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Is "Flying Under the Radar" the Brooklyn Nets new mantra?


Deron Williams said it before Monday's Dodge Barrage, using it twice in comments to reporters.

"Definitely excited about this season," said Williams. "We're flying under the radar right now, which is fine. A lot of people aren't paying much attention to us and we're good with that."

"We’re flying under the radar. We’ve got a lot of work to do. When you get between the lines, anything can happen. So it’s our job to get better, gel as a team over training camp an the first month and be ready to go in November."

Since then, both ESPN and Yahoo! have picked up the line.

As Mike Mazzeo writes Friday...

Over the summer, all the talk in the Eastern Conference has been about the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, the Washington Wizards and the Charlotte Hornets.

As for the Brooklyn Nets? Well, they’re just fine with it.

Over at Yahoo, it's the same...

As the attention shifted toward Cleveland and eyes focused on the ugliness and drama the NBA has been forced to endure in Atlanta, the Nets have quietly been getting healthy and ready for their first season under new head coach Lionel Hollins.

Meanwhile, at the Nets training facility, players keep arriving, with all but a few on hand and a couple of players not yet participating in 4 on 4 and 5 on 5 scrimmages.  As Sergey Karasev wrote on his Instagram page, ""Great morning practice, started the 4 games on 4! Can not wait for the start of training camp!"

Even then, the Nets can keep out of reach.  Their first preseason game is against a Euroleague team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and then they fly off to China for two games vs. the Sacramento Kings. Won't get much attention then either, with games in the middle of the night and early morning, New York time  In fact, the way preseason works, the Nets with games against the Celtics and 76ers, could still be an unknown quantity on Opening Night,.  As long as they're healthy, the Nets should be just fine ... under the radar.