The Brooklyn Nets on Thursday welcomed All-Star forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as well as reserve guard Jason Terry to the team, saying the goal now is to bring a championship to the borough. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
In case there were any doubts before Thursday's news conference, there are no doubts anymore. The Nets are going for it.
There was no better symbol of that than the sight of Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce walk into Barclays Center as Brooklyn Nets.
"One of the major reasons I decided to come here was because the bones of this," Garnett said. "I feel like adding what you see up here with the bones of what they have already, with Brook (Lopez) and Deron (Williams) and all the pieces they have here, Joe, I feel like, like Paul says, it gives us the best option to win again, and to win it all."
The Nets franchise is excited, but Pierce, who spend 15 years with the Celtics, was understandably circumspect about a change so late in his career.
"Obviously, I would've loved to end my career in Boston, but that day and age is probably over with, with a lot of players ending their careers in one city," Pierce said. "When the trade happened, you just, you felt excited."
The expectations for the Nets have skyrocketed. With Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez already in place, the question the Nets will hear all season is how the three former Celtics, mesh with the players already here.
"When you are building a team, if you can add players, you want to add players with a championship pedigree," said Nets General Manager Billy King. "The three players here, all champions, and sitting back and just talking to them, what they bring is not just basketball. They'll bring knowledge, they'll bring experience, they'll bring competitiveness, they'll bring toughness.
The trade will no doubt spice up the rivalry between the Nets and the Knicks, but the Nets are talking bigger than that. They are talking NBA championship.