An Adult is Now in Charge

This time around, the red carpet wasn’t rolled out. The press conference didn’t need to take place on the main stage within the Barclays Center. The press room would suffice. After all, this event was about substance, not style.

In hiring Lionel Hollins, the Brooklyn Nets went in a different direction from where they were a year ago. The organization took a risk with Jason Kidd and was ultimately burned by the player the fan base had grown to love. It appears now we have someone who wants to be here and this isn’t just a stepping stone for the next quick promotion.

In listening to Hollins speak during his introductory press conference as well as the sports-talk radio circuit, one thing is certain – he exudes professionalism. He showed his appreciation to front office and clearly respects the roles of his bosses. He admitted to being humbled by being out of the NBA last year and you can tell that he is genuinely grateful for the opportunity to coach this Nets team.

It took a few years, but the Nets finally appear to have their leader.

It took a few years, but the Nets finally appear to have their leader.

You get the impression that the Nets won’t have worry about being embarrassed by the actions of their new leader. I am not referring to the misdemeanor charges unrelated to basketball, but the shenanigans Kidd displayed last year – the abrupt reassignment of Lawrence Frank, “Soda-Gate”, and then the attempted power play against Billy King which ultimately cost him his job.

With Hollins the Nets now have a coach who has paid his dues throughout his coaching career including: assistant roles, interim tags, and brief stints with the USBL and IBL. He admitted to being low maintenance and was embarrassed by the billboards and attention drawn to his hiring. He is a man who knows who he is and declared that it isn’t about him, but the players.

I believe I’m a leader.”

A year ago, the Nets saw the need for a heart transplant when the Chicago Bulls eliminated them in a decisive Game 7 on their own home court. The trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce was in theory supposed to fill this void and make the Nets a tougher team. It helped to some degree, but there is definitely room for more growth.

With any organization, sports or not, the tone is always set from the top. Your identity comes from your leader. It’s no wonder why the Bulls or Spurs seem to play the same no matter who’s on the roster. In Hollins, the Nets have a coach whose goal is cultivate a tough mentality and develop leadership qualities within the players. After all, his Memphis team’s mantra was “Grit and Grind”. Should Pierce and Garnett return to Brooklyn, Hollins would have two representatives on the court and in the locker room who will help him carry out his mission.

Throughout the last few weeks, Hollins has been unfairly labeled as someone who’s unable to adjust his style of coaching and that his system is antiquated by today’s standards. Since his hiring, he has made it clear that it was the Grizzlies personnel which dictated that slower pace of play. It was what made them successful, and I am sure very few people in Memphis were unsatisfied with the results. He also cited that in Vancouver they played more up-tempo with Mike Bibby and Shareef Abdur-Rahim on a roster which also included Bryant Reeves.

Hollins admitted that having a year off allowed him to view the game differently and in assessing the team, he wants to play at a quicker pace in comparison to how the Nets played last season. He even referenced that his former mentor, Cotton Fitzsimmons, always said that “you can never have too many shooters”.

For Nets fans fearful that his hiring means the end of Mirza Teletovic, think again. This roster has the ability to stretch the floor with their outside shooting and if Hollins is true to his word, it’s unlikely that he will try to shove a square peg into a round hole.

Nets fans can only hope Hollins can elevate Brook Lopez's game as he did with Marc Gasol's.

Nets fans can only hope Hollins can elevate Brook Lopez’s game much like what he did with Marc Gasol’s.

An old-school coach doesn’t necessarily mean to a return to the Avery Johnson era. Johnson’s micromanaging ways earned him the nickname “The Little General” or “The Little Dictator” to the players who weren’t as fond. It didn’t bode well that the “dictatorship” comment came from the likes of Dirk Nowitzki.

Hollins may be tough and demanding but there seems to be a difference between him and Johnson. Where Johnson was a type-A personality, Hollins doesn’t seem rigid to that extent. His former players admitted the difficulty of his training camps, but they understood the purpose and saw the benefit. To me, Hollins is that tough teacher you had who expected a lot and held you to a high standard, but you respected him for it. For some players on the Nets roster, that type of leader can hopefully bring out their best and further develop their talents.

Lionel Hollins may lack the pizzazz of Jason Kidd, but it appears the Nets are in a better place today than they were yesterday. Their new head coach wants to do just that – coach. He doesn’t appear to be the type that will let jealously control his actions, something we saw in Kidd when first-time head coaches (Steve Kerr, Derek Fisher) received more lucrative contracts and Stan Van Gundy was fully empowered in Detroit.

