March 28, 2010
Nets clinch no worse than tie for worst-ever NBA team
The New York Times, Another Win Puts Nets Step Further From History
Before a surprisingly festive crowd of 13,469, Brook Lopez scored 37 points and Yi Jianlian added 31 — both career highs — to lead the Nets to a 118-110 victory, their ninth of the season. Ten games remain for them to separate themselves from the futility record and the 9-73 Philadelphia 76ers of 1972-73.
Call them laughable, but seldom has a team watched by so few — the Nets are last in N.B.A. attendance — been so memorable. As they have tied a yellow ribbon around their inglorious Meadowlands residency, the Nets have been terrifyingly bad. But their timing could not be better.
Bottoming out in near-historic proportion has apparently made them a more attractive reclamation project for Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian oligarch who is poised to own 80 percent of the team, a 6-foot-8-inch would-be savior soon to ride his stretch limo to the rescue.
Has Prokhorov already begun to rub off on the Nets? After he materialized as an angel of mercy for the beleaguered owner and real-estate developer, Bruce Ratner, the Nets reached a deal to escape the Izod Center and its surrounding labyrinth of half-baked construction. Their planned palace in downtown Brooklyn — the Barclays Center — finally had its much-delayed groundbreaking.
NoLandGrab: Prokhorov, however, was noticeably absent from that groundbreaking ceremony.
Good thing Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov didn't wait until now to try to buy the Nets.
Imagine what the price tag would be. The cost skyrockets when you're hot. Consecutive-wins hot like the Nets, who not only made it two in a row for the first time this season but also won their ninth game overall last night to insure they will not be the sole owners of the NBA's worst-ever record.
NLG: The Nets returned to form Saturday night in Chicago, losing to the Bulls 106-83.
Posted by eric at March 28, 2010 7:32 PM