The Other Side: New Jersey Nets
The Wizards miserable season started with a 95-85 loss to the New Jersey Nets last October. At the time, it appeared to be an upset, until the Wizards kept spiraling toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference, while the Nets finished 15 games ahead of Washington in the standings.
But while the Wizards loaded up this summer, the Nets went deeper into their rebuilding plans. They are expected to be really bad this season, after giving away one of their best talents -- Vince Carter -- to Orlando for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie. The Nets are 0-2 after losses to Minnesota and Orlando. Here's what else you need to know about the Nets.
1. A Russian billionaire could turn the Nets into the Nyets. Mikhail Prokohorov, the richest man in Russia with a reported worth of $9.5 billion, has a deal to buy 80 percent of the team and a project to move the team to Brooklyn. The Nets hope that his presence (and Jay-Z) can give them the inside track on the LeBron sweepstakes.
2. The Nets already had a reunion with Vince Carter on Friday. Orlando won but Carter got hurt. Carter spent 4 ½ seasons in New Jersey and received a standing ovation before the game.
3. The Nets have the youngest starting five in the NBA, with an average age of 22.8. They have some nice young talent in Courtney Lee and Brook Lopez. Devin Harris is the graybeard of the lineup -- at age 26 -- but he is likely out with a hamstring injury.
October 31, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
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