Coming off a win in their preseason opener against the Knicks, the Nets had practice early Tuesday. Kenny Atkinson spoke positively about the win, and as he did, all around him, the HSS Training Center was a hub of activity.
Here’s some of it, along with the best view in the NBA, from the eighth and ninth floors of 148 39th Street in Brooklyn.
Caris LeVert, who’s currently sidelined and listed as day-to-day with a minor ankle injury, was able to shoot around with D’Angelo Russell on the far end of the two courts. This could be Russell’s sweet spot since we spotted him there Monday as well. That’s Jake Wiley in the foreground.
Jeremy Lin also seems to have his own sweet spot at HSS, to the far right of where LeVert and Russell made their base camp. Here he takes a couple of threes on the wing. Nearby, Long Island Net head coach Ronald Nored works with the long shots: Wiley, Akil Mitchell, and Yakuba Ouattara, along with the unseen Milton Doyle and Jeremy Senglin. They could all be his charges next month.
Lin also worked on some mid-range pull up jumpers, another part of his game he looks to improve as Nets grow with pace-and-space:
Isaiah Whitehead and Trevor Booker spent a significant amount of time shooting from the perimeter. Here’s a snippet timed to “Ice Cream” by Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Cappadonna of the Wu Tang Clan, a classic hip-hop record that may hit home for many Net fans.
To that same music, Nets rookie Jarrett Allen hit the blocks to practice some hook shots, with the help of Kenny Atkinson himself:
Allen also took some elbow jumpers:
And even a three:
And after the dust settled and when everyone else had left, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took the floor for some extra reps on his foul shots, beginning with the basics, alone with one of the basketball operations associates:
We can’t confirm that he’s stopped yet. And why not? That view can be mesmerizing.