Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  30 responses

New Jersey Nets: Not the Worst Team Ever

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

I’m not sure how many Nets games you guys caught this season, but assuming you did watch them from time to time, you may find it hard to believe that a more sorry team has ever existed. But, it’s true. Last night at home, they made it a fact.

The ’72-’73 Sixers can breathe easy: their record of infamy (9-73) survived its most serious scare in quite some time, as the Nets won their 10th game of the year against a short-handed Spurs team.

The Star-Ledger was on hand, and captured the players’ reactions to their, um, historic win:

“It got that monkey off our back,” reserve guard Keyon Dooling said. “I mean, it’s just a relief to not have your name in the history books. When you think of Fred Carter and guys like that, that’s still on his resume. No matter how good of an analyst he is, no matter how good a player he was, that’s still a stain on his resume that you don’t want to have.”

But as the buzzer went off, the Nets were surprisingly subdued. Yes, even though 10-64 looks a lot better than 9-73. “Everyone’s happy for 10 wins, but don’t get us wrong – we’re still mad about the overall season,” said Terrence Williams (13 points, seven boards, three assists). “But we’re not in the record book. “It’s exciting to get to 10 wins,” Devin Harris agreed. “But then again, it is 10 wins.”

Yeah, I think that about sums it up.

The good news for the Nets is that things can only go up from here: they have a new, mysterious and obscenely rich owner coming onboard, and there seems to be quite a bit of belief out there that this team will soon become respectable.

Fred “Mad Dog” Carter — who is oddly proud of the Sixers’ putrid record — is undoubtedly happy this morning; but Nets fans (even the ones who wear paper bags to hide their shame during home games) have true reason to celebrate, and most importantly, ponder what promises to be a brighter future.

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  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Right now, they look better than Minnesota and Washington.

  • Ken

    Congrats to Jersey. And yes, I agree that their future is brighter than many other teams. Lopez and Harris is a good combo, CDR is solid, and they have good chances to do well in the draft.

  • Michael Scorn

    so, if worst team ever is based off of season record, does that make the 96 bulls the best team ever? because sometimes people make excuses how the nba was watered down in 96.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Congrats on not being the worst-smelling piece of sh*t ever.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Aren’t their names still on the record books for most games opening a season without a win?

  • riggs

    like my brother said last night, “the nets cant do anything right, theyre even 2nd place as the worst team in history”

  • coconut_07

    What’s their next goal? Becoming third worst?

  • LA Huey

    @Mo, yeah. Funny how Dooling might have glossed over this fact in his drunken moment of glory.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I remember thinking OKC should’ve drafted Brook Lopez.. but I guess things turned out alright for them.. meh.

  • riggs

    @niQ: imagine if they had brook now

  • T-Money

    don’t get it twisted, brook lopez is still that dude.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    As a Nets fan: yes, I’m happy with the win. But Terrence Williams is right: 10 wins is nice right now, but it’s still only 10 wins. (also: for everyone who hasn’t watched the Nets, I understand. But lately Terrence Williams is REALLY showing what he can do, a joy to watch)

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    im saddened by this… i wanted them to be the worst team ever…..

  • Doris

    NETS are the best worst team. *:^

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Josh Boone. If he were reading this, he’d be suprised at who keep shouting him out.

  • kenNY

    sooooooooooooo the nets are better then the worst team ever?

  • TyMo

    Yes! Time to plan the parade route.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Are you a family member of his, Philosopher?

  • The Philosopher

    @Teddy – The – Bear: No, but we’ve spent some time together in the past. He’s one of the more humble pro basketball players one would come around. Truly a nice guy. If we were to see each other today, he would know who I am. Now, five years from now, he probably would not remember me.

  • The Philosopher

    @Teddy – The – Bear: His mother is a nice lady too. I’ve spent time with the both of them.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice man, very cool story. Thanks!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    how could josh boone not be a humble cat? hes a scrub

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com 323 478 1884

    Lakers dont have to worry about being the worst NBA team only the best!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Not cool, man.

  • http://www.twitter.com/retepadam Peter Nygaard

    Very happy with the end of this season.

    Hopefully, they don’t overtake Minnesota and lose some ping pong balls, but it’s hard to go wrong with either Wall or Turner.

    I would hate to see Harris go because he’s so exciting and a real treat to watch, but I feel like that may be inevitable down the road….

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com Hoopistani

    nets quote of the season: “It’s exciting to get to 10 wins,” Devin Harris agreed. “But then again, it is 10 wins.”

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    congrats on being mediocre at losing

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  • The Philosopher

    In my humble opinion, what the Nets need is an established coach. Someone guys will believe in. Del Harris lost credibility with players a long time ago. They have talent. Van Gundy.

  • babygirlfromnyc

    They just need to destroy and rebuild! It will turn around for them. Just look at the Cavs. Who the hell played for Cleveland before LeBron?