Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd: How Did The Brooklyn Nets Just Do That?
All right, basketball fans. We all knew the Celtics were coming to an end, but who could’ve predicted this? It seemed that Kevin Garnett would be headed to the Los Angeles Clippers along with coach Doc Rivers and then, just like that, it was announced that the Brooklyn Nets would be acquiring not only KG, but Paul Pierce and Jason Terry as well.
This, of course, means that the Nets will keep Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez while adding some depth, maturity, and most importantly, championship experience to the roster! These guys will be coached by the newcomer (to this end of the bench, at least) Jason Kidd. What does it all mean?
The new look Nets will be tougher, more physical, and more competitive because the era that Terry, Garnett, and Pierce come from is based on spirited rivalry as opposed to today’s friendly competition. Of course, quite a few of them will also be slower and more prone to injury. However, Williams and Johnson, still arguably in their respective primes, will offer a nice balance to the new geriatric infusion.
Question is, can the Nets keep up with the New York Knicks, for whom expectations will be through the roof after last year’s playoff run? What about the Chicago Bulls, who should be back with a vengeance and a healthy, well-rested Derrick Rose? Finally, will these Nets have any chance of competing with the two-time champion Miami Heat?
With such fierce competition in the league, the effects of this trade will definitely have to play out on the court and the Nets probably don’t come away with a ring next year. However, they will most likely be better, more serious playoff contenders than they were this past season and have plenty for their fanbase to be excited about.