Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins had been suspended for a game after cursing at a referee. But, the Brooklyn Nets have more reason to worry about the curse of the mayor, because New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has long been a fan of the New York Knicks. The mayor has been seen at many Knicks games, and even tried to get on the court once to celebrate a Knicks win. So, the Brooklyn Nets should be worried that the mayor will jinx their success in the future.
As the NBA playoffs start up, many people are wondering how the Brooklyn Nets will do this year. They already made a splash by trading for former NBA MVP Allen Iverson, but are they good enough to make it to the finals? Even Nets fans are wondering, but if we look back at history, we may see why it’s not looking too good. Back in 1967, just five years after the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, the New York City Council approved a plan to build a new stadium in the borough of Brooklyn for the New York Titans, a National Football League (NFL) team. Unfortunately, the team was not able to get much traction in their first two years, and after a 2-12 season in 1969,
Politicians cling to what is popular. That’s just what they do. So it’s no surprise that the mayor of New York wore an absurd amount of Brooklyn Nets apparel at an event leading up to the 2021 NBA playoffs. Backing one New York team while another is also in the playoff hunt could be dangerous territory for Mr. de Blasio. The move might endear him to some Nets fans, but others who are more superstitious might blame the mayor if the title favorites are eliminated from the playoffs early.
Brooklyn Nets are favorites to win NBA championship
(left to right) Mayor Bill de Blasio and Kevin Durant | Photo Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Photo Justin Casterline/Getty Images CORRESPONDS TO: Kyrie Irving’s 2020-21 season will go down in history as a 50/40/90 club entry, but is it? The Nets were considered by experts to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for the 2020-21 season. They had Kevin Durant back after a long injury, Kyrie Irving in his second year with the team, and a talented young core that included Keris LeVert and Jarrett Allen. This team would have been perfect, but the acquisition of disgruntled Houston Rockets James Harden early in the season made the team great. Under first (and first) head coach Steve Nash, the Nets have a 48-24 record in their new look. That result was enough to secure second place in the Eastern Conference playoffs. That success came despite the fact that the team’s three big men – Durant, Irving and Harden – missed 37, 18 and 22 games, respectively. Although the Nets are the second winningest team in the division and the fourth winningest in the league, they are the favorite for the title according to the odds. According to FanDuel, the Nets have a +210 win probability. The Los Angeles Lakers are the second favorite (+500), followed by the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz (+600), and the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks (+800).
Can the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks make the NBA playoffs?
It looks like the Nets and the Knicks will never make the playoffs at the same time. That changes this year. – Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) May 13, 2021 The Nets and New York Knicks haven’t made the playoffs in the same season since 2013, which coincidentally was the last time the Knicks made the postseason. In 2021, the Knicks, along with Brooklyn, will be in fourth place. Unless the playoff series changes in the first round and all first-place votes are won, the Nets and Knicks will not meet unless both teams advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. They also won’t meet until the third round, if one of the two participants in Game 2 – the Washington Wizards or Indiana Pacers – beats the Sixers. However, if the No. 6-ranked Miami Heat beat the No. 3-ranked Bucks in the first round and both New York teams advance to the second round, the battle for New York will continue.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio went into father mode by dressing in Brooklyn Nets attire.
COMPARED TO: Have the Nets ever won an NBA championship? Mayor de Blasio recently dressed up as a proud father to attend his child’s basketball game for an event outside the Nets’ home in Brooklyn. To the Mayor’s credit, the event and outfit were for a good cause. According to the New York Post, it happened at a vaccination center near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The idea behind the event was to encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Explaining Harden’s jersey and the Nets’ flat cap, de Blasio told reporters: The Nets represent Brooklyn, all of New York, and the fact that New Yorkers should also defend the vaccine. Rightly so or not, this manifestation of new fandom may not please Nets fans. If the Nets lose to the NBA Finals, whether people on Twitter think de Blasio has jinxed the team or not, we’ll probably see a lot more memes featuring this mayor in Nets attire. All statistics provided by Basketball Reference