The Newark Star-Ledger's Dave D'Alessandro reports on Devin Harris' first practice in New Jersey. Harris is coming off an ankle injury and is said to have looked good playing full-contact basketball. One teammate said he was like the Tasmanian Devil.
And D'Alessandro writes about the leap of faith point guard and coach are taking trusting each other. I like the sound of it:
"We really want him to take ownership with this, we want him to feel comfortable with it, we want him to be assertive, having the freedom to make play-calls," the coach said. "But in order to do that, you have to have an understanding of what we look for. But he seems to be a quick study."
Harris said Friday night that the entire curriculum has flipped here, vis-à-vis Dallas. There, Avery Johnson liked "absolute control, and he likes to run things a certain way," Harris said. "But here, (Frank) told me he's going to let me run the show with some freedom - he'll give me that freedom before he takes it away. It's kind of an opposite situation, and I'm looking forward to it."
L-Frank confirms it all:
"Both of us are going to have to take a leap of faith," he said. "It's important for the point guard and the head coach to have a special relationship -- especially when you acquire someone in the middle of the year like Devin, where you have no past history: Both sides have to be willing to take that leap of faith.
"There's some trust we're going to give each other without earning it, and the only way that trust erodes is based on performance or [the head coach getting pissed at his lack of] preparation. So we'll each take a leap of faith, understanding it's work in progress, but we're both going to start here as opposed to starting in the basement."