Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks was Evan Roberts’ first guest on Thursday’s Nets Season Preview Show, because there’s no one better to build the foundation than the architect.
Marks discussed the excitement of the season, the roster and its deployment, Kyrie Irving’s media issues and more – so, in an ode to the Carton & Roberts Top 5 at Five, we’ll give you a five-piece quotebook from the GM. And, after you get that fix, listen to Marks’ entire segment on-demand below!
Marks on any “load management plan” for Kevin Durant: “We’re aware we’ll probably have to save him from himself sometimes because he’s a competitor, but we also know what he’s been through the last 18 months. I’ve never seen anyone attack rehab the way he did. He has a great feel for his own body, but we’ll have to be fluid monitoring not only him, but all our guys. We want to be healthy later on in the year and into the playoffs.”
Marks on the team’s perceived lack of size: “I think we’re versatile. We have several guys who can play different positions, and we’re not sure how we’re going to play. Probably the first month of the season we’ll be creative to figure out what lineups work best and when, depending who is playing well and who we’re playing against and what the best fit is.”
Marks on whether the roster is “done” as is: “It’s probably pretty close. I don’t think anything is ever done, and we’re never going to just sit back and rest; we have to continue to monitor the entire group. We are deep, but we may need that this year to cope with uncertain circumstances. It benefits us to have so many guys waiting in the wings to pick up slack and fight for their roles on this team.”
Marks on dealing with Kyrie Irving’s media issues: “We hear Kyrie out, and we sat with him and talked to him and his reps and asked how we could help. He knows his obligations there, and as we saw, when he did address the media, there aren’t many out there better than him at that. I think in this day and age, guys are responsible for their own platform and brand, and it’s good to see he’s back out there. He’s very eloquent and well put-together.”
Marks on the notion of championship or bust: “I never put it that way; what I would say is that we own the expectations, and no one is more upfront about that than the guys we have. They all know why they’re here, and it’s not right to just put that on the back burner. We’re doing everything we can to have those championship characteristics, and that is without a doubt led by our players. Steve Nash has owned that from the get-go, and we’ll see where the chips fall. Winning a title anywhere takes preparation and accountability, but also health and a little luck.”
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