Every day, it seems, some writer condemn the Nets to a dismal future. Tuesday was no exception, with NBA.com's Shaun Powell, Yahoo Sports Kelly Dwyer and Rolling Stone's Jack Tien-Dana all using similar language and similar logic to suggest that the Nets current situation is likely to last a long, long time.
What we see, at the moment anyway, is an NBA franchise that's in far worse shape all around than the other 29 clubs. The Nets are winless after seven games, and surely headed for a long and painful season, and nearly devoid of assets, and don't own their No. 1 pick next summer. They sacrificed their future for the sake of getting a jump on their solid Brooklyn debut and hoping it would sustain momentum, which of course it didn't.
As you likely well know, the Nets still owe just about the rest of the decade to the Boston Celtics ... This is some unprecedented stuff, in the modern era. The closest comparisons would be to that of the old New Orleans Jazz prior to its move to Utah, and the infamous Cleveland Cavaliers of owner Ted Stepien.
Now, three years after their defining move across the Hudson and East Rivers, the Nets find themselves pretty much exactly where they began: mired in sloggery, desperately, doggedly chasing glory. You can take the team out of Jersey, but you can't take Jersey out of the team. No matter how high they fly.