Lichtenstein: 5 Takeaways From Nets’ Trip To China

October 16, 2014 10:53 AM

Lichtenstein: 5 Takeaways From Nets’ Trip To China
By Steve Lichtenstein » More Columns

" In building their international brand under Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets have always been willing to travel around the globe in search of new marketing opportunities.

They do get some basketball in as well. On Wednesday, the Nets completed a two-game preseason sweep of Sacramento with a 129-117 overtime victory in Beijing, China.

Of course, we shouldn’t misconstrue the end results of these games as they were decided by many players who will not be on the floor when the games start to count in two weeks.

Still, there are some things Nets fans can take away from the Nets’ 3-0 start to the preseason. Here are the top five:

1. Same Old Brook

Brook Lopez looked no different to me than the center he was before his fourth surgery on his broken right foot cost him all but 17 games of his 2013-14 season.

That is, he is still an All Star-caliber offensive force—maybe even more so now because new coach Lionel Hollins is focusing on keeping Lopez closer to the basket, relying less on his mid-range jump—er, set shots "

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