One of the teams most commonly mentioned when talking about the Brooklyn Nets current roster is the Los Angeles Lakers, I’ve done it myself a few times. The reason is because while the Nets look great on paper next year, they have yet to play a game and just getting a collection of stars doesn’t guarantee winning.
Just how this Nets team fits together is going to be an issue as there were already a few big personalities before they added one of the biggest personalities in the league in Kevin Garnett. Do the Nets have too many egos? And, perhaps most importantly, can rookie head coach Jason Kidd manage them?
“I think they definitely have more depth (than the Lakers),” Bogans told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “But can they make it work? That’s the question. It seems like they really have no role players on that team. They have all superstars. … That’s going to be the problem. They’ve put five [star] guys on the floor … too many egos, too much testosterone. It could be a major problem.”
It’s a serious concern with this team. Can Garnett co-exist with some of the players, like Andray Blatche, that he used to regularly butt heads with on the court? Will Brook Lopez try and learn from Garnett? Will Garnett even want to be his mentor? Can Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce succeed in Kidd’s offense that is not expected to play much iso-ball? Can Deron Williams step up and be the team’s leader?
If everyone gets on the same page and realizes that they have a championship to contend for I think they can. That is significantly easier to say that do though and it’s a long season. There are bound to be peaks and valleys. Ultimately it comes down to how Kidd controls his players when things aren’t going their way. If he can step up and be a truly great coach this team could go far.