The Brooklyn Nets' team motto this season is "All in." As in, all in to win. The Nets would love to take their fans on a championship journey in 2013-14, and that journey gets underway on Wednesday night in Cleveland, when the Nets take on the upstart Cavaliers in their regular-season opener at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.
Here's what we'll be watching for:
THE (OFFICIAL) DEBUT OF KG AND PP: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were the Nets' marquee acquisitions this season. It was tough for the future Hall of Fame forwards to leave Boston, but they've come to Brooklyn with one goal in mind: winning another title before they ride off into the sunset. KG is in charge of trying to fortify a defense that finished 17th last season, while Pierce will be looked upon for scoring and facilitating.
BATTLE OF ELITE PGS: Deron Williams, who played just 10 minutes during the preseason, will be tasked with going up against rising star Kyrie Irving. Irving averaged a team-high 22.5 points per game for Cleveland last season. Williams, coming off a sprained right ankle injury, will be closely monitored by the coaching and training staffs. He is still coming back, so don't expect him to play 40 minutes. It will be interesting to see how Williams orchestrates the team's new motion-based offense.
COACH? With Jason Kidd suspended, it is expected that lead assistant Lawrence Frank will coach the team in Kidd's place. Frank has been in charge of implementing the team's defensive system. Frank runs the team's practices, with Kidd looking on and adding pointers as he sees fit. The Nets will be in good hands with Frank likely at the interim helm.
CHANGES: The Nets weren't the only ones who made moves over the summer. The Cavaliers drafted Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall and signed Earl Clark, Andrew Bynum and Jarrett Jack to improve their roster. Bynum, who missed all of last season due to injury, has not been ruled out by new coach Mike Brown. He was listed as inactive on the team's roster that had to be submitted to the NBA. With their additions, the Cavaliers expect to contend for a playoff spot this season.