While other teams were making splashes this offseason, the Brooklyn Nets were focused on making tidal waves.
That’s exactly what happened when they made the deal of the summer, trading for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry – a trade that made them a favorite in many circles to take home the championship in June.
Brooklyn went on to add another fine piece in veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko, but the brunt of excitement regarding the improvement of the roster on paper has steadily revolved around the additions of Garnett and Pierce.
Even though they’re getting up there in age and might have lost a step, these two still bring first ballot Hall of Fame leadership to a Nets team that was visibly more than parched in that area last season.
But here’s something that may have been overlooked throughout all that hype.
In a league that has essentially adopted an obsession with being built to knock off the two-time defending champion Miami Heat the way a neat-freak does with keeping things tidy, the Nets could not have brought along two more ideal players to set out on completing that mission.
Like any other offseason, there was at least some talent out there for teams to snag. But was there anyone out there who had the same kind of competitive hatred for the Heat the way Pierce and Garnett do?
Nope, no one at all.
There was no player available this summer that had the types of battles with Miami’s core trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh since they formed an alliance in 2010 the way Pierce and Garnett have had. There was no one else the Nets could have added this year that would have wanted to beat the Heat any more than those two.
Because of this, it should be understood that the Nets acquired the two most perfect players they possibly could this summer. Time will tell if the move pays off.