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Nets host players only meeting after latest loss in Portland

Nov 19, 2013, 10:44 AM EST

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We knew it was going to take a little time for Brooklyn’s thrown together $100 million roster of stars — with a first time head coach straight off the court — to come together.

But after a disastrous second half in Portland (the Nets scored 40 points in the first quarter, 35 in the second half on 22 percent shooting) led to another loss — They are 3-7 on the season and have dropped five of their last six — the Nets conducted a players-only meeting, reports the New York Post.

“Just talking about the game, and what we’ve got to figure out,” Joe Johnson told The Post about the meeting.

“We’ve just got to get some chemistry, because when we get stagnant to where we can’t get a bucket, we have to have something we can go to and we’ve just got to figure it out.”

The Nets have been battling injuries, for example Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko were out on Monday night.

But the issues in Brooklyn are bigger than that — and not ones you expect from a veteran heavy team.

Their offense becomes stagnant and just a series of isolations, often without a teammate even coming up to set a pick. NBA defenses will shut that down. Then when the offense stalls out the frustration carries over to a lack of energy on the defensive end. Pretty soon the entire thing becomes an ugly spiral of bad basketball.

Whether Jason Kidd — a future Hall of Fame player but a first-year coach right off the court — can lead them out of it remains a good question.

From the start we’ve said it would be hard to really judge what they have built in Brooklyn until mid-season, it was going to take a long time to really meld. They also needed health to help out — they haven’t had that, with four starters missing last game but it really goes back to Deron Williams missing most of training camp. Injuries have slowed the process in Brooklyn.

But now it’s becoming a fair question to ask if by the time they do figure it all out (assuming they do) how big a hole they will have to climb out of.

  1. lastdukestreetking - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Wasn’t the game in Brooklyn?

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      To anyone watching the game, its hard to mix up the 2 arenas. The Barclays and Moda center are pretty different haha.

      Other than that nice article man.

  2. ryanrockzzz - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Did they talk about being old, slow, injured, and having no chemistry or defined roles. I sure hope so. Once they fix all of those things, they’ll be great.

  3. jzone954 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I don’t believe Kg or Pierce was the move Brooklyn needed to make.

  4. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Play inside out. Run the offense through Lopez and when you’re not going to him, let D-Will create for others. Would be great if they could run the triangle offense, but it takes a while to learn.

  5. legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I feel like these “only player meetings” never work. What are they going to talk about? Is K. Garnett and P. Pierce going to start a petition to allow players to use wheel-chairs while playing? They are done! I said Pierce can probably play for another year or two, but I changed my mind — he’s done!

  6. doc305 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Seeing what is happening in BK, and with what happened last year in LAL. It is becoming more and more obvious that coaching staffs can and do make a difference. Just putting a bunch of names together does not make a team a competitor. I have no doubt that BK, just like LAL last year, will make the playoffs, but does anyone really think these guys can make a legit run? At the first sign f adversary who’s going to rein everyone in and call a good play that the entire team will trust in and execute? They will be lucky to get to the second round, unless they fall to the 6-7 spots in which case they will be out in the first round. Hands down one of the worst decisions was making Jason Kidd the head coach of this team, Veteran teams need Veteran coaches, and this team is the definition of a veteran team.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      *adversity

    • borderline1988 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Agree 100%. I said this during the summer.
      I really like the makeup of this team..they have the ability to be dominant in all areas of the game. They can rebound, defend the paint, score 1 on 1, shoot from outside, have good bench players, etc. They are also tough, and built to play in the playoffs against anyone.
      This is a team that I really believe should be a championship contender; in fact, it’s championship or bust with this team (over the next 2 years).

      So then why in the hell would you hire a rookie head coach with absolutely zero coaching experience in his career? Why on earth would you take that chance with this $100 million, championship-contending roster? It’s just so stupid and reckless.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    So, did Kidd go to the meeting or what? :D

  8. chiadam - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Wait, so you mean you can’t just throw together a group of overpaid old stars and a coach with absolutely no experience and just start planning the parade route?

    Hmmmmm…good tip.

  9. azarkhan - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Because a players only meeting worked so well for the Knicks.

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    The Nyets are a joke, and not the funny ha-ha kind. A bunch of AARP members and a coach with no coaching resume. I expect Billy King will disappear Russian Mafia-style.

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