Are the Brooklyn Nets Too Old to Make a Championship Run?
This offseason the Brooklyn Nets made some surprising acquisitions when they brought in former Boston Celtics‘ stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce only to also bring in former Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko and another former Celtic by the name of Jason Terry. When they then announced that former New York Knicks‘ player Jason Kidd would be taking over the reigns as head coach, it completed the most eventful offseason in Nets’ history.
It seems as though all of these superstar trades came about with the creation of the “Big Three” of the Miami Heat, consisting of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. This also sparked the trade for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers to complete their “Big Three,” with the inclusion of Kobe Bryant. From that point forward, multi-million dollar trades became a daily occurrence as Chris Paul joined the Los Angeles Clippers and Deron Williams joined the Nets.
Now it seems as though the only successful team of this most recent trade craze is the Heat, as they’ve reached the Finals in three consecutive years and have come away with two rings. In order to keep up with the “White Hot Heat,” most teams have attempted to create their own “Big Three.” But have the Nets brought too many stars to one team?
There are currently five players on the Nets roster who are making over $12 million a year. In order: Joe Johnson ($21.4 million), Deron Williams ($18.4 million), Paul Pierce ($15.3 million), Brook Lopez ($14.6 million) and Kevin Garnett ($12.4 million). With all these stars making an inordinate amount of money, you think there might be a little competition as to who is the leader of the pack? Who will take the last shot? And who will determine who takes that shot?
There seems to be a lot of holes in this creation of All-Stars. For one, Kidd is a first year coach who just retired from the game last season with the Knicks. What makes you think that the players will give him the respect of a seasoned vet who already has an abundance of experience? Also, seven of the Nets’ 16 man roster are over the age of 32, and it seems as though their years are dwindling. Not to mention the fact that the Indiana Pacers looked extremely promising against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The return of Derrick Rose will certainly spark a flare in the always feisty Chicago Bulls. The Knicks were the second seed in last year’s playoffs and made it out of the first round. And then of course we must not forget about the two-time defending NBA champion Heat. Finally, team chemistry is not something a team can pick up overnight, and I have a feeling there will be some controversy over playing time.
So there seems to be a lot of questions for the Nets to answer in this upcoming season, and only time will tell if they are up to the challenge.