The Nets are now led by someone who had to take the long road to accomplish what he has. He has earned the opportunities presented to him rather than simply getting what he wanted on demand.

The Nets may have lost Kidd, but they’ve replaced him with an adult in Hollins.

A Riches to Rags to Riches Story?

What is it about this 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets team that makes them so likable?

In all of my years following them, there is only one other team that captured my heart the way this team has – the 2001-02 squad. Surely you remember that team. It was the year that Jason Kidd first arrived in East Rutherford and led the transformation from perennial losers to league contenders. They were the ultimate “rags to riches” story, as the team doubled their win total from 26 the year prior.

Not exactly a team of superstars.

Not exactly a team of superstars.

Everything about that season was magical, as the Nets got off to a 7-1 start and never looked back. Whether it was the overtime victory in Utah, the 34 home win against Sacramento, or beating the Spurs in San Antonio, the regular season was highlighted by signature wins that Nets fans weren’t accustomed to seeing. For the first time in a long time, the Nets proved that they could compete with the likes of Karl Malone, Chris Webber, and Tim Duncan led teams.

Although Kidd was a superstar player, the rest of the roster was comprised of players that never really tasted success at the NBA level. What made this team so special was that Kidd was able to maximize everyone’s potential and put them in a position to be successful. For this reason, any given night could feature a different star of the game. Over time it wasn’t much of a surprise to see unlikely heroes in Aaron Williams, Todd MacCulloch, or Lucious Harris leading the way to victory.

The Nets of that 2001-02 season played a brand of basketball that was fun and exciting. They got out and ran the fast break better than anyone. The unselfish play of Kidd grew contagious, as players went out of their way to make the extra pass. They epitomized what “team basketball” was all about.

As the Nets entered the postseason with a 52-30 record and the top seed in the Eastern Conference, some critics doubted their ability to advance deep into the playoffs. I recall some pundits predicting that the 8th seeded Pacers would eliminate them. Those prognostications seemed to be on their way to becoming true, when Indiana stole the home court advantage in Game 1.

How many teams would have overcome this kick to the nuts?

How many teams would have overcome this kick to the nuts?

A resilient bunch evened the series on the road to force a decisive Game 5 (yes, the opening round was a best of five series back then) in the Meadowlands. A heart pounding game from start to finish saw regulation end on a Reggie Miller miracle three pointer to force overtime. The Nets survived that blow and ultimately prevailed in double overtime, 120-109.

After once again losing the home court edge in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, the Nets found themselves with a 21 point cushion entering the fourth quarter and an opportunity to take a 2-1 lead in the series. In one of the greatest meltdowns in playoff history, Boston outscored New Jersey by 25 and stole the victory. Left for dead by all in the sports world, the Nets showed their true character by winning the next three games, two of which were on the road, to advance to the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately the clock struck midnight on the Nets when they met the two-time defending champion Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Nets had no answer for either Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O’Neal, as Los Angeles swept them in convincing fashion. Although it was a disappointing end to the season, the year as a whole was something Nets fan wouldn’t trade for anything.

 

Back to the 2013-14 Nets – not exactly the “rags to riches” story, but maybe they are.

No, I haven’t been drinking! Think about how this season started. When all of the prized acquisitions were made by Billy King, everyone (including myself) was envisioning total domination once the chemistry formed. Forget 50, this super team was destined for 60 wins. How could it not? So what if Miami had a “Big Three”, no one had ever seen what a “Big Five” was capable of doing.

What they were capable of doing throughout the first 31 games of the regular season was embarrass themselves in epic fashion. A noncompetitive spirit, resulting in routine lopsided losses, reached its lowest moment when Brook Lopez broke his foot during a humiliating loss to the lowly Sixers. With the season spiraling out of control, disgruntled fans called for the dismantling of the team’s roster and the firing of Kidd.

brook lopez foot

What appeared to be the knockout blow.

When you spend over 180 million dollars on payroll and taxes, no one is eager to offer sympathy when you’re in turmoil. In fact many cherished watching the most expensive team in NBA history sink towards the bottom of the Atlantic Division. For a team that was too talented to fail, they resembled something along the lines of the Titanic.

