The Brooklyn Nets had an impromptu team meeting after a 118-95 blowout loss. The meeting was the topic of conversation at Monday’s shootaround, along with Trevor Booker (more on that later).
On Friday, the Nets, who usually come out with a high amount of energy and hustle if nothing else, played flat, which the players themselves acknowledged.
Sean Kilpatrick, who’s become one of the premier players on the team, talked about the spontaneous get together.
“It was something that was good for the team – We needed that,” he said. “We were kind of lackadaisical, we didn’t come out aggressive to play. We’re starting to realize and know we can’t accept this – that’s a step forward within our program and our young guys are responding in a real good way, especially with today’s shootaround.”
Rookie guard Caris LeVert, who had his best game on said Friday with 12 points in 24 minutes of play, also chimed in.
“I think that’s important on every team,” said the Michigan alum. “The vets talking to everybody about what it takes to win, I think everybody received it well.”
Brook Lopez, who’s averaging 20.5 points in 29 minutes per contest, says it was good for the team, and discussed the significance of building trust in the (mostly) new look locker room.
“It’s a long season, obviously not every game will go as we want it to or as planned, but we obviously addressed a few things,” Lopez said. “We went back and forth and talked about what we felt we needed to do as a team better and improve and just come together. As a team we just felt we need to be able to talk to one another on the court, not take things so personally, and just realize, at the end of the day, we’re out there trying to help one another.”
“In the heat of the moment things may be said and not necessarily in the nicest way, but it’s for a more important goal,” he continued. “We need to trust each in one another, believe in one another and listen to one another if we’re going to get anywhere. The way we addressed the issue in Washington and dealt with it, team only, players only, it was impressive – guys are responding the right way.”
No one provided any details.
Trevor Booker also made noise with a pair of bold proclamations, the first a pact to posterize a certain 7’1” center from his old Utah Jazz team, and the second a prediction who will win the National Championship Game, which includes his alma matar.
“I made a promise that I would dunk on Rudy (Gobert) tonight,” Booker revealed, seemingly in a joking matter.
“I think we’ll win 24-17,” added the former Clemson Tiger, predciting a win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. “Nobody thought we would beat Ohio State but we absolutely destroyed them.”
The Nets will look to get back on track and start 2017 off with a victory against Booker’s old Jazz squad tonight. Tip-off is set for 7:30 on YES.