Chris Douglas-Roberts will get his fifth preseason start tonight. The only other Nets who can say that are Brook Lopez and Yi Jianlian. Let me read into this is a little, Douglas-Roberts will be the starting small forward opening night.
“I don’t know,” Douglas-Roberts said. “We’ll see. We’ll have to see opening night.”
Douglas-Roberts is playing coy. He probably doesn’t know for sure, but he's confident and probably believes he should start. He hasn’t done anything for coach Lawrence Frank to take him out of the lineup, throughout practices and preseason games.
Would it be different if Jarvis Hayes was healthy? Maybe. Because I believe he was the frontrunner to start heading into camp, but he has been hampered and hasn't been the Hayes of last season to thus far.
Douglas-Roberts said Frank told him to work on being a small forward over the summer. Douglas-Roberts gained about 10 pounds and can’t wait for opening night the results of his offseason work and the confidence he gained.
Bobby Simmons’ back is bothering him, but he’s expected to get a long look at backup power forward tonight. Also look for Josh Boone and Sean Williams, definitely, to get more run.
Boone played about 15 minutes last game. It will be Williams’ first action since the first preseason game against the Knicks on Oct. 4.
Frank hopes his lineup will be more settled for the next game, Wednesday at Newark also against the Knicks. Devin Harris should be back by then.
Congratulations to Nets' athletic trainer Tim Walsh. He was inducted into the Newark Sports Hall of Fame. Walsh was a star catcher at Essex Catholic and Upsala College.