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"System of what?"

That was Lionel Hollins's reaction when asked about implementing last year's on-court principles. "When I was watching what they did last year, it was watching players. It wasn't trying to watch what they did, because it's really not the same team," the coach said, referring to the team's lineup switch last season necessitated by Brook Lopez's injury.

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New Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins is big on team practices, while recent retired player and one-year Nets coach Jason Kidd de-emphasized getting together in between games. When Nets guard Joe Johnson was asked to contrast Hollins's willingness to practice with Kidd's lack thereof... well, his face just about says it all.

Kidd is now the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the youngest teams in the league.

Jump to 3:48 if the video doesn't move forward automatically.

(h/t @Wa_Sab_ for the video)

 

Media Day 2013: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Championships, Welcome Home Kidd, Lavish Cookies & Nets-Branded Water. (No, seriously -- they had Brooklyn Nets-themed drinking water. Expiration 2015.)

Media Day 2014: Soon-to-be-deserted practice facility, Rutherford, tempered expectations, an old-school coach and an assortment of sandwiches in a hallway.

Safe to say whatever the opposite of a buzz word is, "expectations" is that word. But in the quietest of the three Brooklyn Nets media days yet, there were still some clear takeaways from Day One that should persist throughout the year.

Here's what we learned from coach Lionel Hollins:

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Alan Anderson, Jordan Hill

Alan Anderson (AP)

During Deron Williams's Celebrity Dodge Barrage, Nets coach Lionel Hollins confirmed that Kevin Garnett "earned (the) right" to be his starting power forward, joining Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez in the Nets starting lineup.

Friday at the team's media day, Hollins expounded on his lineup decisions, adding that the team has a long way to go but being clear about his vision for the starting lineup.
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Kevin Garnett

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RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As last season's ultimate conclusion drew near, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett became increasingly solemn. His answers were often drawn-out musings on the sport of basketball itself: in victory, he extolled the virtues of veteran leadership, confidence, and execution, and in loss, why the game seemed to be failing him and his teammates.

But after a season of reflection and will-he-won't-he retirement speculation, Garnett unequivocally answered all questions Friday morning at Nets Media Day: he's back, and more relaxed than ever.

"I was with (Nets strength and conditioning coach) Jeremy (Bettle) in the weight room, and (Nets trainer) Timmy (Walsh), and it had been so quiet," Brook Lopez said, with a foreboding tone in his voice. "And then (Garnett) came back about two weeks ago. And it immediately changed. He was doing his normal talk and everything."

"There was no hiding spot for me, either," Lopez cracked. "I couldn’t get away from the guy."
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Good morning! I know you’ve been asleep for a while. A lot has happened since you fell into a coma shortly after the buzzer sounded after the Nets lost Game 5 to the Heat. Germany won the World Cup. Conflict escalated in the Middle East.

Today is Nets Media Day, marking the metaphorical ringing of the bell on Wall Street to kick off the day (season) of trading (...trading). Or, at the very least, the ringing alarm that wakes up the stockbrokers and gets them ready to perform.

While you re-calibrate your brain to adjust to the passage of time, here's a recap of the Brooklyn Nets offseason:
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The highest-rated Nets player in NBA 2K15. (AP)

The highest-rated Nets player in NBA 2K15. (AP)

NBA 2K has rolled out most of its official ratings for players in NBA 2K15, and once they hit the top 30, they'd listed every Nets player on a guaranteed contract, from the 32nd-ranked Deron Williams (rated 85) to 417th-ranked Sergey Karasev (66).

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Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

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The Brooklyn Nets officially announced their 2014-2015 training camp roster today. An asterisk means the player has a non-guaranteed deal, and is fighting for one of the two remaining roster spots.
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Nets sign Willie Reed

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Willie Reed to participate in their training camp, the team announced today. Signing Reed brings camp to 17 participants, with four players fighting for two spots.

A 6'10" forward-center, Reed spent most of last season in the NBA's D-League, splitting 49 games between the ex-Nets affiliate Springfield Armor and the Reno Bighorns and averaging 14.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. The season prior, Reed earned All D-League Honorable Mention with the Armor. The Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings both called Reed up to the NBA, but he has yet to play in an NBA game.

