Stocking Stuffers

\’Tis the season. Without further ado, I offer you some stocking stuffers this holiday season for New Jersey:

BRUCE RATNER: A quick end to legal challenges and a fast exit to Brooklyn in 2008-2009; An NBA title; An NBA dynasty.

BRETT YORMARK: More fans in the seats at IZOD; More corporate endorsements for products in \’08-09; Naming rights to each player\’s offspring!*

ROD THORN: A winning streak; A good Interim Personnel Director; The courage to sign both C Jackie Butler and SF Ruben Patterson to flesh out the last two roster spots and replace Mile Ilic and Bernard Robinson; And for them to play like Moses Malone and Cedric Maxwell to get New Jersey back to the finals.

LAWRENCE FRANK: Fewer people \’breathing down his neck;\’ More love; Less pain; Some Rogaine; A winning streak; Jason Collins to have a breakout year; Nenad Krstic to return from Lourdes a new man; a Psychic Healer for Nenad Krstic; Jackie Butler and Ruben Patterson to replace Mile Ilic and Bernard Robinson; Cliff Robinson returning from Ponce De Leone.

JASON KIDD: Happiness; More years on his contract here or elsewhere; Moses Malone in his prime; Ruben Patterson and Jackie Butler; A shot at a ring; John Stockton\’s longevity.

VINCE CARTER: To finally be recognized as a winner; To earn a ring; To be appreciated as the best dunker in the history of the game; To finally escape Michael Jordan\’s shadow; To win a finals MVP trophy.

RICHARD JEFFERSON: To be an all-Star; to be recognized as another Scottie Pippen; to have more rings than Scottie; To be appreciated for his leadership; To be valued as the backbone of the Nets.

JOSH BOONE: As many minutes as he can handle; Recognition for his hard work; Rick Barry to tutor him on free throwing; A stronger finish; Charlie Villanueva\’s shooting prowess.

SEAN WILLIAMS: Rookie of the Year honors; To win a title in his first year in the league; An all-around offensive repertoire; The record for blocked shots in a season; Personal happiness.

BOSTJAN NACHBAR: Consistency; Health; Sixth Man recognition; Happiness; To be part of a title-winner; And a big fat contract.

MARCUS WILLIAMS: Physical health; Happiness; To be all that he can be; A breakout season ala Deron Williams.

ANTOINE WRIGHT: To be what he was drafted for; A knock-down shooter; A great defender; And an MLE recipient at years\’ end.

MALIK ALLEN: To become dead-eye confident in his shooting; To land a bigger contract than Mikki Moore at year\’s end.

JASON COLLINS: To win; To enjoy Christmas; To put up the numbers he did in college; To be elected President.

JAMAAL MAGLOIRE: To show that the Big Cat still has it; That he\’s an all-Star in sheep\’s clothing; That he\’s worth twice as much as what he\’s getting; To get playing time.

DARRELL ARMSTRONG: To find a home in Jersey; To enjoy his Christmas; To get James Posey to buy his family gifts.

NENAD KRSTIC: To get married; Stay in Jersey; Come back 100%; And land a $50mil contract.

GARY SUSSMAN: Not to pine away for Ed; And to learn to blog in English – not code!

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