Anthony Puccio – a familiar name around these parts – for SNY TV took a look back on the rise of your Brooklyn Nets. From a failed art project to a culture and climate that has turned them into the best basketball team in New York City.
The Nets started its first season in Brooklyn with a star-studded roster, led by Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. They trademarked “Brooklyn’s Backcourt” for Williams and Johnson, as they held the hyped-up press conference outside Brooklyn Borough Hall. Head coach Avery Johnson was fired 28 games into the season after a 14-14 start.
First round exit, which meant they needed to get “tougher” because 49 wins wasn’t enough. Nothing was ever enough.
And then the trade.
You know the script: They traded four unprotected picks to the Celtics for out-of-shape and out-of-prime players in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. They hired Jason Kidd straight out of retirement to replace Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo.
I don’t want to spoil the ending of this very well written story – fine, one spoiler: the Nets are now good.
But I highly recommend you give it a read.