It seems so distant.
Nearly 10 years ago, Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin and a host of role players were turning New Jersey into a winter-full of success. With the Nets and Devils sharing a building in East Rutherford, and both making post-season runs nearly every season, things couldn't get much better.
Then, things went down-hill.
After Martin left, each day seemingly got closer and closer to Kidd leaving New Jersey.
Fans didn't want him anymore. They wanted younger, fresher legs that could lead the Nets back to the Eastern Conference power they once were.
He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in February 2008 for Devin Harris, a quick, sharp-shooting guard out of Wisconsin that appeared to be on the cusp of a brilliant career.
In Kidd's first game back to Continental Airlines Arena -- which in 2008 was renamed the Izod Center -- he was out-played by Harris as the Nets cruised to the win.
The future was here.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Izod Center crowd chanted, "Thank You, Cuban," poking fun at the opinionated idea that Harris was better than Kidd, and that the New Jersey Nets were to be in position to make those post-season runs, once again.
The Nets finished the 2007-2008 year with 34 wins, missing the playoffs, but were primed for the next few seasons behind their new guard.
The next year, the Nets had an identical record in Harris' first year as the full-time point guard in New Jersey. Still no playoffs.
Then, it all fell apart again.
In 2009, the Nets set NBA records in all the worst ways. They opened the season 0-19, the worst start in the league's storied history. Now, two years after Kidd was traded, fans in New Jersey began calling for Harris' head.
Instead of dumping Harris, the Nets fired head coach Lawrence Frank, who was with the Nets for seven seasons, leading the Nets to playoff appearances in his first four seasons.
A year later, Harris was dealt for Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams. Harris was with the Nets for two-plus years, and the best record he ever managed was 34-48. He never made the playoffs, and the only record he was a part of was among the worst starts in NBA history.
Soon, there stopped being fans for New Jersey basketball.
In a year, they won't be in New Jersey anymore. They will be playing across the river, at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. All roots to the Garden State will be cut, and, with a team that would have been laughed at ten years ago, a new legacy will begin.
A decade removed from their last NBA Finals appearance, the Nets and Devils share a building again.
Go to a Nets game. See the red everywhere. See the empty sections. Watch them lose, without effort, to a different team on a nightly basis.
They have the worst record in the NBA through their first 11 games this season. No one cares.
It wouldn't be wrong to assume the Nets have 10,000 fans a night for home games. That would have been unheard of in their glory days.
For many, Jason Kidd will be remembered as their favorite Net. For others, he will be known as the man who could almost win the Nets their first NBA championship.
But after this season, the New Jersey Nets will be gone, and likely, will be the pride that came with the team those many years ago.