Sunday, February 21, 2016

A big week for the Nets: Prokhorov chagrin; new practice facility; new GM; and a win over the Knicks

It's been a big week for the Brooklyn Nets.

Team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, in a post on The Vertical, admitted lessons learned, including that "you can't buy a championship," and "culture trumps talent." NetsDaily called it "a cross between a classic corporate 'lessons learned' exercise and a personal 'mea culpa' to fans."

The Nets opened the new, $50 million Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) Training Center in Industry City in Sunset Park (see photos below), which drew praise from players and the press. It was heralded in a full-page ad in the New York Times (and perhaps elsewhere).

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark said the training center, which has views of the Manhattan skyline, was "designed to maximize performance, prevention, and recovery" and "unifies the entire organization, with Barclays Center, our business headquarters, and practice site all within our great borough.

The team hired a new General Manager, Sean Marks, from the San Antonio Spurs, a team known for a winning culture and patient process of rebuilding and finding quality players. (High-paid Joe Johnson, who'd like to join a contender, is a rumored candidate for a buyout, and could join the Cleveland Cavaliers.) Marks pledged a re-set for the culture, and is leading the search for a new coach.

So even if the Nets didn't make a trade, that meant a good week, especially since they beat the Knicks soundly Friday night. They still have a lot of rebuilding, though.

A photo posted by Norman Oder (@atlanticyards_pacificpk_report) on

A photo posted by Norman Oder (@atlanticyards_pacificpk_report) on

A photo posted by Norman Oder (@atlanticyards_pacificpk_report) on

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