INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – The Brooklyn Nets enter the season as perhaps the NBA’s most intriguing story, with the biggest names this side of the Miami Heat. That will happen when you trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, as the Nets did on draft night this past June.
Add Garnett and Pierce to Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson (with Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko off the bench) … and you may have the makings of something special. You could also have a major disappointment, but that’s why you play the games.
Anyway, these new Nets open the season at Cleveland on Wednesday, and Cavs coach Mike Brown shared his thoughts. Here they are:
“I’ve watched a little bit of film on them, I know a little bit about what they do. Obviously, they’re a veteran team and they’ve been around a long time. They’ve got multiple All-Stars and future Hall of Famers on the team, so you’ve got to respect the talent with that group.”
“They’re a team that is big, so they have multiple post-up guys. Their point guard can try to post you up, their two-guard can post you up, their threes can post you, their fours can post you. Obviously when you talk about their five, Brook Lopez, he can post up. We have to make sure we’re prepared for any position 1 through 5 trying to take advantage of us in the post.
“We also have to be ready to play defense against a lot of random offense because these guys are so good they don’t necessarily have to execute plays the right way. They can just play off each other.
“It’s like when you or your buddies go to the park and play against younger guys. Younger guys are out there doing stuff that we can’t do, but you just run a simple pick and roll and you space the floor the right way, and move the ball the right way — and you can do things because of the feeling that you have, that a younger team may not be able to do. We have to be able to defend a lot of random action with our base defense, and survive from there.”