Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Nets hit a new low, potential free agents become more wary, and Prokhorov is still seen as a savior

With a blowout loss last night, the Nets are 3-40 and on track--despite claims to the contrary in the New York Times--to surpass the Philadelphia 76ers of 1972-73, who went 9-73.

From sports columnist Mike Lupica in today's New York Daily News:
You have to say that only the people having a worse winter than Martha Coakley, Senate loser in Massachusetts, are the Nets.
From Mark Ginocchio in the Nets Are Scorching blog:
As it stands, and I hesitate to say it, but THIS might finally be rock bottom for the 2009-10 Nets. Because if it gets any worse that it’s been the past two games against Utah and the Golden State Warriors, the league should really consider contracting the organization, throwing Bruce Ratner in jail for fraud and blacklisting Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe from ever having a role with an NBA roster again. Because while the Nets may technically be an NBA team, they’ve lost their last two games by a combined 65 points, allowing 113.5 points and only scoring 81.
Hoops without dreams?

Nets fans have hope that the team could snag University of Kentucky star John Wall in the draft--the Nets have a one-in-four chance of getting the first lottery pick--and then paying for a top free agent.

Now that's not impossible, given the Nets' cap space, but Ginocchio warns that the team's woes have already deterred some top free agents. His prediction: incoming owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who's apparently very close to taking over, has "to change the culture of this organization, IMMEDIATELY."

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