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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jun 22, 2010 at 10:24:39 PM

Finding holes on a 12-70 team is like trying to find fish and birds on the Gulf Coast covered by oil -– they’re everywhere.

But the Nets filled two of their holes since the season ended. They got an owner who spends (Mikhail Prokhorov) and hired a coach who actually is a coach (Avery Johnson). They figure to fill more needs between this week and next.

The Nets are solid at center and point guard with Brook Lopez and Devin Harris, respectively. They need a power forward, small forward, backup point guard and center, shooters, guys who can defend, who rebound, competitive guys, toughness and winners.

All of that will be hard to find but the Nets have some means with three picks in Thursday's NBA Draft and roughly $26 million for free agency, starting July 1.

Dealing with the

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:40:06 PM

Suddenly the team that would do anything for a win needs a loss.

The players don’t feel that way, but the fans and probably some people inside the Nets’ offices do.

One more loss or a Minnesota win and the Nets will have the best odds at winning the NBA Draft Lottery. Quite honestly, after a season such as this they need all the help they can get. And as I’ve said repeatedly, if they get the No. 1 pick (John Wall), the Nets’ pursuit of a coach and marquee free agent improves.

After the Nets won their 10th game to avoid a share of the worst record of all-time they talked of catching and passing Minnesota. They didn’t want to be the worst team in the league, and understandably so.

You don’t ever want to promote losing, but just imagine if the Nets caught