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Sunday, November 29, 2009

I Coached Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad

The Nets fired Lawrence Frank, he of the 0-16 record.

It's hard to imagine Phil Jackson or Red Auerbach faring better with the roster that the Nets have, but when you're 0-16, it's the coach who gets fired. Assistant Tom Barrise takes over for now, but it's hard to imagine that any of the host of former NBA head coaches out there can do much better than the hard-working Frank.

The Nets are a symptom of a greater problem that the NBA has -- too many teams, not enough good players, a sagging product that over time will not sustain the high expectations (and resultant weight) that the NBA's hyperactive and overachieiving marketing machine has placed upon the league. In English soccer, they'd be relegated to the next league down. In the NBA, they'll continue to languish without much hope for improvement for quite a while.

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