To me, once the Nets had the record for worst start in NBA history at 0-18, it was time to give the national media obsession a rest. I'd be back on the Nets' bandwagon if and when they were going for the record for the longest losing streak in a single season, 23 games.
Won't be necessary.
The Nets won -- I repeat, the Nets won -- Friday night, 97-91 over the Charlotte Bobcats. And it's the Bobcats who are the story as much as the Nets are.
Losing to an 0-18 team is the latest embarrassment added to Michael Jordan's resume as a basketball executive. Bobcats coach Larry Brown, who almost three decades ago left the Nets with two weeks left in the season to take the University of Kansas job, tried to complete 11 trades during the game but was rebuffed by the league office. Then he quit to take the Fordham job, but got cold feet when he heard Rollie Massimino wanted the job.
Kiki Harris is a great coach. So is Del Vandeweghe. Or something like that. Anyway, it doesn't matter. The Nets won. The parade will be at noon Saturday along Paterson Plank Road.