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Bill Simmons, Zach Lowe on Nets League Pass watchability

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Start the season already!. You know it's time by the increasingly obscure team rankings filling the internet and airwaves. It seems everyone has been ranked in terms of predicted wins and losses, talent, futures, team uniforms, etc. etc.

Now we are down to League Pass Rankings, presented by Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe of Grantland, home of often entertaining but interminable copy.  In these rankings, the two place a value on each team, based on things like "relevance/zeitgeist," "Hoops Nerdgasm potential," "minutiae," etc., etc.  These rankings are free form as somewhat fun, we guess.

So where do Nets rank? 21st by our count.  Grantland likes the YES announce team, with Lowe calling them."the single best top-to-bottom announce team in the league." You'll get no argument here.

Simmons isn't crazy about the Nets plot this season. "I reached my League Pass limit for Joe Johnson and Deron Williams about 20 months ago. And KG’s farewell tour and Brook Lopez’s make-or-break season aren’t exactly sucking me in."

He does give the Nets high points for "minuitia," saying "I gave them an 8 out of 10 in "League Pass Minutiae" for two reasons: Irina Pavlova and Ian Eagle" Never one to miss a snark moment, Irina sent Simmons a response by Twitter...

Simmons added to Lowe's praise of Eagle, but saying, "I hope Prokhorov is paying him $20 million a year." Of course, Prokhorov pays him nothing. He's a YES employee.

Lowe and Simmons also discuss trades for Deron Williams in the piece, maybe to Sacramento or the Lakers, with Lowe suggesting, "The Nets are optimistic about Williams’s ankles, but they should dump him the first chance they get."

There's a ranking system, we're told. There always is with ESPN.  You can read it here...