HoopsHype Billy King rumors

February 19, 2014 Updates

Bill Simmons is out with his annual list of 30 worst contracts and although Amare Stoudemire, and not Joe Johnson, is at the top of the list, Simmons has three current Nets -- Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez in the top 21 -- a possible future Net, Marcus Thornton at No. 11. In his final tally, Simmons has D-Will at No. 5 and Joe Johnson at No. 4 We've all read what Simmons thinks of those two, not to mention Billy King, so let's focus on what Grantland's founder thinks of the Nets target, Thornton. Not much love there as well. NetsDaily

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“We’ve found our personality,” says Nets GM Billy King. “You have to have a sense of structure and an identity,” says Jason Kidd, the team’s coach. “You have to know who you are, and how you’re going to play both ends. And now we do.” Grantland

King is confident the Nets could play this way with Lopez, in part because of his shooting from the center spot. But even he acknowledges meshing everyone and staying “small” would be a challenge. “Brook is a great scorer,” King says, “but now, when we’re smaller, defensively we are a little better.” Grantland

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Having spent so much of Prokhorov’s money, they could add another frontcourt player, like the disgruntled Houston center Omer Asik, a better defender than Lopez but offensively inept. “When you get an injury like this, everybody calls you,” King said. “There’s no imminent deal. We’re not going to panic.” New York Times

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Billy King on Jason Kidd: Fortunately, I get to see him every day at practice, or we meet pretty much every day and talk. And from Day One of Training Camp to now, he's grown tremendously and I think he'll continue to grow. It's amazing how people are critiquing every little thing. If he stands, if he's sitting, what is he doing, but the one thing I know is he's working as hard as he can. He watches a lot of film. Today he made some adjustments defensively on the pick and roll, made some adjustments offensively, so he is putting as much effort and time into it. So the progress he's made, if he continues that pace, he's gonna be fine. NetsDaily

Billy King On Team Trust Issues: I think when you're together a long time, you have that trust. If you look at the Indiana Pacers for example, their starting five has returned, so those guys have confidence and trust. They know what Paul George is gonna do defensively and offensively. They know what David West is gonna do.That is really what it is. When you play basketball or any team sport, the longer together you get more of a trust on the court from each other on both ends of the floor. I think we've just gotta figure out how to get some wins, cause winning helps you feel a little better. Right now, the guys are a little frustrated and not doing well. So, the more... that just takes hard work, and the more time we have, we're gonna get there. I'm not doubting this group, I'm still bullish on this group, so it's just gonna take time. I'm just working and the only way I know how to get better is just hard work. NetsDaily

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The word from the Nets is that Kidd’s job is not in danger. They invested too much into the idea of him as the long-term answer. Still, Russian ownership — which developed a reputation for impatience after firing Avery Johnson 28 games into last season — hasn’t made a peep since Mikhail Prokhorov attended a victory over Miami on Nov. 1. New York Daily News

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