Ohm Youngmisuk is entering his fifth season as the Nets beat writer for the New York Daily News. He was kind enough to allow NetsDaily to get his thoughts on a periodic basis throughout the season.
NetsDaily: What has stood out most through camp and the four preseason games so far?
Ohm Youngmisuk: The first thing that comes to my mind when I look around the court is the improved depth of the team. Seeing faces like Jeff McInnis, Marc Jackson, Scott Padgett and Lamond Murray in practice on the second unit is an eye-opener after watching the extremely thin Nets last season.
While the reserves have struggled at some of the end of these preseason games against the Knicks and Raptors, these guys won’t be playing in crunch time in the regular season. All they need to do is maintain when they are on the court spelling the starters and I think they can do that. Jackson gives the Nets an intimidator they haven’t had (I’m not going to count Alonzo Mourning since he barely played and didn’t want to be there) since Kenyon Martin.
McInnis is making his way back from a back injury. The Nets are trying to take advantage of Murray’s offensive talents, posting him up quite a bit. Padgett, in my mind, is an upgrade over Brian Scalabrine as far as shooting and rebounding. And while Antoine Wright may not play much, he will help in the future. All these players are clearly better than last year’s reserves which included the likes of Travis Best, Rodney Buford and Jabari Smith.
NetsDaily: If everyone is healthy by the opener, what two players under contract are the most likely candidates to start out on the inactive list?
Ohm Youngmisuk: My guess is likely Linton Johnson and Wright.
NetsDaily: How did you get the Nets beat writer job? Do you have a basketball background?
Ohm Youngmisuk: I didn’t play organized basketball growing up since I was a tennis player. But I was always a huge basketball fan and after covering sports for my high school paper, I decided I wanted to be an NBA beat writer in 11th grade. Everything from that point on was geared toward accomplishing that goal. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to a few prestigious journalism programs. I covered a lot of high school sports while at Michigan State and volunteered to do features on the Pistons and former MSU players in the pros. I interned at the Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal and Constitution and Akron Beacon Journal and at each stop, I made sure to try to do as much NBA as I could.
After one year of covering high schools at the Kansas City Star, I was hired by the Daily News in 1997 as the backup Knicks/Nets writer.
After four years of learning from Frank Isola and Mike James, I was promoted to cover the Nets and I’ve been fortunate to cover two Finals runs and an exciting and rarely dull team.
Ohm's writing can be found at: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/.