On the heels of Wednesday’s 97-77 loss to Milwaukee Bucks, the team’s 48th setback before the All-Star break, the usually lethargic Nets’ fan base discussed a revelation that just might inject enormous amounts of enthusiasm back into the season.
“Sitting with the 1,000 or so other folks who bothered to show up, a few of us discovered we now can heckle (interim coach Kiki) Vandeweghe and the rest of those clowns without even having to raise our voices,” Teaneck, N.J., resident Bob Sanders said after just 1,016 fans walked through the IZOD Center turnstiles for Wednesday’s game. “You know, even in 2000, when that group of candy asses went 31-51, you still had to expend some energy to be heard. But on Wednesday I simply said, and mostly to myself at that, ‘You take more shots in the face than Paris Hilton, you lazy bum,’ and then (Jarvis) Hayes, who just tossed up a brick, looks over at me like he wants to punch me.
“It was at that point, I knew we were onto something good, something quite possibly magical.”
After meeting for two hours, the group decided it would continue to attend Nets games and mutter.