OK, OK. It's early to judge. But the old Nets, who played without Devin Harris, managed to win their first game without Jason Kidd while the Mavericks lost. Yes, it should be noted that the Nets played the worthless Bulls while the Mavericks played this Hornets team that just keeps proving everyone wrong. We all keep waiting for the Hornets to fold and they show no signs. They have a great point guard in Chris Paul, two powerful inside players in David West and Tyson Chandler, and one of the best outside shooters in the league in Peja Stojakovic. And they also have instant offense off the bench in Bobby Jackson.
What's not to like?
Jackson was 5-of-9 from three point range, Paul (30-11-9 steals) nearly had a triple double and Kidd played like the new guy on the block in his first game.
The first game was a perfect reflection of the trade to get Kidd in Dallas. The Mavericks are definitely a better passing team, but a weaker defensive team. We'll see how it plays out.
-- Jan Hubbard