TAKES OVER NETS; NETS BATTLE CLEVELAND IN FIVE GAME PLAYOFF SERIES;
DRAZEN PETROVIC KILLED IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
FINAL RECORD: 43-39 (.524)
Chuck Daly, who guided the Pistons to two World Championships and the United States to the 1992 Olympic Gold medal, takes over the Nets and immediately makes an impression on his players. Daly has the Nets soaring with a 42-29 record in April, breathing down the necks of the first place Knicks. Starting point guard Kenny Anderson goes down with a broken wrist and the Nets stumble, finishing the season with a 1-10 fade. The Nets battle the Cavs in the playoffs, despite being without Anderson and centers Sam Bowie and Chris Dudley. Derrick Coleman nearly handles Cleveland by himself, posting monster numbers throughout the series. The Cavs win in five games. Tragedy strikes the Nets family in June, overshadowing the success of the season, when star shooting guard Drazen Petrovic is killed in an automobile accident on June 8, in Germany. Petrovic had established himself as one of the top outside marksman in the NBA, and his death left the Nets with an enormous hole to fill, both on the court and in their hearts.