Can the Nets remain patient in home opener against the Heat?

11/01/2013 12:01 PM ET
By Lenn Robbins,

Jason Kidd is preaching patience to his team in the season's early going.(AP)
EAST RUTHERFORD -- In a recent exclusive interview, I asked Jason Kidd the most important thing he has learned since becoming an NBA head coach.

"Patience,'' he said, somewhat impatiently. "You have to have a plan and you have to be patient enough to let it work.''

"When you're a player, you want everything to happen now. You've got to learn to be patient as a player and as a coach.''

Already that mindset is being tried.

While Kidd attempted to downplay Friday night's home opener in Barclays Center against the Miami Heat as just the second game of the season, his players were ready to take names.

It will definitely be a statement game,'' proclaimed center Brook Lopez. "It's a great barometer for us.''

No team can truly have a sense of itself this early in the season.

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