New Jersey Nets
For what seems like forever now, New York City has been called a basketball town. But, that really hasn’t been the feeling around these parts for quite some time now. The Yankees own the hearts of most of the city, with seventeen postseason appearances during the last 18 seasons and 5 Championships.
Tonight at 7:30 ET the Nets open up their 2012-2013 campaign at home against the Toronto Raptors. This however is no ordinary start to the season for a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2007. As the Nets take the floor tonight it will not be in New Jersey at the Izod Center, but Brooklyn on Atlantic Avenue, home of the new 4.9 billion dollar Barclays Center.
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Sixty young men heard their names called Thursday Night as they started their NBA Careers, but only about a third of those men had the privilege of embracing the commissioner on-stage afterwards. The rest sat at home and enjoyed the moment with friends and family. Regardless of how the players were notified, they were all thrilled to be chosen by an NBA team as a player they thought could help their team, or in some players' cases, save it.
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Point guard Deron Williams doing his best not to let frustration get the best of him
It is said that winning can mask all pains. Losing does just the opposite. It exposes all weaknesses, and the Nets have some glaring ones. As the season drags on, the losses keep coming. The team has now dropped 8 of their first 10, sporting the 28th worst offense in basketball (87 PPG), shooting under 40 percent from the field.
Despite 2-6 start, Nets’ coach Avery Johnson has faith in his squad