Now that the proposed four-team trade for Carmelo Anthony is off the table, and Devin Harris is still a Net, the team needs to start focusing more on building around him and Brook Lopez to prepare for this season. Not only are they perfectly capable of being All-Stars individually, but together their pick-and-roll play will be dangerous. And if either Harris or Lopez gets double-teamed, they can kick the ball out to Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw or Troy Murphy, who can all knock it down. So having an offense with a penetrator, low-post scorer and shooters means the Nets have a foundation they can build upon. Avery Johnson already envisions an offense with more screens, ball and player movement, rather than running isos for Harris, which the team did in the past. And Harris is game for the change because he realizes that "we've got a lot of different weapons on this team" (NBA.com). With that new outlook, Johnson is focused on taking his time to teach (The Star-Ledger), especially with a young roster at hand. "This (camp) is not as advanced because we’re coming from the ground floor," Johnson said. "We’re just going to crawl first, and hopefully we’ll be in the position where we can take some steps." Some players are already excelling in certain areas (The Star-Ledger), as witnessed at the Nets' open practice yesterday (NJNets.com). They included Farmar's shooting, Terrence Williams' driving and Derrick Favors' athleticism. Since Troy Murphy sat out with a groin strain, Kris Humphries was able to impress the coaches with his fortitude while Lopez guarded him (The Star-Ledger).
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