The New York Nets may have been inspired by some criticism by sports personality Bill Simmons as they've been on a tear after some harsh words.
This is the power of social media – the Brooklyn Nets are 9-2 since Bill Simmons tweeted that the team is embarrassing and that they have to be, “the worst 4th quarter team in recent NBA history.”
Well, that is quite the levying of accusation and a tremendously weighty charge. To be labeled bad as a sports figure or team is something that is usually undeniable and comes with the evidence to support it. Most figures or teams when this happens have no other recourse but to accept the judgment that has been placed on them because there is no other option, their record, in any facet, makes them culpable for the offense of losing and thus, being labeled bad. But for the Brooklyn Nets something else happened, something that can only be described as an alternative route after such a socially and publicly calling out from the former sports columnist turned podcaster.
The Brooklyn Nets turned it up and started winning.
Since Simmons tweet, the Nets have made a complete reversal. And the Nets have won over some notable teams: Raptors, 76ers, Wizards, Knicks, and Hawks. They even handled their business against the Lakers with a 115-110 victory that capped their longest win streak in four years with six games. That particular game, former Laker guard D’Angelo Russell kicked in 22 points and a career-high-tying 13 assists.
What This Means
What this says about the Brooklyn Nets is two-fold. One, it means that they were listening and instead of doing nothing about their lackluster play, decided to become better, or at least do better. Second, and most importantly, it shows that they are capable of winning and when a team begins to believe that they can win, their record also reflects it, and who knows where the team goes from there – but it’s usually up. We will see if this is the case for the Nets.