BROOKLYN BOLSTER ARSENAL WITH AK47 AND BOSTON TRIO
Brooklyn have confirmed the incredible trade with Boston that sees the Nets sign Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce AND Jason Terry as the Celtics exodus continues.
As well as the explosive trio, the Nets also picked up the deadly Russian Andrei Kirilenko from Minnesota as Jason Kidd‘s tenure in charge of the Nets starts boldly.
Part of the trade saw Brooklyn give up Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and potentially in 2017. The blockbuster trade has raised Brooklyn‘s chances of a strong season and it has excited their team owner.
“With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against.”
Mikhail Prokhorov admitted that the basketball gods have smiled on the Nets.
Brooklyn will no doubt look to improve on their 2012-13 post-season performance having lost in seven to a depleted Chicago side albeit in a great series. A 49-33 win/loss record was enough to book their first play-off birth since 2007.
Pierce and Garnett are likely to go straight into the starting five along with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez while Kirilenko and Terry will offer their experience from the bench which also contains Reggie Evans, Shaun Livingston and Andray Blatche. Strength in depth.
“The Truth” enjoyed 15 seasons consisting of over 1,000 games in the Boston Green & White and helped lead the team to a 17th NBA Championship in 2008 – after a 22-year wait – along KG and Ray Allen. Having left Boston last season, Allen won his second ring after winning the Finals with Miami last month and now Pierce and Garnett have followed suit in their pursuit of another NBA title.
The rumours of their exits were fuelled by Doc Rivers‘ switch to LA Clippers and the blockbuster trade became public knowledge on the day of the NBA Draft. Boston have since hired Brad Stevens as head-coach to replace Rivers (2004-13) and his side will be led by All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo.
Brooklyn will definitely be looking to be Championship contenders this season with their illustrious starting line-up boasting 35 All-Star appearances and the chance of a first 60+ win season in their franchise history looms large.
The borough’s motto is ‘In Unity There Is Strength’ a fitting phrase ahead of exciting times for the Nets under Kidd.