Since joining the Nets, former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has described the team as a good fit for him and has talked about attempting to revitalize his career in Brooklyn. However, the situation isn’t just a good one for Bennett — it could also pay off for the Nets if the forward can deliver on the promise he showed as a prospect.
“It’s double-edge. We both have really good opportunities, and that’s the way we look at it,” said Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, per Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “Anthony Bennett is showing some real life as a rotation big, and he’s pushing for minutes. He did a lot of good things. He’s a system fit: He’s fast, he’s athletic, he’s long, he can roll to the rim, he can shoot. I’m tempering my enthusiasm, but I really like what we saw the other night. He really fits the modern NBA, runs the court.”
As we wait to see whether Bennett can provide positive value in Brooklyn, let’s check in on a few more notes from out of the Big Apple…
- According to an Associated Press report (via ESPN.com), the judge in Derrick Rose‘s civil trial said on Tuesday that he’s considering a mistrial, suggesting that the plaintiff’s lawyers have been “unbelievably careless” in production of exhibits. If there’s a mistrial, a new trial would likely happen during the NBA’s regular season, further complicating matters for Rose and the Knicks.
- Chasson Randle chose the Knicks over the Thunder as a free agent this summer, a source tells Marc Berman of The New York Post. As Berman details, head coach Jeff Hornacek and star forward Carmelo Anthony have both praised Randle, who is vying for New York’s final regular-season roster spot.
- A year before they signed Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $36MM contract, the Nets had targeted the free agent point guard with their mini mid-level exception, sources tell Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com. However, Lin said Brooklyn was “never legitimately a contender in terms of where I wanted to go” in 2015. In 2016, that changed, as Mazzeo outlines in an interesting piece.
- In a piece for the New York Post, Lewis examines Nets offseason addition Joe Harris, who signed with Brooklyn after spending time with the Cavaliers.