If Nets Don’t Put Ego’s Aside This Will Be A Long Season


After getting off to a four-and-two start to the regular season Joe Johnson who is known as a quiet guy opened his mouth and accused his fellow teammates of being selfish. Since opening his mouth Johnson’s stats have decreased significantly and the Nets recent struggles are in large part his fault. Johnson scored a grand total of two points in the Nets loss to the Spurs on Saturday and Johnson seems lost and frankly uninterested when he’s on the court.

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Johnson isn’t the only Net who is struggling as if late. Brook Lopez has had a sluggish start to the season and he has found himself in Coach Lionel Hollins doghouse. There was speculation that Johnson was directing his selfish comments toward Lopez and Lopez at times does tend to take ill advised shots. At times it seems that the ball is glued to Lopez’s hands and he forgets that there are four other guys on his team on the court alongside him. Lopez is seven feet tall but rarely goes up strong and usually shoots layups and floaters much like an oversized guard.

The Nets were thrilled about the returns of two important bench players that had a huge impact last season Alan Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko, but Kirilenko never played and his on his way out, while Anderson has been horrible and if he keeps it up may lose minutes to Markel Brown. Mason Plumlee has also started the season off sluggishly as he has been surpassed by Jerome Jordan in the rotation.

The only real positives for the Nets this season has been the consistent play of Deron Williams and the terrific play of Mirza Teletovic off of the bench. Williams has looked spry and more explosive since his surgery and he has remained injury free for the most part so far this season. Teletovic has shown an improved defensive game and he has emerged into a good rebounder. Teletovic still is a lights out shooter and he has also improved on making plays off of the dribble. Also Bojan Bogdanovic has shown the Nets that he was well worth the wait as early on he is being talked about as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate.

The Nets right now are 5-and-8 on the season and if they don’t hold themselves accountable that whole can start to get even more deep. As we stand at this moment in time the Nets are discombobulated and are searching for answers. If the Nets don’t come together and play like a team this season can get ugly real fast. If the Nets move the ball effectively and play hard on the defensive end the sky is the limit for them, but if they continue to be stagnant and play selfishly this will be an incredibly long and grueling season and if the Nets are still struggling by the trade deadline Billy King might blow the team up and begin the rebuilding process.

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