It took them 19 games but after setting a new record for worst losing streak to begin an NBA season, the New Jersey Nets have finally won their first game, a 97-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
It wasn’t easy, but more than a month and two coaches later, young center Brook Lopez led the winless Nets to a rare win with his 31 points and 14 rebounds finally netting New Jersey a point in the win column.
The soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets have been absolutely dreadful, firing long time coach Lawrence Frank after opening up the season 0-16 and then having Tom Barrise coach two games before the team’s general manager and now head coach Kiki Vandeweghe took over in the Nets’ first win of the season.
The Nets, who have made the New York Knicks look like the Lakers this year, have had little to be happy about all year. Their one bright spot this year has been center Brook Lopez.
The Nets do however have some good young talent with a lot of potential, even if they don’t have a single star on the team.
Ironically, this dreadful season comes at a time when the Atlantic Yards development project (which includes a brand new 18,000 seat arena for the Nets) appears to finally be moving ahead.
When the project was first devised, the Nets arena was the centerpiece of the development. At that point, the Nets were a perennial contender for the NBA Championship. While the project has been stalled by lawsuits, the Nets have seen their top stars Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson, and Vince Carter (and most everyone else) move on to other teams, leaving the Nets with the worst team in the league.
While originally Brooklyn could not wait to see a great team play in New York (the Knicks haven’t been to the playoffs, much less the championship game, in ages), Nets fans are now hoping that the poor play will improve as their young prospects grow into the stars that the Nets have lost.