Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry believes his side's early season struggles are behind them - and they're starting to take on coach Jason Kidd's tough-minded identity.
The Nets (15-22) got off to a terrible start under their first-year coach, with controversies on and off the court.
They've stabilised to a certain extent and currently sit second in the Atlantic Division behind the Toronto Raptors but are still hampered by injuries to important players like Deron Williams and Brook Lopez.
Still, Terry believes the Nets have come through the tough times and are looking forward to mounting a playoff push in the latter half of the campaign.
"We're going to continue to elevate and take our game to the top, not only with the talent that we have but with the way we play [as well]," Terry told GiveMeSport.
"And what we think we're doing now is starting to take on the identity of our coach, who is a very strong, tough-minded individual.
"Through that adversity that we went through with injuries and not quite playing up to the level of our expectation I think we've put that all behind us and now we're starting to realise what type of team we can become - and that's a tough one."
Eight-hour flights across the Atlantic Ocean haven't been universally welcomed by everyone in the NBA.
But Terry thinks it has been a great opportunity for a new-look Nets team to come together, forming a bond that should help them later down the line.
"Oh, no question [the trip has helped build an identity]. I mean, you're off on foreign territory and all you have is each other and so this time that is spent together is much needed.
"We are a new team, we have guys that haven't played together [much] so this helps the bonding period."
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