Saturday, November 07, 2015

Nets "hit rock bottom" as they lose to Lakers, whose fans dominate Barclays Center

The Brooklyn Nets, in their fourth season, are supposed to be rebuilding... or is it simply "Represent Brooklyn." Either way, they're having a very New Jersey-like season, with their home court, the Barclays Center, sometimes being dominated by opponents' fans, as exemplified in the loss last night to the Los Angeles Lakers.

It's very much a sign that the vaunted "community spirit" that was supposed to be created by a major league sports team has not exactly arrived. Part of that is surely the quality of the team. Part is the newness. Part is pricing. The rest?

The Daily News, Nets fall to 0-6 as Kobe Bryant, Lakers win 104-98:
The Lakers also helped transform Brooklyn’s arena into Staples Center East – including deafening chants of “Kobe, Kobe” in the fourth quarter — with a 104-98 victory before a decidedly pro-Lakers crowd at Barclays Center.
The NY Post, Nets hit rock bottom already in pitiful loss to Lakers:
It may only be six games into the season, but the Nets already have hit rock bottom.
Not only did they lose to the Lakers 104-98 Friday night, but they did so in front of a sellout crowd of 17,732 inside Barclays Center that was made up of at least 16,000 Lakers fans.

ESPN, Sorry, Joe Johnson: It most definitely is that bad in Brooklyn:
The Philadelphia 76ers are considered by many the worst team in the NBA, but the Brooklyn Nets can’t be too far behind.
On Friday night, the Nets became the first team in the league to start 0-6 after losing to the previously winless Los Angeles Lakers, 104-98. Kobe Bryant was serenaded with chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the sellout crowd at Barclays Center -- about 90 percent rooting for the Lakers.
...Johnson said, “It’s not that bad here,” when asked about Williams taking a buyout on media day, but it most definitely is.
NetsDaily, It's that bad here: Winless Nets fall to winless Lakers, 104-98:
BROOKLYN -- Both the Nets and Lakers were winless heading into Friday night's matchup at the Staples Cent -- I mean, Barclays Center. Something HAD to give.
Unfortunately, it seems to be THAT bad here, as the Nets lost to the Lakers, 104-98. And in the end, it was either heartbreakingly ugly or heartbreaking or just ugly.
The Record, L.A., Kobe embarrass winless Nets, 104-98:
The Nets were in the midst of a desperate fourth-quarter run. They had given themselves a chance to win, and the Barclays Center crowd stood and roared in encouragement.
For Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
Newsday, Nets fall to 0-6 with loss to hapless Lakers:
In a season already ripe with disappointment, the Nets' 104-98 loss Friday night -- in front of a Barclays Center sellout crowd of 17,732 that kept erupting wildly for the Lakers -- was as maddening as it gets.
...And another slap in the face to a team and franchise still searching for an identity.
"When Cleveland came to town and Miami comes to town, they root for them," said Nets coach Lionel Hollins, who tried to shake things up by inserting rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson into the starting lineup. "We have to step up and become the Brooklyn Nets by our playing performance to make them want to cheer for us."
The Brooklyn Game published Nets Lose To The Lakers, On The Road, At Home and Could Stephen Curry Outshoot The Entire Brooklyn Nets Roster?

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