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Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets: The trade heard round the league
The 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets will not be a repeat of last season’s Los Angeles Lakers. There is a big difference: chemistry. Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant were a hodgepodge of disconnected, egocentric superstar talent.
This year’s new-look Nets ported over two Hall of Fame champions, who just played together for six compatible, winning and mostly dominant seasons. They share the floor seamlessly. They share the same gritty, psychological and physical-battling mindset.
Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, Garnett and Pierce led the Boston Celtics to 66, 62, 50 and 56-win seasons and a title. That’s not that far off in the past, and there is enough left in the tanks of the 37- and 36-year-olds to at least improve the Nets over last year—a season where Brooklyn popped 49 wins as it is.
Jason Terry shores up the 2 behind Joe Johnson like MarShon Brooks never could.
And don’t forget Andrei Kirilenko—an imposing defensive addition.
Deron Williams fits right in with these guys. Was Rajon Rondo, by right an amazing point guard on his own, better because of the players around him? We might see a Rondo-effect on Williams’ game this year.
Brook Lopez is set for another uptick in his play. Will he get lost by opposing defenses fielding KG, D-Will and The Truth? Yes.
The Nets new coach, Jason Kidd, is as attuned to the modern game and player as well as any, if still lacking in the procedural aspects of and experience at the helm.
It’s going to work.
So we know the Nets won’t be bad, barring injury.
But how good will they be?
What I mean by scary good—not all-time dominance as the phrase “scary” used in sports usually means—but scary enough to put an extra fright in teams around the league. You bet.