Monday, February 22, 2010

NBA's Nets Moving to Newark?

Good morning dudes, before I go out there and embarrass myself on the golf course I decided to tell you about another embarrassment taking place in the NBA. The New Jersey Nets are moving to Newark for two years until their new home is completed in Brooklyn. They will be playing their regular season games at the Prudential Center which is already home to the New Jersey Devils NHL team and to Seton Hall's college basketball team. The last time the Nets played at the Prudential Center they drew 15,721 fans nearly selling out the two preseason games. This is far more than they usually have in attendance at the Izod Center, the team's current home.

I'm not so sure this is a good move and I'll explain why a little later. Someone who does like the move is Brett Yorkman the Nets Chief Executive. "This temporary move not only gives our fans a state-of-the-art arena with the first-class amenities common in most NBA buildings, but also provides our players with a great atmosphere in which to play."

Alright listen, I don't even know where to begin with this. First of all I don't think there is an atmosphere which can help the Nets play better. This team that the Nets are sending out every night could probably get beat by Kansas or Syracuse which is pathetic. The top college basketball teams don't belong on the same floor as paid professionals and yet the Nets are on the verge of running down the 1972-73 Philadelphia '76ers for their 9-73 worst record ever. Right now as of this post, the Nets have a stellar 5-50 record. That is awesome, how do you have the audacity to charge people to see this garbage? They play the Memphis Grizzlies next and you know Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has a W circled for this game.

Now the reason I don't think this is a good move is simply economics. You can move this team to the most beautiful arena ever constructed and nothing will change until you put a better product on the court. Sure attendance will be high at first because of the new arena but people will get sick of seeing their team lose every night by 20. Attendance shouldn't be an issue when you're located next to the most populated city in the world but if your team isn't showing up neither will the fans.  The way to improve your team is to get better talent on the court everything else will follow. The Lakers did it, Miami did it, and Cleveland is doing it this year. One more thing, why can't the Nets actually build a new arena that is in New Jersey? Why Brooklyn? Then again the New York Giants play in New Jersey so nevermind.

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