The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference, and because the schedule dictated it, they played at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night. The Nets got up big early and rolled to a 131-114 victory, but it was the Sixers fans in attendance who had the most fun.
You see, the Nets are one of the worst teams in the NBA, but they lack a first-round pick in the upcoming draft because of the trades for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Over the next three years, the Nets have one first-round pick, which seems like poor asset management in a sport where one high draft pick can turn around your franchise. (And the Nets could really afford to turn their franchise around.)
Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be video of this “We’ve Got Draft Picks” chant, but there were plenty of tweets. Looks like we’ll have to take everyone’s word about those chants and … trust the process. That’s a callback to Sixers GM Sam Hinkie’s mantra, although the team has been terrible for three-straight years, so I don’t know how that’s supposed to hurt the Nets.
As a reward for so many loyal fans traveling to Brooklyn to see a meaningless game and blowout, Sixers coach Brett Brown greeted them after the game. It was quite the gamble, as fans could have chanted, “You’re Not Larry” at him.