A Thorn on Their Side

As soon as upon time, the Nets squandered draft picks on stiffs like Yinka Dare. Players with modest skill such as Chris Morris had the gall to compose “trade me” on their sneakers.

After the 1999-00 season, Rod Thorn took over a Nets team that frantically needed someone with his professionalism and player assessment skills. Rod Thorn’s first significant move was to choose Kenyon Martin as the number one pick in the draft. While Martin suffered through an injury-plagued first season, by his 2nd season he was a major defensive presence and a huge part of their running offense.

In 1984, Rod Thorn made what was plainly his best draft choice while GM of the Bulls, picking Michael Jordan. However, in 2001, after having one complete season to evaluate the Nets’ requirements, Rod Thorn had what would have to be thought about the best off-season of his profession. The Nets prepared Eddie Griffin and then turned around and dealt him for 3 picks which they turned into Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins, and Brandon Armstrong.

Richard Jefferson turned into among the Nets’ brightest stars. A terrific athlete who plays impressive defense, Jefferson is likewise one of the league’s most effective scorers, getting 19.5 points on less than 13 shots a night. Jason Collins doesn’t wow you if you take a look at the stat sheet, however he does so many little things when he is on the court, he is well appreciated by his teammates and thought about a winner throughout the league. Brandon Armstrong, a reported sharp-shooter who can’t shoot, provided less of an impact.

It was Thorn’s trade that off-season that really turned things around. Thorn traded talented however self-centered possible superstar Stephon Marbury for an older Jason Kidd. Kidd quickly stimulated the franchise, guaranteeing a winning record the year he signed up with the franchise. Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles, and Keith Van Horn instantly enhanced their video game and Jefferson and Collins’ NBA initiation could not have gone smoother with Jason Kidd leading the charge. The reenergized franchise made it to the NBA Finals in both 2002 and 2003, ultimately losing to more skilled Western Conference enemies (Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs).

Thorn made a couple of mistakes along the way in his mission to find a bona fide. He traded Keith Van Horn for a miscast Dikeme Mutombo, who never ever fit in with the Nets running design, and after that signed Alonzo Mourning to an awful 4-year, 20-million-dollar agreement only to see him miss out on the majority of the season due to his kidney condition. Nevertheless, the Nets appear like they have actually finally found their center in Nenad Krstic whom they prepared in 2002 and stowed away in Europe for a couple of years to establish his game. Krstic has actually become an offensive force for the existing Nets, averaging 13.5 points per game on a better than 50% FG portion.

Thorn likewise saved the Nets’ organization when they were in threat of sliding back into the void. Confronted with needs from ownership to cut expenses, Thorn shipped off Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles, and Lucious Harris. Fans were annoyed, but Denver is now stuck with Martin’s bloated agreement, and Kerry Kittles is semi-retired after playing just 11 games in 2015. Thorn made the appropriate option in Richard Jefferson over Kenyon Martin, and after that made another excellent relocation by taking Vince Carter from Toronto for the extraordinary deal cost of Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning (who declined to wear for Toronto), and a number of harmless draft choices.

The Nets start their series versus the Miami Heat geared up with 3 superstars acquired by Thorn and a budding fourth in Krstic, also drafted by Thorn. While you could quibble with his bench choices that backfired this year (Mark Jackson and Jeff McInnis), the Nets are undoubtedly enjoyed have this Thorn on their side.

After the 1999-00 season, Rod Thorn took over a Nets team that desperately needed someone with his professionalism and gamer examination skills. Rod Thorn’s first significant move was to choose Kenyon Martin as the number one choice in the draft. In 2001, after having one full season to evaluate the Nets’ requirements, Rod Thorn had what would have to be considered the best off-season of his career. Thorn also conserved the Nets’ company when they were in threat of sliding back into the void. Thorn made the right option in Richard Jefferson over Kenyon Martin, and then made another great relocation by taking Vince Carter from Toronto for the incredible bargain price of Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning (who refused to match up for Toronto), and a couple of safe draft picks.