Sean Marks will ultimately be judged, at least in the eyes of fans and pundits, on his records --won-loss, trades, draft picks, etc. But in an interview for YES Network's "Nets Magazine," released this week, Marks didn't discuss any of those things ... or summer plans ... or individuals. It was instead all about culture and the intricacies of bringing a culture to Brooklyn.
Specifically, Marks talked about two things in the Sarah Kustok-hosted interview: the importance of communications and of family.
First on character and communications...
"Something I learned in San Antonio --or that made San Antonio pretty special-- is the communications we went through. Pop took so much time to get to know his players, to get to know his staff. And again, I would hope that the players and staff here would see that in me and see that in the people that I bring in, that we care about you as a person. It's not just what you do on the court for us or how do you help our players, everything that makes you us as a person.
"So I know a little bit of the intricacies that make that atmosphere. And again, it's not something that happens overnight. But there's a few little things that can be done quickly, now and immediately that our players in Brooklyn know that something's different in the air here."
Then, family and its priority...
"Family's No. 1. Over the course of a summer or maybe a season, they'll realize it's all about your family. I don't want to bring you into the gym just for the sake of bringing you into the gym. Because I know you've got priorities at home and we're about to go on an 8-game road trip and you're going to miss them. So, 'get out of here; go spend time with your family. You need therapy? Well, we'll send a therapist to your home so at least you can be around your kids.' Little things along the way that I think will help our players. You know, it's a grind of a season so anytime they get to be at home with wives, loved ones, it's important."
Marks has said that he wants players and their agents to see changes in the Brooklyn culture by this summer. He has expanded the staff in big ways and small. So far, he's added only one player, Sean Kilpatrick and that's been a success. Now comes the hard part. And part of that hard part will be convincing everyone, including pundits, that the Nets are a different destination.
Marks also spoke to WFAN's Boomer and Carton this morning, emphasizing how the team's leaders must led the way in establishing and maintaining the team culture. He admitted it's going to take a while.
"Anybody if you’re honest and you look at it, you go, ‘Yeah, it’s a difficult job, no question there,’ ” Marks said Thursday on WFAN’s Boomer and Carton show. “It’s not going to be ‘Oh, great, I’ll hit 45, 50 wins straight off the bat.’ But it is something where you get to build with your little fingerprints in it and build it with good people, and we’re bringing in hopefully the right people to do that.
“It’s going to take some time, but we’re all confident and all have the right passion to do it.”