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by Ben Nadeau
Resolution: Stay patient and committed to 2018
The Brooklyn Nets are in this precarious position because of owner Mikhail Prokhorov -- but believe me when I say it's not the end of the world, truly. Show me a person that immediately disparaged the Celtics trade and I'll show you a liar.
The point is, Prokhorov has been a dream leader, the kind of owner that fans of franchises have longed for since Mark Cuban's endless wallet pushed the Dallas Mavericks to new heights. Hindsight is always 20/20, but you grow to appreciate an owner like Prokhorov that's willing to roll the dice with their eyes on the prize instead of penny-pinching to another seventh seed and first round defeat.
And yet here we are in 2017, so what has changed with Prokhorov? In no uncertain terms, everything.
Now having officially punched the reset button and committed to the long road, Prokhorov must now be willing to stay the course and be patient. With Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks, the franchise is in better hands, so let them work their magic -- that alone is, perhaps, the Russian billionaire's most important role.
These problems are impossible to solve overnight, or even in the next year and change, so letting Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Chris McCullough develop without the twinge or worry that they'll be shipped off for Carmelo Anthony tomorrow will be his best action plan this year.
Prokhorov deserves some of the blame for this mess, make no mistake, but he certainly deserves much of the praise for turning the horrendous New Jersey-based franchise into a legitimate New York brand -- in time, the players will come as well.
New Year’s Resolutions for the Brooklyn Nets in 2017
Congratulations, we made it to 2017, somehow, almost inexplicably.
Although the world may or may not be on the verge of nuclear annihilation, it’s always important to look back on the year that was and reflect. For the Brooklyn Nets, 2016 was an incredibly trying year from start to finish: they fired Lionel Hollins and Billy King, let Joe Johnson move on to greener pastures, shut down Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, and then traded the latter for a rookie coming off of foot surgery. Then the Nets signed Jeremy Lin in July, but the usually healthy point guard has only played in 12 games this season after straining his hamstring twice — as the result, they’re just 8-24 and in dead last in the Eastern Conference.
In order to quell such potential injury worries, the Nets signed Greivis Vasquez to lead the second unit, but the Venezuelan would promptly re-injure his ankle and require a second surgery. Down two NBA-caliber point guards in a flash, the Nets have relied on Isaiah Whitehead and Yogi Ferrell, two rookies, to lead the charge. Of course, all of these things, no matter how promising Caris LeVert may look at times, is overshadowed by the omnipresent Boston Celtics, the team that has owned their future (James Young, Jaylen Brown) and will continue to do so for two more years (pick swap in 2017, outright owned in 2018). So, despite finding themselves in the basement once again, the Nets have no reason to tank, trade, or flop — they must only try to improve, one baby step at a time.
If that’s the case then, have they? We’re almost halfway through the season, so it’s time to look forward as best as possible. Here at The Brooklyn Game, it’s been a long-standing tradition to write these New Year’s Resolutions for the Brooklyn Nets — ironically, however, it appears as if we skipped 2016, but given the quick firing of Hollins and King, and the gruesome injury to Jarrett Jack just after the ball dropped, there were a few other important things going on at the time.
Give some of older versions a read if you’d like a laugh and a trip down memory lane, then get into our 2017 resolutions starting with owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Brooklyn Nets 2015 New Year’s Resolutions!
WELCOME TO 2014! Brooklyn Nets New Year’s Resolutions!
Brooklyn Nets 2013 New Year’s Resolutions!
New Year’s Resolutions 2012!
New Jersey Nets: New Year’s Resolutions 2011
Without further ado, here are The Brooklyn Game’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2017: