Steve Lichtenstein

DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to his dunk over Brook Lopez at Staples Center on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Are Beyond Bad — They’ve Become Unwatchable

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.

01/23/2015

Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against Paul Pierce #34 of the Washington Wizards on January 16, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Truth Hurts — Nets Desperately Miss Paul Pierce

It was another one of Billy King’s gross miscalculations. Sorry, Billy — not having The Truth hurts.

01/19/2015

Brook Lopez (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images), Lance Stephenson (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Lopez-Stephenson Trade Has Risk, But Nets Should Take It

I ask any of you who have qualms about this potential deal: What exactly do you think you’ll get for a broken-down Lopez?

01/16/2015

Lionel Hollins (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: With Nets Slumping, Bad Time For Hollins To Face Former Team

I wouldn’t begrudge Lionel Hollins if he took a peek down the sideline at some point on Wednesday and saw Memphis coach Dave Joerger — and then wished he could trade places.

01/14/2015

Rex Ryan (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Good Riddance To Rex, Even If Jets Will See Him Twice Next Season

As a Jets fan, I’m supposed to feel … what, exactly? Bitter? Depressed? Giddy? How about none of the above?

01/12/2015

Kevin Garnett battles for the ball against Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics during a game at Barclays Center on January 7, 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Season After KG-Pierce Blockbuster, Nets Sink To Celtics’ Level

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.

01/08/2015

Deron Williams (Photo by Isaac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Are Simply Worse Than Their Record Suggests

Unlike the previous two seasons, a Brooklyn turnaround at the turn of the calendar doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

01/05/2015

Deron Williams (R) passes the ball to Brook Lopez at practice (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Chemistry 101 — Nets’ Lopez And D-Will Earn D’s For Demotions

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.

12/30/2014

Mason Plumlee (Photo by Brian Babineau /NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Sell High — Nets’ Plumlee Is Not Untouchable

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.

12/29/2014

Deron Williams (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Take The Deal! Nets Need To Unload Fully Depreciated D-Will

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.

12/22/2014

Jarrett Jack #0 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on late in the fourth quarter during a game against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on December 16, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Rich With Embarrassments — Leaky Nets ‘D’ Lets Heat Off Hook

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.

12/17/2014

Geno Smith is sacked in the end zone for a safety on December 14, 2014 (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images); Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota poses with the Heisman Trophy on December 13, 2014 (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Only The Jets Can Turn A Win Into A Devastating Loss

Forget Mariota. Forget Winston. The Jets won a game in the present, but likely lost out at a shot at a brighter future.

12/15/2014

Deron Williams (L) and GM Billy King (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Job Of Dismantling Nets’ Core Belongs To King’s Successor

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?

12/11/2014

Prince William and Kate Middleton on the Jumbotron during the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images); Nets GM Billy King (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: With Royals In Nets’ House, No Better Time To Shout ‘Down With King!’

My exhortation was in no way expressing any displeasure towards Great Britain’s monarchy, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It’s time to end the reign of GM Billy King.

12/09/2014

Jose Calderon #3 of the New York Knicks dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets on December 2, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Believe It Or Not, The Knicks Are In Better Shape Than The Nets

So yes, Nets fans like myself can gloat all we want about this season’s dominance over our cross-river rivals, but we should be more worried that it will be very short-lived.

12/03/2014

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