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T.G.I.F. Vol. 1 (Thank Griddy It's Friday) by Brooklyn Nets Superfan @griddy

T.G.I.F. Vol. 1 (Thank Griddy It's Friday) by Brooklyn Nets Superfan @griddy

For starters, I’d like to take a moment to say that I am honored to be given this space to share my thoughts and experiences as a Nets fan this season. This should be fun, eh?  We shall see. Instantly when asked to blog about my experience as a Nets fan for the 2015-2016 NBA season, I assumed this was Al’s way of getting me back for all of my Knicks slander throughout the years. VERY CLEVER AL. With that being said, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t take a moment to just say Fuck the Knicks! And now on to the good stuff…

 

Who am I?

A die-hard Nets fan (Yes, we exist) from Brooklyn with dreams of seeing a parade down Atlantic Ave. I’ve been a fan of the Nets since the first announcement of the Brooklyn move from New Jersey about 10 years ago. I spent time enjoying watching the last few years of those crappy NJ Nets games just hoping things would be better once they moved to the greatest borough in the world. How’d that turn out? Not too bad if you ask me. Three seasons spent in Brooklyn brought us three playoff appearances. Not too shabby, in my opinion. However, between the departure of Jason Kidd, the underachieving of disappointing ass Deron Williams (who coincidentally was my fav player BEFORE he was traded to the Nets), and being stuck with a GM named Billy King, these three years felt like 30. I’ll get back to these 3 guys in future posts.

Here we are now. It’s 2015 and this is now Brook Lopez’s team. At least, it’s supposed to be. The first handful of games has shown me that this is Jarrett Jack’s team.  I wouldn’t mind if this was Joe Johnson’s team but we’d need him to show up to an actual game. Mr. 24 million doesn’t need to spend his last days in our rebuilding phase and we don’t need to see him crawl up and down the court anymore. I’m a fan of Joe and I try not to get on his case too much (as others do) but I just can’t condone the laziness that I see on that floor. If you’re a scorer, give me 20 a game.  15 a game. SOMETHING! In a handful of games I’ve witnessed Joe score a whopping 10, 2… YES TWO, 11, 14 and 5 all in losses… Keep in mind; he’s currently being paid 24 million of THEM THANGS for his production. LMAO.  

This is supposed to be a “bridge year”. Coming into this season, I expected us to struggle somewhat but I still predicted 40 win season and a playoff berth. Why? I figured with our young cast behind Lopez and Joe, we would no longer be held back by Mr. Glass ankles  aka Mr. Excuses aka Mr. I want a max contract and the ball in my hands 24/7 but can’t handle the  pressures of being a leader,  Deron Williams. Playing Camouflage Joe and Superstar Jack 40 minutes a night isn’t going to get us those 40 wins Mr. Lionel Hollins. We have a gem in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and he’s getting bench splinters watching No Show Joe log 40 minutes doing nothing. I’ve defended Uncle Lionel all last season but I do not understand what he’s doing here. I can’t fix myself to defend him either. I beg that we let the young boys play. Let them excite the crowd if this is a bridge year. Rid us of watching Joe get paid a grip to do nothing and make occasional buzzer beaters. We want to see some dunks in the Barclays Center. We want to see guys sprinting up and down the court, taking pride in the little things. We are all tired of watching and waiting for #7 to do nothing. It’s time to move on from this failed experiment completely and let the fans connect with young homegrown players instead of underachieving “stars”.

We have the Lakers tonight, and if we don’t come out with our first victory in our 6th try, I might conclude my next entry with a suicide note. Hopefully by next Friday there will be a complete turn around and we’ll start to look like the championship team I thought we would be once we got rid of Number 8...HA!  

 

As always,

Thank Griddy It’s Friday!

T.G.I.F. (Thank Griddy It's Friday) Vol. 2 by Brooklyn Nets Superfan @griddy

T.G.I.F. (Thank Griddy It's Friday) Vol. 2 by Brooklyn Nets Superfan @griddy

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32... by @Al_Patron