Today, the Brooklyn Nets unofficially begin their 2013 season as they head down to Florida for the Orlando Summer League. First up on Brooklyn’s schedule will be the Detroit Pistons, who the team will be facing at 5pm this afternoon.
Even though the sumer leagues are typically about players getting chances to shine, for Brooklyn, the story will be their coach. Today, we will get a first look at Jason Kidd, who will be on the sidelines for the Nets coaching in his first game ever, at any level.
Kidd has said that the nerves are gone and he is ready to get into the games. He will be treating this as another preseason to tune up his coaching skills.
In terms of players, we will see some familiar faces, but also many new ones. Both Tyshawn Taylor and Toko Shengelia will be starting on the team. They were part of the Nets last season. Also, Damion James will be on Brooklyn’s team. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets and was signed to one 10-day contract by the team last season but barely played.
Here’s a list of the lesser known Nets summer leaguers:
Mason Plumlee – Duke
Keith Benson, center – Oakland University
Jamelle Hagins, forward – Delaware
Matt Janning, guard – Northeastern
David Lighty, center – Ohio State
Dominique Sutton, guard – Kansas State
Carleton Scott, forward – Notre Dame
Kashif Watson, guard – Idaho
Chris Wright, guard – Georgetown
FRWD will have coverage of all these games this week.