Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports

Nearly three weeks into the regular season, the excuse about how it’s too early to judge anyone harshly is gone by the wayside. Such is hoops life when approximately 12% of the schedule is already in the rear view mirror. As such, here’s a look at which teams have been most disappointing, which players may be the most disappointed, and what it all means in terms of possible forthcoming changes.

THE “BATTLE” FOR NEW YORK

Embattled is more like it.

Remember when the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks were not only in a colossal cage match for Big Apple supremacy but considered championship contenders? October suddenly seems so long ago.

The Nets (3-6 entering Monday) aren’t playing winning basketball and have very little reason for hope at this point. First-year coach Jason Kidd’s job is considered completely safe for now, as management assumed all along that this project would require patience and they see signs of growth he develops his bench style. Injuries to Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko and Brook Lopez have played a part and take some of the onus off the coach. As far as possible roster changes, the Nets are all-in with this high-priced bunch and simply don’t have the valuable assets that could lead to a deal of much consequence before the Feb. 15 trade deadline.

As for the 3-6 Knicks, the fireworks are just getting started inside Madison Square Garden. Coach Mike Woodson is certainly under fire, though — like Kidd — he has more than enough injuries on his roster to point to as an excuse for the horrid start. (The biggest is center Tyson Chandler being out four to six weeks after fracturing his right fibula earlier this month.)

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