The Nets are taking their new D-League affiliate in Long Island seriously and with the team sharing the NBA club’s facilities this season while work is completed on the Nassau Coliseum, it places affiliate players in a somewhat unique situation, NetsDaily writes. “Every time you walk into the practice facility, you should want to work hard because, as you see, throughout our practices now, Coach [Kenny] Atkinson is just sitting here, walking around just to see who is working. So, you never know.” said guard Sean Kilpatrick. “You could be one of the D-League guys in the gym, and Coach just so happens to see you, and is like, ‘Yo, we should give this guy a look.’”
“No other D-League team will operate as we’re operating this year,” Long Island Nets coach Ronald Nored said. “If you’re a player and you want to get into the NBA, you’re practicing in an NBA facility every single day. Our guys will get world-class treatment, first-class treatment and we’ll have the same opportunities to amenities and things like that, that the NBA guys have. If you can’t appreciate this opportunity, man, there’s another place for you.”
Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:
- The Sixers officially announced via press release that the team has named Jim O’Brien and Kevin Young as assistant coaches, John Bryant and Alvin Williams as player development coaches, John Townsend as shooting coach, Chris Babcock as assistant director of player development and Dr. Lance Pearson as director of applied analytics. Philadelphia also relayed that Eugene Burroughs, who spent the last two seasons as the Sixers’ shooting coach, has been promoted to head coach of the team’s D-League affiliate in Delaware.
- A panel of NBA writers, facilitated by Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, weighed in on whom the Celtics will start alongside newly signed Al Horford at power forward. The group was divided, with Amir Johnson narrowly edging out Kelly Olynyk for the starting nod. According to the panel, coach Brad Stevens‘ choice will come down to his preference for Olynyk’s scoring ability versus Johnson’s superior rebounding and defense. Feel free to weigh in on who you’d pick in the comments section below.
- We at Hoops Rumors are in the process of breaking down each teams’ cap situation heading into the new season and we’ve already looked at the Celtics and Nets from the Atlantic Division.