King: Brooks will have to earn starter role

Will MarShon Brooks be a starter next season?

"He's going to have to earn it," Nets general manager Billy King said Wednesday.

Brooks, 23, started 56 games in his rookie campaign, but King envisions the versatile guard possibly becoming the team's sixth man next season, filling the same role James Harden plays in Oklahoma City and Jason Terry plays in Dallas.

Brooks said Wednesday he would like to start but wouldn't be opposed to coming off the bench.

He has been playing a lot of pickup basketball in the offseason while staying mostly in the New York City area.

"I'm just trying to stay in shape," he said. "I just want to get stronger and come into training camp in the best shape possible."

Brooks averaged 12.6 points per game in 2011-12, but his defense is going to have to be much better, and he knows it.

One thing Brooks doesn't know, however, is if teammate Deron Williams will be back.

"You're asking the wrong person. I'm really not sure. I hope so. I'm pretty sure he’s going to make the best decision for his family," Brooks said.

Brooks will be taking on a fan in a one-on-one game of "HORSE" on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island, surrounded by the crowd at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest.

Brooks thinks he could eat three or four dogs in 10 minutes -- not 60 or 70 like the pros do. He has never been to the contest before, though he has watched it on TV. He thinks Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas will win.