Did David West Take a Shot at Brooklyn GM Billy King After Pacers-Nets Game?

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistDecember 25, 2013

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David West is adept at identifying scapegoats. Maybe.

Someone must be held responsible for the Brooklyn Nets' incompetence. We desperately want to know who's at fault above anyone else for their disaster.

When Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce joined forces with Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, it was championship or bust. And the Nets have gone bust in a big way. Fingers must be pointed at someone.

Fresh off a 103-86 thrashing of the Nets at Barclays Center, West pointed a finger of his own:

Them are fighting words, David.

You're obviously implying Nets fans should blame general manager Billy King. He's the one who traded for Johnson, mortgaged Brooklyn's future on an aging Pierce and Garnett and handed out handsome-turned-ugly contracts to an injury-prone D-Will and BroLo. This atrocity, the one Indiana recently embarrassed, is on him.

Never mind owner Mikhail Prokhorov likely approved every deal. Or that one scout told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck rookie head coach Jason Kidd "doesn't do anything" before he sent Lawrence Frank to the Land of Daily Reports. Or that Garnett and Pierce are playing at the speed of snails on life support. 

It's all on King, right David?

Oh, you mean to say it's not?

I see what West did there, subtly creating a little drama only to quash it with some parodic confidence.

Nice to know West has a firm hold on the situation in Indiana. I'm surprised it took him this long to point fingers at Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard. Some nerve those guys have, helping construct a championship contender without burning through nearly $200 million in salary and luxury taxes.

Blame Donnie Walsh, a consultant for Indiana, too. He's also responsible for putting the Pacers where they are—the top.

As for those Nets, well, clearly it's time to panic. When a three-word tweet can be interpreted as an indictment on the entire franchise, even if it's not, it's time to hit "reset."

"When you get an injury like this, everybody calls you," King said on the prospect of blowing up Brooklyn's roster (which he should most definitely do), per Harvey Araton of The New York Times. "There’s no imminent deal. We’re not going to panic."

Someone should tell him he's wrong. 

You want to take this one, Mr. West, or should I?