We're still only a few hours removed from the Lottery and yes, it still stings. Yes, the trade was idiotic, and that was validated long before the ping pong balls were chosen. The fact that, as Chad Ford says, the Blazers were willing to accept much less, is all you need to know about how much of a panic move it was.
HOWEVER, it is over and done with, and we're left without a first round pick. So what I'm about to propose will probably be met with at least a bit of resistance, but I don't care. As absurd as it may sound right now, I propose that we, Nets fans old and new, pack the Rock to capacity on the night of Thursday, June 28 for the NBA Draft.
Pause for a minute to let your anger dissipate. Why would we support an event that we are basically not participating in? And why should I be doing this with the bitter taste of the Lottery still stirring in my recent memory? There are many reasons, but in a word: LOYALTY.
For all the fanfare about our "rebranding" with the April 30 event at the Modell's; for all the hype that came with the new gear and the phantom Nets Experience buses or whatever they're called; for all the excitement (and eventual disappointment) that came with our name and logo being represented at the Lottery, the Draft is the first real opportunity for the NBA world to see the true colors (literally and figuratively) of the BROOKLYN Nets and its fans. TV cameras will love the sight of a sea of white and black-clad fans booing the picks of our rivals and starting Nets cheers even when our pick is years away. It's a fairly small event; it is possible for us to drown out David Stern at some point and make ourselves known. To the rest of the league, the Brooklyn Nets are still a novelty, a sideshow; we're still the same old New Jersey Nets until told otherwise. This will be our coming out party, and it will be all the more impressive because we don't have a first round pick. Let's not forget that there still is a possibility of us acquiring another pick, but I am still going even if our only pick is #57.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 am on Ticketmaster, but many got grabbed in an internet presale already, so if you're interested in coming, you should get them ASAP. They're around $25 each.
I'm sure there will be plenty of disagreement about this decision, but I just ask that you think about the points I made, and support the team either way in whatever way you see fit. Either way, just remember, there's only one chance to make a first impression.