Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry is talking big about his new team and what he believes they can accomplish this upcoming season — but not too big.
“We got champions. When you talk about Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, these guys are Hall-of-Famers,” Terry told Doghouse Boxing the other day. “Jason Kidd. He’s a champion. He’s a future Hall of Famer. Deron Williams. He’s going to be an MVP candidate. Joe Johnson. The names go on and on. Brook Lopez.
“We have tons of talent, but that’s not going to win it alone,” Terry continued. “We’re going to have to put in the work … The road to the championship goes through Miami [Heat] and we know that.”
What a great veteran statement this was from Terry. He expressed solid confidence in his teammates both old and new, as well as his new coach, without sounding arrogant and putting an even bigger target on their backs. That sort of confidence will do wonders for the likes of Williams, Johnson, Lopez and all the other Nets that have no previous championship experience.
But the respect shown for the two-time defending champion Heat is even more significant. For all the struggles Miami underwent last season throughout the Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals, they still made it to the top of the mountain in the end. Disregarding their elite capabilities would’ve likely been regrettable if the two sides were to meet in the postseason.
Terry’s words will certainly resonate throughout the Nets’ locker room, but he wisely made sure that they won’t be bulletin board material in the Heat’s.