We knew the Brooklyn Nets would have a very different attitude this upcoming season. We just didn’t know we’d see it so quickly.
During Tuesday night’s overtime win in the preseason opener against the Washington Wizards, the support that Nets players showed from the bench likened to that of a Little League World Series team. They rose to their feet and went bananas at every given opportunity. There was no holding back. There were no egos.
The best part of it? They did this all night long.
It had to be the most encouraging thing that any Nets fan could take away from a win that had no real significance given its exhibition nature. A team that shows that much energy and enthusiasm for each other isn’t easy to come by in a day and age where professional sports sometimes cause athletes to forget that they don’t have to be all business.
Continuing to display that sort of passion will never cause anyone to doubt this restructured group’s personal chemistry. Clearly, they’ve gotten that part taken care of way before they lost a game early on, and gave us the pleasure of wondering if the reason behind it is that they’re secretly at each other’s throats behind closed doors.
Now just imagine what this leads us to believe their on-court chemistry could look like with time? That would be downright scary. The long-term benefits produced by this sort of camaraderie cannot be overstated. This has to continue for the Nets to be at their very best.
But if it’s noticeable during the first preseason game, it shouldn’t be going anywhere any time soon.