Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson mentioned the Nets had been “humbled” by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s determination to hitch the group.
The Nets signed NBA All-Star duo Durant and Irving to go along with the likes of DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler.
Atkinson, who has been on the helm since 2016, mentioned the signings had been large for Brooklyn.
“I use the word humbled that guys of that caliber would choose to play with us,” he informed a information convention Tuesday.
“The most important credit score goes to our returning gamers – Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert.
“I assume, on the finish of the day, all our free brokers, Garrett Temple and DeAndre, they checked out it and (mentioned), ‘man, these are guys we need to play with.'”
Whereas Durant is about to overlook most, if not all, of the 2019-20 season as a result of an Achilles damage, the Nets look well-placed to achieve the playoffs for the second straight marketing campaign.
Brooklyn completed 2018-19 with a 42-40 file earlier than shedding to the 76ers within the first spherical of the playoffs.
Atkinson believes the Japanese Convention will once more be powerful after a number of large strikes within the offseason.
“I think we’ve added some really good players and our goal is just to continue that rise,” he mentioned.
“I assume there are going to be quite a lot of good groups within the East, I assume there’s going to be quite a lot of parity, that is my intestine.
“Jimmy (Butler) going to Miami, geez that makes them higher, Philly with all their large guys and taking pictures, Boston indicators Kemba (Walker), everyone knows Kemba. I see quite a lot of parity within the East.”