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Chicago Tribune: 'Nets may not be Sacramento Kings-like dumb, but...'

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Clearly Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom isn't looking to make many friends in Brooklyn, as he took to the keyboard to essentially call the Nets one of the dumbest teams in the NBA.


His reasoning? Well, because from his perspective the Nets tend to do "stupid" things and once they get, um, "stupid," they tend to stay... "stupid."

Got it?

Here's some text from our friends over at The Brooklyn Game:

The Bulls defended and rebounded against the Nets, and waited for the Nets to do dumb things. And the Nets did them.

Such as blowing a 16-point lead at home the last time the teams played. Such as allowing Nazr Mohammed to block Brook Lopez down the stretch. Such as choking against a Bulls team missing Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Marco Belinelli, Richard Hamilton and, of course, Rose.

There was one double-digit result in the series, and the Bulls took that one --- after the Nets blew an 11-point lead. See what I’m saying?

The Nets might not be Sacramento Kings-like dumb, but when the Nets turn stupid, they usually stay stupid.

Oh, OK.

That theory in itself is, if I may, stupid.

Here's a piece on the Bulls blowing a 27-point lead to the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the season.

Here's a piece on the Bulls blowing a late-fourth quarter 12-point lead to the Mavericks a few weeks back.

Oh, and something stupid happened in that game:

On Nowitzki’s game-winning 3 point field goal with :02.9 left, Vince Carter drove from the top of the key, and for some unknown reason Luol Deng went to help and left Nowitzki with an uncontested shot. How do you leave the guy who can’t miss and is without question the most dangerous man in the game? You let Vince Carter beat you, if he even makes his shot. The Bulls have a propensity of what I call "over-helping." It should be conveyed from the head coach who helps and who stays home. It just makes you shake your head.

Well that wasn't very smart, was it?

And then:

Look, all teams blow leads. All teams do "stupid things," but it's strange to call the 4th best team in the Eastern Conference stupid in the sense that they somehow out-stupided their way to homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

So, yes, they're the stupidest team in the Eastern Conference, except, you know, for the other 11 teams who finished with worse records than them in the East.