The Brooklyn Nets are pretty awful right now. So bad, in fact, that nobody, not even the most pessimistic of analysts, predicted that it would be this bad. However, Gerald Wallace, the former Net who was traded to Boston in the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett deal, said that he saw this coming.
“People think it’s easy,” Wallace told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
“I kind of figured this might happen a little bit, especially at the start, with (Deron Williams) missing all of the training camp and preseason,” Wallace said. “I think it’s just awkward that everybody just expected them to come out of the gates on fire. Playing on a team, you’ve got to have chemistry. You know, guys have got to know how to play together.”
Wallace isn’t blasting the Nets here. Instead he seems to be making a fair assessment. Even KG said at the initial press conference that the Nets have the bones to win a championship, but it depends on how well and how quickly they were able to gel. It turns out that with so many new players, seven of the 15 players on the roster never called the Barclays Center home before, and with so many injured players early on, especially D-Will and Brook Lopez, that it has taken longer than everyone expected.
The Nets can still turn this debacle around and will probably still make the playoffs. However, it’s going to take some guys getting healthy and this team finally playing together for long stretches of time. It doesn’t help that they are the NBA’s oldest team because that means that health might take awhile. Hopefully this poor stretch won’t go on until it’s too late.