The Brooklyn Nets are the most hated team in the NBA, and it’s not even close.
When the Golden State Warriors were in the NBA finals for four consecutive years from 2016-2020, there was not this much hatred for one team.
How did the Nets, one of the most talented teams in the NBA with three future Hall of Famers, become the most hated team in the NBA?
It started with James Harden. Harden demanded that the Houston Rockets trade him to Brooklyn did not sit well with NBA fans.
This generation’s NBA players are the biggest bunch of spoiled brats you would ever want to meet. It’s all about them. They give less than a damn about the organization or their teammates.
Anyway, I digress.
Harden did not train properly during the off-season. He reported to Houston overweight and out of shape, and it all went downhill from there. He left the team and went to Las Vegas to supposedly train with his trainer while demanding a trade to the Nets.
Harden got his wish and was traded to the Nets and joined Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to win a championship.
The second event that turned NBA fans off was the play and the behavior of Kyrie Irving.
In early March of 2020, with COVID sweeping across the country, the NBA was shut down like other sports leagues.
In late July, the NBA restarted their season in the “bubble” in Orlando. The Nets would finish out the season but would not participate in the playoffs.
Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Nets went their separate ways till the Nets began preparations for the 2020-21 season in December.
The season kicked off Christmas Day with four nationally televised games. After about seven games, Irving complained about being mentally taxed and needed some time away from the game.
What was Irving doing from August until December? Was that not enough time to recharge mentally and prepare for the upcoming season?
Irving left the Nets in early January and had minimal contact with the coach Steve Nash or his teammates during his time away.
While Irving was away from the team, he was photographed at a family birthday party with many family members in attendance, wearing no mask, which was a violation of the NBA Covid rules.
Irving didn’t care. As long as he was happy and doing his thing way from the Nets, that was all that mattered. Oh yeah, he also thought he should be paid for his time away from the Nets.
Then again, this is a guy that still believes the earth is round. How this man got into Duke is a head-scratcher. Wait, we know how he got into Duke, but that is for another article.
This behavior and the audacity to think you should be paid for your time away from the team is incomprehensible.
Go to your boss tomorrow and tell him that you need to take some time off to recharge mentally. Oh, be sure and tell him you expect to be paid your full salary while you’re away.
Then listen to what your boss has to say. We probably can’t put that in print in this article.
Now that it’s money time in the NBA playoffs, Harden is battling a groin injury. Kyrie Irving sustained an ankle sprain in game four and has yet to play another game in this series.
Quietly many NBA fans are overly giddy at this injury, saying that this is karma and is payback for the way Harden left the Rockets and Irving’s shenanigans early in the season.
Michael Jordan and the Bulls were hated in some cities when they were in the middle of their championship run, but they still respected the Bulls and their game.
I don’t know one Nets fan. They don’t draw well at the Barclay Center, and from what I hear, it is a very poor arena to watch a sporting event.
I will be rooting hard for any team playing against the Nets. The Nets are one of the most talented teams in the NBA and may play in the NBA finals.
That doesn’t mean that people won’t be rooting against them and hoping that somehow they implode right before our eyes.