The Brooklyn Nets introduced Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn on Thursday and the trio seemed excited by the possibilities of another championship run. And if those three are excited, consider the Brooklyn fans ecstatic.
“I’ve been a Nets fan since day one, since ’85,” said one fan going by the name Brooklyn Ringo. “When it happened I had to pinch myself to make sure it was real. The Nets get good trades every 10 years or so so it was very shocking.”
“I’m super excited,” said Jeffrey Gamblero. “This is my life, Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Nets. I think they’re better than everybody. They are the best team in the NBA, even the Heat. We have an All-Star starting lineup. It’s a five-man All-Star starting lineup.”
Not all fans agreed that the Nets are now better than the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, but one thing that everyone could agree on is that worrying about who is better — the Knicks or the Nets — is a thing of the past.
“They’re 10 times better than the Knicks,” said Tomas Garcia. “The Nets have better front office, better ownership, better people who run the Barclays Center. The Nets are a team that embrace the fans. They don’t tell lies, they keep it real. Being a Nets fan is rewarding. I was watching this team when they were 12-70 and to go from that to this has been amazing.”
“They’re definitely better than the Knicks,” Dennis Lin said. “The Knicks got worse, but even if they didn’t the Nets are in the model of the Miami Heat with a superstar team.”
When it came to comparing the Nets to the Heat, fans ranged from ‘the Nets are definitely better’ to ‘they’re better on paper’ to ‘it takes time to get the team on the same page so maybe next year.’ One thing everyone agreed on was that this year the Heat are certainly in their crosshairs.
“It depends,” said Sharif Gerzel. “The Heat with Dwyane Wade‘s knee troubles, Chris Bosh often disappears, LeBron James is not bionic man either. Eventually he will wear down from carrying that team. So a lot of it will come down to health. Not just the Heat’s health, but the Nets too.”
As far as who everyone expects to make the biggest impact on next year’s team out of the new guys — Garnett, Pierce, Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, and Shaun Livingston — it seemed that everyone was most excited by Garnett.
“What Garnett is going to bring is what the Nets lacked last year against the Bulls, toughness and leadership,” Garcia said. “But the piece that’s most important is Kirilenko. He brings versatility, he can play multiple positions, can guard anybody. He’s going to be the guy to guard LeBron, Carmelo, all of these guys.”