So, Lawrence Frank, fired by New Jersey. Is sparing a coach the notoriety of completing a historic losing streak doing him a favor, or just rubbing salt in the wound?
Let's not forget that Lawrence Frank holds the records for most wins to start a coaching tenure. And let's not forget that New Jersey shipped out the last remaining member of their Big Three at the start of this season. But someone has to take the fall for making East Rutherford the least attractive destination for LeBron, despite their piles of available cash.
I don't know about you, but I think the next two games for the Nets are just about the most fascinating matchups in this young season. The Lakers and Mavericks, with a combined eight losses between them, are all that stand between NJ and history. Assistant Tom Barrise will be on the bench for tonight's game against the defending champs, and then they'll have a cross-country flight and three long days to contemplate Dallas coming to town.
A losing streak is so much more identifiable with than an undefeated streak. We were awed by Tom Brady, and are amazed by Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, because they're light years beyond us. First, to play at a professional level, and second, to never lose? That's unfathomable. But to go down day after day, week after week is a universal feeling.
Whether it be a cold streak with women, or a terrible run in fantasy football, or even a general sense that life has never stopped shitting on us, we all know how the Nets feel. They'll try their hardest tonight, and they may still lose. Because sometimes that's what happens. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you just can't win.
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