The Brooklyn Nets are a star-studded team and they have a lot of depth on the bench but that may not necessarily be a good thing. You may be thinking that with such great players, the Nets are definitely going to make it to the playoffs this year and, if all goes well, they could even win.
Well, here I am, thinking that like the Los Angeles Lakers, they will choke and will have to fight to the make the playoffs and, if they do, they'll be kicked out in the first round and maybe even swept.
Like the Lakers last season, the Nets have a team full of talent but, as we saw in the 2011 finals, it's mostly about chemistry or else LeBron James would've had three rings by now. Last year you had Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash - who would've thought that they would be in a team struggling to make playoffs?
Yes, those three stars suffered injuries but who is to say that none of the Nets will this year? Actually, if history is to repeat itself a few of the players will be sidelined.
Another similarity the Nets have with last year's Lakers is a bad coach. Jason Kidd and Mike Brown are two different kinds of bad. Kidd is just lacking some experience whereas Mike Brown was just bad.
Kidd is just like Kevin Garnett, a great player and very experienced on the court but sitting on the bench in a suit is something he has never done. Kidd would be a perfect fit for a rebuilding team like Philadelphia or Boston, but with the Nets, who want to win the title this year, it'll be a challenge for him.
Another thing that will challenge the Nets is their collective age, with Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry all over the age of 35. It will be hard for them to keep up with the youngsters like Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and James Harden. Andrei Kirilenko and Joe Johnson are also in their 30s and will find it difficult to keep up with the younger players around the league. Deron Williams is 29 and Brook Lopez is 25 but they have their own problems with injuries.
The Nets could be a top-four team in the Eastern Conference or they could completely blow it, depending on how healthy their team can be and if the older guys can play a good 30+ minutes a game. The team is a good one and, individually, the players are great.
However, if you throw all of these players with massive egos together, what you are going to get is uncertainty. Judging by the Lakers last season, it won't be good.
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