The season hasn’t started out particularly well for the Brooklyn Nets. The so-called dark horse contender has found itself among the bottom teams in the Eastern Conference with a 3-7 record. Last summer’s acquisition, Kevin Garnett, was brought to the team not only because of his basketball talents, but perhaps even more so for his leadership. KG has been through adversity before and told the media that the Nets will keep fighting.
“I really believe that when you go through dismal times like this, it builds character,” Garnett said of the Nets’ players meeting on Monday night. “It shows you who’s within and who has the rope and who’s going to let go. I think it really separates the ones that are willing to fight and so far everybody’s in here. Everybody’s in the conversation. We don’t have one or two guys floating throughout. We’re in here.
“Even the guys that are hurt, we’re in here and we’re all trying to fix this thing,” he continued. “It’s not something that none of want to be in. It’s not a good feeling. I don’t think we’re having any fun around here. Nothing’s fun about losing and we’re trying to fix it.”
While it’s good to see that the Nets are not willing to throw in the towel just yet, there are a lot of things working against their favor. KG hasn’t looked like himself until perhaps the Nets’ last game and the team has been overwhelmed with injuries in the starting lineup. Jason Kidd is still struggling to make a transition into a head coach and is still figuring things out.
The major concern for this team going into the season was age and injuries. Having Deron Williams in and out of the lineup and Brook Lopez going down for a few games is certainly not encouraging.