Opening Statements: Wizards vs Nets, Game 40 — Confessions of a Fan Who Dumped the Wizards | Wizards Blog Truth About

Opening Statements: Wizards vs Nets, Game 40 — Confessions of a Fan Who Dumped the Wizards

Updated: January 16, 2015

Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets

Where Brooklyn at?

As far as the Wizards are concern, it’s D.C. north.

OK, so that’s not entirely true. Washington has only won once in Brooklyn (versus two losses). The Wizards swept last season’s series, 3-0: two in D.C. and one in BK, which came on December 18, 2013, after Washington enjoyably beat the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on the previous evening. That December night in Brooklyn was also when the infamous Randy Wittma-ball face picture occurred. Washington is 4-3 overall against the Nets since they moved into New York.

While we’re at it, the Wizards have won six in a row overall versus the Knicks, so tonight they are going for a double-digit streak against New York teams. Of course, don’t want to jinx the Wiz even though I don’t believe in jinxes. But the Nets are a grumpy bunch, so the Wiz Kids need to be mindful of such, especially since this is a home-and-away back-to-back with these two teams meeting in Washington tonight and in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Otherwise, the Nets are crashing. Big time. Yes, they currently hold down the 8-seed in the East, 1.5 games ahead of both Indiana and Charlotte, one game behind 7-seed Miami. But they are also 16-23, have lost seven in a row (one win in 2015—on Jan. 2 vs. the Magic), are 2-14 against teams above .500, and are ready to trade just about everyone. Current rumors (which are currently dead) have Broke Brake Brook Lopez being traded to Oklahoma City as part of a three-team deal that would net the Nets Lance Stephenson, who, paired with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, AND KEVIN GARNETT (BARK!, BARK!)—while those guys are still around—does not seem like a net-plus.

Oh yea, the Russian billionaire is ready to sell.

The Washington Post’s Michael Lee had a good article recently about Mikhail Prokhorov’s failed “get-ring-quick-scheme”:

Prokhorov, the NBA’s first foreign owner, found success in the Euroleague when he spared no expense to assemble the most talented roster for CSKA Moscow and won titles in 2006 and 2008. But writing the biggest check doesn’t equate to success in the NBA, where championship teams are typically formed by valuing all aspects of team building — especially when there are avenues to get cheaper and equally productive talent.


Utah ended up with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter for dealing away (Deron) Williams. Portland used the sixth overall pick acquired in the Wallace deal to get all-star point guard Damian Lillard. The Hawks have the right to swap first-round picks in June from the Johnson deal. The Celtics will get Brooklyn’s first-round pick in 2016 and 2018 and will have the right to swap picks in 2017 for giving them Pierce and Garnett.

You’ve done the math correctly. The Nets don’t have a first round pick without some sort of potential restriction until 2019. It’s not even worth being ‘bad by design’ in order to truly rebuild for several seasons.

Of course, Prokhorov, even though he’s lost money on the Nets and the collapsing Russian ruble, will still probably “get rich” fairly quickly off the team, considering how much NBA franchises are going for these days along with the fact that he won’t be selling the Barclays Center, a big-time money-maker (the NHL’s Islanders move into Barclays next season).

But enough about another team’s problems, sort of. You see, you don’t want to wallow in their pain too much. The Washington Wizards know such pain. They also know that things in sports can change really, really fast. It only took about two years and nine months for the Wizards to go from promising to decrepit (April 2007 when Gilbert Arenas injured his knee in a collision with Gerald Wallace to December 2009 when he and Javaris Crittenton were playing with guns in the locker room).

Not even two years and two months ago from today, a long-suffering Wizards (and Bullets) fan decided to dump the team. Adam Gerloff (@Adger545), originally from Northern Virginia, started following the Washington franchise in 1988. He moved to New York in 1997 but still rooted for the team—that’s a lot of suffering.

