Despite the fact that the Nets broke a two-game losing streak without Joe Johnson, despite the fact that Deron Williams is averaging 22.8 points and 8.4 assists and shooting 51.5 percent from three since the break, despite the fact that the Nets are one and a half games about of first in the Atlantic Division and despite the fact that the Nets are 20-10 under P.J. Carlesimo --and the Knicks are a .500 ball club over the same stretch, most fan comments on NetsDaily and on Twitter once again dealt with Carlesimo's rotations. Sunday, it was about Brook Lopez's absence in the fourth quarter. Tuesday, it is was about Mirza Teletovic not getting a chance to compete for minutes with Reggie Evans.
The comments eventually evolved into a debate with the Nets beat writers, who several fans accused of not asking the right questions of Carlesimo. The beat writers responded, en masse. The most contentious were with Stefan Bondy. Bondy suggested at one point that Teletovic is "somebody who can't play power forward in the NBA" and added at another, "the day I write a story about Mirza Teletovic is the day it's dead last on website."
Here's a (small) sampling of his tweets and those of the other beats. Some of it was edifying, but some was highly personal. It went on past 2 a.m.
Fact is ownership and certain front office folks want Mirza Teletovic to play more. Eventually they may get their wish.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) February 27, 2013
Look, I can understand some of the frustrations with #Nets rotation. But how can so many be so mad when Nets have won 2/3 of games under PJ?— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 27, 2013
@r0nito Like I said, I can understand people's frustrations with certain things.But I can't get the vitriol, especially after a Nets win.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 27, 2013
Have PJ's rotations been out of whack at times? Does he stick with some players too much? Yes. But #Nets are 1 1/2 games outta first. Relax.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) February 27, 2013