The Brooklyn Nets are 2-4 on this young 2013-14 NBA season, and what's being advised by most these days is for the players, the management and, most importantly, the fans to remain patient as this team "figures it out."
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today writes about the Nets early struggles and points to the problems with NBA teams thinking they can build a "super-team" and coast on its many, previously earned accolades.
Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez — with their 35 All-Star appearances combined — and a bench with Andrei Kirilenko (another former All-Star), Andray Blatche and Jason Terry on one team equals title contender.
You want to jump into the playoffs and see the Brooklyn Nets against the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in a seven-game series. If only it were that easy.
If the season ended today -- which is comedic tool, more than an actual observation; if you ask me -- the Nets would not make the playoffs. In fact, they are currently tied with three other teams, including the Knicks, for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Riggin' for Wiggins! Except, you know, they don't own their 2014 draft pick.
Zillgitt goes on to quote Deron Williams and Paul Pierce who both had the same general sentiment: we'll get this figured out, we just need to be patient. That, indeed, is the truth.
This team is too good not to figure it out, and barring any major injuries, they will eventually turn it around and be among the top 3-4 teams in the East. Zillgitt refers to the often referable 2010-11 Miami Heat who started off 9-8 after bringing in LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade in South Beach. That team then went on to win 12 straight games and 21 of their next 22. For the Nets, though, it's wishful thinking, especially since these two teams are apples and oranges.
The Miami Heat had three superstars in their prime and no depth, while the Nets have, arguably, two super-esque-stars in their prime and loads of depth, relatively speaking.
Again, my belief is that this Nets team will get it figured out. I wrote in my season preview that it wouldn't surprise me if they started the season 17-13, and got some, both, negative and positive feedback for that claim. I bring that up because, yes, the reality is and was always that this team needs time to figure each other out. They need to figure out Jason Kidd, as well. How much time is anyone's guess, but they couldn't have been expected to come into the season and rout every team in its path.
No, it's not fair to ask fans to be patient because, well, it's well within your right to expect this team to win each and every night. Such is the nature of being a diehard fan. But the reality is, you know, like, Rome wasn't built in a day, man...it's a marathon, not a sprint, you know?
"It is different for all teams," Pierce said. "I've been on teams where it's happened fast. Sometimes, it takes a while. You just never know. But when it happens, it's all good."
It is all good, and the optimist in me believes that this team is far too talented to be tied for last place in the Eastern Conference. They're a title contender, period. And in time -- hopefully short -- we'll get to see more than just a glimpse of what they can do and we'll finally get to see what this super-team is really made of.
- Brooklyn Nets show problem with NBA super-teams - Jeff Zillgitt -- USA Today
- D-Will: 'I'm starting to feel like my old self' - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
- Dribbles: What's wrong with Brooklyn? - David Aldridge - NBA.com
Sound The Early Alarm For These Teams - Fran Blinebury - NBA.com
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