Despite being only the first friendly of the preseason, starting with victory is never bad news for anyone. Nor for the favorite team to lift the champion trophy at the end of the course. The Brooklyn Nets managed to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in a game in which Durant, Harden and Irving did not play. However, the 18 minutes that Paul Millsap enjoyed in his debut with the New York franchise have served to endorse his choice as a free agent. «I am fortunate to be part of this group. We are all here to win, it is our only goal » He said the veteran at the end of the match.
You don’t have to verbalize it to realize that Millsap is signing with the Nets in search of his last big shot at winning the ring. At 35, the power forward is already in a stage of clear decline, but he can still help the team in a reduced role. “We are a deep team and we are going to use it to our advantage this season.” Millsap’s brief appearance served him to sign double digits in points and rebounds, giving hints of the role that he will fill once the Big Three rejoin.
In addition to the obvious, the player applauded the performance of the young core and was happy for the return of LaMarcus Aldridge. On his return from retirement, the center had seven points and three rebounds as if he had never left. Steve Nash declared at the end of the game that “he has moved and felt good” in the 14 minutes he was on the court.
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