T.G.I.F. (Thank Griddy It's Friday) Vol. 4 by Brooklyn Nets Superfan @griddy
Skies couldn’t have been any darker after the 25 point loss we took in Boston last Friday. I was pretty much done with these Nets. As we know and will continue to be reminded of, the Celtics own our 1st round pick this season. And for that reason, I expected fight from this team heading into Beantown. Some pride. There was NONE. We started getting pimp smacked from the moment the game started and as if it the season hadn’t already gotten off to a shitty start, Friday’s game was the worst yet. This is where I’m most critical on Lopez who is said to be working on being the leader. He was checked out of a game where he was supposed to guide and keep us competitive in. There was no excuse for the effort that game and it was a slap in the face to fans considering the circumstances leading into that matchup.
Back in Brooklyn 2 days later for a rematch that I was skeptical about tuning into, I was ready to pass out all types of “EFF YOU’s” to everyone in the organization. From the players to the front office all the way down to towel boys. In typical 2015/2016 Nets fashion, they actually come back out and looked like something on the court. The pride they should have showed in Friday’s game is what they displayed at home on Sunday. I asked for the split in the home and home, and I got it. They pretty much man-handled the Celtics in convincing fashion. THANK YOU NETS. 3-4 in the last 7 games isn’t that bad.
Also, what isn’t bad is the Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Because of the deserving buzz from Porzingis over in the Garden (Fuck the Knicks by the way), the Rondae acquisition is not catching many of the basketball world’s attention right now but this guy is the real deal. He fills up the stat sheet with his time on the floor. Doesn’t need to put points on the board to make his presence felt and that’s huge for a rookie. His defensive presence is something enjoyable to watch along with his hustle. Standing at 6’7 he can guard 1-3 right now and is doing so, and doing it well… If the Nets fans feel like they have no hope, I think it’s they should find some in this kid. In 2-3 years he’s going to be a big problem for the league and could very well be one of if not the face of the franchise. This Brook Lopez- Thad Young – RHJ frontcourt combo is something we should all keep an eye on for the next few years, barring any trades. I just hope we get a backcourt to compliment the trio.
What IS bad is JOE JOHNSON. What is sad is the production we are getting from him. Not his fault that he’s getting paid 24 million beans at age 34 years old to average 10 points a game shooting 33% from the field and 26% from three. It’s not his fault that he’s starting either. This has to be addressed. These Nets are losing winnable games against top team because of this situation. Wednesday, The Nets were in Oklahoma City competing and go back and forth with the Thunder for 3 qtrs. In that very game, our 24 mil a year player went into halftime with a solid 2 points. He finished with a total of 5. He costed us the game alone offensively without being of ANY assistance in the points department, and pretty much gave away the game in the 4th with 4 turnovers and 6 for the game. He’s barely averaging double figures for the season and it’s bad to watch. He’s Kobe bad right now, if not worse. This needs to be addressed because he is ruining the enjoyment I’ve found in watching these guys play. There’s got to be a shooting guard available right now that could help us grab some wins while the season is still early.
If you care Billy King, DO SOMETHING! Doesn’t have to be a major move. It could be a small trade. Something like Joe for 2 Patti Labelle sweet potato pies or something.
We have a back to back this weekend. Saturday in Cleveland (SMFH) and the Pistons come to town on Sunday. Suns are visiting on Tuesday then we have the Knicks on Friday in the Garden. In that 4 game stretch, I’m predicting 2 wins. I’m predicting a loss to Cleveland in a close game and a victory against Detroit. The Suns game will not be close and my TV will be turned to something else by halftime, and we will go into the garden and put on a show. QUOTE ME ON THAT.