October 11, 2015, Queens, NY According to NetsDaily.com, the Brooklyn Nets held an open practice that was attended by 1,000s of enthusiastic Nets fans. This is great news for the Brooklyn-based franchise since they haven’t made the kind of offseason moves that would engender excitement. Nevertheless, the Brooklyn faithful trekked to Barclays Center in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn on a beautiful October day to see coach Lionel Hollins put the players through a series of workouts.
The practice was extended by 30 minutes giving the fans more time to see what players at the most competitive level of basketball have to endure. No doubt, this was more than a bit inspirational for youngsters who aspire to become professional basketball players. The workout was free, and the fans got to sit in the lower bowl giving them an up close and personal view.
After the practice, the players and coaches mingled with the fans, many of them (players and coaches) taking selfies with the fans. The Nets made the playoffs last season, but it will be a more daunting challenge this year for them to make the playoffs. Last season, the Eastern Conference was woeful, but many of the teams have made roster moves that should make them more competitive, not that the Eastern Conference is the minefield that the Western Conference is–not by any stretch of the imagination. However, the Eastern Conference teams have made improvements so it is likely only teams with winning records will make the playoffs.
In terms of public relations, the Nets continue to be a first-class operation. Hopefully, the Nets will be fan favorites for what they accomplish not just off-the-court, but on-the-court as well.
Professor Clifford Benton can be reached at @cliffordbenton.