In its annual NBA preview, Sports Illustated calls the Nets the Eastern Conference's second best team, behind the Heat. SI based its choice on the Nets' bench strength, which it called younger and better than last year's. It also quotes Marcus Williams as saying this of his mentor, Jason Kidd: "I've never played with a guy who made the game look so easy." SI is the latest basketball preview. Most see the Nets making a second round exit, although one can see the O'Brien Trophy in East Rutherford.