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Nets players react to Sean Marks hire, passing of trade deadline

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The Nets went through their second practice at the HSS Training Center Thursday, as the team made news by hiring a new GM and by NOT making any deals at the deadline. Both got the attention of Brook Lopez, who for the first time in many trade deadlines was very, very relaxed.

As Devin Kharpertian reported...

"I could just be ignorant and something could be happening right now," he joked at 2:49 p.m. "What time is it right now?"

"There’s 11 minutes. It came all the way down to the wire last year so we’ll see this year. We could just stand around for the next 11 minutes.

"… The first time I ever looked at the clock was when we were on the bus practice at UCLA (last season, when the team nearly traded him to Oklahoma City). That was the last one. I’m just going to see if I’ll just poof and disappear."

On the issue of his new boss, he was both funny and serious. Asked how familiar he was with the Spurs assistant GM, Lopez responded, "I did the Wikipedia."

Turning serious, Lopez liked what he's heard about Marks.

"Obviously we want continuity," Lopez said. "It’s going to require a lot of communication. We’re going to have to be on the same page. We’ll have to know what we’re thinking and what our goals are, obviously. It’s obviously the right start."

Thaddeus Young, who unlike Lopez was the subject of trade rumors Thursday, liked Marks' background with the Spurs.

"I think it’s a great hire for us," Young said. "Anybody that’s coming from the Spurs organization is definitely a great hire from what they’ve done in the past 20, 25 years. They’ve had a great organization, they’ve won championship after championship, always have produced a great team, and they have great people within the organization, great basketball minds, what I like to call them."

As for his own situation, Young was also non-plused by it all.

"I’m just chillin’. Just chillin’, enjoying my new practice facility, and enjoying practice. Had a good practice today, we were out there, we practiced hard, of course. Getting ready to get back to playing basketball now."

As for Joe Johnson, whose fate Marks may soon decide, the selection is a relief.

“I think it’s satisfying to get that part out of the way, to get a G.M.,” Johnson said. “I guess we’ve got to just look forward to meeting him — or, I guess, getting to know him — and we’ll see what’s next.”

And if you were asking, Andrea Bargnani, subject of buyout rumors, was on the court, practicing as if he was going to be a Net at least through the Knicks game.

As for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's ankle, there was good news and bad news. RHJ is "partially practicing" but it will be another two weeks before he will be re-evaluated.  Once Hollis-Jefferson gets back on the court, it will be the first time this season that all three Nets draft picks --RHJ, Chris McCullough and Juan Pablo Vaulet-- are all healthy enough to play.