Sections

New coach, same mediocre play

for The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

For the first two games under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, the Nets appeared to have righted the ship.

Brooklyn rolled to wins over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers and seemingly had momentum on its side heading into a New Year’s Eve showdown against the perennial powerhouse that is the San Antonio Spurs.

The Nets got crushed.

Carlesimo called the match-up against San Antonio “a statement game” — and the statement was clear: this team can’t consistently hang with the NBA’s elite.

What is not clear, however, is why.

The Nets are a team built to win now — and at times, they show it, like during last night’s resounding road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But wins against top tier teams have been few and far between.

The first casualty of the Nets’ mediocrity was recently canned coach Avery Johnson. After an impressive November, injuries in December halted winning and Johnson was never able to get his group to refocus.

Even with a change at the top, the results have largely followed the same narrative: there’s no problem with the NBA’s weakest teams, but the Nets struggle to keep up with the league’s best.

The 104–73 drubbing at the hands of the Spurs, which included a historically awful five-point quarter, further demonstrates that these problems go beyond the coach.

Maybe the expectations heading into the season were too high. Maybe this team just isn’t much better than a low playoff seed. Maybe this group of guys isn’t fit to play together.

But with the talent from the top to the bottom of the roster, it’s hard to believe any of those things. It remains to be seen if Carlesimo will be the man in charge of the Nets for the remainder of the season, but one thing is certain: if the Nets don’t start performing to their potential, regardless of the coach, the team won’t go far.

Tom Lafe is a 6-foot-5 sports world insider with a middling high school basketball career who believes the Nets will be driven by the success of the team’s big men.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

C. says:
Who writes this stuff? The Nets just beat the team with the best record in the league on their court pretty handedly.
Jan. 3, 2013, 2:18 pm

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.