The New Jersey Nets are stuck in New Jersey for another few months, waiting to finally make their way to Brooklyn. Jay-Z is super happy about it. But for now, it’s New Jersey and the Prudential Center, where the Nets have played the last two seasons.

And they hate it. Deron Williams and Anthony Morrow in particular aren’t fans, telling some media outlets they “don’t like this arena one bit” and “it was made for hockey, not basketball.” Considering the team shoots worse and scores fewer points per game at home than on the road, their complaints might have some validity.

Avery Johnson, however, isn’t buying it. From the New York Daily News:

“Guys have played basketball, outside. You’ve played in the dark, you’ve played in matchbox gyms. For me, I didn’t care where I played because the basket is 10 foot,” Johnson said. “And we’ve got to find a way to put the ball in the basket and take our time. So whatever the perception or the depth or whatever that is, hopefully we can have the right type of depth perception where the ball goes in the basket.”

Just to clarify for Avery Johnson, it’s “depth perception” that the players are worried about. That is, to quote Wikipedia, is the visual ability to perceive the world in three dimensions (3D) and the distance of an object. Now that that is cleared up, we can move on to the jokes.

I can see both sides of this argument. It can be tough to play in a new place. You’re not used to the sight lines, dead spots on the floor and where the light is coming from. It’s different and it can definitely mess with you.

On the other hand, these dudes are professionals and they’ve been playing games in the Prudential Center for about a year (more so in Morrow’s case), so they should be able to handle playing in a hockey arena. Plus, as Avery Johnson says, get over it. These guys have played in worse gyms in the past, no doubt about it, so they need to just stop worrying about it and play basketball. Deron Williams was playing basketball in Turkey two months ago. Even New Jersey has to have better stadiums than that.

To me, the solution to the Nets’ problems is easy. Avery Johnson needs to take his team to the streets to play a wild game of street basketball, similar to what Team USA did in “D2: The Mighty Ducks.” If getting back to what basketball really is doesn’t help, then nothing will.

Comments (7)

  1. Excellent D2 reference. Stick, gloves, shirt!

  2. Nets need to remember that every team that beats them at home has to play in this “horrible court” as well, and they don’t even practice in it. And if its because of the court, they should be much better team on the road in “better” courts, which is not the case, they still stink. These professionals need to suck it up, stop blaming objects, and focus on the game. Like my coach ounce said after i complained about my team, a good carpenter doesn’t blame his tools. Work hard, use them right, play the game.

  3. I was about to post something but then saw that Bil did all the work for me. That was precisely the point I was going to make.

  4. The new Nets stadium will be 3 blocks from where I live in Brooklyn. They started fucking our neighborhood before ground even broke.

    What’s weird is that I’m a Nets fan (Jersey born and raised, bitches!), and I don’t want them here. Shady. The whole thing is shady.

    Someone recommend a new team for me to root for. As a Nets fan, I’m obviously a glutton for punishment. I’m thinking Wolves, no?

  5. The Prudential Center HAS to be better than where they used to be at the IZOD center.. and almost all arenas are built as multi purpose for hockey, so I’m not sure thats a very valid excuse for them

  6. you do know turkey is a highly developed country right? especially in istanbul

    but other than that, Avery Johnson’s comment about depth perception was hilarious

  7. The Celtics opponents used to complain that they had an advantage in the old Garden, which was designed for boxing.

    Now the HOME TEAM is complaining about their own facility that they play 33/41 games in?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *