After the Knicks retained J.R. Smith and added Andrea Bargnani and the Nets, well, got supercharged, it was supposed to be a tremendous year for basketball in New York CIty. Things haven’t quite worked out that way. After losing to the not-quite-as-glamorous Bobcats, the Nets have now dropped seven of their last eight. Let the finger pointing begin..
- The word from the Nets is that Jason Kidd’s job is not in danger, writes Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. The Nets invested too much into the idea of him as the long-term answer, but it’s worth noting that owner Mikhail Prokhorov hasn’t made a peep since he was in house for the Nets’ victory over Miami on Nov. 1.
- Offseason addition Andrei Kirilenko told Bondy that he had an injection in his back over a week ago that has delayed his return. AK47 has struggled with back spasms over the last few seasons, but was never out this long.
- Here’s a fun fact that will keep Nets fans up at night. Since 2010, the Nets’ list of traded draft picks includes Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Damian Lillard, Darius Morris, Gorgui Dieng, and Shane Larkin, tweets Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game. Brooklyn has also traded away their first-round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018.