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ORLANDO-- He has gone from playing against them to being their coach. For the first time since the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets trade became official on Friday afternoon, Nets new headman Jason Kidd spoke to the media.
The deal sends Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, andD.J. White to the Nets in exchange for MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans , Kris Joseph, and three first-round draft picks (2014, 2016, and 2018) as well as the option to swap first-round draft picks in 2017.
In the meantime, Kidd said he hadn’t spoken to Garnett since draft day when he tried to convince him to waive his no-trade clause so the blockbuster deal could go through.
“My pitch was, you have an opportunity to win a championship again,” Kidd said. “Being able to, not just win a championship, but being able to teach these guys what it takes to win. (Robin) Lopez, (Andray) Blatche, DWill, Joe (Johnson), being able to show them what it takes to win.”
Kidd also said that following his hiring, he spoke to Paul Pierce, and Pierce showed his support for Kidd.
“When I talked to Paul, he was excited for me because he thought this was something that the league needed, to get some new blood in there as coaches,” Kidd said. “It’s going to be a great combination of them being able to help me and me being able to help them. I’ve got guys who understand what it takes to win, who’ve pretty much seen everything.”
Kidd also spoke about perhaps an overlooked member in the deal Jason Terry, a former teammate of his when both were members of the Dallas Mavericks.
“When you talk about Paul and KG, you can’t forget about Jason Terry,” Kidd said. “He’s also won a championship and he also knows what it takes to win. JET has done it all. He’s started, he’s played the point, played the two, won 6th man of the year.”
For a first-year head coach, having three newly-acquired players who know what is takes to win is a definite asset when trying to establish the makeup of your team. The only question is: How far can those veterans go? They are on the older side of their careers and time is not on their side.
In any event, it should be interesting to see what this Nets team can accomplish. They have made moves to improve their team and look to be a force in the Eastern Conference.