The Long Island Nets, with both of the Nets draft picks available, will open their 50-game season Saturday night vs. the Westchester Knicks at Nassau Coliseum. The game is a 7 p.m. start and will be broadcast on the G League’s Facebook page.
Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs, the Nets two draft picks, were assigned to Long Island Saturday morning, according to Nets PR. Kurucs returned from a five-game absence Friday and was on the Nets bench, but did not play vs. Houston.
Among the others who will be in the red, white, and blue colors of Long Island will be the Nets two two-way contracts, rookie Theo Pinson, an undrafted rookie swingman, and Alan Williams, a three-year veteran who plays underneath. Four players who were with the Nets in training camp are also on the Long Island roster as are five returning players, led by Shannon Scott, the 6’3” point guard from Ohio State.
“Rodi has gotten some playing time for us because of our injuries and has played well for us, quite honestly,” Kenny Atkinson told Greg Logan. “Musa has been really good in practice and the little opportunity he’s had in games.
“It’s a great opportunity for those guys. The decision hasn’t been made whether they’re going to play [Saturday] night or not. We’ll talk about it after the game. But Long Island is a valuable, valuable resource for us and we’re going to use it consistently, especially when we can’t practice or we have a full roster and those guys can’t get playing time. It’s a good opportunity for those guys to get better.”
The game also marks the debut of Will Weaver as the G League club’s coach. Weaver has a long history of working as an assistant, both to Atkinson, and before him, to Brett Brown in Philadelphia. He is also an assistant coach for the Australian national team where he coached Mitch Creek, who he’ll have available to him on Saturday night.