February 11, 2010
I suppose the saddest thing you could say about the Nets' loss to the Bucks was that, from watching it on TV, nothing felt unremarkable. In fact, when I went to search for pictures from Wednesday's contest, I nearly ended up choosing a pair from a game between the two teams on Jan. 5, one that saw the usual array of empty seats.
It was a typical Nets game. Sparsely attended, barely functional in terms of competitive back and forth. The Bucks, a middling Eastern Conference team trying desperately just to make the playoffs, looked like world-beaters against the lowly Nets.
But when the hammer comes down and you find out that 1,016 people were able to attend New Jersey's 48th loss in 52 games, you can't help be taken aback.
With a snowstorm blanketing, well, half of North America, Nets fans who usually fail to come out in droves as it is declined to show up for the team's final game before the All-Star break. The fact that the game was played at New Jersey's Izod Center — an arena notorious for its lack of surrounding public transport — only aided to the embarrassing display.
The only question now is, with the economy still reeling and the Nets on their way toward setting the all-time NBA mark for losses in a season, can the team go even lower than 1,016 on a gorgeous spring day in April?