Through comparability, over in Midtown New york, we will best wager what Phil Jackson’s Knicks are doing. Rebuilding? Collapsing? Tanking?
The most efficient we will definitively say at this level of every other misplaced season is that President Jackson’s now not speaking.
No longer that they’d a lot of a call, however the Nets this season in spite of everything embarked at the technique they will have to have embraced once they moved to Brooklyn in 2012 from their wrong-side-of-the-Hudson outpost in New Jersey. Invading Knicks territory, they’d a brand new enviornment and cool-looking products to promote, together with the cachet of a significant skilled sports activities franchise returning to the borough greater than part a century after baseball’s Dodgers left.
Sadly for the Nets, the oligarchical self-importance of the Russian proprietor, Mikhail D. Prokhorov, dictated another way, launching an unlucky collection of occasions that resulted in a business with Boston that may lengthy cloud the franchise just like the residue of a Pink Auerbach cigar.
However that’s all water beneath 3 bridges — Brooklyn, New york and Williamsburg — and what Atkinson and Sean Marks, the brand new normal supervisor who employed him, can best transfer on from, starting with what we would possibly name the pre-process.
“Whether or not it really works or now not, I don’t know, however we’re at the identical web page,” Atkinson stated of his boss. “We now have the similar imaginative and prescient on how we will get out of it. My large concern used to be whether or not the common fan used to be going to keep in mind that. However, you already know, there haven’t been many boos, and the truth that there was some compassion and working out makes me suppose that we don’t give the lovers sufficient credit score for what they know.”
Possibly the Nets…