The new year is a time for resolutions, and the Brooklyn Nets resolved to put 2013 behind them.
Some folks forget their resolutions in a few days or months, but the Nets are in a different class. They can’t escape the first few months of their season as they have been living under a microscope since they put this supposedly juggernaut team together this offseason. Expectations can either make or break a team and for a while, fans figured that the Nets were better off drafting their wills and waiting for the reaper to come.
But as soon as the clock struck 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2014, the reaper was forced to look for another doomed team to send to an early grave. The results gave been mind-boggling to say the least. Since the new year, they have defeated playoff teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors to give their devoted fan base hope for the second half of the season.
The players have figured out the fact that they can actually play as a team with only one ball to pass and shoot with. It may have taken them half the season to do so, but we are witnessing the results of a team that had the light bulb go off over their heads.
Jason Kidd realized that he can’t be their friend and coach at the same time and expect certain results when the line needs to be crossed. The front office didn’t panic when the season was going downhill and try to add or take away from the group. They held firm and quite possibly strengthened the team in the process.
The early results from 2014 for the Nets have been outstanding so far. With a 6-1 record, they have managed to climb out of the Eastern Conference basement and take hold of the eighth spot in the playoff race. After what they went through in 2013, I don’t see the Nets giving up on their resolution of a better 2014. Do you?