A funny thing happened as the Nets resurrected their season – they became a group that’s perhaps as likable as that Kidd-led team. Think about it for a second. Who has been the group of players that have helped fuel the turnaround? It certainly wasn’t our sole representative from last season’s All-Star Game, and it definitely hasn’t been our franchise point guard. Our intense Hall of Fame center has played a part of it, but for most of the season, he has either been hurt or working a part-time schedule.

The group that I am talking about are the six players who earn just over ten million dollars. Ask yourself this – would the Nets have salvaged their season without the development and contributions of Shaun Livingston, Andrei Kirilenko, Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic, Andray Blatche, and Alan Anderson? Clearly Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce have been the focal points on offense, but these players have done a tremendous job filling various roles that make a team successful.

Fans haven't seen this type of energy above the rim since that Bad Ass Yellow Boy.

Fans haven’t seen this type of energy above the rim since that Bad Ass Yellow Boy.

Although cynics will sneer at the inflated payroll that Mikhail Prokhorov has to pay, this group has given us an underdog feel – just like that 2001-02 Nets team. Both Livingston and Kirilenko are the types who seem to greatly impact a game without putting up gaudy statistics. Sound familiar? If it does, then you clearly remember how Kidd, the player, could dominate a game with a stat line of 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Plumlee is that exciting, high-flyer that we haven’t seen don a Nets’ uniform since Kenyon Martin. Written off as a bust, Teletovic has carved out a role with his ability to stretch the floor from the power forward position, just like that kid from the University of Utah who wore the geeky, high socks. Although he is often times underappreciated, Anderson does provide solid defense and bench scoring, like Harris.

Looking at the balance sheet doesn’t tell the entire story of these Nets.  You cannot deny how much this modern day team has overcome. They were left for dead by everyone after that dreadful 31 game start, and here they stand now with a chance to make some noise in these playoffs.

Considering how they looked before it all began, to where they were going, to where they are headed now, they just may be a “riches to rags to riches” story.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Time to Fix the Mistake

At the time he had to do it. The opportunity to team up with fellow All-Stars, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade was too good to pass up. The ceiling had been reached in Cleveland and the chances of winning a championship there appeared to be dwindling. Although the manner in which LeBron James announced his decision was distasteful, the rationale behind it was justified.

So here we are four years later and the Miami Heat appear to be the favorite to win their third consecutive NBA title. Cleveland, on the other hand, resembles a city still recovering from a catastrophic disaster.

At one point, hope was restored when the Cavaliers won the lottery and it was certain that Kyrie Irving would be the new face of the franchise. Unfortunately, that hope appears to be quickly decaying following another disappointing season and rumors of Irving’s uncertainty about his future in Cleveland.

At the time, this helped ease the pain.

At the time, this helped ease the pain.

Cleveland’s response to appease their franchise star was to fire their general manager, Chris Grant, and make one last ditch effort to make the Eastern Conference Playoffs when they traded for Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes. Even with the infusion of talent, the Cavs appear destined to return to the NBA Lottery- a place where owner Dan Gilbert vowed that they wouldn’t be returning to when they hit the jackpot last season.

Assuming Irving ultimately leaves Cleveland, where does that leave the organization? Twice they would have had an elite player dump them for a prettier girl. Not being able to recruit free agents is one thing, but not being able to retain your own franchise stars is devastating. The ramifications of losing players of this magnitude are not just a hit to the roster but also the psyche of the team and fan base. You have to wonder how Cleveland basketball will be able to recover from this.

So what am I suggesting here? I know that I am in the minority here, but I believe the decision now is for LeBron to return to his home state. Could he stay in Miami and continue to accumulate championship rings as Pat Riley replenishes and stockpiles elite talent? Obviously he could, but isn’t this the easy path for him to continue down? Wouldn’t it help his legacy more if he took on a new challenge in his career?

We all know that LeBron’s supporting cast in Cleveland during those final days could never compare with his crew in Miami, but to me, he wasn’t nearly the player as he is now. (Could LeBron Have Kept his Talents in Cleveland?) As a member of the Cavs, LeBron didn’t have the unstoppable post game that he now possesses and his outside jump shot wasn’t as consistent. People forget that he was only 25 years old during his final season in Cleveland and that his overall game had just scratched the surface. Yes, the supporting cast was lacking but maybe the real reason why he didn’t win it all was that he hadn’t peaked yet.

A developed post game was just one of the finishing touches in making LeBron unstoppable.

