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Armor optimistic about new season

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It's not any team that has its Media Day at Center Court inside the Basketball Hall of Fame.  The Armor, representing the "Hall of Fame City," is the only one. With so many players returning from the D-League's East Conference championship team of two years ago, several of whom have had NBA experience since, the Nets' affiliate is optimistic about the new season.

Probably the best player on the team (other than Toko Shengelia) is someone familiar with western Massachusetts: Gary Forbes.  Forbes, the  swingman from Brooklyn, played for UMass in nearby Amherst. He told local media he's happy to be back, but the 28-year-old said he's hoping for another shot at the NBA.

"It’s great, but you know, I have a bigger goal in mind," Forbes said about the Armor "Just taking everything in stride and working hard every day. (I’m taking) things step-by-step to try to get back to the highest level."

The biggest addition is head coach Doug Overton, who's joined the Armor from the Nets, where he did player development.

"I understand what they want to build here, because I’ve been a part of player development," Overton explained. "They want to win a championship and they want to develop young players to help do that."

The young players the Nets most want to develop are: Lorenzo Brown, a 6'6" point guard who was drafted in the second round by the Timberwolves, then cut and sent to the Iowa Energy. The Energy traded his rights to Springfield. The other is Adonis Thomas, a 6'7" swingman from Memphis who went undrafted, then signed and cut by the Hawks before being signed by the Nets.  The Nets see both as having NBA potential.  Also, Willie Reed, the returning big man who played for the Grizzlies at the end of last year, could find his way back to an NBA roster.

The Armor opens November 22 vs. Maine.