Jarrett Jack (hamstring) OUT opening night vs. Bulls

Jarrett Jack is going to be himself. When asked if he felt he had to change his approach as the de facto starter, Jack replied with a flat no. "The only thing that's different is just the personnel I'm on the court with," he said. "You try to just incorporate that into the overall gameplan as far as how you start off games and matchups you want to take advantage of, playcalling, but other than that, it's the same preparation that I use for every game, no matter whether I'm coming off the bench or I'm starting. Just come out there and control the tempo, and read & direct situations." If I can get multiple ballhandlers involved, then there will be times where he won't be on the ball, and he'll be on the weak side coming off the ball," Lionel Hollins said about Jack's new role. "I've told Jarrett before, I know he can do a lot of things. It's just a matter of setting a priority, and if he's a starter, obviously his priorities have to be to the team. "If you go back and look at him when he did start, he did play the way that I would like for him to play. But coming off the bench he had a different role. I think everybody looks at his role off the bench and thinks that that's the only way that he can play." As a starter, Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.3 turnovers in 35.6 minutes per game, which were all per-possession increases over his numbers as a reserve (yes, turnovers too). His plus-minus was also slightly better as a starter (-5.7 points per 100 possessions) than off the bench (-8.1), though that might have to do with quality of teammates. Deron Williams had to adjust his game when his body no longer could support his old methods. So he turned from an attacking guard into a pick-and-roll prober, finding Brook Lopez with quick pocket passes for easy shots in the paint. Jack will have to find his clicking spot with Lopez and the rest of the Nets scorers, but he doesn't see himself as a Williams replacement. "I'm just gonna be myself. I don't know how to try to be a clone of another person or another player, personality or game-wise. You know what I mean? "I don't mean to speak in the third person, but being Jarrett Jack has worked pretty good for me."
Jarrett Jack is going to be himself. When asked if he felt he had to change his approach as the de facto starter, Jack replied with a flat no.

JackBrooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack has been ruled out for the team’s opening night game against the Chicago Bulls, after missing his fourth straight practice with a sore left hamstring.

Jack was also diagnosed with a sore left hamstring this past February, which rendered him inactive for five days.

The Nets open Wednesday night at Barclays Center against the Chicago Bulls, and Jack had been penciled in as the team’s starter. But with Jack on the mend, Hollins will likely turn to one of Shane Larkin to fill the void, according to Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record.

Jack averaged 12.0 points and 4.7 assists in 28 minutes per game last season, but finished the year with the worst total plus-minus (-315) of any NBA player on a playoff team by a significant margin. He turned that around in the playoffs, leading the Nets in plus-minus (+58) in their six-game series against the Atlanta Hawks.