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Monday, November 11, 2013
Starting Five: Optimistic or pessimistic?

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- They're old. Deron Williams stinks. Yada. Yada. Yada. They aren't going anywhere.

Sorry. Just giving you the Seinfeld version of social media concerning the Brooklyn Nets these days.

We detailed more of why the Nets are 2-4 in our off-day blog post. But lost in all of the bad is the good.

And there are some good things going for the Nets right now. For one, Brook Lopez ranks seventh in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating (27.09). For another, Joe Johnson (49.1 percent shooting) and Paul Pierce (49.1 percent shooting) have both shot the ball well. And Brooklyn's bench has been pretty potent at times despite not having Andrei Kirilenko at 100 percent.

The Nets will need to get their offensive (21st) and defensive (15th) efficiency ratings up, but the players believe they will.

On Monday, the Nets will do something a little different. Since it's Veteran's Day, Brooklyn will practice at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton Military Post and then serve a meal to the troops in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Pretty cool.

Of note: The Nets sent Tornike Shengelia back down to the D-League Sunday. Perhaps that's a good sign that Kirilenko (back spasms) is doing better.

In case you missed it: Why are the Nets 2-4? We took a look. Plus the Nets failed down the stretch against the Pacers and D-Will says he is "getting there."

Question: How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the Nets this early in the season?

What's next: I have you covered from Monday's practice.