This offseason the Brooklyn Nets have found a way to improve on their 49-win team from last season with the additions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Andrei Kirilenko. At least on paper, that makes them a pretty damn good team.
Exactly how good the Nets can be is the question. The roster looks good on paper, but can they beat the Heat? Their new head coach Jason Kidd seems to think so.
“They’re the blueprint,” Kidd told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com’s Hang Time Blog. “They’re the champs. They won it twice and could have won three times in a row. When they put that team together they were trying to win championships and have had a lot of success. If you want to compete with them you’ve got to have horses I think we have that.
“I think we’re all excited. I think we all been waiting for this day. You look at management and the pieces they brought in. They’re sending a message they want to win now. So we’re up for this challenge.”
One look at last year’s Los Angeles Lakers team shows that it takes more than just talent to win in the NBA. However, the talent the Nets have brought in is championship caliber starting with Kidd himself, one of the best players in Nets history and NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Not only did Kidd win a championship, but his team beat the Heat to do it.
Then there are the players themselves. Terry, of course, was a member of Kidd’s Mavericks team that won in 2011. Then there are Garnett and Pierce, who lead the Celtics the NBA Championship in 2008 against the Lakers. Not only were the two of them part of that team, but they were its leaders and two most important players.
Now Kidd will not be running the 2013-14 Nets’ offense and Garnett and Pierce are not the players they once were, but this they will bring to this team a been there done that attitude which couldn’t be farther from the attitude that Dwight Howard brought to last year’s disappointing Lakers.
“These guys all understand what it takes to win,” Kidd said. “They’ve all sacrificed. You have to sacrifice to be a winning team in this league. We talk Paul, KG and can’t forget Jason Terry. He also understands what it takes to win a championship.
“They all are unselfish. Someone has to shoot the ball. Teams that put big names together tend to take a step back and rely on the other superstar. They all have to rely on each other, but also look at the basket. The guys we brought in have that work ethic and will share with their teammates.”