Found October 23, 2013 on The Hot Read:
The NBA and the media are trying to play up the new "rivalry" between the two-time champion Miami Heat and the new-look Brooklyn Nets. LeBron James made a few comments last week about Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (as well as Doc Rivers) leaving the Celtics, a year after ripping Ray Allen for doing the same thing. Despite the fact that the circumstances were not exactly the same, with Pierce and Garnett being traded, the point was made that that Garnett and Pierce probably did not send James a wedding present The media is now hyping this as a new rivalry, with the Nets "reborn" and taking aim at the champion Heat. The Nets may be taking aim at the Heat, but they don't have nearly enough ammunition. They weren't good enough in Boston, with Rajon Rondo and a champion coach in Rivers. Jason Kidd has never been a coach before. There will be a learning curve for him on many fronts, from X's and O's to learning to deal with all the egos of the team's "superstars". Then there is the group the Nets have assembled. They have added Garnett and Pierce to Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez. Deron Williams is a good point guard, but he also needs the ball to be effective. Pierce and Johnson also like to dominate the ball. Garnett's ego is too big not to be a large part of the offense, and he could become a problem on and off the court if he isn't. Lopez is one of the best young players in the game, and probably the best player on this team, but it is hard to imagine him seeing the ball very much. He has also battled foot injuries, as has Johnson. Williams has had ankle issues among others. The biggest factor, though, is age. Pierce and Garnett are nowhere near the players they used to be. Their run in Boston lasted a little longer than most people expected, but that was mostly due to the emergence of Rondo. The Celtics wisely decided it was time to blow things up, and Doc Rivers knew it was time to get out of town. Why? Because Pierce and Garnett are old and washed up. Joe Johnson is 32, Jason Terry is 35, Williams is an old 29. The Nets are not a championship contender. They may be a top 5 or 6 team in the East. Their ceiling is probably the second round of the playoffs. The can't compete with Indiana, Chicago, the Knicks, and certainly not the Heat. Kevin Garnett's mouth may be as big as ever, and he and Pierce do not lack for ego, but their days as leading men on a championship team are long gone. They would have been much better off doing what Allen did, and what they turned their backs on him for, which was to go to a contender as a complementary piece. Allen knew he couldn't carry a team, and neither can Pierce or Garnett, or Johnson or Williams. The Heat may not be a lock for their third straight title. Wade is aging rapidly and other contenders are improving. But the Nets are not one of them. Making them out to be a threat to win it all will seem foolish by January.
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