It’s been a rough year so far for the Brooklyn Nets. After a slew of offseason moves to bring in veteran talent, things just haven’t panned out as projected. The additions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry were supposed to take the Nets to the next tier in the Eastern Conference. The hope was that a roster made up of former stars and fairly established players would be enough to compete with the Miami Heat late in the season. That’s what the Nets’ front office was going for.
The reality so far in 2013? Eight games under .500 through the first quarter of the season.
Many people have already written off the Nets. Pierce, however, still thinks Brooklyn can compete for a title:
“I think we have the potential of a championship team, the talent of a championship team. It’s about putting it all together, getting healthy, and then seeing what we got. We’ve seen flashes of it at times but it’s tough when you don’t know who’s going to be in the lineup one night and who’s going to be out, but injuries do happen to every team and it’s something we’ve got to deal with. But I’d like to see us when we get fully healthy and see what our potential could possibly be.”
In fairness to the Nets, they haven’t been fully healthy all year. Once all of their keys players are on the court at the same time, then we’ll be able to truly see how good they can be. But some would argue that their main problem is on the bench in the form of Jason Kidd. The first-year head coach has struggled while trying to adapt to his new job. But just like the rest of the Nets players, maybe we should give him some time.