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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Opening Tip: Talkin' title

By Mike Mazzeo

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Are the Brooklyn Nets as good as they say they are?
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Nets in our “Opening Tip” segment.

Today’s Burning Question: How realistic are the Nets’ title aspirations this season?

The Nets franchise has never won an NBA title.

Led by Jason Kidd, they went to the finals twice, but ran into juggernauts both times and had to settle for second place.

A decade later, the Nets have a new city to call home, along with a new arena and new uniforms.

And those title hopes? They’re baaaack!!!!!

From Mikhail Prokhorov to Andray Blatche, many in the organization believe that elusive championship is within reach.

Maybe. But despite have strong starting five and a deep roster, questions remain:

How quickly will the team gel? Can Avery Johnson really mold them into a top-10 defensive team? Oh ... right. And on top of that, the Lakers, Thunder and Heat are pretty darn good.

Tuesday marks the first day of training camp, which means that Nov. 1 date with the Knicks is less than a month away.

The title talk is fun. It just seems a bit unrealistic at this point, no?

What do you think about all the title talk surrounding the Nets?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.