What Do We Make of Brooklyn Now?
In order to get these two former All-stars and future Hall of Famers, the Nets parted with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph and first round picks in 2014, 2016 & 2018. Quite a steep price to pay for a maximum of a two-year window of a possible championship.
First of all, how do we automatically assume that the chemistry is set in stone? Remember the last time a team added two future-hall-of-famers that were well beyond their prime? Yes, the 2004 Lakers went after Gary Payton and Karl Malone, the latter getting hurt in the postseason while the former not nearly the same “Glove” as he once was. The chemistry was sorely lacking as well – regardless of whether or not they made a Finals trip.
Will Deron Williams be okay taking direction from Jason Kidd? Will Garnett? Will the addition of Lawrence Frank to the coaching staff help Kidd ease into coaching? Or will he eventually take over when Kidd fails at keeping egos in check?
Either way, this makes for an exciting top four in the East between the Heat, Pacers, Bulls and Nets. The Nets now have a very aging core and will need a facelift of their roster in two years to surround D-Will and Brook Lopez with younger players – but they have mortgaged their future for the present opportunity at a championship.
Like it or not though, New York now has a new team – the Nets are far more talented than their counterparts at the Garden and it will be interesting to see what a Knicks team can do to remain relevant.