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Friday, November 15, 2013
King not shaken by Nets' slow start

By Mike Mazzeo

Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King isn’t panicking despite his team’s 2-5 start.

“Yeah, it’s a long, long year,” King told USA Today before Wednesday night’s 107-86 loss to the Sacramento Kings. “I mean I look at Chicago right now. They’re not playing the way they want. Miami’s not playing that well, so I think everybody looks at it like, there’s [75] games to go, and I’d much rather peak in February and March then now.”

King told the newspaper he’s going to need a lot more time before he can properly evaluate his team.

“Yeah, and that's why I want to see where we are at that point [25 games],” King said. “It’s not about wins and losses. It’s about how we’re playing. I learned that from Larry Brown [when they were together in Philadelphia]. You get caught up in the wins and losses, but you’ve got to start making sure that you’re playing a certain way. I saw some of that in the Indiana game.”

King isn’t concerned about power forward Kevin Garnett’s slow start.

“Well, KG is a leader. He came in for a reason, to try to win. So he’s going to talk to guys, and he talks to everybody -- whether you’re the 15th man on the team or one of the starters,” King said. “He expects you all to be part of the team. His whole message is the team is first. It’s not about one person. It’s the whole team. And him included. He doesn’t want to be singled out. He wants it to be about the team.”