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Brook Lopez says this Nets season “more bizarre” than 12-win campaign

Dec 6, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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Brook Lopez’s second season in the NBA the Nets went an ugly 12-70 (with him as their best player). This wasn’t a team trying to tank for the draft — the Nets got the third pick thanks to the lottery and chose Derrick Favors, who was moved in the Deron Williams deal — this was just a bad team that had Lawrence Frank at the helm as they started 0-18 (Frank was canned after the 16th loss).

Lopez thought things couldn’t get worse than that.

Until this season. The Nets reached a new low point Thursday night when the 3-13 Knicks, their “rivals” from over the bridge, came into the Nets building and dominated the game winning by 20.

So Brook, how does it compare? The New York Post asked.

“I thought I got the craziness out of the way early, I thought I’d be done with it,” said Lopez, pointing back to the nightmare of his second season, the nauseating 12-70 record in 2009-10 when the Nets were a mere 29 games out of the playoffs. “This is definitely more bizarre than that, though.”

So the problem is…

“I don’t really want to blame injuries because I still feel we’re better than a lot of teams we played. I don’t know if it’s chemistry either because I’ve rarely been on a team like this where everyone really gets along with each other and respects each other,” Lopez said. “I don’t know if it’s just energy or what.”

Injuries are part of it — Deron Williams missed training camp and is currently out of the lineup again, as is Paul Pierce, Lopez missed time with an ankle sprain. This team has never really gotten a chance for its starting five to get any chemistry going.

But the bigger issue is they have the worst defense in the NBA. Then Knicks exposed it Thursday. The Nets can’t turn this thing around if they can’t turn the defense around — they look old, slow and plodding on that end. Which they have been.

On the bright side, they should still win more than 12 games this season. So there’s that.

  1. csbanter - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    If Deron Williams were healthy the Nets would have a winning record. He’s on the verge of coming back let’s see are in a few weeks.

    • theromeo2k - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Their offense will surely improve after Dwill comes back, but I don’t see how a single guy who doesn’t even play good defense will improve them on that end.

      • Abel Ramírez - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Brook Lopez plays good D. Also, a fluid offense helps the defense. When players score, they feel more motivated to try hard on the other end. That’s one of the reasons D’antoni’s Suns were not awful on D.

  2. jolink653 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    So where are all the people who were raving about the Pierce/Garnett trade and how that would put the Nets in contention for a title? Garnett looks done and Pierce has been hampered by injuries, which is what happens to older players, and now the Nets have no foreseeable draft prospects and are so hamstrung by their cap situation that they can’t move anything to improve their team. Gonna be a long year in Brooklyn

    • shadowshand - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      “Long year?” Gonna be a long couple of years, my friend, a loooooong couple of years ………. at best.

  3. antistratfordian - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Well at least Jason Kidd was right about one thing – as he said in the offseason:

    “It’s harder when you’re supposed to win… when you talk about the Heat, you can ask them, it’s not easy. We’re going to have our hands full.

  4. misremembered72 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    The unpaid intern f^cked up the math, 113-83 is not a 20 point loss.

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