I am of the opinion that the vast majority of people who frequent this awesome website are people who genuinely want to see the Nets do as well as possible. To that end, we are all on the same team and I realize that negativity only divides us. As I have read through the posts and watched the last few abysmal games, I have done everything I possibly can to remain positive and hope for the best.
Unfortunately, my optimism is slowly fading, and I have one man to blame for this: Billy King. It has gotten to the point where there is no longer an in between when it comes to Billy King's role as General Manager. I am of the opinion that Billy King's Legacy will be defined one, clear cut way or another: he is either a genius or a complete fool. I will always be a Nets fan and I will see this through until the end, though I am currently very pissed off at Mr. King and if we do not land Dwight, I 100% believe that Billy King should be fired.
When we courted LeBron two summers ago, we had all of our eggs in the LeBron basket. While, dare I say it, the Knicks crafted a plan and secured Amare, we hoped like fools for King James, who never came. At the time, I was annoyed that we did not make a play for Amare, because if we had our team may look very different right now. Amare never said it was New York or bust. He also never said he was not interested in the Nets. From what I remember, he actually spoke quite favorably about the Nets. What's done is done, but looking back on it, it was just LeBron or bust. There were no other options and we let other quality players go.
Fast forward to this summer - perhaps the most important summer ever for the Nets, as we needed to convince a skeptical Deron Williams to stay with us - and we find ourselves in the exact same predicament we were in with LeBron. Our team literally did NOTHING to form a back up plan, and while guys like Stephenson and Okur are decent additions (and of course Hump), we passed on some very capable free agents like Nene, AK-47, Chandler, and David West. There were also guys like Rip Hamilton, Jamal Crawford, and Jason Richardson who would have been nice pick ups. We could have done something - anything - to slightly improve the here and now, and we didn't. I understand that there are all sorts of complexities that involve salary caps and having enough money left over for Dwight, but now we are so bad that we run the realistic chance that Dwight never comes. Proky has deep pockets and if Dwight was enticed enough to come, things would have worked out financially in the end. I'm a firm believer in spend now - and be the best you can now - and work out the details later.
Perhaps it is all too appropriate that in our last season in New Jersey, the Nets are truly "living on a prayer." It is now all or nothing with Dwight Howard, and I realistically fear that the only respectable Net entering the Brooklyn arena will be a sophomore player in MarShon Brooks. D-Will could be as good as gone and Hump, though serviceable, may only be a one year rental. If Howard leaves Orlando, Lopez may be enticed to go live in Disney and ball with his best friend Ryan Anderson.
So again, I will continue to hold on hope and I will be the first to congratulate Billy King if we are ever fortunate enough to land Dwight Howard. However, the complete lack of action now and a blind almost foolish hope for an uncertain and certainly not guaranteed future would put the most brazen gamblers on the edge of their seats. Mr. King, I surely hope you have a well formed and can't possibly miss plan, because if you don't, I will be the first picketing outside of your office and calling for your immediate employment termination.