Brooklyn Nets officially introduced Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in a press conference held in the borough they’ll represent this fall. General Manager Billy King introduced the trio of champions on what he called a great day for Brooklyn, for basketball and for the organization.
“When you are building a team and you can add players, you want to add players who have a championship pedigree,” King said. “But what they bring is not just basketball: they’ll bring knowledge, they’ll bring experience, they’ll bring competitiveness, they’ll bring toughness.”
The Nets are counting on that full package to help all three players transition easily onto a team that returns most of those who played major minutes. Each of them spoke about the sacrifice and focus required for ensured success.
At this point, we’re championship driven. —Paul Pierce
“At this point in our careers, we’re championship driven,” Pierce said. “We’ve made a lot of money in our careers, we’ve won a number of awards and at this point we’re all about winning a championship and Brooklyn gives us the best opportunity.”
Garnett added: “We see the talent that’s already here, we see us coming in, so now it’s about how well we jell, how quickly we understand each other and learn one another’s game. I feel like the difference in the years we won in Boston and the years we didn’t was in how we communicated with each other. That’s going to be the biggest question for this team: how well are we going to jell and how quickly are we going to be able to jell.”
Overseeing that endeavor will be Coach Jason Kidd, who won an NBA Championship in 2011 playing alongside Terry in the Mavericks’ backcourt. The former teammates have great respect for each other, and Terry expressed optimism that he could return to the form that earned him the 2009 Sixth Man of the Year Award.
“Playing next to Jason Kidd was a dream come true,” Terry said. “He was the best point guard ever to play the game in my eyes. And he was coaching. If there was a play that needed to be drawn up, he would do it; if there was a practice that needed to be ran, he would be the guy out there making all the guys practice when they didn’t want to. He was phenomenal.
“And that’s why I believe this transition, for him, will be as smooth as any: he’s been doing it his whole career. I’m privileged to be in the situation to be playing for a guy who understands me and understands my game.”
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