5 Steps Brooklyn Nets Must Take To Improve Next Season

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Five Steps To Improvement

Steps
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As the Brooklyn Nets 2012-2013 season came to a close following their Game 7 first round playoff series loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the Barclays Center, one word immediately came to mind.

Underachievers.

After putting into perspective all the money that management invested into this roster last summer, as they put together their own “Big Three” composed of blossoming center Brook Lopez and established star guards in Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, this wasn’t the way they were supposed to go out.

Not this early. Not in year one. Not with all that talent.

And especially not at the hands of a Chicago team missing its best player and only legitimate scoring threat in point guard and former MVP Derrick Rose. That’s just inexcusable for a Nets bunch that had realistic expectations of making it to the Eastern Conference finals right off the bat.

Worse yet, not only did Brooklyn fall short in this series, they once found themselves in a 3-1 deficit. In all honesty, they were lucky to even force a Game 7 at the end of the day.

That’s not going to cut it if they want to keep up with their crosstown rivals, the New York Knicks, who actually did win a playoff series this season.

So what would be the next step for the Nets to ensure that they not only don’t have this sort of repeat performance next season, but that they at least advance to the semifinals and put up a valiant effort against that opponent?

Well, there are actually five that Brooklyn needs to take.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz or “Like” him on Facebook.

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Re-Sign Andray Blatche and Get Him To Commit Defensively

Blatche
Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

Andray Blatche proved to have a nice impact offensively, but he defense was always a concern. Brooklyn she re-sign him and address his defensive effort.

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Play Harder Overall

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Joe Camporeale-USA Today Sports

It was obvious intensity was a problem for most of the Nets just by the way they ran the floor. This can be easily corrected through coaching.

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Play Marshon Brooks

Brooks
Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

Playing time for Marshon Brooks was too inconsistent this season. If he's played more, he'll provide a little more scoring when the starters are getting a rest.

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Sign A New Sixth Man

Sixth Man
Joe Camporeale-USA Today Sports

No disrespect to C.J. Watson, but the Nets could probably find a better scoring threat on the free agent market.

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Sign A New Coach

New Coach
Nicole Sweet-USA Today Sports

P.J. Carlesimo's inability to get out of the first round of the playoffs with the talent on this roster is inexcusable. A replacement is necessary.

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