How good will the Brooklyn Nets be next season? We don’t know, but it’s pretty cool to see Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry have another shot at the title; those three names were officially presented this Thursday.
Before the big trade with the Celtics, the Nets were a 50/1 long shot to the NBA Championship in 2014, but after the move they are 14/1.
“I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” Pierce said Thursday. “Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age are finally over with. My ultimate drive is winning a championship.”
“It hasn’t really sunk in. I think it is really starting to sink in as we speak,” Pierce said. “I saw my jersey up in the locker room. [When] you saw the trade, it’s like, ‘OK, there is a trade.’ But for me to actually be here, looking for a place to live, being in this arena, trying to get to know my way around the city, it is really starting to sink in now that it has become real. I am no longer a Boston Celtic; I’m a Brooklyn Net; that is what it is right now. At some point, I have to move on. I am here trying to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn.”
For Garnett, not much has change; same teammates and the hungry of a new championship are still there. “Obviously having Jet [Terry] and Paul with me was a really big issue,” Garnett said. “I don’t know anyone who loves change, but change has to happen for things to be better. When I sat down and let the dust sort of settle and got all the facts, that is when I made my decision after knowing all the options and thinking what I am going to do. And didn’t rush. I wanted to see how I felt about the whole thing of leaving Boston, change, retiring, how long you want to play, desire … and then I made my decision on a clear mind and a clear head and here we are.”
The two-time defending-champion Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls are above the Nets in the NBA future odds.