Though the immediate future appears overwhelmingly bright for the Brooklyn Nets and their fanbase, there are a few instances that could result in a massive decline, let’s look at three, in particular.
Climbing back into relevancy and reaching its peak after acquiring Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this summer, an exceedingly bright and successful future appears inevitable for the new-look Brooklyn Nets. However, a slippery slope atop this mountain not only exists but also threatens to send Brooklyn cascading down, back toward an abyss all too familiar for Nets fans.
We’ve seen events such as these play out before. Fans clinging championship aspirations only to sit from afar and helplessly watch as their team, which momentarily offered hope and optimism, now deal out crushing and disappointing realities brewed only from their own mistakes.
Not too long ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder also appeared destined to win a championship as they loaded themselves with youthfulness and star studded talent. Both today’s Nets squad and this Thunder team even withheld the same small forward, looking to win his team its first NBA title.
As we know, these descendants of the Seattle Supersonics still own an empty trophy case today, as the team never managed to meet their potential and consequently now await a season likely to disappoint unlike any other in recent memory.
Around the same time, Brooklyn’s cross–town rival, the New York Knicks, also plummeted after a “fool’s gold” offseason where the team reeled in Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani to join an already young and talented roster lead by Carmelo Anthony. Coming off a promising playoff run, the team failed to continue ascending and let down a fanbase which they continue to torture today.
Although I may be forecasting this one a bit too early, today’s Boston Celtics, who once owned countless young pieces with limitless potential and seemingly enough draft picks to assemble an entire roster with rookies, now hint at a future which fails to include their 18th Larry O’Brien trophy, as players continue to eagerly depart the team.
With that all said, below are some even more specific blueprints for both Atkinson and Marks, detailing 3 ways to avoid any halt to this current revival in Brooklyn.