Lichtenstein: Nets Have Their Core Four, But Who Will Take The Fifth?

October 7, 2014 2:10 PM

Lichtenstein: Nets Have Their Core Four, But Who Will Take The Fifth?
By Steve Lichtenstein » More Columns

" With apologies to a certain baseball team in the Bronx, the Brooklyn Nets are marketing their own version of a “Core Four” as they begin their preseason campaign Tuesday night when they face Maccabi (Tel Aviv) at Barclays Center.

Assuming they stay healthy — and that’s a pretty big assumption given their medical history — the Nets will revolve around the quartet of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett.

Forget the triangle on the other side of the city. The Nets feel that Williams, Johnson and Lopez can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league in terms of offensive production.  Add in Garnett — who new coach Lionel Hollins said will no longer have his playing time limited the way it was last season — for defense and rebounding, and the Nets have a chance to sneak up on some teams this year.

This as opposed to the nonstop hype that accompanied the club right from the get-go last season "

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