Sunday, January 16, 2011
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Losers of nine of their last ten, the Nets are mired in a rut amidst their four game west coast swing. New Jersey will travel to Golden State Monday followed by a return to Newark to face the Jazz on Wednesday night. Although the Nets have been competitive; playing the Suns, Blazers and Lakers down to the closing moments, New Jersey lacks a superstar who can singlehandedly catapult them out of mediocrity.
That player may very well be Carmelo Anthony, but New Jersey’s patience is running short, with the Nuggets seemingly increasing their demands day by day and hour by hour. Mikhail Prokhorov took the reins of ownership with the intention of transforming the beleaguered organization into an NBA champion in three years.
With only four remaining players from last year’s embarrassing twelve win season, the Nets are desperately trying to shed the reputation as the NBA’s doormat, marketing a fresh “new” start. The 2010 NBA season ushered in a renewed sense of hope and optimism for a franchise seeking to ascend from obscurity and irrelevance, to NBA glory.
A disappointing offseason, followed by a 10-29 record has made that optimism fade. The Nets youth movement has certainly seen its share of growing pains, as fans implore the front office to actively pursue a trade. The Nets may very well be at a crossroads in their history with the February 24th trade deadline fast approaching.
Should New Jersey continue to develop their youth or trade them as bargain chips in favor (or Favors no pun intended) of landing a superstar talent like Carmelo Anthony? Fans are without question in favor (again no pun intended) of wooing Anthony to the Garden State, as they remember how the addition of Jason Kidd revitalized the franchise. The next month will be a decisive period for the Nets as they aim to meet the lofty championship aspirations set by their ambitious owner.