Media Day is TOMORROW! Practice starts SATURDAY.
Now, comes the questions. The answers start to come in two weeks when the Nets play Maccabi Tel Aviv. What kind of questions? Tim Bontemps tries his hand at the top ten questions facing the Nets, from what will Bruce Ratner do with his minority ownership stake to whether Brook Lopez can stay on the floor.
Bontemps rightly cites Lopez's return as the top question. As he writes...
If the Nets have Lopez and Williams healthy, they have a chance to make some noise in the Eastern Conference. But if one of them — particularly Lopez — gets hurt? It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Nets on the outside of the playoffs. For a team that will have to swap draft picks with the Hawks if they finish below them, that wouldn’t go over very well.
There are questions, of course, beyond Lopez --and Deron Williams' health. One ot the other big ones is how quickly Bojan Bogdanovic can step into a big role in Brooklyn. Billy King hasn't said so directly but he's hinted that the Nets would like the Croatian star to start quickly. Bogdanovic, who joined his teammates in scrimmages this week, has said, "I think they brought me to be a player in the rotation immediately, to immediately help and I think I'm ready for it."
Some of the other questions on Bontemps list include whether the Nets faith in Marquis Teague will be justified, whether Kevin Garnett has anything left and what role can Andrei Kirilenko play, plus how big will Mason Plumlee role be.
Still, as Andy Vasquez writes Thursday, it's better sometimes to have questions rather than answers.
"The Nets are coming off two seasons in which they were the NBA’s undisputed kings of hype," writes Vasquez who calls the Nets off-season the "purposeful quiet." .
"Unfortunately, there is not a trophy for that. And all those expectations did nothing to help the Nets on the basketball court."
- The 10 Nets questions that will determine season - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
NBA: Nets focusing on basketball, not hype - Andy Vasquez - The Record
The Nets are coming off two seasons in which they were the NBA’s undisputed kings of hype.
Unfortunately, there is not a trophy for that. And all those expectations did nothing to help the Nets on the basketball court.- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-just-focusing-on-basketball-not-hype-1.1095979?page=all#sthash.ukrU6Ya4.dpuf