Kenny Atkinson reiterated the networks' stance that Kevin Durant is not expected this season. But the all-star is making progress on his Achilles tendon rehab and had a strong workout at the Barclays Center before the Nets lost to Milwaukee between 117 and 97 on Saturday night.
Durant was on the pitch with a Nets trainer five hours before the start and did 25 minutes of agility work. When asked by the post office whether he had sold training, he smiled and replied, "Yes, sir! Yes!"
It shouldn't be taken as a sign that Durant will play this season.
"No, we're all on the same page. It won't happen," Atkinson said. "Progress. I don't have my medical book up here, I can't tell you what stage or so. It's great if you are there every day. You see incremental progress. "
This is not Durant's first pre-game training. But he almost always did it at either the Barclays Center or the HSS Training Center.
"He's making progress. I know he's working extremely hard," said Atkinson. "We don't want to bother him too much because he's locked up in his rehab. He's a guy who likes to work in the shade. He doesn't want all the attention, but he's working his tail off.
"When he enters the room, we all become more confident even though he doesn't play. It's just like that. I enjoy talking to him about the game and his opinions about what's going on in the league. … It is a real treat for me to have such a guy nearby and for our players. They love it. He's there all the time so it's great. "
Kyrie Irving – who had lively discussions with Durant in the fourth quarter – also alluded to this love of the game.
"The most important thing is, we have the same intention, we have the same goal, and that means we want to win a championship here together." When I say together, I mean the whole group – just so everyone knows, make it clear, ”said Irving before laughing and becoming aware of his controversial comments.
"We also address the future and how we can act on each other, where he sees that he can be implemented when he is healthy and how he feels. It is these conversations with the best friends that you have with a man who loves the game as much as I do. He probably loves it a little more than I do, honest. For example, he's the next level, man, honest. "
Joe Harris (back), DeAndre Jordan (fingers) and Garrett Temple (knees) were all outside. The post had reported that Temple will be back on Monday, and Atkinson is confident that Harris can join him.
"He told me after the game that he was feeling better," said Atkinson.
Chris Chiozza made his debut at Nets.
This is the second year in a row that ex-president Bill Clinton – friends with the co-owners of Bucks, Marc Lasry and Wes Edens – sat at the court.
Atkinson attributed Taurean Prince's 15-point rebound to the 76er with seven rebounds because he felt physically better and Kyrie Irving took more off his plate and put him back in his comfort zone.
Prince shot 1:10 from deep against Miami on January 10 and defeated Utah 4-0.