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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Important stuff from Avery

By Mike Mazzeo

Nets coach Avery Johnson had some interesting things to say during his media availability on Thursday. Here are the nuts and bolts of what he said.

J-WILL UPDATE: Johnson said Jordan Williams will miss another four to five days of practice as he recovers from dehydration. He received some IV treatments Wednesday, and was at practice on Thursday. The Nets want to continue letting the second-round pick work with the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

“We’ll see, some time around the middle of the week, probably Wednesday, I’ll probably have another update on him,” Johnson said.

Johnson added that it isn’t necessary that the 21-year-old plays in the team’s second and last preseason game next Wednesday in New York.

VERSATILITY: Johnson said that with the roster as presently constituted, many of the players will have to play multiple positions. For example, small forward Damion James might have to play some power forward.

“It’s a challenge, but we take pride in trying to be creative with the roster we have, trying to play guys in their strengths,” Johnson said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Johnson on Johan Petro running the point in practice: “We call him tragic not Magic.”

HOPE!: “We feel our roster [Thursday] is still better than what we started with last year,” Johnson said. “It’s not a championship roster yet, but we’ve made some strides.”

WILL X 4: The Nets now have four Williams’ on their roster: Deron, Jordan, Shelden and Shawne.

“We’re gonna have to give our some nicknames,” Johnson said.

IT’S A PROCESS: Johnson uses that line all the time. Here’s what the Nets coach had to say about his roster and the team’s plans going forward:

“Our priorities are to continue to improve,” Johnson said. “Everybody would like to make the playoffs. I don’t wanna get used to having that [exit] meeting with players the day after the regular season and everybody’s cleaning out their lockers. I’d like to be game-planning for a playoff opponent and sending scouts around the country to watch teams that would potentially play against. But it’s about building and developing.”

PICK AND ROLL: Johnson reiterated the team’s offense plan to have Deron Williams come off screens and utilize pick and rolls.

“We’re gonna have him coming off screens, flair screens, down picks, angle picks. That’s the one thing we’ve added to our offense,” he said.

WILL HE PLAY?: Will Shawne Williams play on Saturday against the Knicks?

“We’ll have to see what type of shape he’s in,” Johnson said.