Longtime NBA chronicler Jake Appleman spent a season with the Brooklyn Nets as the former laughingstock franchise moved from the swamps of Jersey to a the ultra-cool borough. His book, Brooklyn Bounce, captured the mood and feel of the team's rebirth. Here's what we talked about on this week's Drive & Kick:
- How did the project come together? Also, Paul discusses his own failed book idea.
- The reporting process and Jake's identity crisis.
- Why Jake was relieved the Nets didn't get Dwight Howard.
- The real, the contrived and the difficulties in creating a franchise out of thin air.
- Whether the Nets would have done things differently with the roster if they had known how the season turned out.
- The point guard lineage and how much Jason Kidd means to the franchise.
- Jake shares the Kevin Garnett love.