Historic? Not quite.
Gut-wrenchingly painful to watch? Yes.
Embarrassing and demoralizing to an entire fan base? Check.
The most logical destination for free-agent to be LeBron James? You betcha.
The Nets entered the 2009-2010 season with low expectations, and through a combination of injuries, insufficient depth, and lack of experience, they exceeded those expectations with ease.
They're losing ways corrupted some youngsters (I'm talking to you, Chris Douglas-Roberts) to the point where their skills actually regressed, and their interest in basketball waned.
Fortunately, that's all in the past. The Nets will be making some serious waves this offseason, and would like everyone to know (and by everyone, I mean LeBron James) that their performance last season in no way reflects the current state of the franchise.
They have a multitude of pieces already in place on their roster - not to mention three first round draft picks, an influential rap mogul/part owner who happens to know James on a personal level, a brand new win-at-all-costs Russian billionaire owner, and a minty fresh new arena in downtown Brooklyn in the works.
"But they're the Nets," you say. "The laughing stock of the NBA, a franchise with no luster, no real history, or NBA championships. Are those assets really enough to pry LeBron from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Miami?
Read on, as I address the six main reasons why LeBron James should call New Jersey (and eventually, Brooklyn) his new home.