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Sports Beat: Bad Long-term Nets Prognosis


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Queens, NY – While the Knicks’ poor record this season, combined with the arrival of president/general manger/savior Phil Jackson have made them a daily backpage story, the Nets’ disappointing season has largely gone under the radar.

In many ways the Nets have bigger problems. Nets GM Billy King badly mortgaged the team’s future by trading for veteran forward Joe Johnson in 2012 and for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry in June 2013. The net result was that the Atlanta Hawks, who have the best record in the NBA’s Eastern conference, and the rebuilding Boston Celtics, basically have the Nets top draft picks for four out of the upcoming five years.

Kevin Garnett still can play; unfortunately he can only do so in small batches of minutes at a time in a game. Paul Pierce only played a year for the Nets before leaving as a free agent for the Washington Wizards while Jason Terry, once one of the most feared three-point shooters in the league, lost his touch once he wore a Nets uniform and was dealt to the Sacramento Kings.

I asked Billy King at the time if he was concerned that he was mortgaging the team’s future by trading a lot of tomorrow for a very small window of opportunity today when he made the deal in June 2013.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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