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From the Perspective of a Nets Fan

 

It has been the worst of times for a New Jersey Nets fan, myself included, in the 2009-2010 NBA season. With a seemingly decent array of talent like Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, and Courtney Lee, people expected the Nets to be pretty bad this season. But this bad? I know that I would not have suggested that they would be flirting with an NBA record for worst record ever in a single season. But, as I write this piece, my beloved Nets are an NBA-worst 7-61 and losers of six straight games. That's right. On March 19, the Nets have only seven wins. In their fourteen remaining games, the Nets need to win just three of them to avoid holding the distinction of posting the worst record in the history of an NBA season. I never thought I'd be happy to see my team go 3-11, but if the Nets can pull this off for the remainder of the year, it will prove to be their biggest accomplishment this season. For any other team, three wins in fourteen games seems more than reasonable, but this is a tall task for the lowly New Jersey Nets.

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Allow me to give you a brief background story. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and I do indeed still live here. During the days of Patrick Ewing and John Starks, I developed a random disliking of the New York Knicks, and, over the years, this has grown to a severe hatred (I could not have been any older than five when I began to dislike the Knicks). As far as the Nets are concerned, I immediately gravitated toward them for a reason I wish I could identify. In video games like NBA Live 98, I would always choose to play with the Nets with players like Sam Cassell, Kerry Kittles, and Keith Van Horn. From then on, my interest grew and my gravitation became strong. Jason Kidd came to town and became my favorite player in the league, and he still is today. I watched my Nets participate in two NBA Finals series and enjoyed division title after division title with the “Big Three” of Kidd, Vince Carter, and Richard Jefferson. Sadly, those wonderful times have faded in the blink of an eye, and this season has been an utter disaster.

 

 


In addition to having a miserable record, the Nets are last in the league in the following categories: points per game (91.1), points scored/allowed difference (-10.3), field goal percentage (42.7%), and assists per game (18.3). Not to mention, they are second-to-last in the league in categories like opponent field goal percentage, three-point percentage, opponent assists per game, and assists made/allowed difference. It has been a truly monotonous season for this team, and it has left a big empty space in my love for the game this season. However, there is one upside that comes from all of this pain and struggle. I speak, of course, of the 2010 free agent class. The Nets have cleared an abundant amount of cap space, and one can only hope that the supporting cast, rather than the location, will be more attractive to the big names like LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Joe Johnson, Stoudamire, etc. But even if the location mattered a great deal, they still have Brooklyn to which to look forward. So, here's to hoping that the Nets can salvage at least three more wins this season, and here's to hoping that the New Jersey Nets spend their money substantially this summer and become a relevant team once again in the NBA.

 

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P.S. With Jason Kidd's departure from the Nets, I was left with no choice but to also root for the Mavs, and that has worked out pretty well this year.

 

By: Steven Barile
ProBasketball-fans.com Staff Writer


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