Friday, July 1, 2011

NBA: Why the Brooklyn-Bound New Jersey Nets Are Moving in the Right Direction

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By Cecil Riley (Contributor) : This year did not start out great for the New Jersey Nets.

With the backing of a new ambitious owner, a superstar face of the franchise, an accomplished young coach and the promise of moving to an untapped market, the borough-bound franchise looked in line for a major influx of talent.

Alas, the charisma of Mikhail Prokhorov, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Avery Johnson were not enough to reel in the big fish last summer and left them holding their bag of money.

Now what?

Unfortunately, they decided to "just sign somebody" to not make the offseason a total loss.

In most instances, that only compounds the problem.

The knee-jerk reaction that followed included long-term contracts for Johan Petro and Jordan Farmar, and a ridiculous deal for Travis Outlaw amounting to $28 million over four years.

All in all, a horrendous offseason in the books.

The fun continued into the regular season.

The Nets struggled through the year, winning only 24 games and missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

So why should New Jersey fans be smiling?

Through the struggles of the 2010-2011 season, there were small glimmers of hope and one huge ray of sunshine that should have Nets fans eagerly awaiting the beginning of next season.

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