Kenny Atkinson explains his vision to patiently bring the Nets back to prominence
Brooklyn’s head coach answered SB Nation’s questions at Vegas Summer League about his relationship with Sean Marks, Brook Lopez, and D’Angelo Russell.
The way we play offense, it’s very conducive to both of them getting enough touches. You look at C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard and I don’t want to compare the players but they end up both playing a ton of point guard. They just stagger the minutes. So believe me, there’s gonna be enough minutes, enough touches for both of those guys.
I look at it for myself as like, we just got another really good player. Jeremy’s really good, he’s really good. Now it’s up to our coaching staff to figure out how we can use them best.
I think we had a film session the other day, and one of the things I showed them was us turning down open shots. I think I’m an expand-your-game type of coach. I see the good in all players. … It’s just a mindset, a growth mindset for players. I think they can do a lot more.
Now once the season starts, when the competition starts, we’ve got to figure out who does what best. But I think right now, we’re in a growth mindset. So I think we can take a little risk in terms of letting the ball fly a little and giving them freedom to play.
This coming season, the NBA will employ 60 more players than ever before. Don’t take my word for it: You’ll likely hear this fun fact oversaturate NBA television broadcasts almost as frequently as you’re reminded that the NBA replay center is based in Secaucus, N.J.
In the new collective bargaining agreement, the league has introduced two new roster slots where teams can sign players to a two-way contract, which allows them to spend a finite amount of time with their respective NBA team and the rest of their season with a G-League affiliate.