It's been a big week for our friends across the Hudson. There has been a lot of talk from both the Nets organization and their fans about impressing LeBron, and destroying the Knicks' stranglehold of New York City.
However, with all the crowing and chest-puffing about their billionaire Russian owner, larger-than-life billboards, and Brook Lopez discovering that fresh feeling, the Nets may wind up with nothing in this summer free agent bonanza. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Fredo's Plan B is to sign the disappointing Tyrus Thomas. If LeBron is a filet, and Rudy Gay is a top sirloin, then Thomas would fall somewhere between a White Castle slider and the hot dog that I got food poisoning from in '01 on the corner of Lexington and 28th.
I can't say that I wouldn't take some pleasure in the Nets striking out, but I think I speak for a lot of you when I say that I've really never had much of a problem with them. I used to really like their jerseys in the 80's, was a big Dennis Hopson fan, and have always enjoyed watching Lucious Harris play. Clearly there are better days ahead from the team. The young core will continue to improve and the move to Brooklyn coupled with Prokhorov's deep pockets can only help. I don't think they'll ever wrestle away the status as "the" team in New York City from the Knicks, but at least they'll finally become relevant in the Big Apple.
I found it humorous that their fans kept coming over here to talk about how much our beloved Knicks sucked (we already knew that, guys) while coming off a 12-win season. Over this miserable decade of Knicks basketball, I have not once gone to another site and talked smack, mostly because a) that's not really my style and b) what was I going to talk about? Renaldo Balkman dunking in a preseason game? Hopefully the Nets fans regain some of that humility during this process.