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Nets Attendance Barely Cracks 1,000

We used to pick on the Marlins for having three-digit attendance figures but at least they had a decent product on the field even if they didn’t have the fan base to match. The New Jersey Nets are a different story. Currently 4-48, the Nets are threatening to break the ’72-’73 76ers record for the worst season in NBA history (9-73). The Nets are on pace to go 6-76 and they really don’t have any reason to hope for a turnaround considering their roster is devoid of talent and many players have been battling injuries. Even in this season full of lows, the Nets still managed to achieve a new low on Wednesday night.

According to the AP, only 1,016 fans passed through the turnstiles of the IZOD Center for the Nets/Bucks game, rivaling the attendance for a college basketball game in Puerto Rico. Those who did show up were rewarded with a game that was close for two and a half quarters before the Bucks pulled away. The Nets actually have an excuse for the light figures considering there was a foot of snow in the area but snow doesn’t have as much of an impact on fans as losing does. For instance, the Capitals almost packed the arena on Sunday when they played the Penguins despite the blizzard in D.C. That’s the difference between having a 13-game winning streak and a 7-game losing streak. Fans are motivated to see a winner while nobody has a desire to watch a loser play. Particularly a loser laying claim to “worst team of all-time.” Now that’s pathetic.

Jason Kidd Lashes Out Against Nets

Man, this dude just seems to be such a whiner these days. Once you’ve gotten your wish and moved on, I’d say it’s probably a good idea to just keep to yourself and not answer the questions about a previous team, or wait it out. Not the case for Kidd who decided to go on the record and virtually bash the Nets in an effort to defend himself. As for the suggestion he quit on the Nets and called in sick to work, his response:

“I didn’t quit on the team, the ride was over. At the end of the day, I gave everything that I could give to the Nets. There were no more rabbits that I could pull out of the hat. There were no more rabbits that Rod (Thorn) could pull out of a hat. That is as far as they could go. I took them as high as I could.”

“Those people should share in the responsibility of taking some blame, too. I don’t mind taking the blame, but don’t just throw everything on my shoulders. We win as a team and lose as a team.”

Everything New Jersey did seemed to revolve around accommodating Kidd. They fired Byron Scott, they signed Jason to a massive deal, they brought in Zo, and now, they finally let him go and dealt him to a contender. I love Kidd’s play on the court, but dude seems to be such a head case off of it. You would he think he’d have felt more committed to helping the Nets compete based on the contract they signed him to, but I guess that’s not the case.

Jason Kidd Is the Difference Maker

Jason Kidd has already confirmed his request to be traded by the February 21st deadline from the New Jersey Nets. That’s not much of a surprise considering he literally called in sick earlier in the season because he was unhappy with the team. Putting Kidd’s current attitude towards the Nets aside, I think he really could be the difference maker in the NBA this year. While the Boston Celtics have established themselves as the class of the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference is full of competitive teams. Adding Kidd to one of those top four or five playoff squads could mean a championship.

They say the Dallas Mavericks have already contacted New Jersey regarding Kidd. Now that Devin Harris is out for a few weeks, I could easily see Cubes trying to make a deal like that happen. As Kobe said in the video — it’s Jason freaking Kidd we’re talking about. He’s an All-Pro. He’s been to the NBA Finals. Obviously a team like the Suns or Hornets wouldn’t need him, but come on, you stick him on Boston or Dallas, you telling me you don’t have yourself a championship? You gotta be kidding me. Keep your eye out to see where (and if) Kidd lands, and I think that team will go to the final. Acquiring Jason Kidd could mean getting yourself a ring.

Jason Kidd Calls in Sick to Work

I guess there’s some sort of clause in his contract that gives him sick days. In case you missed it, the news of the night was that the Knicks actually won a game. When you look a little deeper, you see it’s because the Nets were without their best player, Jason Kidd. Where was Kidd you ask? Well, the Walking Triple Double called coach Lawrence Frank around 2pm to say he had migraines, and then failed to show up for his team’s game.

Maybe it was the contract extension he sought and did not receive. Maybe it is the general state of the team, which fell back below .500. Maybe it is a desire for a trade. Whatever the reason, the apparent protest by Kidd to show his value to the team came against the division rival Knicks.

“He’s on strike,” one team source said.

“Everyone is going to have to sit down and figure out where we go from here,” one source claimed.

I’m not so much concerned about Jason Kidd here, as I am about the misfortune of the Knicks winning. Why couldn’t he have picked any other opponent? Why did it have to be the Knicks? And another thing. Much as I like you Jason, what the heck is up with this revolt? I guess he can flex his muscles wherever he pleases, and wind up with the upper hand. It’s pretty clear that the Nets need him more than he needs them (until they stop signing his checks).

Jason Kidd Has Serious Handles

The dude’s a walking triple-double, but you already knew that. Mad handles, great defense, outstanding rebounder — he can turn your squad into an instant playoff team with his talents. One more thing about Kidd. I’ll bet you had no idea about his handles off the court as well, allegedly. Some wannabe model chick is claiming Kidd groped her at a club. From the report:

The woman told cops New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd groped her crotch at a Manhattan club on Oct. 10 and then grabbed her a second time when she complained, a police source said.

The complaint says Kidd was partying at club Tenjune on Little West 12th St. when he walked up to the woman and grabbed her crotch at about 2:30 a.m., a police source said.

The woman said she and Kidd got into an argument and he grabbed her a second time, the source said. Bouncers broke up the spat. Kidd was not ejected from the club, the source said.

Well sheed, if you can’t grab a woman’s privates in a club, what the hell can you do these days? I mean seriously, what do they expect when they serve Bacardi 151 at bars? I’m with Kidd on this one, even if it didn’t happen. Chick’s probably just pissed off because she’s a she-male and he wound up getting a handful of the double-bubble, busting her cover. Come on, like hands have never been down there before? What’s the big deal?
(via Fark)