Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  5 responses

Avery Johnson Wants Brooklyn Nets to Have ‘Hit-First Mentality’

Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson is unhappy with his team’s level of aggression so far in the preseason. Johnson wants them to be a lot more physical. From the NY Daily News: “The nice-guy Nets need an attitude adjustment. After consecutive preseason performances defined by a lost and lackadaisical defense, Avery Johnson expressed disappointment in the ‘personality’ of the team, indicating it needs more punch. ‘This team does not have the personality that I thought it would have at this point,’ Johnson said. ‘That has been somewhat of a disappointment. Are they trying? Yes. Is anybody panicking? No. But we should have a little bit more physicality.’ [...] ‘We don’t have a hit-first mentality, and if you don’t have a hit-first mentality, you’re going to get hit,’ said Johnson, who was encouraged by Sunday’s practice. ‘So it’s not about a turnover or a guy forgetting a play. No, I’m talking about defensively. We haven’t done a good job — I don’t care if we’re fatigued, I don’t care if we didn’t practice. We haven’t done a good job protecting the paint. For us to go where we want to go, we have to be able to protect the paint a lot better than what we have.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Don’t let the hugs and smiles fool you. BK don’t play that soft shit

  • Anthony Dixon

    lopez does.

  • Max

    He actually learned to rebound it seems like in the pre-season.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    I ment the team needs to snap out of it. Once the team starts to play like trash.. The city BK will stop all the smiles and boo em. NY’s rough

  • spit hot fiyah

    they have looked mediocre at best so far