How the Nets wasted a prime championship opportunity, then fell apart and left the state | Collapse

  • Published on Mar 13, 2019
  • In the mid-2000s, the NBA's Western Conference faltered a bit, allowing for the Eastern Conference to swoop in and win a couple championships. Heading into that mini era, anyone would have picked the New Jersey Nets to snatch at least one of those trophies. But instead of seizing the throne, the Nets followed back-to-back Finals visits with disaster: heartbreaking playoff defeats, payroll cuts, injuries, bad luck, and an eventual departure for Brooklyn.
    This is how the New Jersey Nets collapsed.
    Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
    Directed by Mike Imhoff
    Motion graphics by Philip Pasternak and Mike Das
    Shot and edited by Alex Hawley
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  • Raf P
    Raf P Day ago

    rewind the Greece run in 2006 FIBA World Cup the last national team to beat USA in a major tournament

  • Carry Spice
    Carry Spice Day ago

    I love these videos its like a walk down memory lane

  • Romell H
    Romell H 2 days ago

    Thanks for reminding me about my childhood, I would cry went wade would Dominate us And I hate the Detroit Pistons but we got Kd now πŸ˜‚

  • Joseph Santander
    Joseph Santander 4 days ago

    The chargers down fall.

  • LegendaryStatus5
    LegendaryStatus5 6 days ago

    That early to mid 2000s Eastern Conference was pretty weak. Aside from the Nets, Pistons and Pacers no other teams were consistently good. Add in the fact that the Pacers' lost their players to suspension in 2004 due to the Malice at the Palace.

  • J
    J 7 days ago

    So basically they didn't play the White Mamba enough.

  • Chris Wishinsky
    Chris Wishinsky 7 days ago

    if the nets would of closed out game 6, the lakers would of won another finals!!!

  • Ryan West
    Ryan West 8 days ago

    Who’s watching when kryie and Durant joined the team

  • ronnel baluyot
    ronnel baluyot 8 days ago

    Now KD joined Net

  • Definitive1
    Definitive1 9 days ago

    They'll do it again. KD & Kylie ain't strong enough.

  • astheskylarksings
    astheskylarksings 10 days ago

    Kidd was cheating on his wife with my home girl while he was with the Nets. Cheating and beating his wife

  • Maurice Nixon
    Maurice Nixon 10 days ago

    The Nets were not going to win a chip back then. They were good enough to get there but not to win it all

  • AstroTooCold
    AstroTooCold 11 days ago

    Now They Got Kyrie & KD

  • - Stxnleee -
    - Stxnleee - 12 days ago +2

    Who here when Kyrie and KD joining the nets?

  • The Jayster
    The Jayster 13 days ago

    Can we get a rise series next?

  • Player 1
    Player 1 15 days ago

    And coaches

  • Player 1
    Player 1 15 days ago

    Jason Kidd...... One of the most overrated PGs ever

  • Tasteless Grape
    Tasteless Grape 17 days ago +1

    And now they have Kd and Kyrie

  • Depression is cool
    Depression is cool 17 days ago

    Coming back to this video, now that the nets are somehow good again

  • jo23bulls
    jo23bulls 18 days ago

    Kidd on the Spurs would be crazy

    SPACE GIMP 19 days ago

    the nets deserved better than Jason the loser kid...they should've built the team around kenyon martin he is a beast...kid is queen ass diva

  • dueling fishboy
    dueling fishboy 22 days ago

    2002 should have been the Kings

  • theblackpinoy
    theblackpinoy 22 days ago

    We will rise again.

  • Chris Santiago
    Chris Santiago 23 days ago

    Do the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-present
    2010: Pete Carrol arrival
    2011: the Legion of Boom was being formed and built
    2012: Russell Wilson drafted Seahawks #1 defense
    2013: win Superbowl XLVIII
    2014: lost Superbowl XLVIIII stupid playcall
    2015: tensions between defenses player and player being cut and traded on defense to other teams
    2016: Seattle defense is collapsing
    2017: Seattle miss Playoffs
    2018: Sherman leaves team/ Wilson signs extension but no money for OL
    2019: we shall see Legion Of Boom is gone

  • Nostalgic Gamer
    Nostalgic Gamer 24 days ago

    I was done with this video when he said they sold korver draft pick for money and copy machine many people root for teams that sometimes don’t even care about winning

  • Jeremycole
    Jeremycole 24 days ago

    If kidd went to the spurs?πŸ€”

  • BigPileofGarbage
    BigPileofGarbage 24 days ago

    Brian Scalabrine: G. O. A. T.🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐

  • DauntlessV03
    DauntlessV03 25 days ago

    yooo how about a video series about rebuilds

  • barneyy ruizzy
    barneyy ruizzy 25 days ago

    Do the Oklahoma city thunder after the 2012 nba finals appearance

  • Vinny Petrone
    Vinny Petrone 26 days ago

    My friend and I had a heated discussion over who is a better overall center Dikembe Mutombo or Alonzo Mourning, anybody want to help us come to a Consensus?

  • Jeremiah Hall
    Jeremiah Hall 27 days ago

    What happened in 2004? The Detroit Pistons happened.

  • Saitoki Myshkin
    Saitoki Myshkin 27 days ago

    That pistons starting lineup was one of the most complete ever. Elite defender at center, PF that can stretch the floor, one of the best wing defenders at SF, an all around scorer at SG, and a pure/clutch shooter at PG.

