After all this talk over the past few weeks about the Nets looking for another forward to help on the boards, the team may not be looking in that direction after all.
“Not necessarily,” team president Rod Thorn told the Associated Press regarding the Nets potentially going for need and drafting a forward. “As we’ve said, if there is somebody there and we feel he is the best talent, and it may be a point guard, we’ll take him. There are a lot of good point guards out there.”
I still say this team needs another solid rebounder with some spunk. Some think Sean Williams should be given a good opportunity to fill that role and those people may have a good point. At guard, I think the Nets are strong as long as Vince Carter and Devin Harris can stay healthy. I like especially what Keyon Dooling was able to do last season and see Chris Douglas-Roberts as a viable option as well. Simply put, if the Nets go out and get another guard, how much is he going to play? If they go the route of a forward, that person can instantly be thrown into the mix and be put in a situation to earn minutes, rather than a guard that would be lost in the shuffle. Just my thoughts.
On the relocation-effort, the Nets have decided to make a big change that could possibly get the team over to Brooklyn a bit quicker.
According to NorthJersey.com:
“The Nets have replaced world-renowned architect Frank Gehry as designer of the proposed Barclays Center in Brooklyn, they said Thursday, in a move that could knock hundreds of millions of dollars off the $950 million projected price tag for the basketball arena.
Ellerbe Becket, a Minneapolis-based architectural firm, will take over for Gehry.”
Beckett has designed a few NBA homes over the past few years and is a more than suitable replacement, especially considering the Gehry was looking to make the place a landmark, capable of drawing income from all over the world. In the big scheme of things, it doesn’t seem possible that a building located in the ever-changing neighborhood that the Atlantic Yards project is smack dab in the middle of could ever be home to anything internationally renowned.
Just build a great place to watch basketball and people will come.
In other news, check out this interesting piece that talks about Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson almost coming to New Jersey.
Pretty crazy how things turn out sometimes.