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Smith: With or Without 'Melo, Believe in Plan "J" for Johnson

Veteran NBA writer Sekou Smith wants you to know he the Nets.

"When Avery Johnson speaks, we listen. And not just because he has one of the most unusual (or unique, if you will) speaking voices ever heard," writes Smith.  "He believes every single word he speaks about the Nets’ revival that is underway right now,  sans Carmelo Anthony despite a torrent of rumors to the contrary last weekend."

Saying that Johnson believes in the "ground up process" of discipline, hard work and belief in the system and the team, Smith adds that "Nets fans could look back at this training camp in a couple of years and locate the lift off of a new era" matter who has their name on the marquee in Brooklyn.