SAN ANTONIO — The year ended fittingly for the Nets: They were confused and dysfunctional, symbolically quitting on another blowout defeat.Needless to say, this is not what most pundits predicted.
With 0.2 seconds left after a shot-clock violation, most of the Nets left the court for the locker room believing the game was over. Coach Jason Kidd had to use a timeout just to get five players on the court and finish Tuesday night’s 113-92 blowout to the Spurs, while the crowd in San Antonio booed Brooklyn’s predicament.
The Nets have become the target of ridicule throughout the league, with their astronomical payroll, pitiful record, apathy and their coach on the hot seat just 31 games into his career.
Stan Van Gundy piled it on during an interview Monday night... “It’s been easy to jump on (Kidd), not just because of the record, but the things coming out of their locker room, the situation with Lawrence Frank, the incident of spilling the drink on the floor,” [former Heat/Magic coach] Van Gundy told the NBC Sports Network. “I mean this has looked like a bush league organization much of the year, they don’t play with much effort at all, a very uninspired team. But at the same time they had so many people hurt you just don’t know... They are probably in the worst situation of any team in the NBA right now.”
Nor what Nets CEO Brett Yormark meant when he said this past September, "Nothing but a championship is going to be accepted." He soon dialed that back by saying, "We're on a championship journey. We're in that conversation."
Van Gundy suggested that even a coaching change might not make much difference. But surely Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov--whose team fired two coaches last year--recognizes that he has to do something regarding the coach and/or players.