DeMarre Carroll may be a southerner at heart, but the newest Net says coming to Brooklyn will be like a family reunion. And coach Kenny Atkinson is that family.

By far the two best seasons of Carroll’s career came in Atlanta while Atkinson was the Hawks’ lead assistant. After the small forward struggled in Toronto, Atkinson and Nets general manager Sean Marks brought him to Brooklyn in a move Carroll said will have him feeling more comfortable on the court and off.

“Yeah man, it’s a reunion,” Carroll said in his first interview with the local media. “It’s basically like going off to college and coming back to your family. I feel like it’s my family. This is where I belong, and where I’m comfortable at.

“My biggest thing with Kenny is, he gets it. He played overseas for years, and his communication skills are one of the best in the league. He gets the most out of players as a coach. That’s what you have to have, that level of communication; and he has it.”

Carroll, who will make $30 million over the next two seasons, admitted he wasn’t fit for Toronto’s isolation-heavy offense, that he is a role player at his best when his team moves the ball.

“Yeah, that’s definitely fair to say. I had my share of iso already, so team-ball is my forte,” said Carroll, who said it was effective with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. “You got two great All-Stars, two great players. That’s how they play. They were playing that way before I came, and they’re going to be playing that way long after I leave. They’re not changing that for me.”