The Brooklyn Nets, a team that many analysts perceived to be a threat to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, are searching for answers after starting the season 3-7. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the team held a players-only meeting following a home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on November 18th.
The meeting lasted about 25 minutes and once the media were allowed in the locker room they noticed that several players had already departed while other players shed some light on the situation.
Starting shooting guard Joe Johnson attributed the team’s poor start to a lack of chemistry, stating that,”We’ve just got to get some chemistry, because when we get stagnant to where we can’t get a bucket, we have to have something we can go to and we’ve just got to figure it out.”
Reserve guard Jason Terry on the other hand would not acknowledge that it was an actual meeting.
“No meeting at all,” Jason Terry squashed, roughly an hour after the game. “Just guys reflecting, realizing that we just let another opportunity slip. But we’ll figure this thing out.”
The frustration level is high for a team that has one of the deepest talent pools in the entire NBA. Their star point guard, Deron Williams, has been sidelined with an ankle injury for the better part of the past three games and other key players such as the newly acquired duo of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have been dealing with various nagging injuries.
Even when factoring in the array of injuries there is a sense of dissatisfaction within the organization. Four of their losses have come against teams who are currently under .500 (Cleveland, Orlando, Washington and Sacramento) and they have a point differential of -5.3.
The good news is that they will get an opportunity to get back on track in the coming weeks by playing teams such as Charlotte, Detroit, Toronto and the L.A. Lakers.