A developed post game was just one of the finishing touches that has made LeBron unstoppable.

Yes, Cleveland has had a disappointing season considering this was supposed to be the year that they took the next step with their young core. After accumulating multiple top 5 draft picks over the past few years, the 2013-2014 season was crucial to show progress and offer an intriguing option for James to consider if he chose to opt out of Miami. Unfortunately, the team that was supposed to get their act together is a few weeks away from returning to the lottery. For pundits like Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs blew any chance of a King James return. ( How Cleveland lost its way, and lost a chance at LeBron’s return )

Although this may not appear to be the case, the Cavs in disarray presents the best opportunity for LeBron and his quest to become the greatest of all time. Multiple championships are certainly impressive, but just how remarkable is it when you are joining forces with two other players that are amongst the NBA’s elite to win those titles? Doesn’t that somewhat stack the deck in your favor? Wouldn’t it be more of an accomplishment to return home and elevate the city of Cleveland to their first professional championship since 1964?

Not only would his return heel the wound caused from his departure, but a championship might just be enough empirical proof to supplant Michael Jordan as the game’s greatest player. How many other times in league history did a player bring a title to two different cities, one of which was a perennial cellar dweller without him?

LeBron was the reason for the Cavaliers’ rise and ultimate fall when he left them. His return would not only be poetic but legendary. The city whose heart he broke with “The Decision” could finally experience joy. Is it really out of the realm of possibility that a core consisting of James, Irving, and Tristan Thompson, as well as whoever is selected in this year’s draft can challenge for a title?

The talent pairing of James & Irving could certainly elevate Cleveland back into contention.

The talent pairing of James & Irving could certainly rise Cleveland back into contention.

Sometimes in life you need to get away from where you grew up in order to grow as a person. LeBron taking his talents to South Beach was perhaps his version of going to college and escaping the life he always experienced in Ohio. It was in Miami that he added to his repertoire and became a more complete player. It was there that he learned how to become a winner and savor the big moments of a game rather than hide from them.

You don’t become the best at what you do without taking on some risk. Well, it’s been four years and graduation is now upon him. It’s time for LeBron to fix “The Mistake on the Lake”.

Sick of the MisBlatches?

I’ve got a bone to pick with Jason Kidd and the Nets coaching staff.

Clearly Kevin Garnett has proved his worth to this Brooklyn Nets team. The interior defense is in fact offensive at this point. Not only are the Nets getting killed on the glass, but they are doing a poor job of defending the paint. Surely the Nets are playing shorthanded, but what irks me is the loyalty to Andray Blatche.

Apparently Andray creates too many "misBlatches" on defense.

A savant on offense, but unfortunately an idiot on defense.

As we all know, Blatche is an extremely talented player of his size. Not too many NBA centers have the ability to put the ball on the floor and score with such pizzazz, or as Ian Eagle would say, “razzle-dazzle”. When Blatche is on his game, he’s a menace for the opposing team to defend.

Unfortunately, the highlight reel plays distract us fans from his game’s warts. His inconsistencies on the offensive end and ineffectiveness on defense are doing more harm than good for the Nets right now. As creative as he is on offense with his improvisations, he repeatedly fails to demonstrate any awareness at the other end of the court. To compound the problem is that he’s not a strong rebounder either.

During the recent three game road trip, the Nets interior was pummeled by the likes of Samuel Dalembert, Anthony Davis, and Al Jefferson. Even the Pelicans’ Alexis Ajinca made his presence felt in a big way during his minutes on the court. The Nets’ “bigs” were outrebounded and scored upon at an efficient rate, mostly with Blatche on the court.

Player

FGA

FGM

O-REB

TOTAL REB

PTS

Dalembert

4

5

5

15

12

Davis

9

17

3

14

24

Ajinca

3

6

4

9

6

Jefferson

15

27

3

15

35

There’s no doubt that having Garnett would have made a difference in these games, but perhaps the Nets coaching staff could have turned have turned to a player whose skill set matches what they needed when the opposing centers were having their way. After all, isn’t that why Jason Collins was brought in here?

No, Collins doesn’t impact the game the way Dalembert did on that night in Dallas, but in the small sample that we have seen of him, he is still able to do the little things that helps the team at both ends. Odds are he wouldn’t have shut down Jefferson, but it is likely that he could have positioned himself well enough to disrupt his rhythm and slow him down for some of those Bobcats’ possessions.

