Mazzeo: Nets Culture Has Changed
The Brooklyn Nets were in desperate need of a culture change following last season’s disheartening loss to the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
So GM Billy King went out during the summer and hired first-year coach Jason Kidd to bring accountability and traded for future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to bring intensity and leadership.
Deron Williams used the word “soft” to describe the 2012-13 Nets. Kidd said their identity was “vanilla.”
While the regular-season opener is three weeks away, it’s safe to say — at least from the small sample size we’ve seen so far — that things will be different in 2013-14.