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banpeikun
02-28-2008, 09:12 AM
http://blog.nj.com/netsblast/2008/02/dday.html

D-Day
Posted by Dave D. February 27, 2008 2:43PM
Categories: Latest News

This is interesting: The guy walks into his first practice session of the year, one week into a new job, never having done anything but dummy offense in his first six days, and dad hands him the keys to the Bentley, no questions asked.

Here - it's your team, L-Frank pretty much told Devin Harris today. Try not to dent it.

No, he's not giddy over one practice, he's just being realistic. The sooner Harris turns into a leader, the better off the Nets will be.

"We really want him to take ownership with this, we want him to feel comfortable with it, we want him to be assertive, having the freedom to make play-calls," the coach said. "But in order to do that, you have to have an understanding of what we look for. But he seems to be a quick study."

Harris said Friday night that the entire curriculum has flipped here, vis--vis Dallas. There, Avery Johnson liked "absolute control, and he likes to run things a certain way," Harris said. "But here, (Frank) told me he's going to let me run the show with some freedom - he'll give me that freedom before he takes it away. It's kind of an opposite situation, and I'm looking forward to it."

L-Frank confirms it all:

"Both of us are going to have to take a leap of faith," he said. "It's important for the point guard and the head coach to have a special relationship - especially when you acquire someone in the middle of the year like Devin, where you have no past history: Both sides have to be willing to take that leap of faith.

"There's some trust we're going to give each other without earning it, and the only way that trust erodes is based on performance or [the head coach getting pissed at his lack of] preparation. So we'll each take a leap of faith, understanding it's work in progress, but we're both going to start here as opposed to starting in the basement."


* * * *

Anyway, practice went well for Harris - the ankle held up fine, he got his second wind halfway through, and he's ahead of the learning curve.

"I felt good, went through the whole practice, full contact and everything. It was a good day," he said.

"Looked like the Tasmanian Devil, fast as hell," D. Armstrong said.

They'll decide after shootaround whether he'll play his hometown team, the Bucks, tomorrow night.

* * * *

Somebody start counting the number of times a point guard has walked into a mediocre team's gym in midseason and helped it turn the corner. Payton and Milwaukee? Bold move, but he was used off the ball pretty often with Sam next to him. Stephon in New York? By now we know that was purely phony progress. Baron in Golden State? It sure cured his (ahem) back problem, but he didn't get the Warriors into the playoffs that year. Andre in Philly? They were a very nice team once he made it his own, but the promise of '06-07 faded pretty quickly this year.

If we're leaving out somebody obvious, speak up.

horse900703
02-28-2008, 09:21 AM
I really want him back~~

LSMF
02-28-2008, 09:25 AM
nobody even wished devin happy b-day yesterday

Dirkenstien
02-28-2008, 09:27 AM
I really want him back~~

I was expecting "Let's funny?~~~"

Usually Lurkin
02-28-2008, 09:52 AM
http://blog.nj.com/netsblast/2008/02/dday.html
Here - it's your team, L-Frank pretty much told Devin Harris today. Try not to dent it.

Ah, shades of Nellie. I'm kinda hoping for Harris's sake that it works out a little better this time.

Arne
02-28-2008, 10:21 AM
I think Devin will be a very special player for New Jersey. He's on a team right now that can afford giving him the freedom he needs to take the next step and we've got a player that gives us what we need right now.

I wish him the very best as long as he's not playing against us, of course...

mavsfan1000
02-28-2008, 10:39 AM
Go Nets!

foglemann
02-28-2008, 10:46 AM
If Devin reaches his potential, goes crazy and becomes a leader/all star, I'll go into more depression than I did with Nash. At least it was Nash's decision to give up on what he did with the Mavs, here, it was our decision all the way.

DevinHarriswillstart
02-28-2008, 10:50 AM
If Devin reaches his potential, goes crazy and becomes a leader/all star, I'll go into more depression than I did with Nash. At least it was Nash's decision to give up on what he did with the Mavs, here, it was our decision all the way.

If Devin becomes 20/10 in the last 30 games of the season, then that won't look so good for Avery.

LSMF
02-28-2008, 10:54 AM
If Devin becomes 20/10 in the last 30 games of the season, then that won't look so good for Avery.

I think devin will average about 17 and 8. Devin is going to be a stud in the east :D

DevinHarriswillstart
02-28-2008, 11:02 AM
I think devin will average about 17 and 8. Devin is going to be a stud in the east :D


It just really sucks because I love both Kidd and Harris. Manic depression will be here in 2 years when we have neither.

AxdemxO
02-28-2008, 11:13 AM
I mite be the only one, but i think Harris will have competition over the first few years. Because him and Williams are both young, and they both have potential. Look at the games Williams played since Kidd left. Am not saying he wont start, just saying thta if Williams comes bak next year with his game at the next level, it would be a tough choice. Worst case scenario, NJ has 2 good young pgs.

sike
02-28-2008, 11:16 AM
its a stretch to call the Nets a Bentley...

LSMF
02-28-2008, 03:32 PM
It just really sucks because I love both Kidd and Harris. Manic depression will be here in 2 years when we have neither.

Good point but I think J-kidd will be here longer than 2 years, hopefully by the time he retires we will have some rings :D . Maybe? And then we can retire his jersey(Best Case scenario)

Jack.Kerr
02-28-2008, 03:39 PM
its a stretch to call the Nets a Bentley...

Yeah, more like a Chevette.

MavsWiLLHaVeRinGs
02-28-2008, 03:40 PM
Harris seems to already be one of the best pgs in the east. Chauncey Billups is the best in the east even though he's more of a shooting guard. AI is ok Bibby seems to be almost done. Not too much competition in the east that I can think of.

fluid.forty.one
02-28-2008, 03:49 PM
ai?

DevinHarriswillstart
02-28-2008, 04:54 PM
Harris seems to already be one of the best pgs in the east. Chauncey Billups is the best in the east even though he's more of a shooting guard. AI is ok Bibby seems to be almost done. Not too much competition in the east that I can think of.


Hahaha......someone doesn't watch much basketball.

MavsWiLLHaVeRinGs
02-28-2008, 05:06 PM
Hahaha......someone doesn't watch much basketball.

Iguodala, you know for the Sixers? Oh seems you don't watch much b-ball biyatch.

DubOverdose
02-28-2008, 05:09 PM
Iguodala, you know the new A.I. for the Sixers? Seems you don't watch much b-ball biyatch.
He's not a PG. Andre Miller is the Sixers PG.

DevinHarriswillstart
02-28-2008, 05:41 PM
He's not a PG. Andre Miller is the Sixers PG.

No kidding. Talk about digging yourself a hole.