Statistically he isn’t a good rebounder, but Collins is still effective at boxing out his opponent and tapping the loose ball to others. How many times during the past few games did you find yourself cursing at television while the Mavericks, Pelicans, and Bobcats consistently got their own rebound and kept their possessions alive?

The paint has become a comfortable place for opponents.

The paint has become a comfortable place for opponents.

We know that Collins brings nothing to the table in terms of scoring, but remember that he does have a role in an offensive set. Too many times with Blatche on the court the offense goes stagnant and bad decisions are made. The Nets revert back to isolation plays and force low percentage shots. As we have already seen with Collins, a solid screen can open up a lane for a driving Deron Williams or Shaun Livingston.

It’s not even a question that Blatche has more talent than Collins; however, the coaching staff has to do a better job of identifying when it’s not Andray’s night and yank him from the court before it is too late. Yes, he creates mismatches that help the Nets, but the unfortunate reality is that he creates “misBlatches” that hurt them as well.

Make no mistake, I’m not suggesting that Collins should replace Blatche on the depth chart, because he shouldn’t.  However, I do think that Collins can be productive and help the Nets in a 5-7 minute allotment.  It’s worth a try when our defense is stumbling and bumbling, don’t you think?

Billy King and company have repeatedly claimed that their decision to sign Collins was always a basketball decision to add to the team’s front court depth. They shot down the notion that this was all a publicity stunt and that he was brought in to do the things that the Nets struggle at doing.

Well, it’s time for the Nets to live up to their word.

This Kidd is Growing Up Fast

Question: The first month at your new job, in a role you never had before, how did you do?  I thought so.

It still seems that the jury, mostly fickle fans, is still out for Jason Kidd.  If you haven’t noticed,  Kidd has evolved into a pretty good coach during his rookie season.  To think that he would have hit the ground running without failure was foolish for many Net fans, myself included.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was very concerned how this season would play out when the team was sitting at 10-21.  Embarrassments were piling up quickly: from serving a two game suspension for a DUI incident, to Soda-Gate, to daily reports, to routine 25-point first half deficits, to nationally televised “no-shows” on TNT and ESPN.  Things appeared to be on the brink of a complete implosion despite players preaching patience as the “process” was playing out.  With Billy King sitting closer to the bench, it only seemed like a matter of time until the plug would be pulled from this experiment and Kidd would be put out of his misery.

To say that things didn't get off to a good start would be an understatement.

To say that things didn’t get off to a good start would be an understatement.

Watching the Brooklyn Nets through the first 31 games was not only frustrating, but sad.  Here we had the most beloved player in franchise history being turned into public enemy number one for the fan base.  Constant complaining of too much sitting down was usually accompanied by the #FireKidd hashtag on Twitter.  For some fans, their fond memories of him transforming a pathetic team 12 years ago felt as if they were being washed away by this new Kidd Era.  This is the downside of the “microwave society” we live in today where patience is teetering on the brink of extinction and instant gratification is not just expected, but demanded.

Well after a tumultuous start, it looks as if Kidd has figured out a thing or two about coaching basketball.  Everyone learns differently, so perhaps sitting down was the most comfortable place for him to soak up the game from a new perspective.  After sixty games, has Kidd showed much improvement?  Of course!  Is he a finished product? Obviously not, but let’s revisit that question a year or so from now.

Considering where the Nets are now, from where they were, is a testament to his ability to lead.  When his players weren’t competing, he took a bold stance by benching former All-Stars and future Hall of Famers for the likes of D-Leaguers and a rookie– a page right out of Coach Norman Dale’s playbook.

Many mocked the beard look at first, but it was a brilliant way of rebranding his image.  Do you still look at him and think of him as a player?  Me neither.  As for the no-tie fashion statement, remember that this is a superstitious person we are talking about.  Don’t you remember the blown kisses before each free-throw attempt?

Did the Lawrence Frank incident go down ugly?  Absolutely!  But perhaps Kidd realized that his credibility as a coach would be compromised as long as a former authority figure loomed in the background, talking over him at practices and publicly second guessing his decisions.

When the Nets first hired Kidd, prior to the big deal with Boston, I believed that it was the right move.  (Making the Case for Jason Kidd)  He was a unique star player as his game was predicated on making others better.  Just like Mikki Moore and Lucious Harris before them, Mirza Teletovic and Shaun Livingston have grown as players by Kidd putting them in a position to be successful.

