The Brooklyn Nets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 at home last night.
If you are a Nets fan, you truly have witnessed it all. We have seen them go from the glory years with Jason Kidd, when they made the finals 2 straight years under Byron Scott, to seeing them start 0-16 under Lawrence Frank in 2009. We then saw them move into Brooklyn after the end of the 2012 season, bringing a new hope and a new identity to the franchise. Now we look at a team 5 years later and see how that belief in hope was very short lived. General Manager Billy King, made one of the most atrocious trades in the history of the NBA that only benefited the Nets for one year, while giving the Celtics their draft picks for what seems like the rest of eternity.
Now we see a Nets team that is trying to enter a rebuilding stage for their future, but literally have no draft picks since giving them to the Celtics through the 2018 season. The team literally has to rely upon signing mediocre free agents for the next 2 years before they truly want to start rebuilding again. The other players on the team are composed of those flashy well-known players from college basketball that you know aren’t going to make the transition into a successful NBA player or just random players that you have never heard of. I guarantee you that there are a ton of fans from opposing teams that don’t even known who is on the Nets this year besides Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin before the game starts.
Just to put into perspective of how bad this team is on paper, their starting point guard is Sean Kilpatrick, who was an undrafted free agent that they signed to 2 10-day contracts last year, and is now one of the top scorers on their team this year. Outside of Brook Lopez and an occasional 3 pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic, I wouldn’t trust any of the other players on the roster even touching a basketball.
But even with this disgusting and pathetic roster that the Nets have this year, they somehow have 7 wins. Yes, they are 7-17, but they have a better record than 3 other teams in the league up to this point in the season! How can a roster that bad be doing better than your team after more than a quarter of the season has already been played? You would think that it is just a typical hot start to the year from a bad team that will eventually wear off, which seems to be the case since they started off with a solid 4-5, but then you look at what happened last night.
The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Nets last night 107-97, which makes me ask the question, “HOW THE HELL DO YOU LOSE TO THE NETS?!” The Lakers by no means are a superstar team, and have now lost 8 straight since starting 10-10, but this team has too much potential and developing talent to get dominated by the talent on the Nets. The Lakers were literally up by 1 point going into the final quarter of the game and they let the starting 5 of THE NETS outscore them by 10 points. The Lakers missed a huge opportunity tonight to turn the page on the 7 game losing streak coming in, with another winnable game coming up on Friday against the 76ers, and could have easily been looking at a 12-17 before facing Cleveland. Yet this team somehow couldn’t find a way to win even with their top player, Jeremy Lin, (yes he is their best player because they are that bad) out and still recovering from an injury.
I don’t know what I would as a coach if the team I coached for lost to the nets, because as a Nets fan, you have to play extremely pathetic to lose to this team. This win tonight was absolutely comical, but nothing will make up for the fact that this team took the Clippers to overtime and then ended up beating them. Coming from a team that is the third best team in the West this year, that might be the low point of their year already, and we can rub it in too because at least our team has made the NBA finals before.