Reed played two years at St. Louis, averaging 12.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game in his second year. He declared for the NBA Draft in 2011 and went undrafted.

Reed will compete with Nets rookie Cory Jefferson, wandering center Jerome Jordan, and point guard Jorge Gutierrez for one of the two final spots on the Nets roster.

 

Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins (AP)

It's been a busy couple of months for new Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins, and CBS's James Herbert has a chance to talk to him -- pretty early in the morning, as it turns out -- about how he's adjusted to his life coaching again.

There's a bunch of interesting tidbits in the interview, but one in particular, if you're interested in how the Nets will look under Hollins next season:
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Brook Lopez, Deron Williams

Brook Lopez, Deron Williams (AP)

If you believe Brook Lopez, then Brook Lopez is doing just fine. Lopez teamed up with Keke Palmer for an nutrition education program in Harlem, teaching kids proper nutritional values in a Back-To-School program.

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York caught up with Lopez at the event, who's been fully cleared for basketball activities after breaking his foot last December. Lopez says he's been playing five-on-five scrimmages for two days now and feels "no problems... I feel great out there":

“It was great,” Lopez said Tuesday at a community event in Harlem. “I got my second day of five-on-five in today. It’s been going well. It feels good to be back out there with the guys. Everyone’s been out there, and everyone looks good. It’s been good seeing Mase [Mason Plumlee] out there being vocal, doing his thing and seeing how much he learned over the summer [playing with Team USA].”

As Lopez eases his way back into playing form, patience is going to be important. Nets GM Billy King told reporters Monday that the 26-year-old All-Star would likely not be participating in both sessions of two-a-day practices at the start of training camp (Day 1 is Saturday).

“It’s tough,” Lopez said. “Timmy [trainer Tim Walsh] yanked me after three games yesterday. I wasn’t happy about it. I played five or six today. I’m getting back into it. I’ll comply. I was difficult yesterday. I wasn’t happy to be pulled early, but I understand where it’s coming from. It’s just I understand it’ll take a while, I have to be patient. I’ve been patient since January already, so what’s another few weeks.”

Via ESPN New York -- Lopez plays five-on-five; impressed by teammates

Lopez's health may be the biggest question mark facing a team chock full of them. After fracturing a bone in his foot in the fourth quarter of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lopez played the rest of the game -- including a five-minute overtime -- and was ruled out for the season the next day. The particular bone has been a problem for Lopez for the last few years, and doctors realigned his foot in a special surgery designed to lessen pressure on the side of his foot.

Lopez has always been an offensive juggernaut. "Losing Brook, that's 20 points right there," teammate Deron Williams said at his charity dodgeball tournament in September of Lopez's offensive skill. But Lopez has tried to make defensive strides in recent years, and it'll be a primary goal for coach Lionel Hollins, a defensive-minded motivator who built league-best defenses around center Marc Gasol. Lopez was an improved defender near the rim, but struggled when he was brought out of the paint.

"I think it just takes being vocal, and then working on my lateral quickness," Lopez told ESPN New York. "But the most important thing is our team defense. Obviously you’re only as strong as your weakest link -- we have a lot of guys that are great defenders and great team defenders -- and I hope to learn from them. I was learning from (Kevin Garnett) last season, and even as I sat on the sideline last season I watched him play, so I expect to learn from him and guys like (Andrei Kirilenko) more and more.”

The Nets have media day on Friday, September 26th, and begin training camp the day after until October 6th. Their first preseason game comes against Maccabi Tel Aviv on October 7th in Barclays Center.

 

Sleeve patch (Brooklyn Nets)

Sleeve patch (Brooklyn Nets)

The Brooklyn Nets will co-host the NBA All-Star Game with the New York Knicks this upcoming season, and the Nets announced a few initiatives in conjunction with the All-Star game, including a new uniform patch worn in the games leading up to All-Star Weekend and a logo at the baselines of the court at Barclays Center. The uniform patch will go on the right side of the chest.

Per their deal with the Knicks, Barclays Center hosts the "pre-game" events, like the Rising Stars Challenge, Slam Dunk Contest, and the Three-Point Shootout, while Madison Square Garden hosts the actual All-Star Game on Sunday night.

Along with the aesthetic designs, the Nets will also host specialized events leading up to All-Star Weekend, including an indoor cycling class by "SoulCycle."