Lichtenstein: Down With I Mean, Long Live Nets’ King

July 11, 2012 12:00 AM

Lichtenstein: Down With I Mean, Long Live Nets’ King
By Steve Lichtenstein

" I have been prepping for the last couple of years to despise all things Brooklyn Nets.  How much teeth-kicking can a fan take?  The franchise that I have loved for nearly 40 years was skipping a state and a town with a modern building that would support a competitive team just so it could act as an accessory to a real estate deal?

" Here we have a franchise that has been snake-bitten since its entry into the NBA, starting with the sale of my favorite player, Dr. J, to the Philadelphia 76ers to help raise the cash it needed to continue to exist.  Sure there were a few enjoyable periods, but they were always short-lived and overshadowed by some of the most dreadful teams ever to adorn the League.

Even Mikhail Prohkorov’s purchase of the team in 2010, which was promised to signal a return to winning basketball, proved to be false hope for New Jersey residents.  At least his record as owner topped the percentage in Russia that cast votes for him to be President "

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