After yet another loss by the Brooklyn Nets last night against the lowly Milwaukee Bucks, this team looks like it is playing with no energy or heart. A year that started as a historic season filled with passionate fans and players has turned into a lethargic team that just doesn’t care about the game or about what their coach has to say. This team has stopped listening to the coach, and their play on the court looks horrible. They are back to .500 and in the last place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. As a Nets fan, I am embarrassed to watch them on TV because they don’t show up to play. Obviously, it is too early to say that this team has given up on the season. But the lack of effort and hustle that showed up once in a while is now showing up every minute of every game. The Nets’ defense is non-existent. Their offense runs sporadically when the players feel like running through screens and running pick & rolls, but for the most part it just consists of players dribbling and shooting the ball out of ISOs. I understand that the coach doesn’t deserve all of the blame for the Nets’ slump, just like he didn’t deserve all of the credit when the team was winning. However, the bottom line is that the players have tuned out this coach for better or worse, and they have stopped paying attention to him on the side line. They could care less about what he has to say and what plays he draws or what defensive adjustment he wants to make. Changes need to be made in order for this team to show a new attitude, and a new passion for the game of basketball. Firing Avery might not be the best move since adjusting to a new coach takes some time (ex. Lakers), but if the losing and this lack of effort from the team continues, it’s a move that needs to happen.
This team is playing very much like the Dallas Mavericks team that tuned out many of his lectures and had grown tired of his hands-on coaching style. Read More at my blog: