Nets Starting Five 10/16/13

Updated: October 16, 2013


[box]NY DAILYNEWS Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd wants jersey retirement ceremony over as quickly as possible

The ceremony will be brief, aired before the game Thursday on TNT and finished before you know it. An oversized jersey, Jason Kidd’s No. 5 from Jersey, will be hoisted to the rafters at Barclays Center, the first time Brooklyn has had anything to do with a retired pro number since the Los Angeles Dodgers honored Pee Wee Reese nearly 30 years ago. A handful of officials and players will speak on Kidd’s behalf. Kidd reluctantly, softly, will utter a few words into a microphone.

“We can do it right now,” Kidd said Tuesday, before the Nets beat Boston, 82-80, in a preseason game. “Just want it quick. (Doing it before the regular season) was my choice. During training camp would be even better. It’s not about me. It’s about the players.”[/box]

[box]SNYNets – Hamilton: Already, Mason Plumlee looks like a diamond from the draft

And for the Brooklyn Nets, the whole story is this: the team has one of the NBA’s deepest front courts, and rookie Mason Plumlee has the look and feel of a player who is worthy of rotation minutes. It is just a shame that he is not likely to get them with this current Nets team.

“Each game, I feel a little more comfortable,” Plumlee told SNY Nets after the Nets victory. “The game seems to slow down a little bit more.”

“[Mason] plays with a lot of energy and definitely keeps me in check,” Brook Lopez told SNY Nets on Tuesday night. “He is definitely a good center for this team and he will be ready when his opportunity comes.”[/box]

[box] ESPN Pierce puts past to bed in Brooklyn

“It was just tough looking over there, seeing the green and me not in it,” Pierce said following the Nets’ 82-80 preseason victory over the Celtics. “But you know, I’m here in Brooklyn now, moved on and it’s time to get better. Tonight we took a step forward in getting better and it’s just the preseason, but hey, we got the win.”

Added Kidd: “I thought he handled it well, as any professional would. I joked with him before the national anthem and said to kind of think about it like a scrimmage, green against white.” [/box]

[box]NYPOST – Nets Rewind: Blatche could benefit from Garnett rest

It was an interesting experiment: Teletovic on the floor – often guarding Evan Turner – playing next to a pair of bigs to give the Nets a ton of size on the floor. It didn’t necessarily work out all that well defensively, but Teletovic showed he’s plenty capable of scoring, finishing with 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in just under 29 minutes, including hitting five 3-pointers.

“When you play with KG, Brook, Reggie, Dray, because everybody’s tall, we can switch,” Teletovic said. “Then Brook will jump out, and they will give me time to jump over the screen. It’s just a good group. A very good group.”[/box]

[box]NEWSDAY – Nets ready for a close-up look at LeBron James, Heat

“I think the experience alone helps more than anything,” Joe Johnson said after the Nets’ 82-80 preseason in over the Celtics Tuesday. “But having a guy like Kevin and Paul out there, those guys have been through the wars, they’ve been through the battles, the trenches. Especially against that Heat team. So, they’ve probably got some stuff that we can learn from them.”

“We’re getting it together, but like I’ve said we don’t know what our full potential is going to be,” Pierce said. “Deron hasn’t been healthy. We won’t know our full potential until he gets back. He’s going to be the engine that drives this. He’s the point guard, he’s an All-Star in this league. But I think we won’t know until he gets healthy. So, we’ll try to develop some chemistry while he’s out, but then when he comes back, we’ll have to figure it out once again.””[/box]


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