Behind the scenes from Brooklyn Nets training camp in San Diego


SAN DIEGO — Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and Joe Harris were all trying their best, but this was not their night.

On the plush, manicured lawn of Brooklyn Nets owners Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai’s picturesque La Jolla, California, home, the Nets’ four veterans were no match for the Tsais’ two sons at bocce ball.

“Didn’t go great for us,” Griffin said. “But they were pretty good.”

A little over a week ago, the Nets were the Tsais’ guests at their home while the team was holding training camp at the University of San Diego. The Tsais have never hosted this many people at their Southern California home, so they wanted to make sure the 60-plus members of the Nets’ traveling party would be entertained and well fed with Clara planning the activities for the evening.

There was a golf simulator for those who didn’t get to nearby Torrey Pines to hit some golf balls, not to mention cornhole and Jenga.

And in case the Nets wanted more court time, there was a light blue basketball half court perched not far from an oceanside cliff where Griffin and a few players did get some shots up.

“Beautiful house,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “… And the view.”

Perhaps the only thing more spectacular than the sight of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from the Tsais’ house was that of Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and the Nets’ collection of title-contending players spending time together, eating, laughing and playing games.

With Irving’s vaccination status and inability to play games in Brooklyn hanging over the Nets’ championship aspirations (Caesars Sportsbook has the Nets favored at +225 to win the 2022 NBA championship), this night of bonding at the Tsais’ home and week of training camp in San Diego could end up being more vital than the Nets ever anticipated.

In their lone season together so far, the Nets’ Big Three of Durant, Harden and Irving played a grand total of 14 games together in the regular season and playoffs combined. After logging a shade over two hours of…

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