The struggling Brooklyn Nets cancelled practice on Sunday, then skipped morning shootaround on Monday and the result was an ugly loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. So they actually went overtime in practice on Tuesday as they stayed for at least an hour longer than originally planned.
This is a result of a player’s only meeting that they reportedly held after Monday night’s loss at the Barclays Center.
“It was just us amongst ourselves talking,” Joe Johnson told Tim Bontemps of the New York Post about the meeting. “Yeah, that’s probably the biggest thing,” Johnson said. “We were riding pretty high and clicking offensively. We weren’t getting a lot of stops, but we had enough to where we had a double-figure lead, and we just blew it all away.”
Kevin Garnett saw some positives from the fact that nobody has given up on this team, although he did point out that the team has been very frustrated and the players certainly aren’t having fun.
“The talk was just basketball,” Garnett told Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game. “Obviously a part of it, a lot of it could have been frustration, but it was immediate, just things that you thought you saw. Right after the game, you’re fired up and still going with that same intensity and you’re speaking how you’re feeling.
“I really believe that when you go through dismal times like this, it builds character,” Garnett continued. “It shows you who’s within. Who has the rope and who’s going to let go. I think it really separates the ones that are willing to fight, and so far, everybody’s ‘in’ here. Everybody’s in the conversation. We don’t have one or two guys floating throughout. We’re ‘in’ here. Even the guys that are hurt, we’re in here and we’re all trying to fix this thing. It’s not something that none of want to be in. It’s not a good feeling. I don’t think we’re having any fun around here. Nothing’s fun about losing and we’re trying to fix it.”
Paul Pierce explained how it was about keeping everyone positive while they examined what has been working and what hasn’t been working. That’s basically the same thing he has said after every loss so far this season though. It’s a process. The process is just not progressing.
The Nets started off the season with a disappointing loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have since gone just 3-7 themselves, before a big win against the Miami Heat at home. As big as that win was, the Nets have lost six out of their next game games including three loses to teams with below-.500 records. Hopefully this player’s only meeting will begin to turn their season around.