After starting off the season 0-18 last year the Nets had to change. A new owner, new players, new GM, and new mindset. This year, the Basketball Gods, were rewarding the Nets for their perseverance and completely bad luck; not landing any big time free agent, and getting the 3rd pick even though they had the worst record by far. This year was a new Nets team, and they started off the year on a good foot winning their first two games against two mediocre teams Detroit and Sacramento. The only difference was last year the mediocre teams were beating the Nets on the regular with ease. That is one really good sign of improvement, to take care of business against teams of your equal or lesser talent. Another good sign is that Brook Lopez, averaging 24.7 PPG, might be the best offensively-skilled Center in the NBA besides Pau Gasol. Another good sign is that their third pick in the draft, Derrick Favors, while not quite ready to be an offensive force, is a beast on the boards, averaging 10 a game so far.
Since they were unlucky enough to start the season 0-18 last year, maybe the Basketball Gods favored them enough to start the season 10-0. However, the Holy Trio of the Miami Heat, came to the Prudential Center and brought the Nets back down to Earth. They might have been crushed by the far superior team, but the Nets aren’t ready to be big time yet, so this was just a learning experience. Favors had a great game going for 13 and 13.
The Nets next game is home vs. the Charlotte Bobcats, who have started off the season 0-3. The Bobcats, who did make the playoffs last year, will be desperate for a win, but this is the type of game that will help define the Nets season. Are they good enough to beat a struggling team at home, even though the talent is equal? If the answer is Yes, then look for the Nets to have a good year, if they can’t, then it might be another long year.
About the Author
Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.