The Ricky Rubio Campaign
Unfortunately this offseason has not gone according to plan as our fan base has been reminded: New owner, new GM, new coach, new players – same old Nets. In my mind this season is another "lost" season. Not to say that it will not be better than last season; it most certainly will. I’m excited for an exciting, athletic, team that will run and play good defense. In looking at our roster, including our current additions, you CAN see that there is a plan in place. Instead of collecting a group of disparate pieces, there are groups of players who fit a system. Remember, rebuilding is a process and just because our new owner has infused a quick shot of adrenaline into the arms of our fan base does not mean that this will happen overnight.
Remember, though our goal is to build a dynasty. By the time that Favors and Lopez, our two main cogs, are in their prime Miami will have a core that is 30 and over. This team is a different generation of stars one that is more likely to see Durant in the Finals that Kobe or Lebron. Let’s assume that Favors can reach his potential and at least be a top five power forward in the league and that Lopez will be a top five center, which he will likely accomplish this year. Every championship team seems to have 3 top players at their position. The Lakers have Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum when healthy. The Celtics have Rondo, Peirce and a fading Garnett. The Nets need to add one more piece.
I know there are a bunch of fans who think Harris is a top point guard in this league. Debatable. Either way does anyone expect Harris to still be a top PG when Favors hits his prime? The answer for the Nets is Rubio. Not CP3, but Ricky Rubio. He would be the perfect lead man for a highly athletic up-tempo team. We could become the Suns who play Defense.
Now, how do we make this happen? Kahn, for all his criticism has done a nice job of collecting assets for the T-Wolves. Their team seems to have no particular direction right now and it is questionable if Rubio would be willing to set up shop in Minnesota. It is abundantly clear that Kahn’s ego will not allow him to trade Rubio unless he brings back some major pieces. The problem is that the Nets don’t have any. They have some nice picks, some complementary players, but nothing to close the deal.
So what do we do? We wait. We suffer through another tough season as we implement our system, straighten out our front office and allow our young talent to grow and mature. We hope that next year’s pick can be packaged to get us Rubio. We look for opportunities to collect assets that may mature within the next two years. That is why I like our free agent strategy of signing young players and why I was really upset that we missed out on T. Thomas, who would fit our up-tempo, defensive-minded philosophy. We build up the trade value of players like Lee, Harris, and Twill or whoever else.
Somehow, next offseason when Rubio’s contract expires we figure out a way to get the best prospect in Europe for the last 3 years. Please go to Youtube and watch the highlight videos of Rubio and tell me that he would not pair well with Favors. I have heard complaints that he is just a highlight real and not a basketball player. First of all have you ever seen someone have as many highlights? Maybe Lebron. Second, go watch the numerous games that are posted where there will be 9 minutes of game highlights from one player. Rubio is the man who will bring excitement back to the Nets since our last great PG left. Rubio, Favors, and Lopez will make our Nets one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA will capture Newark, start the party in Brooklyn, draw global interest and maybe, just maybe turn Knick fans into Net fans.
I begin the Ricky Rubio to the Nets crusade. Who else is in?
It’s one of many, but imagine Favors on the other end, just imagine…