If youre the Brooklyn Nets, it could be worse. A lot worse.
No, you didnt land Dwight Howard -- and Howard made it pretty clear he wanted to play for your team. That couldve been a real downer.
But rather than sit around and sulk, the Nets did the next best thing: They moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
OK, thats a joke.
What really mattered was how the Nets approached the offseason, landing Howard be darned. Instead of trading all their best players to Orlando (although the Nets sure tried), they shipped a few they didnt really want to Atlanta. The prize? All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson.
Johnson wont swat shots or control the paint, but he will open things up on the perimeter for Brook Lopez, not a half-bad center himself.
Lopez was among those re-signed. So was Kris Humphries. So was Gerald Wallace. And, oh yeah, so was that Deron Williams guy. That gives the Nets a happy and healthy (so far) starting lineup that should be able to compete with anyone in the East.