Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Offseason generating divided opinions
By Mike Mazzeo
Grantland's Zach Lowe examined the offseason moves by every team in his latest piece.
Lowe put the Nets in the "Generating Divided Opinions and/or Excited Anxiety" category:
Brooklyn really deserves its own category, because the Nets are generating some toxic combination of animosity, jealousy, and giddy anticipation of a looming franchise apocalypse. Brooklyn has to make the pieces fit, both on the court and in the locker room, where there is a bit of anxiety over how the happy-go-lucky Brook Lopez will mesh with the new screaming maniac from Boston. But these aren't last year's Lakers, no matter how badly rival executives wish that to be the case.
Those Lakers, another on-paper juggernaut, went four deep before a falloff to subreplacement players. This team will have five legit All-Star-level starters, with Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, Andray Blatche, Jason Terry, Reggie Evans, Mirza Teletovic, and more coming off the bench. They will be a 50-plus win team, and likely better, just by showing up.
They aren't favorites, and they may well finish behind Chicago, Miami, and Indiana. But if Kevin Garnett can get through the season healthy, people are underselling this team's chances at making real noise. Again: Miami has been on the ropes in each of the last three seasons, and the Nets were a top-10 offense before exchanging the Brick Machine Formerly Known as Gerald Wallace for three ex-Celtics who should do well in supporting roles. Garnett holds the key to transforming a so-so defense, and if he can work some of his old magic, the Nets will be a very dangerous team. They'd better be, because they've mortgaged their future to assemble this roster.
You can read the rest of Lowe's piece here.