The Nets run of bad luck continued Tuesday night as they managed to lose again, falling to the third overall pick, leaving new owner Mikhail Prokhorov to shake his head in disgust. While the team may be disappointed by the bounce of the ball, Rod Thorn and company luckily have a John Wall replacement: Devin Harris.
Enter the morning after and nobody could be happier than Devin Harris, as he almost gets a second chance with the team. The pressure of Wall is now thrown on Gilbert Arena’s shoulders.
The good news could continue if the Nets choose to hire Avery Johnson as their new head coach. Harris and Johnson both took the Dallas Mavericks to their last Finals appearance.
Fast forward four years and Harris has had quite the ride as the Nets faltered to the bottom of the league and trade speculation grew. His play this year has had many critics stating that Harris has lost a touch or lost his heart. He shot a career low in field goal percentage while playing in a mere 64 games.
Looking ahead to the summer of 2010 where a bright new owner promises a fan base a championship in the next five years. Devin Harris, howver, is only under contract for the next three years.
Does Harris have what it takes to move a bottom feeder team to the top, and eventually hoist the championship?
While it is quite early to tell with the team still coachless and a roster full of question marks, Harris seems confident. With his Finals past with Dallas, maybe Prokhorov dream of a ring isn’t so far away if management is willing to put the pieces around this growing superstar.