Between the arrival of Mikal Bridges, well being of Ben Simmons and departure of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets have gone by way of a lot it’s straightforward to overlook that Jacque Vaughn by no means acquired an opportunity to have a coaching camp.
The Brooklyn coach is lastly getting to alter that, and it began Tuesday at HSS Coaching Heart.
“Yeah, nice to only have the group collectively, Day 1 from the beginning and to have the ability to see our guys compete. Additionally pull for one another, sweat with one another and begin this course of which is nice,” stated Vaughn, who stepped in as interim for the fired Steve Nash final Nov. 1, and have become the everlasting coach eight days later.
In February, Vaughn tried to mesh incoming Bridges and Cam Johnson from Phoenix, and Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith from Dallas with the holdovers.
Vaughn deployed switching defenses for the sake of simplicity, however is now working to not solely construct cohesion however set up extra multiplicity on the defensive finish.
“To start with, the one piece of getting the group collectively having coaching camp, that’s enormous,” stated Vaughn. “The massive a part of that’s the relationships. You get to construct some chemistry early on. Issues that you simply wish to stress all through the course of the yr, that is the time to actually do it, in case you’re going to do it.
“You get to speak the identical terminology. You get all of the questions answered. For me, I like unfiltered questions and solutions. Fairly sincere and brutal with this group. I believe that is the time to do it, so that you simply’re not making an attempt to show the web page backwards two weeks from now, two months from now.”
Johnson didn’t follow, sitting out subsequent to rookie Dariq Whitehead.
Johnson is recovering from final week’s left hamstring pressure that the workforce has deemed delicate, whereas Whitehead, a first-round decide, is coming off foot surgical procedure.
“It’s nice that [Johnson] is nothing critical,” Vaughn stated.
“No follow for him [Tuesday] however he’s across the group. He was subsequent to Dariq all follow being a coach for us on the sideline, which is nice. We’ll be cautious with getting him again on the market, however the good factor is nothing critical.”
Durant’s return to Brooklyn on Jan. 31 will now be televised by ABC as a substitute of ESPN.
The sport towards the Suns has been moved to eight:30 p.m.
Because the Nets begin to plan for his or her season to begin, workforce proprietor Joe Tsai’s different squad, the Liberty, is coming to the top of theirs.
They open the WNBA Finals on Sunday with Recreation 1 towards the Aces.
“I believe the Liberty have energized the town,” Tsai advised The Submit. “And the best way they’re enjoying, they’re a championship workforce.”
Brooklyn has proven at the least some degree of curiosity in Harry Giles III yearly he’s been within the league, and eventually has the large man in on a camp invite.
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