Many times this calendar year, the Nets have resembled those Kidd-led teams from a decade ago with unselfish play, crisp ball movement, ferocious defense, and resiliency.  Think about the wins against Oklahoma City (down 16 in the second half), Miami (without Deron Williams), and more recently against Chicago and Memphis, where Kidd clearly outcoached Tom Thibodeau.  Even the MLK Day slaughtering at Madison Square Garden was something I hadn’t seen since bowling ball passes led fast breaks.

The overall feel around this club is totally different from where it was earlier this season and a year ago.  Do setbacks still occur like what we saw in the Oklahoma City rematch and recently against Portland and Boston?  Yes they do, but maybe old habits just die hard.  At least we don’t have to dread the third quarter anymore.

It took a little time, but Kidd is once again their confident leader.

It took some time, but Kidd is once again the confident leader of the Nets.

A leader as a player has morphed into a leader as a coach.  It was he who challenged the media when asked if Jason Collins would be a distraction when he said, “it’s up to you guys if this will be a distraction”.  Since then the media has seemed to have moved on.

It’s time to respect our coach and acknowledge the great job that he has done for the past three months.  He was the one who reconfigured the lineup and found a winning combination after Brook Lopez went down.

So when a disappointing loss is followed up with a “these things happen”, take his word.  In case you have forgotten, they happened when he was a player but now he is the one managing the egos of 12 individuals.  Do you expect him to trash his squad?  Give him credit and trust that he is making the right move in the grand scheme of things.  To micromanage every little decision is foolish and unfair, especially for a rookie.

Are the Nets better off today than on December 31, 2013?  You can thank your team’s leader, who found a way to keep the team together.

It’s quite amazing how quickly this Kidd is growing up.

Found Identity?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “We’re not sure what our identity is”.

Perhaps the Brooklyn Nets cannot figure out their identity because they are the basketball version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  On any given night, spectators can be treated to a display of beautiful basketball, whereas other evenings are filled with frustration and anger.  The only thing consistent about the Nets is their inconsistency.

There has been great debate as to who is the face of this franchise for the past season and a half.  Is it the homegrown seven-foot man-child or is it the max-contract “superstar” point guard?  Maybe it’s the super cool, crafty veteran who has ice water running through his veins when the stakes are high.

Whose team is this?

Whose team is this?

Well folks, I think we have it all wrong.  After carefully considering the candidates, the one player who embodies every quality (positive and negative) of the Brooklyn Nets is Andray Blatche.   Yes, you read that correctly!  Think about it for a second.   Dray has all of the traits the Nets have: oozing with natural talent but unable to put it all together consistently.  Offensive brilliance is usually undone by mental lapses and poor execution on the defensive end.  Highlight reel plays are matched with embarrassing bloopers.

When things are going well, the Euro-stepping, behind-the-back dribbling, Point-Blatche act is must see TV.  It’s as if he is compiling his demo reel for his post NBA career with The Harlem Globetrotters.

Well it’s all fun and games until the ill-advised 20-foot jump shots, poor gambles on defense, and carelessness with the ball rear its ugly head.  This reckless abandonment is when Blatche resembles a supersized JR Smith.  When he plays within his limits with the occasional freestyle approach, he is most productive.  It’s when the equation becomes unbalanced that his effectiveness is dramatically reduced.

Trust me, the fans are just as frustrated at home.

Trust me, the fans are just as frustrated at home.

The Nets, as a team, are similar in nature.  When they play disciplined,  good things happen: solid ball movement leads to better offensive efficiency.  It’s when they abandon the team concept that those three ugly letters emerge on the scene: ISO.  This is when the offense goes stagnant leading to bad effort and execution on the defensive end of the court. These are the games in which they get blown out against quality teams or struggle against the league’s lesser opponents.

Should “The Andray Show” or Net games come with a disclaimer so that viewers are warned to expect a whirlwind of emotions?  At least fans will know what they are getting themselves into before the feelings of joy and despair take over.

If Andray was of the canine species, he would think he was a lapdog.

If Andray was of the canine species, he would definitely think that he was a lapdog.

So to say that we don’t have an identity is incorrect. Consistently inconsistent is our M.O. and perhaps that’s the result of your 6’11” center thinking he is a point guard at times.

Frustrating?  Of course!  One thing for certain is that things are always interesting albeit maddening.  Life with Andray and these Brooklyn Nets is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get.