  • TK Rivers
    TK Rivers 28 days ago

    Nets: Oh look Vince Carter's here...yayyyy
    Miami with D wade first big 3: Lololololololololllllol

  • Dave Kirst
    Dave Kirst 29 days ago

    RON MERCER!!!!!!!!

  • Randy Gan
    Randy Gan Month ago

    β€œThis kids team was getting pretty good.” No there was no team, only lebron.

  • Tom Salvato
    Tom Salvato Month ago +1

    Collapse is such an awesome series. Very interesting how teams with so much promise fall apart before even reaching their peak

  • PaleAlejandro
    PaleAlejandro Month ago

    one question: what's the timeline based on? Is it arbitrary ups and downs? I don't get it...

  • Fernando Carrazzoni

    I see no comments on White Mamba's heroics.

  • Dwayne Henry
    Dwayne Henry Month ago

    Watching this ruined my mood... Hard times being a Nets fan the past 30 years...

    • Mr. Big Chest
      Mr. Big Chest Month ago

      How do you think it feels being a Warriors fan

  • Alyssa Biddwell
    Alyssa Biddwell Month ago

    Kick in the door waving the 44

  • Jonathan Chase
    Jonathan Chase Month ago

    I watched all 82 games every season and this is a very good summation of what happened.

  • Eric Lock
    Eric Lock Month ago

    This video starts under the premise that the Nets ever stood a chance against any of the west teams, which they did not. Getting to the finals was as good as it was ever going to get for them.

  • Nick Esquer
    Nick Esquer Month ago

    Please do a Collapse on the Phoenix Suns.

  • Lakers fan
    Lakers fan Month ago

    I was one of the guys who thought they would be lethal when they got Vince Carter for nothing. Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson on one team looked amazing. But they were a massive disappointment.

  • Han D
    Han D Month ago

    "All those Nets had to do was" dethrone Kobe & Shaq, and then beat 2-time reigning MVP Tim Duncan. NBD

  • Ali Durrani
    Ali Durrani Month ago

    I respect this video alot. As someone who grew up in New Jersey all my life, Jason Kidd single-handedly took the Nets to the finals twice. Against the Spurs, it was like no one was even paying attention what Kidd and the Nets were doing. One of the greatest PGs of all time

  • Lynn Gatrell
    Lynn Gatrell Month ago

    Do an episode about the Utah Jazz during their Stockton-to-Malone hay days. I thought for sure they would win the Finals with those two amazing players and the great supporting players they had.

  • Eric Collins
    Eric Collins Month ago

    Should've stayed in north Jersey

  • Hipster Eagle
    Hipster Eagle Month ago

    2:00 a kid named Jared πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  • Kevin Roy Nucum
    Kevin Roy Nucum Month ago

    Scalabrine played in this game coming off a torn achilles, which happened 3 days before this game.

  • Chordstruck Pony
    Chordstruck Pony Month ago

    Positive note, they made the playoffs again with DLo leading the way.

  • MrPaiute
    MrPaiute Month ago

    Simply put, Kidd couldn't shoot the medium range jumper or the 3

  • Pistol1783
    Pistol1783 Month ago

    Great video buuuuuttttttttt..... their is too much buuuuuutttttt transitions.

  • Cc117 cc117
    Cc117 cc117 Month ago


  • Xiaoping Lui
    Xiaoping Lui Month ago

    I love the way you tell your story’s... makes me remember the good times, when I was a NBA fan. πŸ‘

  • EG BlackHawk Hawkins

    The Nets of 2002, 2003 are the worst Eastern conference champion ever. They only won the East because the refs screwed the Sixers both years...

  • Bonifilio Soto
    Bonifilio Soto Month ago

    You see why players that are good dont want to stick around, yall talk about loyalty but fail to see how the very same teams aren't loyal to the players, stay being salty at players like KD but the dude is just looking out for himself

  • William O'Toole
    William O'Toole Month ago

    how about the Jazz from the 90's collapse

  • Goodfella
    Goodfella Month ago

    0:28. Say what??? Did you even watch the 2003 finals? It may have went six games but it wasn’t even that close. There was never a doubt. The Spurs were always in control.

  • fpshooterful
    fpshooterful Month ago

    YA... i forgot how good Nets use to be.

  • Nicholas Kling
    Nicholas Kling Month ago

    I love this series. Teams collapsing and draft busts have always fascinated me

  • KinG FitZ
    KinG FitZ Month ago

    Jason kidd, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson if the Nets would have signed Kenyon Martin back would have been a championship team smh

  • Ryan Davis
    Ryan Davis Month ago +3

    On the bright side the Brooklyn Nets made the playoffs this yearπŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ

  • Alex Perez
    Alex Perez Month ago

    it was called being cheap...lmfao

  • Tori Wilburn
    Tori Wilburn Month ago

    great video.

  • Dan Rooney
    Dan Rooney Month ago

    Even though it'd be hated because its boston, doing the collapse of the 2011 red sox only to win the world series in 2013 with a bunch of nobodies just to finish last again the next year would be cool

  • TexasHardhitter
    TexasHardhitter Month ago

    That 2004 finals was brutal to watch.

  • Kool Keith Productions

    I'll tell you one thing, you will NEVER see a "Collapse: New York Yankees" video on this channel 😎

  • D Wavy
    D Wavy Month ago

    Tim Duncan and JKidd could've been so lethal. Later on with Manu in the mix smh

  • Richard Lee
    Richard Lee Month ago

    Kyle Korver's commencement speech brought me here.