LAS VEGAS – The three All-Stars, the network brought in – Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAnd Jordan – come up with their own question marks: Durant's health, Irving's attitude and Jordan's motivation.
It's up to the net to make sure all three are right.
After Celtics' bribe, disappointing season – and Irving's ugly exit from Boston – many have wondered how the point guard fits into Nets & # 39; carefully crafted culture. Coach Kenny Atkinson – in his first public commentary since the networks added the trio – said it is not a concern. "
" Whether it's Kyrie or DeAndre Jordan or someone, we do not judge from other situations "Atkinson said." We have our intel, we do our due diligence, but we do not judge. The strategy is: How can we adapt this player to the best possible way into our culture? It's all our job. … I feel our culture is strong enough, no matter what type of player we bring. "
The story comes from Boston's Irving could blow the net chemistry out of court and hurt their game on the pitch. But Atkinson has a very simple answer when asked how he plans to use Irving.
" Give him the ball, "said Atkinson ̵
"Definitely will challenge him to continue to improve. We play a system, I can't imagine changing tons. You have to ask him, [but] I think it's part of the reason he was interested in coming here: our style of play. We come to a meeting between me and him and how it works within the group. "
Irving averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists , 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals last season. Everything but scoring was career heights. On the other hand, Jordan comes out of its worst campaign since becoming a regular. His net rating (minus-18.9) and plus-minus (minus-10.4) with Knicks were holdlows. Atkinson said getting him back to the form is a priority.
"I don't know how it looked like him from a motivational point of view," Atkinson said. "With the talent we have brought in, I think there will be an increased sense of motivation on his part. And, of course, a good long-term deal that always helps the player's performance."
Jarrett Allen is the established starter and openly said he wants to start. But Jordan has not come out of the bench in an NBA game since 2011. Could it be worth a look?
"My first conversation with him was" What to do to help us win. "So we & # 39; I want to see how it plays, but I love my initial conversations with him," Atkinson said.
"As for start, not started, Jarrett Allen said," Hello I want to be the starter "that I love. That's good. We embrace the competition … I think it helps matchup-wise. [against] Joel Embiid, JA gets two quick feelings, we have a pick of a player to support him and potentially also start different guys. It's possible. It's a good tandem to have. "