In these dark times, sportless and bored, the mind drifts. Recently I started thinking about the Nets players who have become the thread throughout my life.
Kenny Anderson was supposed to usher in a new era for the (at the time) New Jersey Nets. And while he his career numbers were above league average, ultimately his time was cut short, as he was traded away following the '94-95 season.
There would be only 1 playoff appearance until...Jason Kidd. Landing Jason Kidd immediately changed the Nets franchise. Back to back Finals (losing in both) and a total of six straight playoff appearances during Kidds time remain franchise bests.
New Jersey became a fast break machine, with the likes of Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin reaping the benefits of Jason Kidd's court vision. His ability to manipulate defenses with no look passes and slight of hand ball skills made every game, every possession, edge of your seat entertainment.
My teen years were littered with alley-oops and back board banks, behind the back and between the leg passes.
Kidd had some of his best statistical years with the Nets. The lull that followed the '07-08 season and Jason Kidd's departure was not easy to take, but my fandom that began in the early 90's was cemented by one the games best PGs and for those memories I will always be grateful.