Jason Terry, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets. That move apparently had Kevin Garnett thinking about retirement, but Paul Pierce talked to him for an hour about not retiring.
“I don’t like change much. Once I commit to something, I like to go full throttle,” Garnett said. “It’s unfortunate. But when I saw the Doc Rivers situation, I kind of knew the writing was on the wall. I have my connections there. It was tough leaving (Rajon) Rondo and other things. But like I said, it’s a new chapter, new things to embrace. That’s what I’m doing.”
But Mikhail Prokhorov has assembled quite a roster as the “basketball gods smile on” Brooklyn. Prokhorov also reiterated that he is focused on an NBA Title and that he is a results oriented person.
Paul Pierce said the Nets were focused on a Championship, not the “Eastern Conference Finals, we’re not talking about best record.” Kevin Garnett agreed.
“That’s the only reason we gathered. You don’t gather to win a series, you don’t put a team like this to get to the Eastern Conference finals or whatever. The ultimate goal is what it is. That’s why we’re here.”
Kevin Garnett has come into a situation were NBA stars come together and he knows how to make it work.
“In order for this thing to work, everybody is going to have to sacrifice,” Garnett said, via the New York Daily News. “You’re going to have to do some things you don’t necessarily want to do or feel comfortable doing, and to me those things are the difference between winning and losing.”
But he wanted to make it clear that the Celtics players weren’t arriving in Brooklyn to take over.
“I’m not trying to say us three are here to save the Nets or nothing like that,” Garnett said. “We’re obviously here as a support system to Deron.”