When the Brooklyn Nets made a blockbuster trade to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics, the franchise gave themselves a 1-2 year window to win a championship.
Billy King and Mikhail Prokorhov hired Jason Kidd to be the coach months after retirement, and the Nets came into the 2013-2014 season with major expectations.
Well, through the first month of the NBA season, everything that could have gone wrong, has gone wrong in Brooklyn.
The Jason Kidd coaching experiment has been a disaster with the team stumbling to a 4-12 start and several reports have surfaced that Kidd does nothing as the head coach.
Then a few nights ago against the Lakers, Kidd executed a busch-league tactic of getting one of the Nets players to bump into him so that he would spill his drink giving the team enough time to draw up another play.
Here’s how it went down:
The worst part about it was it wasn’t even Kidd who drew up the play, it was assistant coach John Welch only making the reports about Kidd doing nothing appear even more true. The Nets also ended up losing the game.
Aside from Kidd, if the Nets were going to be competitive in 2013, Brooklyn would need its players to stay healthy, which hasn’t even come close to happening.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez have both already missed 7 games. Williams has been out due to his ankles which have plagued him throughout his career, and Lopez is also dealing with ankle problems. He just returned for last night’s game against the Rockets.
Andrei Kirilenko has played in only 4 games this season due to back spasms, Kevin Garnett is having the worst statistical season of his career, Paul Pierce is struggling to stay fresh for every game, and Jason Terry has been banged up.
All these injuries have forced players like Alan Anderson, Shaun Livingston, Mason Plumlee, and Tyshawn Taylor to play big minutes, something no one expected them to do.
Brooklyn’s defense has been no where to be found. The Nets rank 29th giving up 103 points per game, and the offense hasn’t been much better. The Nets rank 22nd scoring 95.7 points per game.
The good news for the Nets is that despite how bad everything has gone, Brooklyn is only 2 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
If Lopez, Deron Williams, and Andrei Kirilenko can stay on the floor consistently, then the Nets can very easily turn this thing around.
If not, then the window of opportunity for this team to win a championship is closing, and closing fast. Oh, and the Nets don’t have a first round pick in next year’s draft in case anyone forgot.