The Good, the Bad and The Nets

Aristotle KikisContributor IIIDecember 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Devin Harris (L) Brook Lopez (C) and Trenton Hassell of the New Jersey Nets reacts after a missed shot by a teammate in the closing minutes of the basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Nets tied for the worst start to an NBA season with their 17th straight loss. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Lawrence Frank was once the savior of the New Jersey Nets. When Rod Thorn gave the boot to then Head Coach Byron Scott, everyone thought Lawrence Frank was going to be money.

Fast forward the clock a couple of years down the line and take a good look at where the New Jersey Nets stand.

The New Jersey Nets started off the 2009-2010 season with a close loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They then continued playing ball, but coming up short. Then the record setting year came into effect. The Nets became the laughing stock of the NBA while making history. They started off the season 0-18. Yes, that's 0-18.

The Detroit Lions went winless in 16 games last year and finished the season 0-16. The Nets beat that feat when the lost 18 in a row to start a season. Granted, the NBA has an 82 game season and the NFL 16; the Nets still didn't taste a win till their 19th game.

A franchise that was bought into by rap mogul Jay-Z, was said to be moving to Brooklyn. The Nets seemed like they would become the hottest ticket in the NBA. Jay-Z, Brooklyn, and possibly signing LeBron James in the 2010 off-season; sounded too good to be true. It was!

Is there any hope for a franchise that traded away a bunch of superstars in the last decade? Jason Kidd was given up for Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson for Yi Jianlian and Vince Carter for Courtney Lee. Courtney who? Yes, a rookie that had a lucky and explosive season on the back of the Orlando Magic's run to the NBA Finals. So what if he's putting up 11 and 3 per game, he's not The Vincentian.

The Nets now stand last in the NBA with no hopes and no dreams. Their players seem pathetic and unhappy, their fans are restless, and for crying out loud they're from New Jersey.

The Nets are on the road down. They're currently 2-19. Ouch! That's got to hurt! They are stacked with mediocre players that will not even come close to making a difference. This team will continue losing unless they do something about it.

Kiki Vandeweghe has to put together a plan. Taking over as head coach is not easy. Kevin McHale did it in Minnesota when basketball became irrelevant there and where did it get him? The Nets have to package some of their talent and bring back a star. They have a core of a couple of young talent; Brook Lopez, Chris Douglas-Roberts and that's about it.

In my opinion, Devin Harris is overrated. Yes he puts up over 18 PPG, but Harris is not explosive or exiting enough to watch. Yi Jialian also hasn't played much in a Nets uniform due to injury, but he's not he's not all he was hyped up to be when Milwaukee drafted him.

Then you have Rafer Alston which is well over his peak and Bobby Simmons who is a career bust. Throw in Tenton Hassell, Josh Boone, Tony Battie and a list of others that can't make a difference, you get an 0-18 start. Put together a trade package and bring in some talent!

Even if the Nets land a #1 pick in the 2010 draft, the best they can do is Kentucky's John Wall or Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors. These guys aren’t LeBron James; they can't turn a franchise around.