Who: Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn N.Y.
When: 7:30 E.T.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Southeast-Charlotte/ WFNZ 610 AM
As I started this preview I thought back to the Brooklyn Nets preview I wrote a month ago to the day and I realized something. The Nets remain hot garbage. They remain franchise that has been mismanaged for almost five years that has squandered draft pick after draft pick. Of course new GM Sean Marks can hopefully right the ship with a few years time, but right now they remain stuck in the cellar of the Eastern Conference. Sean Marks has added young players Sean Kilpatrick and Henry Sims within the past two weeks to see if the two deserve roster spots. Marks also has added more personnel to the front office. Former Duke star Trajan Langdon as Assistant General Manager. Langon brings knowledge of European Basketball to the front office after playing for CSKA Moscow for six seasons.
Marks also made an addition by subtraction by buying out wing scorer Joe Johnson. By focusing more towards young players Marks' is already making smart moves the former front office never did. Still the Nets remain a team of good role players who can only play at a certain level. Players like Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez are not stars who can carry a team. They're arguably better as role-players for other teams. What remains to be seen is which direction Marks' takes this roster in the summer and for years ahead. Right now the Nets' remain a semblance of an NBA team.
If the Hornets come out and execute they should have no problem with the Nets. The team just doesn't have defenders who can stop the ball on a consistent basis. Young and Lopez are not capable of shouldering an offense either. These games give a purpose of evaluating who will remain on the roster into the summer and beyond. Charlotte needs to come out strong and claim the second game on the back-to-back.