July 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams and guard Joe Johnson pose for photos at a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Moore, who writes for NBC Sports, and "Carles", who writes for Grantland and "authentic content farm Hipster Runoff" have a go at the Nets free agency strategy. Of the two Carles is the more interesting if less accurate.
Carles believes the Nets missed an opportunity to be an authentic Brooklyn brand by failing to get a true superstar, a true personality to lead them into Barclays Center. His big problem is Deron Williams who he criticizes for asking out of Utah (Williams and Kevin O'Connor say he didn't) and pushing Jerry Sloan off a cliff (everyone including Sloan says he didn't). He doesn't like Joe Johnson either, whose swagger he suspects is inauthentic, etc.
Moore, who regularly criticized the Nets risk-taking prior to free agency, also thinks that Williams and Johnson are not true superstars but concedes that not the Nets are "relevant. They matter. They aren’t dominant enough for us to just accept, they aren’t mediocre enough for us to ignore." They will "provide endless hours for us to develop and express opinions about a dozen different things." Whatever.
- Carles on winning culture, Deron Williams, and how the Brooklyn Nets botched their move to a new city
- The Inbounds: The new Brooklyn Empire and the Crown of Relevance - Matt Moore - NBC Sports
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