Atlantic Notes: Nets, Celtics, Knicks

The Nets have a much younger team than in recent years heading into training camp and Brooklyn head coach Lionel Hollins believes replenishing a roster with young talent is a necessity nowadays, Roderick Boone of Newsday writes. The Nets made several changes to their roster from last season and Andrea Bargnani is the eldest addition at 29, as Boone points out.

Here’s more out of the Atlantic Division:

  • Carmelo Anthony, who underwent surgery on his left knee back in February, told reporters, including Marc Berman of the New York Post, that he is ready to show he ha€™s fully recovered this week. Anthony again rejected rumors that suggested he was upset with Knicks president Phil Jackson‘s offseason moves, Berman adds.
  • The battle for playing time is much greater in training camp this season for the Celtics, but James Young is more optimistic than he was at this time last year because he is fully healthy, A. Sherrod Blakely of writes. Young’s development was hampered by a car accident prior to the draft that prevented him from playing on the Celtics’ summer league team last year, Blakely continues. Young played well in the D-League last season, but it remains to be seen whether he can be a consistent piece for Boston. Young’s game significantly improving from a year ago would be a huge plus for the Celtics, Blakely points out.
  • With the Celtics desiring to score more this season, there is a strong possibility that Isaiah Thomas, who emerged as one of the league’s best bench players last season, will be the team’s starting point guard, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald details. Thomas would still love to be a starter, Murphy adds, but the point guard is open to any role with the team.
  • In the same piece, Murphy suggests that of the three guards from the draft in training camp, combo guard Terry Rozier has the best shot at cracking the rotation.
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