When Washington started the 2012-13 season 0-11 (they would move to 0-12 after another loss to the Spurs), coupled with the fact that the Nets had moved from New Jersey to 10 minutes away from where Adam lived, he decided to kick “the ‘franchise’ that ruined my life” to the curb. He did so in spectacular fashion by making a three-minute video featuring him going through Wizards/Bullets items collected over the years … and then burning them … and then finding the Barclays Center. The video (embedded at the bottom of this post) hilariously ends with Adam realizing that dear ol’ Andray Blatche is (now was) a Net.

So, naturally, today we revisit Adam Gerloff to see just how things have been going with his decision. Remember, things can change so fast … and it could happen to you / we / us / them next. Keep on reading, and keep on keepin’ on…

Teams: Wizards vs Nets
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Television: CSN
Radio: WFED-AM 1500/WNEW-FM 99.1
Spread: Wizards fav’d by 10 points.

Q #1: Nov. 25, 2012 — On this day, you decided to “dump” the Wizards (and claim the Brooklyn Nets, since you are resident of the borough; although you grew up a Bullets fan in Northern Virginia).

You and a friend even went the extra mile and produced a creative/funny/sad video about the dumping (also posted to TAI).

So, tell me about the regrets of your youth.

@Adger545: No regrets. None. I made a decision that was right for me and I’m at peace with it. The video just came naturally and really expressed how I felt. In my opinion, if you break up with a team, THAT is the way to do it. I only wish the song I chose didn’t have all the copyright laws that won’t let mobile devices play it. Is that some sort of irony?

Q #2: Scale of 1 to 5, 1 being ‘meh’ and 5 being ‘OH MY GOD I JUST WITNESSED A MEXICAN FIREWORKS FACTORY EXPLOSION’ how surprised have you been by the implosion of the Nets?

I mean, they are literally having a fire sale.

@Adger545: 3. I knew going into this season a lot of things could go wrong. There was a chance the stars might align and they’d click, but a new coach, some new players … it doesn’t always happen right away (ask Cleveland). Fire sale? To me it seems like the Nets are saying “we can talk about everyone, but it doesn’t mean we’ll make a deal just to make a deal.” Nothing wrong with that. As I write this, I’m hearing about Brook Lopez for Lance Stephenson… THAT IS A GREAT MOVE RIGHT?

Q #3: How much, if at all, do you miss Jason Kidd now that Ol’ Hardass Lionel Hollins is in charge and stinking up the joint?

Also, what is Ol’ Hardass Kevin Garnett still doing on a basketball court, mixing it up with the likes of Dwight Howard?

@Adger545: I think Jason Kidd learned to coach (and not spill stuff) last season, he’s going to be a very good. His departure came out of nowhere and I was a little bit bummed. Hollins is very different, but I do like a coach that calls out his players when they don’t perform and doesn’t yet have a #WittmanFace thing going on (sorry, couldn’t resist). This season has been much more productive from KG and a headbutt here or there is just him playing with panache. (Also, how does Dwight Howard throw a punch, get a $15k fine and not get ejected/suspended?)

Q #4: Would you ever ask the Wizards to take you back?

@Adger545: Nope. Let’s look back: Brooklyn’s First season = Crushing First-Round, Game-Seven loss to the Bulls after Nate Robinson went berserk. Second Season= Inspiring First-Round, Game-Seven ROAD Victory over the Raptors and their incredibly-annoying fanbase. YOU KNOW WHERE I COME FROM KYLE! I have nothing to complain about. Now things are getting a little gloomy? No draft picks coming? Owner want to sell? Come on, we’ve been through worse than this.

The Wizards will always be a team on my radar, I have too much history with them. But they’ll never be MY team again. I don’t think either of us would want that. Making Brooklyn my team was a grown-up decision that wasn’t made lightly. I would never go back. I still think this season can be salvaged, I have that belief again! Plus the Knicks suuuck!



Kyle Weidie on EmailKyle Weidie on GoogleKyle Weidie on InstagramKyle Weidie on LinkedinKyle Weidie on TwitterKyle Weidie on Youtube
Kyle Weidie
Founder / Editor / Reporter / Writer at TAI
Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.