On Wednesday morning, the Nets' summer league team will gather at the PNY Center for their first practice ... with Jason Kidd wearing sweats and carrying a clipboard (or iPad?).
There will be morning and evening sessions tomorrow and Friday, with a morning session Saturday. The night sessions tomorrow and Friday, which are not open to the media, are presumably live scrimmaging. The Nets will have three roster players on the roster: Tyshawn Taylor, Toko Shengelia and Mason Plumlee along with former Net Damion James. Saturday night, the team flies to Orlando, where they open against the Pistons at 5 p.m. Sunday (Live on NBA TV).
So what to expect? Beckley Mason writing in the Times says Kidd's coaching by-words will be "trust" and "share."
"We have to trust each other," Kidd told Mason. "When you do make a pass, sometimes a guy might miss a jump shot. You can’t be upset, because it’s the right play. And the majority of time in this league, if you make the right play, you tend to put yourself in a position to win...
"The principle of helping one another has become really big with the rules now, and that’s kind of what we did in Dallas," Kidd added.
Mason also notes that Kidd should have natural allies in Kevin Garnett, who are selfless on offense and "great communicators" on D.
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