A Season on the Brink

With Stephon Marbury, The Nets are on the verge of greatness . . . again

But there's the larger question of karma. There was a time when it seemed like Kenny Anderson was the real deal, too. Six years ago, the Nets had a coach, they had a point guard, and a few guys with game. But a broken wrist, a car accident, and Chuck Daly's timely exit squashed that glimmer of hope as surely as a dyslexic can spell Micheal Ray Richardson. It was the Curse of Dr. J.

"We got buzzard luck," says Williams presciently. "We can't kill nothin' and nothin' won't die."

Swamp Savior: Marbury takes it to the rack over Alonzo Mourning.
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Swamp Savior: Marbury takes it to the rack over Alonzo Mourning.

But the Nets aren't the Red Sox. They can make amends for their fateful transgression, and let Phil start with a clean slate. But if the team's new owners want to really turn this franchise around, it's going to take more than V-necked jerseys and a partnership with George Steinbrenner. An exorcism is in order. Repeat after me, Lewis Katz: Interim Coach Julius Erving.

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