Nets season preview: Garnett, Pierce bring added intensity to Nets

The Nets enter this season with a new identity thanks to an offseason trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Credit: Getty Images
The Nets enter this season with a new identity thanks to an offseason trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Credit: Getty Images

The last time the Nets played a game that counted, they gave up 19 baskets that were either layups or dunks and they trailed by 17 at halftime.

The eventual loss to Chicago, and resulting elimination from the playoffs, set in motion the deal with Boston which landed Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

It’s also why the Nets are not only talking about being on the same level as the defending-champion Heat but talking about winning a championship.

“I think our own expectations and our own goals are going to exceed everybody else’s,” Garnett said. “I think we got our destiny known here and again it goes back to sacrifice and giving up your own for the betterment of others. So I think that starts with tomorrow, if not tonight.”

Garnett snarled in his media day press conference that a ring is the only reason he is in Brooklyn, before adding a second “only reason” in his deep voice for emphasis.

Pierce dismissed the significance of a division title on the same day by saying he did not want to see any symbols of it, not even a T-shirt or hat.

“On paper we look real good, but it’s all going to come down to everybody making sacrifices — making sacrifices with minutes, shots, being there for each other when people are down,” Evans said. “That’s the biggest thing — accepting a new role and making sacrifices in a positive way.”

Jason Terry, who is a similar age to Garnett and Pierce and was included in the same offseason trade, played with them for the first time last season in Boston.

“I was blessed and very fortunate to play with two guys that have the same passion, the same drive, the same dedication that I have,” Terry said. “To be able to go to work with them, enjoy time with them on and off the court, it’s just an honor for me and I can honestly say I’ve been blessed to play alongside them.”

Alan Anderson grew up in Minneapolis watching the evolution of Kevin Garnett from a South Carolina high school player into the “Big Ticket” as a teenager and avid Timberwolves fan.

“His intensity is at all times,” Anderson said. “When he steps in between the lines, he’s all business. Fun and games and all of that, [not with him], he’s trying to win.”

The intensity Anderson talked about took shape at various points even during the preseason. He told his new head coach Jason Kidd he didn’t want to rest during the exhibitions, even on a back-to-back.

But it especially emerged in a preseason tilt against Miami — a team which could be Brooklyn’s top rival.

Garnett responded to criticism by LeBron James about leaving Boston by telling him to “mind his business.”

Follow Nets beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

National

Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Movies

Piano from 'Casablanca' up for sale at auction

An iconic piano featured in Rick's Cafe Americain in the 1942 Hollywood classic "Casablanca" is expected to be the highlight of a sale of film…

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.