MarShon Brooks is an electric young player on the offensive end of the court, but when it comes to defense, he comes up a little bit short. So teammate Keith Bogans is trying to help the second year player become more a more tenacious defender.
“He’s been an offensive player his whole life,” Bogans told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “But now, he’s got to play on both ends, because everybody can play. He’s still learning.
“Last year, we didn’t have a good team, so he came into a bad situation and didn’t play any defense. Now we’ve got three guys that are going to get the ball every time down the floor, so he’s got to play D, and then he’ll get rewarded at the other end.”
“I’m helping him as much as I can,” said Bogans. “When we first started, I told him that he’s so athletic on the offensive end, I’m going to do what I can to pick up his game on the defensive end.”
Bogans told Bontemps that he’s already seen a difference in his ability on the court, but has cautioned Brooks that it isn’t merely about putting up a better effort. He’s got to use his head out there too.
Brooks is currently sitting out with a sprained ankle. He’s expected to miss tonight’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but could be back Thursday when the Nets take on the Boston Celtics.