but remember the Nets are financially restricted. Go out and find a knockdown 3-pt shooter (ex. Allen/Miller/Battier (Miami), Korver (Hawks), Redick (Bucks), Bellineli (Bulls), Green/Bonner (Spurs), Novak (Knicks), etc.). As it's seen, many of the big teams in the league have a shooter who can space the floor and light it up from beyond the arc. This, besides a better two-way PF, is what we lack the most. So I propose to Billy to go out and snatch up Morrow this summer. Look to the draft and see if we can find a steal, either a knockdown shooter or a talented big man (Withey comes to mind at backup C).
III. Grow as a Team
- This is the most important thing for the Brooklyn Nets. This offseason, instead of sulking off a game 7 defeat, keep your heads up and just work to get better and develop chemistry with one another. The team endured a great deal throughout the season, and these adversities will only make them stronger in the future. The East will be a whole lot tougher next season, with the Heat, Knicks, Pacers, Bulls at full strength, Celtics if they retool, Raptors with a full season together, Cavs continuing to develop, and the Hawks always lingering. Take the offseason, work, and the results will come next season.
The future is bright for this franchise, and we will only continue to go up. That loss last night was incredibly tough and heartbreaking, but let's look at the positives. The Nets made a name for themselves, and with each winning season to come, the respect will continue to grow to the level we desire. There was a lot of positive to take from this season, and build on for our great expectations next season. Let's go Nets, I believe the best is yet to come. Rise up Nets Nation.