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Nets' reality show confronts reality
The newly relevant Brooklyn Nets were an easy choice for the current edition of NBA TV’s “The Association,’’ a reality show that follows a team for a full season and whose fourth episode debuts at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
But thanks to an unwelcome cast member named Sandy, the show got a bit more real than planned. The episode that appeared Nov. 2 was supposed to end with the buildup to the previous night’s opener against the Knicks.
Instead, it covered the storm’s effect on the Nets’ community, and on their own lives.
“We decided the reason you do a reality show is to capture news in the moment,’’ executive producer Dion Cocoros said. “So we felt it was only right to reshape the end of the show.’’
Since then the series has settled into a more conventional groove, with the backdrop naturally being the return of major pro sports to “the city of Brooklyn,’’ as Cocoros has learned to call it, as opposed to a mere borough.
Kris Humphries presumably has more reality show experience than other Nets, given his brief 2011 marriage to Kim Kardashian. But Cocoros said so far the breakout personality has been coach Avery Johnson.
“He’s just so intense,’’ Cocoros said. “The way he demands respect in practice, you’re just glued to him when he is talking to the team - or talking to the camera.’’