Nets announce starting lineup for first preseason game

The starting five for Saturday’s game vs. the Knicks will be:

Deron Williams, Anthony Morrow, James, Shelden Williams and Brook Lopez.

Avery Johnson is looking to give them 24 minutes, plus-or-minus two minutes.

via Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News — Nets’ James expects to be the starting three

Given the roster now, this lineup is presumably the smartest one for opening night, though Shawne Williams may overtake James for the starting small forward spot. Of course, Andrei Kirilenko could overtake them both, depending how things shake out in the next few days, though James isn’t willing to give up his starting spot without a fight:

That’s cool, we need help. That’ll be great. If Kirilenko come in or whatever, I look forward to playing against him every day or whatever. I don’t want to just hand him that spot. I think coach is gonna make him earn it and I’m gonna make him earn it. If he comes in and plays better than me that’s cool, but at this point, I’m just coming in and focusing on whatever I have to do to help this team.

The Nets play the Knicks tomorrow at 2 P.M. Basketball, guys. Real basketball!