This Brooklyn approach is a little different compared to years past. Last year, for example, the Nets were, in the words of Joe Harris, “looking down the road” and “feeling a loss from the previous year in the (2020) playoffs and wanting to get back to that point in the (2021) playoffs.”
This year, Brooklyn’s focus is spotty and dry.
Harris said the Nets are simply looking forward to “(getting) a good second day of training camp,” and then tomorrow, we’ll have another good day. And we continue to have these building blocks that we’re going to build on, but we’re not trying to look too far ahead.”
The mentality of the group may be indicative of a mature and balanced outlook going forward with Brooklyn, perhaps influenced by last year’s results, its travels through the NBA season. Thus, reduced excitement is permissible, if not expected among Nets believers.
So, in light of that, here are three key tips from Day Two.
The practice of writing without a mandatory mention of the Brooklyn Injury Status Report would not be.
Let’s start with the negatives. TJ Warren will not be available for Opening Night and The Nets plan to reevaluate him in November as he continues rehab from 2021 foot surgery. Steve Nash said the Nets “knew this was happening” and didn’t want to “risk it big” given Warren was out two years ago.
Meanwhile, Seth Curry “has a chance” to play on our three-week opening night. Nash said Curry is entering the final stages of his rehabilitation from May 9 surgery on his left ankle. Curry told reporters on Media Day that he is in good health “85-90%”.
How about some of the pluses?
Meanwhile, Ben Simmons said “I’m sure I’m fine” referring to his full health clearance after the off-season epidural on his backpack. Steve Nash has noted that Simmons should be ready for the usual workloads – about 34 minutes per game – his career average.
“I don’t want to get carried away. We have had some problems in the past few years so nothing is set to stone.” Referring to the various health setbacks mosquitoes have dealt with over the years, Nash said. This will be the plan. It’s in a great place now, in really good condition; But to rebuild in the rhythm and demands of the NBA and travel, all those things, this is the last adaptation. But it’s in a great place.”
Joe Harris revealed, after returning from ankle surgery in March, that his left ankle is “frankly feeling healthy”. This is clearly excellent news after two surgeries Harris underwent on the same ankle, one in late November, the other in early March.
“I feel great,” Harris said. “I mean, honestly my ankle feels fine. It’s kind of like the rest of my body has to catch up. You just have little things here and there, whether it’s your knee or your back, certain things just kind of a flare that didn’t show up in the past. But that’s all part of remodeling.” Qualification too. I mean, I haven’t played since last November. So take that long and then try to get back into swinging things. My ankle definitely feels great, but it’s kind of the rest of the body that has to adjust.”
Steve Nash details the training roles of his employees
Brooklyn FC renewed its coaching staff this off-season and brought in Igor Kokoshkov (former head coach of Phoenix Suns and assistant coach on nine other teams) and promoted Trevor Hendry from the video coordinator and Adam Caburn from the Long Island Nets head coach.
Reporters’ Steve Nash took a look under the hood at his assistant roles after Wednesday’s training. Brian Cave and Jack Vaughn will manage the defense. Caborn is responsible for player development. And Kokoshkov, whom Nash called an “incredible offensive encyclopedia,” would attack the Nets.
Interestingly, Nash also stated that networks will “change some of our schemes” and “reset in many ways,” highlighting some of the defensive elements that networks now have as the reason for the changes.
What could this mean?
Brooklyn has added two enthusiastic athletes, Ben Simmons and Royce O’Neill, to the fold, both of whom can patrol the spotlights up and down the spectrum. They join the likes of Kevin Durant and Nicolas Claxton, so one has to speculate whether the Nets will be more inclined to switch assignments regularly, eschewing some (or most) of the drop coverage they’ve had throughout last season. It’s early, of course, so things can change, but Nash’s response on the schematic tweaks will undoubtedly leave the minds of the wildest of hoops buzzing with excitement and wonder.
Ben Simmons, center in Brooklyn?
The position of the center was A big Topic of conversation during bootcamp so far given Brooklyn’s relative lack of depth in this category – at least compared to other locations. Day’Ron Sharpe and Nic Claxton are the only two traditionalists on the list, and after Wednesday’s training, Nash Claxton showered him with praise, citing his maturity and commitment to improving his body.
“His career, which he wants to improve, he took another step,” Nash said of Claxton. “He’s a more adaptive athlete, and I think we feel more confident about him that way too.”
Nash was also asked about another potential in the center: Ben Simmons.
“If he’s the only big one, that’s a role we’ll definitely play,” said Nash confidently. “But he’s also our playmaker and main keeper.”
Simmons, who usually played the point as a Philadelphia 76er—the tallest player in league history—was remarkably open to the idea of playing the 5 in Brooklyn, first stating that he would “play wherever the team needs me to play.” Later, Simmons noted that he had Some experience at the center when former teammate Joel Embiid was out.
“[If we were] Briefly, depending on whether Joel was in or out, I was there playing all five. “A different match, trying different things,” Simmons said. Simmons concluded with…
“I like playing the 5, I don’t mind.”
Nash also addressed Simmons’ lack of 3-point shooting, and quickly broke off the debate over whether he needed to be filmed.
“Very unique,” Nash said of Simmons’ talents. “That’s what makes Ben great. That’s why I don’t care if he fires a quick shot at the Brooklyn Nets nets. He’s welcome, but that’s not what makes him special and it’s not what we need.”
However, the rhythm writers spied on Simmons along with Claxton’s practice of trios.
It’s too early to think about starting formations, right. Maybe not. After Nash and the players met with the media, the Nets released a short training video. Excited fans quickly looked over to see who was playing who.
On the other side: Harris, Markoff Morris, Cam Thomas, David Duke Jr., Edmund Sumner.