After making an enormous offseason trade with the Boston Celtics and hiring the best former player in the franchise’s history as their next head coach, the Brooklyn Nets have put a target the size of Coney Island’s Ferris wheel on their back.
All eyes from all corners of the basketball world will be set on the Nets, in a way like never before.
And while that’s to be expected and embraced by both the Nets and their fan base, they need be sure that they exhibit as much patience as possible early on this upcoming season.
The spotlight may be brighter and larger, and the expectations and excitement may be somewhere over the moon, but it’s imperative for everyone around this team to realize the truth about this team.
From last season to the one just around the corner, Brooklyn’s roster is almost completely made over from top to bottom. Yes, the Nets are returning their star-laden core of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, as well as key reserves such as Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans, but Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry have all been swiftly passed into this lineup to replace the slots that the likes of Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, C.J. Watson and Keith Bogans/Marshon Brooks were essentially cut out of.
So much turnover for a team usually doesn’t immediately translate into a seamless transition, especially early on in a season, no matter how much talent there is. Having an inexperienced head coach in Jason Kidd also shouldn’t make things easier from the get-go.
Not to imply that early hardships should be expected from this all-new Nets team, but no one should be surprised if they do rear their ugly heads. On paper his team looks unbeatable, but we’ve seen time and time again that paper can mean nothing once the whistle’s actually blown. New teammates always need a certain amount of time to adjust and gel with each other.
Time will tell whether or not this experiment will produce the results the Nets are looking for, but some unexpected smoke from the outset shouldn’t have everyone in an absolute panic, ready to proclaim it a complete failure.
After all, the most brutal storms can be followed by the most majestic rainbows.