NETS ACQUIRE STEPHON MARBURY AS PART OF A THREE TEAM, NINE PLAYER TRANSACTION; DON
CASEY NAMED INTERIM HEAD COACH ON MARCH 15, REPLACING JOHN CALIPARI; NETS LOSE A TOTAL
OF 176 GAMES DUE TO INJURY AMONG NINE DIFFERENT PLAYERS.
FINAL RECORD: 16-34
The New Jersey Nets began the 50-game 1998-99 season by splitting a home-and-home series with the Atlanta Hawks, giving every indication that they would challenge for the top spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. But the injury bug hit the Nets early and hard, and the team was never able to pull itself from a severe tailspin that saw them lose 17 of their first 20 games. The Nets acquired Stephon Marbury, Chris Carr and Elliot Perry on March 11 as part of a three-team, nine-player transaction, and Don Casey became the Nets interim head coach on March 15, replacing John Calipari. By season’s end, Jayson Williams, Keith Van Horn, Jim McIlvaine, Eric Murdock, Scott Burrell, Rony Seikaly and Kerry Kittles were all unable to play for the Nets due to injury, as the team was only able to muster 16 wins for the season.
Keith Van Horn