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T.G.I.F. (Thank Griddy It's Friday) Vol. 6 by Brooklyn Nets Superfan @griddy

T.G.I.F. (Thank Griddy It's Friday) Vol. 6 by Brooklyn Nets Superfan @griddy

Thank you Nets for making me look foolish last Friday. My cellular device wouldn’t stop going off all night because Knicks fans were letting me have it. The Nets were doomed from the start of the game and I knew it. The Nets looked to be intimidated from the bright lights of the Garden and that’s where I knew we were done. Who doesn’t love to bring their talents to the Garden? Win or lose, stars and “fake” stars always show up in MSG.  It always comes back to Brook Lopez to me. He is supposed to be the guy, he wasn’t. Mr. Polite once again failed to put this team on his back. Terrible passes and foolish shots is what he provided for us. Despite his decent averages, I’m convinced Brook Lopez could never be a #1 option. It’s painful watching him make simple passes. It’s even more painful watching him fight out of double teams. Not being able to pass and get out of double teams is a recipe for disaster and that’s usually the case with Brook. He’s at best a VERY good #2 option because he doesn’t make guys around him better AT ALL. He’s a ball stopping Center who refuses to bang in the paint and has fascination for these 10-15 foot floaters. They do drop more often than not but he doesn’t understand that those shots are making the defenses job easy. What’s more annoying to watch is his fake Nowitzki type spin around fade aways. Brook Lopez will put himself in a maze of spins just to get off this shot even against point guards. I find it strange that no one has yet to make him realize these circus shots only makes it easier for the defense when he refuses to operate in the paint. That Knicks/Nets game was a tragedy smh. 

But that wasn’t the worst part of the week. 

The highlight of the week was Deron Williams’ comments about his run with the Nets. After the Mavs beat on the Knicks, Deron Williams had the audacity to say that he “felt like everyone thought [he] was the problem”. Mr. Excuses is at it again refusing to own up to his bullshit. I don’t know what he doesn’t get but YOU WERE THE PROBLEM! You took 100 million big ones to play in a big city. You wanted franchise player money to be a role player? Worse than that, Brooklyn never felt that you cared to be here. Management did everything they could to please you; traded away our future to win now and keep you happy and all we got in return was excuses and inconsistency. We shocked the league making J Kidd our coach months after his retirement and when KG, Pierce, and Terry were traded to Brooklyn, the talk from all these vets were to make YOU an MVP candidate. Everyone believed in you, but yourself.  In our very first season in Brooklyn, you couldn’t even lead us past the first round against a Bulls team without their best player at the time, Derrick Rose. The crazy thing is there wasn’t much pressure anyway. All the Nets had to do was win a few games, advance a few playoffs series’ and he would’ve gotten his credit. The more popular, yet forever underachieving franchise across the bridge had no recent success to compete with and all we had to do was stay relevant by winning win. Avery Johnson, PJ Carlesimo, Jason Kidd, and Lionel Hollins were all head coaches for Nets while Deron Williams was the face of the franchise for 3 years or so… I wonder why. Every move made was to please this guy and he repaid us back with excuses and half assed efforts night in and night out. 

It’s still crazy to me that this guy was my favorite player in the NBA 2-3 seasons before he even got traded to the Nets. I even jokingly predicted a random trade of Deron Williams to the Nets and it happened. I’m certain someone could find that tweet in the archives. My phone was buzzing crazy like I was the one drafted to the team. You can only imagine how HYPE I was at the time. My favorite player to watch in the NBA was coming to my hometown squad. What a disappointment. Sad to say, after all the defending I did of him as a player, I truly wish he never even came here and I’m glad he’s gone. What a waste of time that was.  I’m just glad we finally moved on and I’d be lying if I say I wished him success on the court. I’m rooting against him until he retires… See you on the 23rd scrub.

Nets took losses to the Knicks and Warriors last week, and came out with wins against the Rockets (once again) and the Sixers. The East has gotten somewhat better and we’re not far away from the competition despite the record. Billy King needs to figure this out and get us a little spark of momentum to keep us into this team for the rest of the year. It’s bad enough my guy Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will be out 8-10 weeks. As if things couldn’t get any worse, our young breath of fresh air will be out at least 2 months…

 

KEEP BALLIN’ THAD YOUNG! This is YOUR team right now!!

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