As they watched Jason Kidd skip town for Milwaukee and Paul Pierce join the Washington Wizards the Brooklyn Nets lost crucial figures from their bench and starting lineup that summer. Those losses will alter Brooklyn’s makeup considerably, but not for the worse. Kidd is replaced by lionel Hollins, and his seven seasons of head coaching experience should mesh with the Nets’ roster. At exactly the exact same time, Beckley Mason, at a piece for ESPN.com, raised some intriguing questions regarding the reputation Hollins built with the Memphis Grizzlies.
«Is what Tony Allen does something that you can coach?» he asked. «Is the way Marc Gasol moves 7’0″ and 260 lbs to stymie a point guard something anyone can learn?»
We are about to learn.
We discover whether Pierce’s production can be replicated by rookie import Bojan Bogdanovic . And we will soon find out if Mason Plumlee’s time with Team USA at the FIBA Basketball World Cup will result in some sophomore campaign that is large Brook Lopez must overcome still another setback with his surgically repaired foot, and Kevin Garnett has to prove he’s got. But with Joe Johnson and Deron Williams in the backcourt and Jarrett Jack substituting Shaun Livingston Brooklyn remains a savvy squad using a reasonable amount of ability –even if most of it is currently nearing its expiration date.
The playoffs are a realistic target for the Nets, and a top-four seed isn’t out of the question if the 30-year-old Williams can remain healthy along with Lopez.

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