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Nets’ Kenny Atkinson Says ‘Tanking is Not a Word We Use’

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The Brooklyn Nets have had a rough couple of seasons, some of which they clearly looked like a team that was tanking with 21, 20, and 28 win seasons over the past three years, but head coach Kenny Atkinson says that tanking is not a part of the franchise’s rebuilding plan.

Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks are trying to build a winner for the future, and while tanking may be a word associated with a team in the cellar of the Eastern Conference standings, it’s not a word Atkinson would use.

“No, because we’ve never talked about tanking,” Atkinson said, according to The Athletic’s Michael Scotto. “Sean and I, I’m just going to be honest, internally we don’t use the word. We don’t talk about it. We talk about internal improvement. We talk about player development. We talk about culture, but tanking is not a word we use. It’s just not in our…I don’t think the fans in New York want to see that.”

Marks has spent the past few seasons stocking up on high end draft picks and utilizing the draft to fill the roster, but the Nets aim to be players in the 2018-2019 free agency period and a marked improvement in the win column could help lure players to the Big Apple next summer.

“That’s the dream, right, the quantum leap,” Atkinson said. “I think that’s the big goal in the sky. I also think we’ve been making solid steps and solid improvements. I’d be happy with that too, but we understand what you’re saying about the quantum leap. I think our players see that it’s a possibility. I do think we have to come to it in a humble way too. We only won 28 games last year, an eight-game improvement, which is good and is hard in the NBA. I’d take another eight or 10-game improvement. That would be fantastic.”

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Nets Add Theo Pinson To 15-Man Roster

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The Brooklyn Nets have announced that they have officially exercised the standard NBA contract conversion option on Theo Pinson .

According to The Athletic’s Michael Scotto, the Nets converted Pinson’s two-way contract to a standard NBA contract, and is now eligible to participate in the playoffs.

Pinson has had a solid season in the G League as a member of the Long Island Nets and was named to the All-NBAGL Second Team last week.

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Nets’ Kenny Atkinson Discusses Pressure to Make Playoffs

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As the season winds down, the Brooklyn Nets have a realistic shot at landing a 5th seed heading into the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs, so, the pressure is on.

The pressure is certainly something that Nets’ head coach Kenny Atkinson acknowledges, and doesn’t enjoy one bit.

“I don’t enjoy one second of this,” Atkinson said Tuesday after practice, according to Greg Joyce of The New York Post. “I really don’t.”

“I love the game, I love the organization, I love the players, but you just have this constant pit in your stomach. I told my wife [Monday] night, I said, ‘The anxiety only leaves after a win.’ That moment from the win [until] you have your dinner or whatever, and then this morning you wake up and you’re worried about Washington, and, ‘Man, we gotta get that one, what an important game.’ It’s just a little window where the anxiety disappears.”

The Nets are jockeying for the 5th seed spot, and sits behind Boston with the 6th seed.

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Nets’ Caris LeVert Could Return to Action by All-Star Break

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The Brooklyn Nets are hopeful that guard Chris LeVert can return to the court prior to the NBA All-Star break, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeVert is closing in on a return to five-on-five practices, and the team is optimistic he will be ready to hit the court again soon.

LeVert suffered a dislocated foot back in November and has been out of action since.

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