It’s pretty bad out there. Not only do the Nets suffer in the cellar of every power ranking pundit, but the loss of Yogi Ferrell (now officially “YogiMania”) is noted by many of the meanies.
There are some who try to salve the wounds, offer hope, led by John Schuhmann, who founded NetsDaily 13 years ago Monday. Schuhmann notes that the Nets defense IS getting better.
Otherwise, read it and weep.
After blowing double-digit leads to the Heat and Knicks earlier in the week and falling to 6-9 (they're the only team under .500) in games they led by at least 10 points, the Nets came back from 19 points down to take the lead against Indiana on Friday and from 17 points down to put a scare in the Raptors on Sunday. After all that, they've still lost nine straight games, but Kenny Atkinson's group certainly hasn't let go of the rope and last week was one of their best defensive stretches (100.2 points allowed per 100 possessions) of the season.
We made a reference in this comment cyberspace last week about how it had to be tough for the Nets to see Yogi Ferrell starting and starring in the Mavericks' unexpected win at San Antonio last Sunday. The ensuing week, however, only piled on the Yogi-related suffering for Brooklyn, with Ferrell playing so well in showdowns with Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard and so many helpful folks on Twitter reminding the NBA's only team with fewer than 10 victories that it let the rookie guard go in early December. Example: Check out this #MeanTweets effort from our pal Mike Peasley (@PeasESPN) from ESPN Radio in Dallas. I suppose we're just as guilty of piling on after hosting a visit with Ferrell on Sunday's edition of the "NBA Insiders" show on ESPN Radio.
It took until February 5, which is later than most years for the worst team in the league, but I've officially run out of things to say about the Nets. I'm out. They're bad. Check back later for more info.
Because it’s not been a hard enough season in Brooklyn, here’s another reminder that Yogi Ferrell — who is having a breakout run in Dallas — started the season with the Nets but they released him. The team is playing hard but has lost nine in a row.
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated (30)
To add insult to injury, Yogi Ferrell—who broke out last week in Dallas—was once a Net.
When only one team in the NBA owns single-digit victories, this becomes arguably the easiest choice (hello, Warriors) on the entire board. The Nets have an active six-game losing streak and the Celtics are already counting the ping-pong balls associated with a draft pick that is almost certainly going to have the highest probability to land at No. 1 overall.
You have to break out the black lights and zoom lenses—I mean really CSI-style scrutinize the tiniest details—to find positives for the Brooklyn Nets, who've lost seven straight and 18 of their last 19 games.
One such microscopic speck of hope in the Nets' vast universe of despair: rookie Caris LeVert, who has scored in double figures in three of his last four games, shown smooth shot-creation skills and handled the ball well enough to earn the trust of head coach Kenny Atkinson.
"I think like right now, I feel like he’s a darn good pick-and-roll player," Atkinson told reporters after LeVert failed to score and committed a critical turnover in the final six minutes of Brooklyn's 109-106 loss to the Miami Heat on Jan. 25. "He did some good things and he made some young mistakes....We felt like we liked the matchup, we like him with the ball in pick-and-roll."