Back when I played basketball, I learned different ways to grow as a player and team through unique, yet fun strategies. It's called "development" at the NBA level. One memory especially sticks out.
At the end of a long and gruesome practice, my coach (who was a former drill sergeant) told us to line up against the baseline. We all expected suicides like usual. Instead, he pulled out a chair and a wiffleball bat and asked for two captains. Everybody was scratching their head, but by the end of the wiffleball game, everybody was laughing and having a good time. It was a wonderful tactic to increase chemistry amongst a team of any sport... a way to get the personality out of some guys that don't show it on/off the court.
The Nets are a young bunch looking to grow together. They seem to have the same idea with this interesting tactic.
In the picture posted on Instagram, you see Justin Hamilton, Sean Kilpatrick, Brook Lopez, Randy Foye, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (brother of Rondae), Anthony Bennett, Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson hanging out at Brooklyn Terminal Park.
Along with playing football to increase chemistry and other aspects, Sean Kilpatrick posted this photo of the guys playing wiffleball (hey now!) at HSS Training Center back in July.
From the first picture, you'll notice seven Nets putting in work off the court, while Bojan Bogdanovic and Luis Scola continue their pursuit for gold in Rio. Greivis Vasquez has been in the gym, but the Nets aren't rushing his return to activity like this. He did, however, post this on Thursday.
Meanwhile, it wasn't just football being played in Brooklyn. Sean Kilpatrick also posted a photo of him working on strength and conditioning with assistant coach and director of player development, Adam Harrington. The caption speaks volume on how Kilpatrick feels about the new assistant, who was also spoken highly of by Caris LeVert at the press conference on July 22 at HSS Training Center.
"It's amazing," Caris LeVert said of the Nets commitment to development. "Being in the gym the past two days with the coaches, you can just tell it's a positive attitude every time you walk in the gym with them. Coach Adam Harrington - He's had a smile on his face the whole time since I met him."
In the background of Kilpatrick's photo, you'll notice Ronald Nored, head coach of the Long Island Nets, also helping out with the Brooklyn Nets. All smiles for Nored, too.
The others -- Joe Harris, Trevor Booker, Isaiah Whitehead, Caris LeVert and Jeremy Lin appeared to be absent for the day at Brooklyn Terminal. Lin has been making his move from Palo Alto to New York, having fun doing things aside from basketball on his Snapchat of late.
Ahh... The beauty of social media.
So what does this all mean? Most will say "nothing" if it doesn't translate to the court, but let's not forget. These are mostly young players. This is Adam Harrington's first assistant coaching gig. This is Ronald Nored's first head coaching gig. It's about working hard today so things are a little better tomorrow. If these guys are going to grow together as an organization, it begins with the unseen things like this.