2013-14 BROOKLYN NETS: SEASON PREVIEW

Whether you began following the Nets when they were in Long Island, East Rutherford, Newark, or Brooklyn, today kicks off the franchise’s most interesting season ever. After yet another wildly entertaining offseason, the Brooklyn Nets enter 2013-14 with thirty-six All-Star appearances, multiple future Hall of Famers, and a unique blend of personalities and talents.

This is the deepest — and arguably the best — team in franchise history. Below, you’ll find the breakdown it deserves. This is the most comprehensive analysis of this year’s team that you’ll find anywhere.

Enjoy. And enjoy the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets.

Joe Johnson, J.R. SmithNets-Knicks Power Rankings:

The Ultimate Battle For New York


Devin Kharpertian and Daniel Savitzky rank players, coaches, owners, general managers, and yes, even TV crews, all to answer one question: who’s the King of New York?

 
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Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Brook LopezGreatest Nets Lineups Ever

Where do the 2013-14 Nets rank?


William Rausch looks at the five greatest opening night lineups in Nets franchise history, from the ABA to today. Where do the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets rank?

 
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FRATELLOMike Fratello’s Season Preview

Talking Kidd, KG, the East, & More


The Czar of the Telestrator, Nets color commentator and former NBA coach Mike Fratello dishes on the Nets, their championship aspirations, and what he really thinks of play-by-play man Ian Eagle.

 
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2013-14 Brooklyn Nets Predictions


Ten Nets experts and superfans predict just how far this Brooklyn Nets team will go.

 
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Paul Pierce, LeBron JamesCan the Nets win a ring?

Taking down the Miami Heat


How can the Brooklyn Nets take down the Miami Heat? Max Weisberg takes a look at how two teams came close last year — and how the Nets are built like the only team that’s beaten the Heatles in a playoff series.

 
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Jason Kidd, John Welch, Roy RogersBrooklyn Nets coaching staff:

What can we expect from them?


Coach Justin DeFeo breaks down what to expect from Jason Kidd & the star-studded Brooklyn Nets coaching staff, and what they’ll need to do on offense, defense, and in the locker room.

 
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Jason KiddBrooklyn’s time is now

Experience turns into expectations


Last year was less about Hello Brooklyn than it was Goodbye New Jersey, Nets superfan Benjamin Nadeau writes, as he looks towards the future and the best Nets team he’s ever seen.

 
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PRESEASON FEATURES:

Joe JohnsonThe Anatomy of a Clutch Shot:

Joe Johnson, the Machine

It’s the end of Brooklyn Nets training camp, and for the fifth straight day, Joe Johnson is the last guard shooting. He’s in the midst of a shooting drill with fellow guard Tyshawn Taylor, and Johnson’s consistent shooting form looks even more robotic next to the NBA sophomore. Each time, Johnson jumps just a few inches off the ground, with the same catch, rise, form, flick. It’s clockwork, as his muscles click into place each time in a way that only thousands of hours of training can do — hours that Taylor is processing as we speak…

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Shaun LivingstonThat time I played Shaun Livingston in a game of Dodgeball

I didn’t wake up yesterday morning wanting to destroy an NBA player with a dodgeball. I knew that Deron Williams was hosting a celebrity dodgeball tournament in conjunction with his Point of Hope Foundation and Red Bull. I knew that some celebrities would be there, and probably some Nets players. I did not think that, two hours after showing up at the red carpet, there’d be nothing but…

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C.C. Sabathia, Jason Kidd, Andy PettitteAre the Nets becoming the NBA Yankees?

On June 1, I found myself in sitting in the outfield bleachers at Yankee Stadium for a Saturday night Sox-Yankees tilt. I’m a Mets fan, but was ready to give in to the 27-ringed hydra for a while. Sitting with my soon-to-be-inlaws (Yankees fans, the lot of them) seemed like a good excuse to cheer for a winning baseball team for once. But then the game started, and the Yankees fans around us made good on every generalization about their ilk. The deluge of homophobic slurs that started in the first inning weren’t much of a surprise, but the third-inning heckles involving the Boston Marathon bombing did catch me off-guard…

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The irony of Kidd in Brooklyn’s rafters

Chances are you didn’t miss it, but if you did: the Brooklyn Nets retired Jason Kidd’s #5 New Jersey Nets jersey in a preseason ceremony Thursday night, replete with extravagance. There was a light show. There were fireworks. There were former Nets (Buck Williams, Kerry Kittles) and current suits (Bruce Ratner, Brett Yormark, Dmitry Razumov). There were podium introductions by Chris Carrino, the phenomenal Nets radio announcer, and Rod Thorn, the GM that orchestrated Jason Kidd’s very arrival with the Nets….

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