HQ: The Nets are obviously in a rebuilding stage and they have some good young pieces, but there are questions as to who the core building blocks are. What's your take on the Nets roster to date and what needs to be done to ensure a bright future?
ND: Going into the deadline, and now into the offseason, the only untouchable is Brook Lopez. Devin Harris is certainly a building block and looks like an All-Star sometimes, but a decision would have to be made on him if the Nets get the No. 1 pick. Courtney Lee can be a solid complementary player and Terrence Williams has a ton of potential if his head's on straight.
The Nets most need defense, toughness and shooting, and their biggest holes are at the forward positions. They've got a top-four pick, a ton of cap space and a new owner with deep pockets. So the future is bright, but we'll see in July what free agents they'll be getting.
HQ: Talk about the change in ownership and the effect it could have on the team. Do you think the new ownership is making the Nets a more appealing destination for both players and management? If rumours of Coach K and Jerry Colangelo joining the team have some truth then this must be the case, no?
ND:I think the new owner will put the team in a different light. We're seeing now what Dan Gilbert's willingness to spend is doing for Cleveland. It looks like Rod Thorn will be retained, but he'll seemingly have a blank check to hire a top-tier coach.
The Colangelo/Krzyzewski thing was a brilliant plan, but one unlikely to ever happen.
HQ: What are the keys to the game for the Nets to steal a win against the Raps?
ND: For the Nets to get a win tonight, the need Harris to attack the basket and some guys (Jarvis Hayes, Keyon Dooling) to knock down some shots from the perimeter. The Raptors are going to get there points, and the Nets' margin for error will be pretty small.
Should be a good game. Don't forget to chat here, the thread will open before tip-off.