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To live and die in L.A. - the frustrations of late nights and the hope for the future

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Never forget, Nets fans: It’s ALL about development. Two tough nights in L.A. Two losses, one a blowout, one failed comeback. Frustrating no doubt and the uncertainty of Jeremy Lin’s return only adds to it.

But despite the Nets’ surprising start, the goal has never been a set number of wins, a trip to the playoffs. It’s been about development: of young players, of Brook Lopez’s range, of Bojan Bogdanovic’s aggressiveness. And whenever that’s the goal, you have to know that there will be up’s and down’s, fits and starts.

And right now, despite the L.A. losses (the Nets first losing streak!), there ARE positives. Don’t trust me? Let’s go to the videotape. First in the blowout loss to the Clippers, the NBA’s best team at the moment, there were highlights in the play of Chris McCullough and Yogi Ferrell.

First McCullough. We know it was garbage time, but everything you liked about CMAC was on display.

Then, Ferrell, who filling in for injured point guards, is starting to show he belongs in this league. He may not be an impact player, but he can play. And oh, by the way, he’s now the fifth leading rookie scorer in the NBA.

How about Bojan, who as critics are fond of noting can seem lost at times, a lot of times.

This was the Olympic Bogdanovic who was not only the high scorer in Rio, but the highest scorer in mens basketball since 1996. Can he sustain it? That’s the question with all the developing players. They can look good one night, make you throw your remote the next. It comes with the territory.

Here’s another case study: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He had a steady stream of good all-around games, then not-so-good outings in Los Angeles. But rather than live and die with what he did on two nights in La-La Land, remember how he keyed the Nets win in Phoenix, only four nights ago.

Same is true of three older young players, the 25-year-old Joe Harris, the 26-year-old Justin Hamilton, the 26-year-old Sean Kilpatrick. Looking good, looking bad. Isaiah Whitehead looks good, then gets hurt. It happens. And truth be told, some of these guys won’t make it.

No one in the Nets organization has veered from the plan, never promised much other than development, and so far, overall, you’d have to say the plan is working. Just not every night, not with every player.

And remember, we still haven’t seen what this kid can do...

So hang in there, be patient.