Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Nets (Never Ending Terrible Season) lose to Mavericks, set record for futility

Blown out tonight, 117-101, by the hot-shooting Dallas Mavericks, the Nets are now 0-18 to start the season, setting a National Basketball Association record for futility (at the start of a season) and validating the sign in the audience reading Never Ending Terrible Season.

The arena, reports the Times, was "perhaps half full." The official attendance was 11,689, about 58% of capacity.

It is no small irony that the record was set against the Mavericks, led by point guard Jason Kidd, whom the Nets traded away for Devin Harris. Last year, it looked like the Nets had gotten the better of the deal, but, with Harris's injuries and Kidd's resurgence, sportswriters aren't so sure.

And, of course, it is no small irony that the record was set as the long-delayed move of the Nets to Brooklyn comes closer and closer, with arena bonds rated at (barely) investment grade and the salary cap flexibility to upgrade the team.

So, team backers riding out this very rough patch of sea think there's smoother sailing someday.

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