Nets record doesn't worry management

Marcus Henry | 4/12/2011, 4:38 p.m.

Well, it's a start. Having a 2-20 record can't be viewed as progress, but it's better than being 0-22.

The Nets showed why they have faith in their young players. Brook Lopez had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Devin Harris had 17 in the Nets 103-101 win over the Bulls on Tuesday night. Even Chris Douglas-Roberts got in on the act and added 20. The Nets fell, 105-89 to Golden State on Wednesday.

As bad as that loss looks on paper, Nets management can still hold their heads high.

Why? Simple. Brook Lopez had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Courtney Lee had 15 points and eight rebounds. Their youngsters have all showed promise. From Lopez, to Lee, to Harris, to Douglas-Roberts. Even Terrence Williams has shown he could be part of the nucleus for years to come.

The positive play by the Nets young players notwithstanding, look for them to finish with one of the worse two or three records in the league. Believe or not, the prospect of finishing with 50-plus losses won't have Nets management breaking out in cold sweats.

Having one of the league's record will guarantee the Nets get a top three pick in the draft. Things don't sound so bad now, do they? Teaming the country's top college player with an already talented nucleus means a bright future is in store for the Nets.

No team wants to rely just on draft picks to turn themselves around. But the Nets aren't doing that. Lopez, Harris, Douglas-Roberts and rookie guard Terrence Williams have all shown they can be part of a strong foundation. Another thing the Nets have going for them is that they are getting healthy, especially in the backcourt. Rafer Alston and Keyon Dooling are both back in the mix. Alston scored 15 points on Tuesday, while Keyon Dooling played 14 minutes.

"We're not quite all the way back yet, but I like having the guys back. We can start to get a nice mix and a nice rotation," Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. Harris, Alston, Dooling and Courtney Lee had all missed games at various points this season. "It's good to see Devin starting to return to form. It's good to see Courtney starting to return to form, so I feel better about that."