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Nick Young: “We ain’t trying to be like a New Jersey Net.”

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Updated: March 30, 2010

I could have taken a number of quotes from the above video of locker room interviews after Saturday night’s loss to the Jazz and turned it into the title of a post.

“Obviously it’s not any fun, you know it’s frustrating.” -Mike Miller

“Well obviously you have fun playing basketball, but you play to win.” -Mike Miller again

“We all have jobs, you know. My job is to play my game and to do my job.” -Andray Blatche

“I don’t feel like the freedom is there to … if I get physical, I don’t get to be able to be physical back, offensively at least.” -JaVale McGee

But none of those quotes are as “fun” as Nick Young’s. The SoCal product is right. No one wants to be like the New Jersey Nets, the absolute worst team in the NBA.

Well, except for many Wizards fans who would like more “combinations” or “chances” in the NBA Draft Lottery … but not more ping-pong balls, mind you. No matter what, there are still only 14 balls in the hopper. If you’re confused, just go read Wikipedia.

On the other hand, because of the storm of fecal matter which has hit the Washington franchise this year, nobody wants to be like the Wizards.

After beating the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Nets finally achieved double digits in the win column and now stand at 10-64 on the season. New Jersey has actually won three of four and their 10th win guarantees that they will not tie the ’72-73 Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in NBA history. Cause for celebration in the Meadowlands.

Meanwhile, Young’s Wizards are mired in a 15-game losing streak with a record of 21-51, just a half-game back of the Golden State Warriors for the third worst record in the NBA and eight games better than the second worst Minnesota Timberwolves. Oh, and by the way, the last time the Wizards won was against the New Jersey Nets about 30 days ago.

Now, Randy Foye is probably done for the year, one of the few bright spots, Alonzo Gee, is gone, and Al Thornton, out for the time being, has traded soaking his feet in a tub of ice after each game in favor of nursing a hip flexor.

Who’s left? Well, a guy with the same first name as a French jeweler is coming to help. For more on Cartier Martin, head over to Ridiculous Upside.

Otherwise, being a Washington Wizard and saying that you’re not trying to be a like a New Jersey Net is like saying you’re not trying to trade in one type of life-threatening cancer for another. Ain’t no one trying to be like either.

{Wizards-Jazz Game Links}

Rashad Mobley, who has been kind enough to write a couple of guest posts on Truth About It.net, put in some double-time on Saturday night. The results are two must-read pieces on Hoops Addict, where you can normally catch Rashad. One contrasts two very different franchises, the Jazz and the Wizards. The other piece is an exclusive interview with Shaun Livingston.

Furthermore …

[Craig Stouffer - Washington Examiner]

The losing streak has reached 15, having blazed past the former franchise-worst stretch of 13 defeats in a row like it wasn’t even there. While harping on the list of reasons why they can’t get close to getting over the hump any more, talk about the Wizards’ cap space has trickled down well past president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld through head coach Flip Saunders as far as the players — even Andray Blatche was talking about the flexibility Washington will have this summer. Because it’s starting to feel like the Wizards have little chance of winning again this season. They’re 4-18 since the All-Star break.

[Michael Lee - Washington Post]

A crowd of 15,312 tried to stick around, but many began flooding toward the exits with 4 minutes 29 seconds remaining when Jazz point guard Deron Williams dropped a behind-the-back pass to Carlos Boozer for a layup and free throw that gave the Jazz a 22-point lead.

Boozer and Mehmet Okur led all scorers with 22 points each, while Williams had 20 points and 12 assists as the Jazz nearly repeated the result of the last meeting on March 15, when the Wizards lost by 23.

[Ross Siler - Salt Lake Tribune]

However many easy nights they have remaining this season, the Jazz were able to enjoy one of the last Saturday against Alonzo Gee, James Singleton, Shaun Livingston and what’s left of the makeshift Washington Wizards.

The Jazz sent the Wizards to their franchise-record 15th consecutive loss, winning 103-87 at Verizon Center to bounce back following Friday’s loss at Indiana and head home 2-1 from their final Eastern Conference trip of the season.

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