T.G.I.F. (Thank Griddy It's Friday) Vol. 8 by BK Nets Superfan @griddy
Better too late than never? The Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and Billy King finally stepped down from the GM position. Billy King is FINALLY out. Whether he or upper management is to blame for this season’s debacle this move had to be made. After making the playoffs for the first 3 seasons in Brooklyn, the Nets were heading downhill faster than I could ever imagine. Every move that was made prior to this season came back to bitch slap us all in the face and someone had to answer for it.
In the worst season since the move to Brooklyn, the Nets are currently a lottery team without a lottery pick. As we all know, the Nets traded away this year’s first rounder and other players to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry. At the time the trade seemed worth the risk. Proven vets to go alongside Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez? I’ll take it. Brook Lopez went down, the Nets managed to beat the Raptors in the first round and loss to the Miami Heat in the second. Following that season, Pierce didn’t return and both Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were traded. 2 years later since that blockbuster deal and nothing of what we traded our precious first round pick for is here. What was the point? That’s why Billy King had to be gone. Seems like we should have given Jason Kidd what the hell he wanted, eh? Foolish Nets smh.
Coming into the season, we were bamboozled by the idea that addition by subtraction method would make for better product on the court. It was said that removal of Deron Williams would bring the locker room closer which would make for better results on the hardwood. It was also said that Joe Johnson was due for a great season without having to deal with the other half of the most disappointing back court of the last 10 years. What was promoted as the best back court in the NBA, by the Nets, turned out to be an embarrassment. Deron Williams now in Dallas and Joe Johnson doesn’t even look as if he belongs in the NBA anymore. He’s getting paid 25 million for this season too. Why did I believe any of it? Silly me. I’m officially off my high from Brooklyn having a sports team and will be more reasonable with myself as a fan. That of course is until this season is over.
It's understood that he was given a crappy roster with high expectations but Lionel Hollins managed the games very oddly and poorly at times this season. There were many winnable games that were blown because of his coaching decisions. He was dealing with one of the worst backcourts in the NBA. Also, no team has any plans for success with Andrea Bargnani on the roster. I also had an issue with how long it took Lionel to play the rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. We saw immediate success once he was inserted into the starting line-up. Didn’t understand how Joe Johnson was logging 30 minutes per game and barely averaging 10 points. There were trade rumors of Joe possibly being sent to Detroit for Brandon Jennings and others last season. There were also rumors about a deal sending him to Memphis for Jeff Green, Tony Allen and others. Why weren’t these moves made? Things are starting to feel a little Knick-ish around here and I ain’t feeling it. It’ll be the first non-playoff appearance in the Brooklyn era of the Nets and we will be without the pick to reward us for such a shitty season. This seems like a page out of the New York Knicks book. The homie Mikhail Prokhorov better get this in order!
Though we‘re in panic mode, we do have a few pieces that might make things a little easier to fix around here with the proper General Manager. As mentioned before, we have Rondae Hollis-Jefferson who’s been out for the last month or so. I’m also interested in seeing how Chris McCullough pans out. A Bronx native drafted at pick 29 who played ball at Syracuse for a year. We do have a decent front court in Thad Young and Brook Lopez. Prokhorov is already promising a quick turnaround. Don’t know if this is good or bad thing considering the moves that were made in order to bring Brooklyn a “championship caliber” team 3 years ago. But we will see.
I’m often yelling at the TV watching Brook “Bozo” Lopez do foolish non-sense but if we can get a respectable backcourt, I might be less frustrated with him. The ball won’t be in his hands nearly as much as it is which makes for less double teams and foolish pass attempts. I still think it may be best that we trade him though. I grew up watching Chris Webber and Vlade Divac so I’d like for my 4 and 5 to be able to pass the ball and get the offense moving. There is no reason why Brook, almost a 10 year vet is still having a hard time making fundamental passes.
There are rumors flying around that we are interested in Tom Thibodeau for the head coaching gig and Bryan Colangelo for the GM. If true, both hires will definitely be an upgrade for the franchise. Thibodeau received Coach of the Year honors for the 2010-2011 NBA season and Bryan Colangelo won Executive of the Year honors twice with two different teams, Phoenix Suns (2005) and the Toronto Raptors (2007). Rumors are just rumors, so we’ll be watching closely to see if this team has learned anything from their prior mistakes.
Oh yeah, The Nets beat the Knicks at the Barclays last night… HA! The Knicks still suck.
Thank Griddy It’s Friday!