Despite all of the optimism that this summer brought, the Nets still resemble the 12 win team from last year. Even worse, though, was that despite our hopes this summer brought neither a No. 1 pick or a big name free agent. Plus the one constant, Thorn is about to walk without anyone wanting to replace him. As most long suffering Nets fans are used to, optimism quickly turns to reality. We can only hope that one day things will get better. That's why we're Nets fans.