HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We want to believe in this renovation plan in New Jersey.
We really do.
When Avery Johnson speaks, we listen. And not just because he has one of the most unusual (or unique, if you will) speaking voices ever heard.
He believes every single word he speaks about the Nets’ revival that is underway right now, sans Carmelo Anthony despite a torrent of rumors to the contrary last weekend.
Maybe it doesn’t happen right away. Any time you have an owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, with some of the deepest pockets on the planet, we’re willing to invest in the plan, long-term or not.
But the rebuilding effort has to be a ground-up process. And that’s where Johnson’s influence enters the frame. You should have seen him and heard him during his media day speech, preaching the gospel of discipline, hard work and belief in the system and the team.
Clearly, Johnson was courting believers and non-believers alike.
Whether a deal for ‘Melo ever gets done or not (just because he showed up for media day doesn’t mean the trade rumors will go away), Nets fans could look back at this training camp in a couple of years and locate the lift off of a new era. They’ll be in that shiny new arena in Brooklyn before you know it. Anthony or Derrick Favors, or maybe even some other young star, will have his name on the marquee by then and these dog days of 2010 will be a distant memory.
See, Avery’s even convinced me that change is on the way!