The Brooklyn Nets introduced their newest members during a press conference held at the Barclay’s center today. Although the trade that brought Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Nets happened back on draft night, the Nets were not allowed to make the deal official until July 10th, as per NBA league rules.
During the introductions Paul Pierce alluded to how difficult it was for him to leave Boston, a place he has called home for the past 15 years.
“I would have loved to end my career in Boston,” he said, making the point that players staying in one place for their entire career is most likely a thing of the past, “But that day and age is probably over with.”
“I think it’s really starting to sink in as we speak,” Pierce said. “For me to actually be here now looking for a place to live … it’s really starting to sink in now that it’s become real. I’m no longer a Boston Celtic.” Pierce went on to say that he holds no ill will toward the Celtics for trading him.
Pierce was joined on the podium by Garnett and former Celtic Jason Terry. Garnett greeted the Barclays Center crowd by yelling “What’s up Brooklyn,” which drew a loud ovation from the fans and media members in attendance. Garnett, who was the heart and sole of the championship Celtics, said that he took his time before deciding to sign off on the deal to the join the Brooklyn Nets.
“Having [Terry] and having Paul with me was a really, really, really big issue,” Garnett said. “I don’t know anyone who loves change, but change has to happen.” Garnett went on to say, “The talent is there for a championship team”.
Of course, only time will tell if the Nets have in fact put together a team capable of unseating the back to back champion Miami Heat. Though, it would be hard to argue that the Nets recent moves, brought on by owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s very deep pockets, have not pointed the arrow in an upward direction for the franchise.