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In a gloomy local sports landscape that only has improved marginally — if at all — over the past year, are the Nets truly the best immediate hope to bring a championship back to New York for the first time in a decade?
Brooklyn GM Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash were right to throw down that gauntlet to their three-headed, superstar-led roster this week. Marks issued the official mission statement of wanting to be “the last team standing” in the NBA, with Nash chiming in that he and his talented squad must be willing to “own” those expectations.
The Nets never have been the last team standing since joining the NBA in 1976, making them the lone area team in the top four men’s professional sports leagues to garner zero rings at the highest level (the then-New York Nets did cop ABA titles in 1974 and 1976).