Maybe the most surprising thing Ian Eagle said to Evan Roberts two days ago was his description of whose team the Nets are now.
"They're building their team around Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young ... and Rondae Hollis Jefferson. To me, To me, that's what's happening," said Eagle.
RHJ as a cornerstone of the new Nets? Eagle didn't just say it once. He said it a couple of times and added that the Nets envision the 6'7" swingman with the 38" vertical, defensive prowess and, shall we say, challenged mechanics on his jumper, as a starter. Indeed, the Nets are VERY high on the 20-year-old who they traded for on Draft Night.
It's not Eagle either. The Nets are pushing Hollis-Jefferson, who has the personality to win over fans. In the team-arranged rookie tour of the borough, from Peter Luger to the HSS Training Center, he showed off a bit. Chris McCullough has a more reserved personality. RHJ has a big personality. Also, McCullough won't play for a while.
Atop the training facility (the second time in a week the team took cameras to where the rooftop lounge will be), Hollis-Jefferson was serious. "Any basketball player that loves the game, you're passionate about it. You're emotional about it. That's what great players are. They show that night in, night out, so I feel that if we do that, bring that every night, we'll be good."
Then, at the Nets Shop, he had a bit of fun, looking into the camera and in a whispered voice explained what he was doing. "See what the plan is: we find the cheapest t-shirt, you get more, you can give them to your family. make everybody happy."
The Nets also posted "10 Things to Know About Rondae Hollis-Jefferson," which included a question about his hyphenated name. "I knew there was something I needed to ask my Mom …" he replied.