Nets enjoying China prior to NBA Global games against Kings

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Updated: October 10, 2014
Nets vs Kings in China Game 1

The Brooklyn Nets made it to China hoping that the time together will spark some team bonding and help grow the seven new faces on their training camp roster.

This is Lionel Hollins’ first camp with the Nets so it will be extra important form he and his new coaching staff to take advantage of the time away together to find some chemistry and camaraderie.

The Nets looked good in their 111-94 win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Tuesday where they held their own on the backboard while welcoming back their man in the middle, Brook Lopez, with open arms.  Lopez finished with an economical 20 points and five rebounds in just under 24 minutes of action.  Deron Williams looked very good as well with 17 points and seven assists with zero turnovers in 29 minutes.

This trip to China may be just what this revamped team needs to get a head start on the NBA season.

ESPN reports:

“That’s what these trips are meant to do,” Deron Williams said. “You get away from everything for eight days, and you’ve just got the team, coaches and that’s all you’re going to see for the next eight days. It gives us a good chance to bond, both on and off the court, play in between, have some practices and just kind of jell.”

Hollins knows the league very well and knows the challenges this trip brings.

“The NBA is a league of distractions, and you’ve just got to be mentally tough enough to deal with it,” Hollins said. “It’s not just going on that trip, just traveling and getting in at 2 o’clock in the morning, or sitting on a runway when you’re supposed to leave and you can’t leave because something’s wrong and you wind up getting in at four in the morning. NBA global games Nets in China vs kings pic

“You’ve still got to get up and go to practice the next day,” Hollins continued. “It’s all part of the league. And I think it’s a good thing for us to be able to go over to China. It’s great PR, we’re now chosen as the ambassador for the league, and that’s an important role with the way things are growing globally.”

This should be fun to watch these two games against the Sacramento Kings in China as all Nets fans get to see rookie Bojan Bogdanovic (8 points) and newcomers Jarrett Jack (8 points, 5 assists) Sergey Karasev.  The rookies Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson should get some time to show the coaches what they can do with their athleticism as well.

Cant wait until Sunday!

Sunday October 12th – 1:00am on NBATV

Wednesday October 15th – 7:30am on NBATV

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