The city is under new management.Borough President Marty Markowitz crowed:
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) November 27, 2012
Brooklyn Nets are "Kings" of NYC...How sweet it is!The Nets had a great November but a lousy December, losing twice to their crosstown rival (whom Markowitz likes to call the "Manhattan Knicks"). Neither Jay-Z nor Markowitz, fair-weather supporters apparently, have seen fit to tweet about that.
— Marty Markowitz (@MartyMarkowitz) November 27, 2012
Listening to Yormark
Nets/arena CEO Brett Yormark, however, has had to ride the storm.
Start believing brooklyn. You have a team to be proud of. Congrats. More to come.When the Knicks beat the Nets twice, and the team slide continued, Yormark's been optimistic and defensive (and addressing "Nets fans" rather than "Brooklyn"):
— Brett Yormark (@brettyormark) November 27, 2012
We have to get better and we will. Stay strong nets fans.After yesterday's nationally televised loss to the Boston Celtics (which included malfunctioning escalators and a microphone for the national anthem, apparently), he tweeted:
— Brett Yormark (@brettyormark) December 20, 2012
Nets fans deserved better today. The entire organization needs to work harder to find the solution. We will get there.The team's slide
— Brett Yormark (@brettyormark) December 25, 2012
The Times reported 12/22/12:
After an 11-4 start that earned Avery Johnson recognition as coach of the month for November, the Nets have gone 2-8 in December. The Nets have steadily stumbled toward mediocrity, poor play highlighted by blown leads, a declining defense and Deron Williams’s comments about the team’s offense.Yesterday, ESPN wrote:
One can only wonder what owner Mikhail Prokhorov is thinking, as a man who spent $330 million for a team that sits only a game over .500 a third of the way through the season. It seemed like Nets GM Billy King handed Johnson a roster capable of making it all the way to the Eastern Conference finals if everything fell right.The pendulum
When the Knicks point guard phenomenon Jeremy Lin leave over the summer, there was a huge backlash, and some fans converted to the Nets.
The Knicks, despite a loss yesterday in L.A., have played surprisingly well, so their performance has helped them retain fans.
Some saw point guard Raymond Felton as a better, steadier solution than the higher-priced Lin. Then again, Lin has since stepped up in Houston, and Capital New York's Howard Megdal thinks the comparison deserves another look.
As for the Nets, they may indeed do better--they play some winnable games starting tonight.
But even so, was the city really "under new management"? Were the Nets "Kings" of New York? (Are the Knicks, even now?) Once they started losing, did the Nets' royal status change?
Remember, these are sports entertainment corporations first, however much they're presented as embodiments of civic identity or virtue. Consider this not-quite-tribute:
If nothing else, Brett Yormark's grandstanding never takes holidays or weekends off. #Nets
— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) December 25, 2012