Had the “pleasure” of going to last nigh’s Knicks-Nets game. My takeaway: both teams suck. Like, a lot. The Nets, however, happen to suck a bit more. And be a bit older, which sort of seems impossible since the Knicks are pretty old. But not as old as last year because one of the oldest players from that team is now a young coach for the Nets. A seemingly incompetent one, too. And the rare coach who’s managed to maintain his coach killer skills even after becoming one. Not sure that has ever happened before.
Anyway, here are some more thoughts on the game that I put together for SLAM. Simply put: the Nets are idiots. They should have gotten some young guys and draft picks and cap room and let everyone kind of grow up together. It’s funny, everyone always likes to say how smart New York fans are but also that you can’t rebuild in New York. I don’t really see how those two beliefs can work together. Rebuilding, especially in the NBA, is often the smartest thing a team can do (look at the Sixers who are already on the path and are going to be entering next season with their lottery pick, a first round pick from the now Anthony Davis-less Pelicans, and Nerlens Noel). Not to mention that there are few things fans love more than a homegrown star.
That’s the path the Nets should have taken. Instead, they went the way of the Knicks and Rangers and Mets of old. Those are three teams that you generally do not want to emulate.