Even beyond their assembled Big 3, the Nets have multiple former All-Stars prepared to take on bigger roles when needed.
DeAndre Jordan has returned effectively to the front-court rotation in recent games in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge, who announced his retirement from the NBA on Thursday after experiencing an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Nets last weekend.
Blake Griffin also figures to see expanded responsibility following Aldridge’s departure, as the Nets (38-18), on Sunday in Miami, begin a stretch in which they will play 10 of their next 13 games on the road.
“As far as what that changes for me, it’s just the next guy up,” Griffin, a six-time All-Star who was signed on March 8, said after practice Saturday in Brooklyn. “DeAndre for a couple games, several games, wasn’t playing as much, but he’s been in the weight room every day. He’s been on the court getting extra work in, staying in shape.
“That set a great example for the rest of us, because if DeAndre can start all these games and then go to the bench and then be ready again, nobody has any excuses.”
The 6-foot-10 Griffin has appeared in 10 games, nine off the bench, since signing with the Nets after he was bought out by the Pistons, and is averaging 7.9 points per game. Aldridge had started in all five of his appearances after signing with the Nets following a buyout by the Spurs.