The process has started and thus far, the re-branding effort seems to have been a success. Now, it's time for Billy King to be a bit patient.
For so many years the Nets were a what-if team. What if they get Carmelo? What if they get Dwight? What if they move to Brooklyn?
The Barclays Center, a $1 billion masterpiece at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush, is finished, more or less. The most high tech stadium in sports, or so it is being billed, offers free wifi and an app for fans to order food from their seats with a three-story sized scoreboard hanging from the rafters. The sponsorship of, well, everything gives the building a bit of a goofy, Roger Dorn-owns-the-Indians feel but a team that for decades played in front of swaths of empty seats won't have any trouble selling tickets.
Consider: the 14,219 in attendance for Monday's preseason game against the Wizards was more than the team averaged last season.
"I had to present Deron with a team that he felt he could win with," King said. "By presenting him with veteran guys like Joe and Gerald [Wallace], he could envision himself winning, and having some young guys who can grow with him."
King isn't ruling out another deal, but if there is, it won't be a seismic one. The roster is locked and, at the moment, there isn't a franchise altering player available anyway. For now, he must do what he has rarely done: Sit back and watch. It has been five years since the Nets were a playoff team and the years since have been unbearable.
The front office has made the deals, doled out the money; it's on the players now.
The Nets have a new identity that is front and center right now so putting a team out there that a city can be proud of was a must. All Billy King should do at this point is sit back and watch the roster he has built turn into a team. And judging by what the Nets have shown thus far in the preseason, that might be a good idea.