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Kenny Atkinson joins Brooklyn Nets "gym rats"

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Chris McCullough spoke recently to Kathryn Przybyla, the Nets in-house blogger, about how he and three other "gym rats" have been working --and bonding-- during workouts at HSS Training Center, adding that a new Net has joined them.

"Coach Atkinson is working us hard in the gym every day basically," McCullough said. "I love his enthusiasm. He’s very energetic and wants the guys to get out there and get after it. That’s what we’ve been doing. Overall it’s been great."

Besides McCullough, the gym rats are Markel Brown, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Sean Kilpatrick.  All are entering their second year except for Brown, who's going into his third.  Brown becomes a restricted free agent next month.  The others are under contract.

"Rondae, Markel, Sean and I have all been on the court competing and working hard together -- trying to find a good balance," McCullough said.  "We played last season together and it’s about having a better bond. Working out together is going to be a great thing for us. We keep getting better."

McCullough said his new home office in Brooklyn at the HSS Training Center couldn’t be a better place to work on this development.

"I love that place. It’s the best practice facility I’ve seen," he said. "Just looking at that view -- I’m from New York so being able to look out at the city when I’m practicing is a great feeling. The upstairs and the roof deck, everything about it is amazing."