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Randy Foye ready for debut ... expanded duties

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For the first time this season, Randy Foye is active and with Jeremy Lin out, the timing couldn’t be better.

Lin is out for at least the next two weeks, at which time he’ll be re-evaluated. That amounts to at least six games.

Foye opened up the Nets’ black and white scrimmage at LIU-Brooklyn and started a few preseason encounters for the Nets as their shooting guard alongside Lin and Brook Lopez.

Needless to say, the veteran combo guard, now entering his 11th season, is happy to be back, and able to help his team at the point. The Nets aren’t just missing Lin, but Greivis Vasquez (ankle pain) as well.

“I’m excited. The upsetting part of it is I worked so hard over the summer, I was here the whole summer,” Foye told reporters at Wednesday’s shootaround. “Today to know that I’m a step closer – not really knowing what it’s going to be, but I’m active – I’m excited about it.”

Foye said at shootaround that physically he feels great and able to contribute to the squad, and help keep the momentum going after a nice win, and for the most part, encouraging performances from the team. The biggest concern for the Villanova alum is getting (and subsequently staying) on track mentally.

“It’s more the mental part of it,” he said. “I can play and do everything that I want to do – sprinting, sliding, all that stuff, I’m there, coach has got to make the decision to push it or go tonight, or wait a little bit.”

He had a chance to be activated for Wednesday’s game, but Foye was later downgraded to doubtful, and in the end, he didn’t play. The 33-year old Newark, New Jersey native says not playing Wednesday was more precautionary than anything else.

“Everything we’re doing from here, (we’re) just trying to be smart,” he said. “You’ve seen what happened with Jeremy (Lin), you don’t want to get out there and feel good here, but in a game there are no controlled situations, you’ve got to go all out. You don’t want to get out there and push the wrong way, do it again and be out another 10 days. You want to take all the right steps and if you’re out there, you’re out there for the rest of the time.”

So time to be smart on the court.