Moving into a sparkling new arena in Brooklyn has made the Nets far more prominent than they ever would have been playing in Jersey. This week, Team Prokhorov is learning that increased media attention isn't always a good thing.
The Nets started the season on an 11-4 run, but last night's loss to the Knicks dropped them to 13-12 on the season - six games behind their interboro rivals in the Atlantic Division. Brook Lopez' injury may have started the current skid, but his absence isn't an excuse any more; Lopez has been back for their last four games - three of them losses.
So what's the problem? A lot of signs point to Deron Williams. The Nets' captain hasn't lived up to his massive contract this season, shooting under 40 percent from the floor and under 30 percent from three. Making matters worse, he's started to gripe about coach Avery Johnson's offense, telling the Associated Press that he was better off in Jerry Sloan's pick-and-roll-centric offense than in You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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