When the 2013-14 NBA schedule came out New Yorkers were focused on four games, the four matchups between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. These games were supposed to feature two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, but that's not the case.
Unfortunately for fans, the Knicks and Nets are currently just trying to avoid last place.
Lol @ Knicks vs Nets on national tv today on TNT.. Smh— Diego Villegas (@DiegoVill) December 5, 2013
Knicks-Nets game tonight on TNT will likely be one of the worst nationally televised games in a long time— Nabeel Zewail (@nzewail) December 5, 2013
Thursday night on TNT the 5-13 Nets are playing host to the 3-13 Knicks in probably the least exciting, yet still somewhat intriguing, game of the year.
Jason Kidd, now the controversial coach of the Nets, is greatly missed by the Knicks this year. Last year's second runner-up for MVP, Carmelo Anthony, is getting torn apart by fans, analysts and even his former coach for the slow start.
Coach George Karl on Carmelo Anthony: "He's an individual that produces individual success but doesn't produce Championships". @ESPNNBA— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) December 5, 2013
The Nets have a bunch of injuries; the Knicks have a bunch of drama. The teams are a combined 8-26. They stink, and there is really no denying it. Even Jason Kidd and Carmelo Anthony know the teams are terrible.
Carmelo Anthony said, " We are the laughingstock of the league right now. Do I like being laughed at? Hell no."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 4, 2013
Jason Kidd on playing the Knicks Thursday: "Both teams stink."— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) December 4, 2013
No one expected either team to be in this kind of a predicament, and the team's respective struggles have really only exacerbated the problems.
who would thought that the knicks and nets would be this bad going into their matchup— Ryan Sabbagh (@RyanSabbagh) December 5, 2013
The news surrounding the coaches has been quite interesting too.
For Jason Kidd, the headlines came when he strangely demoted his assistant coach Lawrence Frank. Frank, the highest-paid assistant in the NBA, will no longer be attending Nets’ practices or sitting on the Nets’ bench.
The decision by Kidd was certainly a controversial one considering his lack of experience and Frank’s proven ability to be a successful coach.
The Knicks coach however, is making headlines for a different reason.
After the team dropped its ninth game in a row, Stephen A. Smith reported that coach Mike Woodson could lose his job if things get much worse.
Certain NBA fans don't think the coaches are the problems though.
The Knicks and Nets are so bad that Phil Jackson couldn't coach them to a winning record.— Ryan Bonefant (@RnBoney) December 5, 2013
The game has fans split on what they think will happen. Certain people seem to think their team has no chance and that they're doomed either way. Others however, seem to be a bit more optimistic.
Tonight is the night the Knicks turn it around.— Phill Mendel (@phill_mendel) December 5, 2013
For a game that everyone seemed so excited for at the beginning of the year, the fact that people may turn to the Jaguars-Texans game shows TNT that the matchup is not going to be fun to watch.
It cant get worse than jags texans and knicks nets— Harut (@Harut728) December 5, 2013
The Knicks-Nets battle could be a game that comes down to the wire, but do not expect it to be a pretty game of basketball.
As bad as the Knicks and Nets have been, one of them has to win this game.
It will be interesting to see if either of these teams can step up and maybe use the win to jump-start their season. I wouldn’t bet on that, though.