Brooklyn Nets fans should panic; they aren’t that good of a team right now

Written by Doug Rush

Brooklyn Nets fans should panic; they aren’t that good of a team right now.

We at Pro Sports Extra have a Brooklyn Nets fan on staff named Noah Gagnon. How much of a Nets fan is he?

Noah apparently wants to “tongue kiss” Kyrie Irving, who is sitting somewhere at home costing the Nets victories. So while Noah wrote on here that his fan base shouldn’t panic, this is probably going to be bad news for him.

The Brooklyn Nets stink.

That’s right. It’ll be repeated for Noah and any other Nets fans who can’t take off the homer goggles that were handed out to them at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Nets stink.

This Nets team was built to have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden as the big three with Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge as the veteran sidekicks and Joe Harris and Bruce Brown as the guys doing the grunt work.

We are going to leave Durant alone, because he’s a mercenary doing what he does best; play basketball. He’s good. He’s not the best in the NBA, but KD gives you a chance to win.

Why do the Nets stink? First off, Kyrie remains inactive and it hurts the Nets bottom line. We have written here many times how the Nets have to trade him considering he’s an issue moving forward. Even if Irving were to return at some point, he’s also extremely injury prone and can’t be counted on during the most important of times, like the postseason.

Then there is Harden, who, should get credit for trying. He is trying. He’s also doing more damage than good for the Nets by playing with a hamstring issue.

In the 106-93 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, Harden was 4-for-12 shooting with 14 points. At best right now, Harden is at 50 percent healthy and not effective.

This is not the James Harden that the Nets mortgaged their future for last year when Brooklyn sent Houston it’s 2022, 2024 and 2026 first round picks, plus the Rockets getting to swap picks in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027, although they probably won’t need to since Houston is not that good and can keep where that are at in the immediate future.

This is a 32-year-old Harden who is becoming injury prone and not quite the NBA MVP we all saw in 2018.

Harden isn’t getting the referees to give him the old “lean in” fouls he once did. Because he doesn’t deserve them.

So while yes, it’s only October and the Nets are only 2-3, they aren’t a good team and aren’t built to win right now. We mentioned that trading Kyrie to the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard would instantly make them a better team.

Trading Kyrie to the Washington Wizards for Bradley Beal would make them a better team. Trading Kyrie to the Houston Rockets for John Wall would make the Nets better. Trading Kyrie to the Minnesota Timberwolves for D’Angelo Russell would make them a better team.

Right now, as is, the Nets will not win a championship. As hard as KD will try to drag this Nets team to the playoffs with a hobbled Harden, the ghost of Kyrie and the shells of Griffin and Aldridge, it won’t happen. KD isn’t LeBron.

Sean Marks needs to alter this team somehow to make it a contender. Trading Kyrie is that way.

Until he does,the Nets are going to lose games this year that they normally wouldn’t. Sorry Noah, although, enjoy your tongue kiss with Kyrie.

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About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.

In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.

After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.

In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.

Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.