Things are bad for the Brooklyn Nets right now. Jason Kidd seems lost at the helm, Kevin Garnett looks like he was better off retiring, the injuries never go away, and the Knicks, who were riding a nine-game losing streak, just beat them by 30.
Is that rock bottom? Maybe. I think we’ll find out on Saturday night as the Nets take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who are just one of three teams in the NBA with a worse winning percentage. If they can’t even beat the Bucks, I think that says all that we need to know about the Nets right now.
Perhaps then things can start to change. Jason Kidd could take a hard look at his approach, or the front office could replace him altogether, Deron Williams is expected back from his ankle injury on Tuesday and the other guys do eventually have to get healthy as well.
SPEAKING OF THE WOUNDED: D-Will, Paul Pierce (hand), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Jason Terry (knee) are out again. Like I wrote, D-Will is expected back on Tuesday and Terry is expected to be reevaluated on Monday. Nobody has any clue when Kirilenko will be back.
THEY’RE NOT ALONE: The Nets aren’t the only ones dealing with injury problems. The Bucks have four players out right now including Caron Butler (knee), Carlos Delfino (foot), Zaza Pachlia (foot), Larry Sanders (thumb).
VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: It’s pretty sad when the most optimistic thing you can say about a team is that at least the rest of the conference is just as bad, but that’s exactly what Joe Johnson said on Thursday, “The East is pretty bad so our chances are still high.”
TERRY STILL OPTIMISTIC: Johnson might think their best chance lies in the problems of other teams, but Jason Terry seems to think that once they get healthy, the Nets can still be a decent team.
“We’re going to be a great team — not a good team — a great team,” Terry said. “And we just got to get healthy, number one, but we just got to continue to fight. Too many times, even when we did have our guys, when a team made a run on us or something, we’ve dropped our head and felt sorry for ourselves. Even at home, the fans start to boo, we feel sorry for ourselves. No, it’s just basketball.”