Nets: Bruce Brown and Blake Griffin is bromance we didn’t know we needed

Nets guard Bruce Brown (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Nets guard Bruce Brown (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets added some much-needed depth in the frontcourt last weekend when they signed veteran forward Blake Griffin after he agreed to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons.

It remains to be seen if GM Sean Marks will look to make another move before the end of the month, but fans would be hard-pressed to complain if this is the group of soldiers he decides to move forward with for the rest of the season.

Either way, the Griffin signing should undoubtedly be viewed as a positive.

Not only can he provide value as a small-ball center off the bench, but his playing experience with some members of the roster will presumably be great for locker room morale.

Though Griffin himself revealed that it was Kevin Durant who recruited him to the Nets, it would appear that Bruce Brown has a leg up on the rest of his teammates in terms of being excited that the former No. 1 overall pick has joined Brooklyn.

On Friday night, the defensive stopper and surprise weapon couldn’t help but gush about his former Pistons partner.

Nets fans will love hearing that Bruce Brown and Blake Griffin already have a strong bond.

Brown, of course, was acquired by the Nets via trade in the offseason after spending the first two seasons of his career with Detroit and this quote confirms that he and Griffin developed a strong bromance during their time together with the Pistons.

The former second-round pick has been in and out of the starting lineup all season (he’s started 21 of a possible 34 games) but his playing experience with Griffin might just send a message to head coach Steve Nash to deploy them together in the second unit, which has struggled at times to generate an offensive rhythm with their big guns rejuvenating on the bench.

If you had any concerns that Brown was just giving the media what it wanted to hear, the smile on his face when he was asked about Griffin proves his response was genuine and that he’s itching to share the court with him again.

Unfortunately for Nets fans, however, they’ll have to wait a little longer for that to happen, as Griffin was ruled out for Saturday night’s contest against (you guessed it) the Pistons with what’s being described as knee injury management.

In fairness to Brooklyn’s coaching staff, there’s no reason to rush Griffin into things with the team firing on all cylinders right now, as their win over Boston following the midseason break marked their 10th victory in 11 games.

The way Griffin meshes with his new teammates once he returns will obviously go a long way towards vindicating the Nets’ decision to sign him, but the early signs suggest he shouldn’t have much trouble in that regard.