2012 Training Camp
Coverage of the Nets' 2012 training camp.
On some days during the Olympics, says MIke Fratello quoting Team USA coaches, Deron Williams was "the best player on the floor ... and clearly the best point guard on certain days." Fratello was speaking to Vince Cellini on the NBA TV Nets preview.
After two disappointing losses, mostly the result of bad defense, Avery Johnson told reporters at Sunday's Open Practice that it was time the Nets develop a "hit-first mentality." Johnson said the Nets are not where he hoped they'd be at this point.
The Nets finished last season 29th in defense. As John Schuhmann notes, "they only avoided finishing last in defensive efficiency because the 7-59 Bobcats couldn't stop a CYO team." Now, Avery Johnson thinks he can them into the top 10. Good Luck.
Andray Blatche had a choice last month, between the Heat and the Nets, between the world champs and the team with the NBA's worst record over the last three years. As it turns out, the decision matters. Blatche is playing well. Stefan Bondy reports.
What does this schedule remind you of? Six games in 12 days, then a week off. Sounds like the lockout, but it's not. It's the Nets pre-season schedule, starting Saturday. Looking for someone to blame. Try the offices of MSG at 33rd and 7th.
Zach Lowe presents the latest pre-season pundity, breaking the NBA down into 11 categories. The Nets and two other division clubs, he has in the "Exciting Upside, Too Many Questions." Most of the questions, as expected, have to do with defense.
Avery Johnson has always been quietly proud of his ability to get the most out of players others have given up on. He did it last year with Gerald Green. But that rehab job pales compared to helping Andray Blatche but so far Project Zero is working.
Avery Johnson is excited by what's he seen so far.. In an interview with Bruce Beck on WNBC New York, the coach said the Nets are proud to have built a team. He also praised several players, including Derwon Williams, CJ Watson and Andray Blatche.
Avery Johnson is hoping to keep at least one member of "Brooklyn's Backcourt" on the floor at all times this season, saying, "We’re not going to play a true second team this year." The Nets often did the same thing with Jason Kidd and Vince Carter.
Practice will shift from the PNY Center in East Rutherford to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for one day Sunday as the Nets practice on the main court at their new home for the first time. It's just another milestone for a team with many to come.
Last year, MarShon Brooks basically had his way on the practice court. Until Gerald Wallace arrived, there wasn't much competition, notes his coach. Now, he's had to adjust with the return of Wallace and the arrival of Joe Johnson and Josh Childress.
It's going to take a while for Mirza Teletovic to get adjusted to playing in the NBA, living in New York (with a wife and two children). So far, he says, it's working. Avery Johnson is encouraging him and encouraging him to do what he does best.
The Nets step onto the court at Barclays Center for the first time Sunday. Avery Johnson wants players to get a feel for their new Brooklyn digs. The Nets first game at the arena is now just 10 days away. The Harlem Globetrotters play later Sunday.