Skip to comments.Blockbuster Brooklyn trade involving Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce spices up Knicks-Nets rivalry
Posted on 06/28/2013 6:30:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Open up the Honey Nut cheerios boxes and sprinkle a trail from Flatbush Avenue to the corner of 34th and Seventh, because now we get to find out whether the town is big enough for Carmelo Anthony ... and Kevin Garnett.
Here comes KG, The Big Ticket who makes the Brooklyn Nets a big ticket, and here comes Paul Pierce, The Truth, with him (along with Jason Terry), and here come the $100 Million Nets, coming to try to steal the town from Melo and the Knicks, coming for everyone. And here comes a City Game rivalry that will make the old Cold War with the Russians feel like a tempest in a teapot.
When you have an insatiable, driven owner such as Mikhail Prokhorov, it isnt enough to be King of Brooklyn only King of all New York, at the very least, will do. You never rest, never stop pushing for that blueprint for greatness that just might make Barclays Center the garden of dreams, the biggest basketball dreams.
Garnett waived his no-trade clause last night to help his old pal, Jason Kidd, bring a buzz to Brooklyn that will be heard as far away as Clyde Fraziers Wine and Dine and the offices of one James Dolan.
Everyone knows Garnett is on his last legs, but his tongue is forever young, so Melo better hide the woman ooh, La La and children the minute Garnett steps off the bus in Brooklyn.
He wont be here for a terribly long time, of course; he is, after all, 37 years old, and Pierce is 35, proud old Celtics warriors no longer needed in the rebuilding project left behind by Doc Rivers, who bolted to the Clippers.
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Although NYC born/raised and a big Knicks fan, I stopped watching the NBA many moons ago ... for obvious reasons.
I think around when Larry Bird retired....I began to lose interest.
If you go back to the Trailblazers of 1977, the Supersonics of 78/79, and the 82/83 76er’s....those teams could come and wipe out most of the teams of today. I just don’t see the caliber of play and maturity required anymore.
Once they started to accept high school players and first-year college players....it just went downhill.
No NBA fan here either, but Garnett is one of the few who managed the high school - NBA jump smoothly and seems to be a good guy. However, he is well on the downside of his career and IMHO was when the T’wolves let him go to Boston. The Nets are sadly mistaken in thinking he and Pierce - no youngster either - are going to lead a renaissance.
I think the Nets think the presence of these veterans plus the young core they have led by Darrin Williams is a formula that can work right now. The East is relatively weak right now, outside of Miami, so they may be right. The Bulls (with Rose) and Pacers are the only possible rivals to the Heat until this move.
If the Nets see success, the younger guys are going to have to lead the way. These older guys will likely be pretty gassed by May or June. They can be bit contributors like Ray Allen was in Miami. I don’t believe the Heat win without Allen. They may not have even got passed the Pacers.
I switched around channels last night and came across about a minute of the draft. A female reporter asked the mother of a player if she heard any trade rumors on the draft floor. Now that is journalism. Way to go, ESPN. Click.
And then there was Mugsie Bowes. He was around 5’3”
I don’t think this will get them past round two.
I agree. I’ve had several college coaches in the metro area tell me that European coaches are reluctant to sign American college players because they feel those players are mostly lacking in fundamental skills. The player in high school and much of college does what he wants. the coach just rolls the balls onto the court. players are unwilling to drill and foul shooting has become a burden players have little interest in practicing.
That’s why inevitably the Euros will start beating the US, they are better skilled.