The Brooklyn Nets kick off their season on Wednesday in Cleveland, then come home to open the Barclays Center on Friday night.
With the NBA season just one day away, how are things going to look for the Nets this season? Here are three important questions for 2013-14:
1. Can Kidd Coach? Despite all the hype over the raft of incoming players and Mikhail Prokhorov's pledge to spend this team into the NBA Finals, this is probably the biggest question mark for the Nets. They've gone from having two very experienced head coaches in one season( Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo) to having a a head coach (Jason Kidd) who spent last season running point for the Knicks. If Kidd struggles as a coach, Brooklyn could be in for a bumpy year.
2. Will Kevin Garnett Hold Up? There have already been reports that Garnett — who is famous for his intensity — is not willing to have his minutes reduced in an attempt to help him stay fresh for the whole season. He's not getting any younger, and he's had some tough injuries in the past. If he runs into the injury bug this year, the Nets could be running with "Plan B" for much of the season.
3. Can Deron Williams Play Second Fiddle? Or Third? Deron Williams is used to being the big dog in the locker room, and now he's just a face in a very famous crowd. As the point guard, the pressure is on him to run Kidd's offense and dish to Paul Pierce, Garnett and Joe Johnson. He's also still working on an ugly off-season ankle injury that many thought would limit him in the early going. How's he going to respond when his jersey isn't the top seller in the team shop anymore? We'll find out this year.
How do you think the Nets are going to perform this season? Let us know in the comments.