Opening Tip: NBA is (almost) back!

October, 1, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The offseason is officially over.

Training camp is finally here.

The Brooklyn Nets open up training camp on Tuesday at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

My colleague Ohm Youngmisuk will be there to cover it for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow Ohm on Twitter: @NotoriousOHM.

Nets brass made several huge splashes during the summer, selecting Jason Kidd as the team’s new head coach and acquiring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in a blockbuster trade.

Kidd will coach his first official practice on Tuesday. Time to earn your players’ respect, Jason.

Kidd will have to begin installing his systems as the Nets begin to cultivate their identity for the 2013-14 campaign.

With seven newcomers -- not counting Kidd -- developing chemistry is going to be their biggest issue moving forward.

GM Billy King liked getting away from New York because he wants his players to be able to focus on the task at hand.

At media day Monday, it was very clear that the Nets, with a $190 million roster bill, have championship aspirations.

But they have a long ways to get there.

UP NOW: My news stories on Deron Williams’ health and Garnett not wanting to sit in back-to-backs. I also filled up the blog with several items as well.

WHAT’S NEXT: Ohm will have all the reaction from Kidd and his players’ first day of practice.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: How realistic are the Nets’ hopes of winning a title this season?

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
16.7 3.8 1.0 34.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 8.0
AssistsD. Williams 6.8
StealsD. Williams 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6