This maybe the first time that there is a link to the Brooklyn Nets and this year’s NBA Finals, trust me.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship in the most dramatic way possible in the history of the NBA Finals coming back from a 3-1 deficit, I saw someone streak across the floor after the game was over.
Who do you ask? Dahntay Jones.
Dahntay Jones was on the roster when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in a dramatic seven game series. He even was more of a factor than Timofey Mosgov who has just proved being seven feet can get you 15 million dollars a year.
But would you believe that Jones was actually cut by the Brooklyn Nets?
Here is a small part of my piece after Billy King signed him…
The successful offseason of Billy King continues with the signing of a journeyman free agent that shows further evidence that the Brooklyn Nets are going to bring their hard hats to the Barclay Center next season and play defense.
The Brooklyn Nets continued to build their team in the image and personality of Head Coach Lionel Hollins by signing free agent Dahntay Jones on Thursday.
Dahntay Jones will bring some added veteran leadership and toughness. This move is further evidence that the Brooklyn Nets are trying to change the locker room culture that was nearly ruined by Deron Williams and his feuds with, well, almost everyone in his airspace.
Instead of getting a self-entitled aging player that believes he can walk in the door and get minutes, the Brooklyn Nets will be getting a true professional that can really help the Nets this season while keeping the Nets under the salary cap.
It’s amazing that the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by their de facto General Manager, LeBron James, saw something in Jones that the Nets didn’t.
Maybe LeBron watches ESPN a lot and saw Dahntay Jones statement about his controversial play against Kobe Bryant during an interview on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” at the time…
“I was trying to play as hard as I could, to compete at a high level, to try to help my team win and contest the jump shot.”
“I didn’t want to give up on the play. I take pride in how hard I compete and not give up on plays, and that all I was trying to do.”
That attitude on the defensive end would have endeared Dahntay Jones to the defensive minded philosophy of Lionel Hollins who thinks defense first, second and third. At least before the Hollins/King era ended.
Dahntay Jones battled for a roster spot against shooting guards Bojan Bogdanovich, Markel Brown and Wayne Ellington.
How did those three work out this year? Exactly.
Former Bulls general manager, Jerry Krause once said during the Chicago Bulls dynasty that organizations win championships. He was widely criticized by many led by Michael Jordan for the comment.
Leave it to the Brooklyn Nets to clarify his point twenty years later.