ORLANDO, Fla. — With contracts finally signed and approved, Jason Kidd was finally able to talk about Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry joining his Nets.
“They’re the blueprint,” Kidd said. “They’re the champs. They won it twice and could have won three times in a row. When they put that team together they were trying to win championships and have had a lot of success. If you want to compete with them you’ve got to have horses I think we have that.
“I think we’re all excited. I think we all been waiting for this day. You look at management and the pieces they brought in. They’re sending a message they want to win now. So we’re up for this challenge.”
Kidd said the fact that Garnett, Pierce and Terry are all in their 30s and all have previous championship experience would make the transition easier.
“These guys all understand what it takes to win,” Kidd said. “They’ve all sacrificed. You have to sacrifice to be a winning team in this league. We talk Paul, KG and can’t forget Jason Terry. He also understands what it takes to win a championship.
“They all are unselfish. Someone has to shoot the ball. Teams that put big names together tend to take a step back and rely on the other superstar. They all have to rely on each other, but also look at the basket. The guys we brought in have that work ethic and will share with their teammates.”
Kidd said his team will welcome the pressure of being expected to win next season.
“I think when you look at champ-caliber teams, there is always high expectation and always a lot of attention. When the Heat put together they was talk of going undefeated. They didn’t get off to a great start but they found a way and won back-to-back championships. We’re not the Miami Heat, but we feel we can compete at a high level. That said, there’s gonna be a lot of eyes on us. Hopefully we can show ourselves how to play the game the right way.
“Hopefully, at the end end of June or somewhere around the 20th, we can be the last team standing.”