This third season in Brooklyn is headed for epic failure. Even the best-case scenario has the Nets sneaking their way into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs where the Hawks will surely send them home for good.
Like their cross-river rivals from Manhattan, the Nets are not anywhere near ready to perform for prime-time audiences, as indicated by Thursday’s horrific 123-84 loss to the Clippers on TNT.
The Brooklyn Nets say Deron Williams’ injured rib will sideline the point guard for the remainder of their three-game road trip.
Williams was diagnosed with fractured left rib cartilage last week and the Nets said he would be reevaluated later this week.
The Nets said Thursday that an MRI revealed a fracture of the cartilage portion of the left 12th rib and that Williams will be evaluated in a week. There is no timetable for his return.
It’s obvious that the 16-19 Nets are an unmitigated disaster — just one season after the trade that was supposed to change everything and launch them into the NBA’s elite company.
Unlike the previous two seasons, a Brooklyn turnaround at the turn of the calendar doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez may be former All-Stars on max contracts, but the Nets have been playing superior basketball when they are off the floor.
The axiom for all investment assets should be: Buy low, sell high. When it comes to Nets center Mason Plumlee, at least general manager Billy King got the first part right.
Let’s be honest, there’s not much of a market for an oft-injured, overpriced and underperforming 30-year-old point guard. So my advice to Brooklyn: get what you can now.
It’s bad enough that this Nets season appears to be headed for epic disaster, but the list of embarrassments from Tuesday night’s Heat game was so frighteningly long I don’t even know where to begin.
Joe Johnson scored 22 points, Deron Williams and Mason Plumlee had double-doubles and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-87 on Saturday night for their second straight victory.
So … everyone’s seen Billy King’s record when he (twice) had carte blanche to construct a franchise, but now Nets fans are supposed to be OK with ownership allowing him to burn it to the ground?
It appears that the Nets still hope to win this season, just not as currently constructed.
The statement from the players came before a game in Brooklyn that was attended by Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.