Well, that was fast.
Shortly after the Brooklyn Nets introduced their fans and the media to their newest members—Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry—the rivalry between the Knicks and Nets, between Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with the Knicks, intensified with a slight jab from Paul Pierce.
Let the trash-talking begin.
After the introductory press conference, Paul Pierce spoke with reporters and said: “I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” when he was asked where his new team stacks up in the East. “You have to talk about Miami, obviously. They’re the champs. And you look at what Chicago is doing. Indiana. And then I think you really have to take a close look at what we’ve been able to put together.”
The 10-time All-Star clearly thinks the roster the Nets have is superior to that of their crosstown rival. “When you put this type of talent on the floor, in order for it to come together, for us to be one of those top teams, that’s what has to happen. We want to be one of those teams. We feel like with the talent we’ve got, we’re definitely going to compete in the Eastern Conference, and hopefully a championship.”
Did Pierce forget to mention the New York Knicks when mentioning top teams in the East? You know, the team that finished second in the conference last season? Pierce’s subtle dig at the Knicks was intentional, and he sounded confident that he can keep making the Knicks miserable (like he did as a Celtic) as a new member of the Nets, when he spoke with WFAN.
On paper, the Nets look tough, but let’s not forget that they have a brand new coach with no experience in Jason Kidd. Also, the stars the Nets acquired are aging basketball players.