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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

First and foremost, I just want to thank everyone who took time to check out my first entry. Thanks for all the positive feedback and support last week. I definitely didn’t expect that one bit and I greatly appreciate all of it… 

Here I am. My suicide note was everything but signed and acted upon. Why was I surprised that the Nets allowed Grandfather Kobe and the lowly Lakers to walk into Brooklyn and excite the fans at Barclays Center in a sloppy Development league-like matchup? I sat watching a game between the two worst teams (at the time) asking myself what have I done to deserve the torture. All I could do was laugh at home knowing they were right around the corner getting WAXED. Why did I keep myself alive to see the Nets take another loss to Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks the very next day?  I’ll tell you exactly why! I knew we would be heading down to Houston and grabbing our first victory of the season later on in the week. (LMAO) Okay, I lied…

For the most part, I’m tuning into every game just hoping that Brook Lopez finally understands that this team belongs to him and no one else. Whether it leads to victories or not, I’m watching and hoping that he finally takes the step from very good to great. He isn’t far from that level and all it really takes is the recognition of a few things. He needs to get a little feisty on the court. He needs to understand that there isn’t ANYONE in the NBA that can guard him. He has one of the best shots in league (every floor position included). And I think that that is the only thing he is certain about; having such a great shot. But that skill is also his flaw. Lopez is big body with great hook shot and a great fade away. He has a beautiful touch from anywhere on the court. It just doesn’t make any sense to me that no one hasn’t gotten through to him that 80% of his time on the court should be spent DEMANDING the ball in the paint. Everything should go through him until we find a tolerable back court. He is averaging a polite 20 PPG, 8 RPG, and a little over 2 blocks. I say polite because we all know he can do more. I feel as though Lopez hasn’t completely realized how dominant he can be with the skills he possesses. He could easily turn those averages into 25 PPG and 12 RPG if he stays in or around the paint for most of the game.  With more aggression and confidence, he’d take that next step.  I can almost guarantee that he can arguably be the best all-around Center in the NBA once he gets it.

WHAT LOPEZ ALSO NEEDS is another player to bring that side out of him. He needs to play alongside a player who knows what he can be and demands that of him every night. Brook Lopez has not been fortunate enough to have shared the court with a player just as good as he is. We thought it was Deron Williams… and well… yeah. Joe Johnson is closing in on a fairly decent NBA career and he can’t and won’t be that at this point. Lopez needs a partner in crime. Someone to show him the dark side of his game. I’m certain he knows he’s good but we need someone to highlight his greatness. Russell Westbrook where are you? There’s a True Religion store directly across the street from the Barclay’s Center with your name all over it. WUSSUP SON?! 

On a more realistic note, since the first week of Nets basketball, Joe has definitely improved his play. I’m very thankful for that. Thankful mainly because we need him to show that there is some hooping left in the tank in order for us to make some minor moves to improve this roster going forward. In a perfect world, he would be our 6th man on a playoff roster here. But we don’t have that. We don’t even have the pieces to get that and keep him aboard. Unless Mr. “Trade every asset we own” aka Billy King whips up the unthinkable… Won’t bank on it. So let’s find Joe a new home on a contending team and let’s get some new energy in here. 

Hey Billy! Before you go, can you get us a Point Guard that understands and appreciates what Lopez is and can be? Can we get a fairly decent scoring shooting guard that can give us a solid 20 a game? Can we surround Lopez with gritty players? Thaddeus Young and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is a start… We need some athleticism in our backcourt. We need a group of wolves around Brook Lopez to help bring the beast out of him. We need to bring the beast out of the Brooklyn fan base as well. We are all waiting to get behind a real BROOKLYN team. We want a Brooklyn Nets team that will bring toughness every night. You guys have done a great job marketing the Brooklyn brand but have yet to give Brooklyn something we can genuinely support and feel good about. We appreciate the attempts in prior seasons, but the honeymoon is over. We aren’t excited just about finally having a sports franchise back in the borough anymore. We want to be excited about what’s on the court. Mr. Prokhorov, what’s up? Can we get that? Can we get some heart to go with those herringbone-tiled floors at the Barclay’s?

As of now we are 1-7 and heading into Sacramento for our second win before we take our talents over to the Bay Area to get murdered, brought back to life and kicked in the stomach some more by the Warriors. Here’s to ending this week off with at least a 2-8 record. 

*Takes shot of Hennessey*

THANK GRIDDY IT’S FRIDAY!

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