This is difficult. This is awful. This is scary. This is horrendous. After a blowout loss on Christmas day, many Net fans put their hands over their eyes and cringe. As Deron Williams stated, this is like a "nightmare." However, all of this, "Blow it up!" talk is crazy. After the NBA's top 5 center, Brook Lopez, broke his right foot for the second time in 3 years, I predicted the Nets would pursue the underrated Houston backup center, Omer Asik. But after hearing the potential trade of Jeremy Lin and Asik for the star PG, Deron Williams. Obviously the trade would include a draft pick, but this is unnecessary. As much as I would love the addition of Asik, that trade is horrendous. Let's dig in.
For those suggesting to trade Brook... C'mon! With the best offensive center in the league. He will be back. At the age of 25, we're hoping he will come back with the same fury he had following his initial injury. His injuries are asking for comparisons to both Bill Walton and Yao Ming, and if he could amount to the greatness that those players achieved (especially Walton's 2 championships) that would be satisfactory. And to those looking to trade virtually any other being from the 5 big contracts, we probably wouldn't receive anything noteworthy. And yes, we. I think at this point, Brooklyn needs to stick to their big names, and embrace adversity. They got them into this mess and they must get them out.
The Brooklyn Nets are currently 9-19. At this point last year, the Nets were recovering from a devastating loss from the Milwaukee Bucks (who the Nets play Friday) and has a record of 14-14. Things looked BAD, and the world heard the shocking news of Avery Johnson getting fired. At the time, with the Nets obtaining a .500 record, the Nets were fighting for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Now with a .321 percentage, the Nets are 2.5 games out of playoff position, and 3 games behind the Atlantic Division leader. The Eastern Conference, is not imposing. Nets are not out, and will have their opportunity.
I know I sound overly optimistic, and that is who I am. And trust me, after Wednesday's Chicago matchup, I was crushed. But not finished. The effort in BK is lacking and must be revived. Andrei Kirilenko will likely return against Milwaukee, and I think his presence will be felt. This team simply (but not simply) needs a change in emotion, they must bounce back and leave their previous mistakes behind them. Courage, Belief and Effort is what will help this team return to the playoff picture. Also, if Coach Kidd wants to play Pierce as a starter and let Mirza be a threat off the bench, that would be lovely.