Why the Nets might leave some fans a little empty


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Back when I was in college (and stone tablets were all the rage), I had a friend who attended the opening day or two of class and then conveniently found other things to fill his time for the remaining weeks of the quarter . Finals were coming, and my buddy went on a scary trip through the school library to find someone he remembered seeing in those early classes to ask what the topic of the last essay was. He would inevitably track someone down, and because he was smarter than someone like me, he’d be able to cobble together enough to pass the class. And while this friend is still one of my favorite people in the world, he never graduated. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I wonder from time to time if he thinks this is a missing piece of his life given all the money he’s poured into school.

Those memories came back to me as I tried to engage with this Nets season. The Nets are entering final weeks and face a test tonight against a Bucks team that hasn’t skipped most standard team building classes.

In general, these nets aren’t all that different from most elite NBA teams, as they place less emphasis on the regular season. If you’ve got the talent for a deep postseason run if you expect to play hard minutes deep into May and June, it makes sense to settle things down on a random evening in March. Time and time again, we’ve seen LeBron James do just that and still end up in the finals. But the nets have taken the practice to the nth degree. It seems teammates don’t matter, coach doesn’t matter, fans don’t matter, honesty doesn’t matter. Why the Nets might leave some fans a little empty


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