Nets quotebook: Blazing a veteran trail in black and white
Napier won't be playing, still out of action with a hamstring strain, but he, Davis, and also-injured veteran Net Allen Crabbe give Brooklyn three former Blazers in their rotation, and Davis himself is the Net with the third-longest NBA tenure, behind DeMarre Carroll and fellow newcomer Jared Dudley.
For the home opener, we once again break out the Nets quotebook, this time a starting five of quotes about the Portland and veteran connections of Davis, Napier, Crabbe, and Dudley, with a bonus quote from Carroll on the two former Blazers.
ED DAVIS on Shabazz Napier: "Shabazz is a dog, and he's going to come out and play hard every night. He can score, and he plays the right way - a team player all the way. Like I said, he's going to be a dog, man. New York knows about him, and he's going to do some work around here."
SHABAZZ NAPIER on Ed Davis: "Man, you get a lot from Ed Davis. He's one of the greatest leaders that you can have; someone who's going to tell you the truth, give you everything he's got both offensively and defensively, and push everybody along with him. He wants to win, and it's always great to have guys who understand their role and would do anything for the team just so that you can get the win. Getting Ed Davis is going to be a tremendous help."
ALLEN CRABBE on former teammates Davis and Napier: "Two guys who love to compete, and take this job seriously. Ed is going to bang inside with the big guys, block shots for us, set screens, get rebounds; he'll also get the drop-offs and dunks, and play with high energy. Shabazz, he's very vocal, and he's shown that he can score the ball and run the show as a point guard. Just two guys who really approach the game the right way, and I feel like they're going to not only fit this culture, but add to what we're building over here. The front office has done a great job of identifying guys who aren't just good basketball players, but are also good guys in general who can relate to their teammates, and I feel like we got a win in picking up those two this off-season."
DEMARRE CARROLL on Damian Lillard's displeasure with Napier and Davis leaving Portland: "It shows what those guys brought to the team. Sometimes, from afar, you really can't see what guys like that do, and I feel like Ed is one of those guys. You see what he does in practice, but it goes unnoticed in the game; you only look at guys who are scoring the ball and dunking, but he's doing all the little things, getting extra rebounds or getting an extra possession. I think that's what Damian was talking about."
ED DAVIS on Jared Dudley: "I don't Jared that well personally, but I do know that he's respected league-wide. When you have a young team like we do, you need that veteran presence and leadership in the locker room. You have to help these guys who are 19 or 20 years old, getting handed tons of money and new responsibilities, so you need these veteran guys around."