Today’s Brooklyn Nets news features quotes from head coach Kenny Atkinson, D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin.
Following practice Tuesday, head coach Atkinson talked with the New York Post about Russell’s new role and impact since his arrival in Brooklyn.
“For right now, I give him an ‘A.’ He’s been great in terms of buying in.”
General manager Sean Marks traded Brook Lopez and a first round pick for Russell, in hopes of acquiring a new face for the franchise.
As far as his relationship with new teammates, Atkinson says he’s received only good reviews.
“The feedback I got right away from them was man, he’s fun to play with and gets other guys involved. He’s got a good feel, a good sense of the game.”
As for Russell, he’s ready to show what he can do on the court. Not just talk about it.
“Talking doesn’t really get you too far, it can only get you to a certain point. But playing together, going through adversity, that really helps you learn somebody.”
With an exciting season ahead, the former 2nd overall pick just wants to maintain the right direction.
“We’ve got a good exciting group. … I’m looking forward to every game trying to go in the right direction. You don’t want to look back on this season and have any wasted time. Going into next season and the next, as long as we’re going in the right direction that’s what matters.”
Atkinson also spoke with the New York Post about Jeremy Lin, and the potential of his impact now that he’s healthy.
“I’m excited to have a healthy Jeremy and see what that looks like over 82 games, but I’m also curious and excited to see what this team’s going to look like.”
In complete health, Lin is looking forward to a stress-free start to the year, and working next to Russell.
“Last year there were a lot of restrictions … we don’t have any of that right now. I can just have a free mind and just go and be myself. The whole team is excited, not just for me healthy but all the new pieces, all the new faces.”
The Nets played very well in the preseason, and earned a 3-1 record that’s brought on some hype.
“It definitely showed us [we can play], I actually believe we’ve been doing the right thing even when I was hurt. All these other guys have been doing the right thing, the right way; and sometimes you just need to see it work.”
The Brooklyn Nets will open their season tonight against the Indiana Pacers. Opening tip is at 7:00 PM EST.