There has obviously been a lot of hype surrounding the Nets this offseason because of their trade with the Celtics to land Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and the amazing amount of money they will spend on next year’s team. LeBron James, speaking for the first time since the NBA Finals with ESPN scribe Brian Windhorst, sounds like he’s one of those people buying into the hype.
“They brought three champions to their team (KG, PP, and Jason Terry) and they brought in a championship coach (Jason Kidd). They’re going to be good,” James said. “Chemistry is always the issue when you bring new guys to a new team but those guys have sacrificed before so I don’t think it’ll be a problem for them. I think it’s great for the league.”
What LeBron said is certainly not controversial. Pretty much everyone that talks about the Nets this offseason says they’re going to be good, but will have serious chemistry issues. LeBron, though, is a guy who has been in that situation before, where he took a great team and eventually, after they built up chemistry, brought them to back-to-back championships. So it is good to hear that he expects this team to get together quickly.
It all comes back to what Kevin Garnett said during the introductory press conference — it’s all going to come down to sacrifice. If guys are willing to do that, and everyone including both Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are important here, then the chemistry issues should go away rather quickly. If guys are not willing to go outside there game, that’s where there will become problems.
Nobody is doubting that next year’s team has the potential to be good. Without the chemistry it could all go to waste though.