Last season, the Brooklyn Nets ended the season with a record of 20-62 and ended last in the Eastern Conference standings. Since the season ended, the Nets have been big players this off-season by acquiring D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, and DeMarre Carroll via trades.
The young core of Brooklyn is still a work in progress but head coach Kenny Atkinson and General Manager Sean Marks are slowly making things work. One aspect that helped this Nets team was having veteran leadership that was willing to endure the tough times and help develop younger players. One player that fits that bill was veteran shooting guard Randy Foye.
Following from Zach Lowe of ESPN.
Older players felt fresher. “I could play another five years doing what they do,” said Randy Foye, who spent last season in Brooklyn.
The goal is to be involved without smothering. Paternalism can be alienating. Atkinson has a big staff, but fights his instincts to beef up. “You could hire someone just to teach left-handed dribbling,” he said, “but you don’t want players to walk into a coach every time they turn the corner.”
“Everything is about the players,” Foye said. “But they are not going to follow you around. You are an adult.”
Foye clearly had a great experience as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and had nothing but positive things to say about them. Subsequently, Foye said he’d be open to returning to the Nets in a coaching or front office role down the road.
“I want to be there for the good part,” said Foye, who would be open to returning as a coach or front-office executive down the line.