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October 25, 2012 / Brooklyn news / Front Court/Back Court

Nets season preview: It’s a battle between big guys and little guys

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The Nets are the borough’s new home team — but who exactly are these recent Brooklyn transplants?

Is this a squad that lives and dies by the play of face-of-the-franchise Deron Williams and his newfound sidekick at guard Joe Johnson? Or, after losing the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, will the Nets’s fortune be dictated by often overlooked low-post work from tabloid favorite Kris Humphries and a finally healthy Brook Lopez?

When the Nets take the floor for their first-ever game at the Rust Bowl on Nov. 1, they will battle the hated cross-town rivals the New York Knicks — but there will also be an internal conflict that will set the tone for the rest of the season: the struggle between the Nets front court and back court.

To analyze this dynamic conflict, The Brooklyn Paper brought in two hoops experts of differing heights and insights.

This season, they will duke it out on our news pages and website, offering readers a fresh perspective on a team in flux that must adjust to a new home, a much-changed roster, and all the attention of the basketball-loving world.

We proudly present our new column, Front Court Back Court.

Here’s Tom Lafe’s breakdown of the Nets’ big men.

And here’s Matt Spolar’s analysis of Brooklyn’s guards.

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John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I was having a banana with my yogurt, wondering, "why do I read this paper?". Then I came across this article. This just might be the most uninteresting and painful article ever written. I couldn't even get to the end, and at a distance, it LOOKS quite short (which is why I chose to attempt to read it). Imagine my surprise/frustration when I dozed off half way through it and dreamt about showering and working the whole day and not being able to get home after because the train wasn't running...only to find that I still had another half of this article to read?
Also, the photo makes no sense whatsoever, as it is clearly disproportionate, for starters. I find it to be very disturbing and I certainly wouldn’t allow my teenager to view it. Pardon me.
Oct. 25, 2012, 10 am
KJ from Central Jersey says:
Woah! Somebody's grumpy! -> John Wasserman
Oct. 25, 2012, 10:15 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I apologize for my bad attitude this morning. I was only able to sleep for 5 hours due to a late concert, or "gig" (if you don't mind) last night. I'm not so young anymore, and my eyes aren't what they used to be.
Oct. 25, 2012, 10:55 am

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