A new season is upon us, with it comes renewed hope for the other 29 teams in the league that did not win the ultimate prize. The Brooklyn Nets, now considered a legitimate championship contender, held their media day at the Barclays Center early on Monday morning.
Read some of the day's best quotes below.
Jason Terry on how happy he is to get back his old No. 31
"Oh, man. What? Every day I thank God because I don't know who that was in No. 4. He had the headband, he had the high socks, but something just wasn't right. But, I got the number back so I'm very excited and you will see me fly around the Barclays Center."
Jason Terry on the depth of the Nets' bench makes them the best second unit in the NBA
"I'm always [going to] say that. Whatever bench I'm a part of, I always say we got the best. Again, we're very talented, but as you know in this league, talent alone doesn't get you anything so we have to go out, work hard everyday, we have to be very focused and realize that the bench has a huge role in this. We're not just counting on the starters to get it done. We're gonna' have to do it collectively as a group."
Shaun Livingston on if he has a nickname picked out when the Nets play the Heat
"S. Dot. Just roll with the punches man. All experiments are over. It was rookie year and it was given to me by the veterans so I just kept it. I didn't ask any questions….like a good rook do."
Rookie Mason Plumlee on how important it is to learn under veterans like Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez
"It's a blessing to be on this team because not every rookie gets veterans like that – and veterans that are so accomplished. To not take advantage of that would be criminal."
Deron Williams on how important Jason Kidd will be as head coach
"Hopefully that magic touch works here as well. We're excited. I think he's excited as well. It's a new journey for him and we're happy we can share it together. I think he'll be a huge success this year. People talk about his lack of experience but he makes up for that in so many other ways. As a point guard I'm really honored to be able to learn from him every day."
Deron Williams on expectations placed on the Nets
"We expect those things. Those are expected now with the moves we made, with the team we have on paper. Our goal is to win a championship. We're starting that journey, and we're excited about that journey."
Reggie Evans on playing with Kevin Garnett
"That's somebody I always wanted to play against, so to play with him you already know how I feel. It's hard to explain because I'm so thrilled, so happy, I'm about to soak it in. Whatever he got to say. I'm going on my 12th year [but] KG going on his 18th so I can still learn some things from him. I'm looking forward to playing with him."
Kevin Garnett on whether he's spoken to Carmelo Anthony since coming to New York
Kevin Garnett on how the conversation went with Jason Kidd about limiting him in back-to-back games
"It didn't go too well. I understand what he's saying. He just wants to make sure I'm durable. … I just don't want to be told anything. I think I've earned the right to have an opinion on something that I'm doing. From a chemistry standpoint, I think it's important for me to be out there with everybody."
Paul Pierce on why he came to Brooklyn
"I came here to win a championship. I don't even want to see an Atlantic banner put up if we win. I don't even know how many Atlantic Division championships we won in Boston. … The expectations have grown. It's no longer the New Jersey Nets, hoping we can win the division. Now they're the Brooklyn Nets with championship aspirations. You see that with the people around, the owners, what they've done to turn this organization around."
Joe Johnson on if the Nets players can manage their egos
"We're all in a point in our careers to the point where (egos) are behind us. Guys are going to check their egos at the door and won't be stat-chasing. … We're going to do whatever it takes to win."
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