With all the eyes of the NBA world focused squarely on the happenings between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic, it was only fitting that the summer league iterations of each team would square off to open up the start of the NBA summer league season.
Luckily for Brooklyn, most of the media attention was focused on the off the court happenings, because the product on the court was far from finished. The Magic led for the most of the game, but the Nets did manage to make things interesting in the fourth quarter, ultimately losing 92-88.
Individually, a bright, glaring spotlight was casted upon MarShon Brooks. Simply put, Brooks played awful. While there was speculation that Brooks may not be in the lineup (as a possible a sign of his involvement in trade talks), he did indeed start and played just over 26 minutes, but he missed all 10 of his field goal attempts and looked uncomfortable.
While the likely cause of his poor play was him just having a bad day, you can’t help but think this performance could be a result of the distractions he’s facing as being a part of the Dwight Howard trade talks. Either way, certainly not the performance the Nets were expecting from the second year guard.
All that said, it was just summer league after all and expect better play from Brooks in the future.