I am not intentionally aiming to start a thread that may have been touched upon in other areas, but I find it necessary to collectively comment on some of the attitudes that have been present in a lot of fan posts and story comments.
A few months ago, I made the argument that Billy King is "all in" for Dwight Howard and that there was no back up plan. I then went on to say that IF we don't land Dwight, and IF D-Will walks, that we should fire Billy King. I am not a fan of Billy King's "let's see what happens" mindset, and I never have been. After seeing what happened today, we don't have Howard at the moment, but we do have a very decent player in Gerald Wallace.
I guess I am someone who can say "I told you so," but to be honest, I don't want to. In fact, not having Dwight does not make me feel good. Instead, it makes me feel bad. I cannot understand why some people are going crazy, making fun of other posters, and laughing about how wrong everyone was and how right the people who were pessimistic from the start were. As much as we have varying opinions, the people on this website are die hard Nets fans. We want to see our team do well. I would rather be wrong and win than be right and lose.
For those of you who are somehow sickly happy that we did not get Dwight, I don't understand your train of thought. I know that being falsely optimistic can be annoying, but don't we all want to win? Fortunately, I still believe that the Nets are in a good position. We made ourselves better NOW (something that I have been praying for all season) and we still have the assets to get Dwight next year, if the opportunity presents itself. I feel that Orlando made a foolish move to keep him on board after seeing how indecisive he was. That's their problem if they want to live the "Dwight-mare" all over again.
All I can say is keep your heads up. The future is bright, no matter what. Next year, with or without Deron Williams, our beloved team will be moving into a beautiful, brand new arena in a former basketball mecca. The resurgence of the Nets and of basketball in Brooklyn will be very real. We have great young talent and again, today, we picked up a loyal, hustle player who is all heart. Let's try to remain positive and remember today not as a defeat, not as an opportunity to make fun of each other and point out flawed logic or shortcomings, but as a day we got a little bit better as a team and as another inevitable bump in the road as hopeful Nets fans.