Two seasons back, John Hollinger predicted the Nets would win 42 games. They won 41. Last season, he predicted a 39-win season. They won 34. This season? While he writes "New Jersey has positioned itself to be in great shape by 2010", his ESPN prediction for 2008-09 is (gulp) 27-55--last in the East. John Schuhmann of NBA.com agrees that it's more about the future than the present.