On Being An Apathetic Fan At The Start Of The Season

On Being An Apathetic Fan At The Start Of The Season

It seems unreasonable – unfair, even – that a fan should approach the start of the NBA season with relative apathy.  Joy and hope are chief among the emotions the beginning of any season is supposed to elicit, yet my burden is that of the indifference I feel towards the Brooklyn Nets, the team I support above all others in the world of sports. It is sometimes easy to forget the Nets could belong to Kansas City, Louisville or even Seattle.  Bruce Ratner had little choice but to sell a franchise that was hemorrhaging money in New Jersey, and it just happened to work out that a Russian oligarch was interested in both an NBA team and a piece of the New York market.  This fact and the lingering newness of Brooklyn are perhaps the organization’s only shields against rampant lethargy among the fan base that hasn’t quite decided what investment to make in the team. Experts have pegged the Nets to finish somewhere between 6th and 10th in the Eastern Conference.  On any given night, the Nets have too many solid players to be bad and not enough difference makers to be good.  Even Lionel Hollins, hired to replace the keen to leave Jason Kidd, was brought in not to improve the Nets offense or defense, but to squeeze as much blood from a stone that dates back to a different geological age.  Finishing between 6th and 10th in either conference is often called purgatory for teams with somewhere else to go. The Nets have nowhere else to go. The problem isn’t that the franchise is directionless; the...
Things I Think I Know About The 2014-15 Season

Things I Think I Know About The 2014-15 Season

With the season starting today, I figured I would take a look at some things that I think I know about the upcoming season. This season is going to be interesting now that the Heat dismantled (just a little bit) and the Western Conference teams getting stronger each year. The Spurs Will Not Make It Back To The Finals We have all witnessed teams physically break down after playing deep into the post season year after year. This being my main logic behind my statement that I do not think the Spurs will make it back to the Finals. The one X-factor in all of this is Gregg Popovich’s ability to manage minutes better than anyone in the game. The player’s will not be run down due to coaching but by the sheer fact that the big three played over 21,000 minutes over the past three seasons. The most telling aspect of the minutes played between the two NBA Finals appearances was the increase in minutes during the regular season. Popovich recognized the importance of home court and thus had increased Duncan and Ginobili’s minutes by over a 100 for the season. Tony Parker on the other hand played less minutes during the regular season and the playoffs (765 minutes in 2013 playoffs compared to 719 minutes in the 2014 playoffs.) History has proven that when you play on average 96 games a season over a three year span, you are bound to break down through fatigue. How Greg Popovich manages their playing time this year is going to be something I will keep an eye on. He will...
An NBA Preview…in Blurbs

An NBA Preview…in Blurbs

Its that time of year again. Instead of doing a heavy themed preview, this one is going to be designed for your readability (is that a word) and give you comprehensive predictions of all the playoff teams and all the major awards that will most likely not be accurate, but I promise that you’ll have quite the enjoyable time reading them. I’ll start with a good news and bad news item for every team for the coming season and then predict the playoffs and the end of season awards. All team blurbs are in order of predicted finish. Atlantic Division Toronto Raptors- The good news is that they re-signed Kyle Lowry in free agency to try to maintain last year’s positive momentum. The bad news is that they’ve made only nominal roster upgrades. Should be enough to win the division. New York Knicks- The good news is that Carmelo Anthony is back and the Phil Jackson era has begun. The bad news is that they don’t have a rim protector or adequate defensive personnel. The worry for new head coach Derek Fisher is that both of the guys not named Phil Jackson who have hung their hat on the triangle offense failed miserably and they both happen to be sitting on Fisher’s bench as assistants. Brooklyn Nets- The good news is that Deron Williams claims to be 100% and they should have Brook Lopez back. The bad news is that they lost valuable perimeter depth in the offseason and health status of both Williams and Lopez is about as reliable as Alex Rodriguez passing a PED test. (too soon?)...