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Nets complacent with losing

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 24, 2013 at 5:15 AM



Look at that picture. That picture was taken before the crap hit the fan. They had so much promise, but now the Nets may have wagged the white flag. Brook Lopez is out for the season, and the Nets have a big hole to climb to make the playoffs. It is the East, so it may not be that hard. With the Nets stumbling around before the loss of Lopez. Things don't seem like they'll get any better.


ESPN

For the first time this season, as the losses continue to mount, Brooklyn Nets rookie coach Jason Kidd was critical of his team and admitted they are getting complacent.

Playing their first game after finding out that center Brook Lopez would be lost for the season due to a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, the Nets were blown out by the Indiana Pacers, 103-86, Monday night at Barclays Center and booed by the home crowd.

"Well I think it is getting very close to just accepting losing," Kidd said after his team lost its third straight to drop to 9-18 overall. "We are kind of getting comfortable with losing. And we got to make a stand with that because when things get tough, do we just give in and most of the time right now we do."



I said a couple of days ago that I look forward to see what Pierce and Kevin can do in the face of adversity. They won't another ring this year, but those two guys have a lot of pride. I really believe KG may think about retiring after this season, especially with Pierce being a free agent next summer.

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Reply paul
7:54 AM on December 24, 2013 
Still no one pointing out what should be obvious by now: Rondo extended the relevance of KG, Pierce and Allen. Instead they continue to claim that we have no idea if he'll be able to succeed without the Three Hall of Famers.

The fanbase at Celtics Blog is particularly sickening. There's one guy there who consistently defends Rondo and even this person reiterates the mantra that the team should move him without a second thought 'for the right deal'. These folks all claim that 'sports is a just business', like it's one of the ten commandments. Of course, the truth of the matter, is that no business is 'just a business', because every business takes place in the real world and impacts communities, but especially about sports is this true. Without the emotional ties, without the loyalties, without the ethics of sports, THERE WOULD BE NO SPORTS. Not as we know them.

Unfortunately, we live in a society that worships success as if it were an absolute God. Thus the folks at Celtics Blog seem to have almost unanimously forgiven Ray Ray. They now declare that the negative reaction to what he did was just 'emotional', which they claim means it doesn't matter, and since it all turned out so well for Ray, he must have been right all along. Success justifies anything/everything, see?

Yes, in a world gone mad, success justifies anything/everything. But anyone who ever thought that the Miami thing wouldn't work out well for Ray were fooling themselves. Of course his skills were a perfect fit there, and of course he would get easy rings by going there. But he not only ripped out the bonds of loyalty to his old team, he went over to its fiercest rival after having just been beaten by them. That isn't just disloyalty. It's a crime against sportsmanship. IT's a punk move. I have a lot more respect for KG and Pierce. They were loyal to the bitter end, and they are going down as warriors. They could be in a samurai movie. They care more for honor than they do for ESPN highlights, or kudos from ethics-starved dittoheads at Celtics Blog.

But behind all this is what it says about Rondo. The guy basically sacrificed his game to help keep the Big Three era afloat, taking endless stings and arrows of blame and belittlement along the way, even to the point of being called selfish, and not a team player and on and on.
Reply celtsfan
10:30 AM on December 24, 2013 
Doc and Ray forgiven. i share your thoughts Paul..
Reply celtsfan
10:31 AM on December 24, 2013 
Rondo was special,and now its out there. He kept those two guys a float.
Reply paul
11:04 PM on December 24, 2013 
What kills me is that people forgive them because they had success. Success makes one righteous!!

The Rondo difference is looking hard to miss right now...
Reply Morena
9:04 AM on December 25, 2013 
It's strange to think about guys like Garnett and Pierce that pay in a team comfortable with losing.
Reply paul
12:30 PM on December 25, 2013 
proud guys amidst turmoil