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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Nets shootaround: Lee sees Brooklyn's edge

By Mike Mazzeo

Boston’s Courtney Lee was part of the New Jersey team that went 12-70 three seasons ago at the Meadowlands.

“I think they’ve improved a lot with the ownership, Jay-Z doing concerts here. I think they’ve done a complete 180,” Lee said Thursday. “I was in the Meadowlands and the Izod Center, and this is totally different.”

When Lee was in the Garden State, the Nets weren’t sure if Brooklyn was going to happen.

“There was still a 50-50 chance when I was there,” Lee said. “Then I left, and midway through the next season, there was a commitment to get it done.”

Lee was most impressed with the $1 billion Barclays Center’s car elevator.

“That’s definitely crazy, man,” he said.

As for if the Nets are on par with the Celtics and Heat in the Eastern Conference, Lee responded, “It’s still too early to determine, but by roster, they’re a good team.”

• The NBA implemented a rule change to get its games started faster, putting in a 90-second clock between player introductions and tipoff.

“It’s kind of quick,” point guard Deron Williams said. “I don’t really have a routine. I just take off all my stuff, give everybody a high-five and try to get out there, and I was rushed last time. It’s a little short, but it is what it is.”

• Williams watched the premiere of “The Association: Brooklyn Nets” on NBA TV.

“I thought they did a great job. It was really well-done,” Williams said.