First off, this is my first fanpost, though I've been a fan of the Nets since I arrived in New York in 2001, have been following NetsDaily since 2006 and officially became a member when Deron Williams became the face of the franchise. I've noticed alot of rash and ridiculous writing on the site, some people changing their opinions on players about four times each game, calling belligerently for them to be traded every day, others proposing random trade ideas to bring in star players while dismantling the whole roster basically every week. However, I've also read brilliant pieces of writing here, and I believe (incredibly) that the Nets have one of the most devoted fan bases in the league, as the activity on this site clearly demonstrates. I'm a football fan (that's soccer for you americans) and I can't help but notice the similarities between that sport and basketball. In soccer, arguably one of the greatest sports in existence, chemistry is the most essential element in a team: Barcelona (though they have the best player in the world, and other great ones too) is consistently better than Real Madrid, a star-studded squad, because they have had the same group of players around for at least three years, some of them knowing each other since they were kids (Barcelona's youth squad is the considered to be the best system in the world). This chemistry is what has led them to be great, trumping any random collection of talent.
Now, many people have been fuming over the lack of talent in the team this year. I have to agree that most of the players here aren't really prime-time basketball players (Johan Petro, Stephen Graham, Dan Gadzuric come to mind). But we can't allow ourselves to start panicking and beg the organisation to trade away most of the team, not that they would listen to us anyways. I've seen countless trade proposals shipping away Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, basically everybody not named Deron Williams (and he's probably going to go through some paranoid Nets' fan espn trade machine next year). Now that the season is basically over, plans for next year are starting to sprout all over the blogosphere, and this is mine:
As you've probably realised by now, I'm against reshaping the whole roster. Wonder why we're not a good team? The only person who has been with the Nets for more than two years is Brook Lopez. Next comes Kris Humphries, who was here last year. The rest of the team has not even spent a whole year in New Jersey! Most of all the great teams around the league have a core that has been together for a long time. San Antonio is the best example. The Lakers, Celtics, Dallas also rely on a solid group of guys that have played with each other for a while (look up the teams that won a championship in the past decade). I think that chemistry is extremely underrated in the NBA, especially now with all the stars joining up in Miami and New York. I'll admit that we lack talent, but its not a reason to blow up everything and start again. We finally have our superstar, now we can make the team feel comfortable around him. I feel this core group of Williams, Humphries, Lopez, Morrow, Farmar, Gaines, James and Vujacic will be interesting to keep together. They all have talent, are team players and can fill a significant role in the team. Humphries said it himself: "Hopefully a lot of us are there to experience that." This season, though largely unsuccessful, laid the basis of what will be Brooklyn.
I think, like most people here, that we do need two or three quality pickups this offseason, be it through free agency or trades. A small forward is our top priority, since we're set with Morrow at shooting guard (he might be a tad bit one dimensional, but that's what shooting guards are for when you have a great PG-SF-C trio). I would love to have Thaddeus Young, he's a great team player, Avery loves him, and he knows how to play basketball. As for Vince Carter, I think it'd be great to have him back, mostly as a mentor to the younger players and because of his leadership abilities (he might be a choker, but I never saw that with the Nets, and he had a great relationship with Brook).
Anyways, that's what sprung to my mind today, I believe the Nets have a great future, and that this season was just a small bump on the road to the championship we'll win in five years. I'm also very happy for all the "Loud and Proud" guys who came out (to the game) yesterday.
You stay classy, Nets Fans