Kyrie Irving not promising Nets will be a championship team
Kyrie Irving is one of the many hotshot free agents that changed cities during the NBA offseason but unlike the more prolific half of the package deal that accompanied him in former Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, he’s actually healthy and ready to go. As a result of his sidekick’s unavailability, the All-Star point guard is more guarded when it comes to guaranteeing that the Brooklyn Nets will be immediate title contenders.
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Irving thinks the pieces still have to mesh well together and develop chemistry and see what they could do before it’s safe to say that they are championship material.
“We’re here to build. I’m not saying we’re a championship team right now, we’re not going to say this is what it’s going to be going forward. We’re just here to observe one another, care for one another and be here to enjoy playing basketball. But first and foremost is our family. I think sometimes that can get confused in this league about who we are as human beings. I’m always going to be an advocate for that, and (the Nets) are advocates that we’re humans first and then we’re basketball players.”
Probably just the former Boston Celtics guard being humble as the Nets is fresh off a playoff berth with practically the same roster only much more fortified. Joining Irving and Durant is rebounding demon and rim protector DeAndre Jordan as well as veteran 3&D swingmen Wilson Chandler and Garrett Temple. The team also extended Caris LeVert, ensuring the young all-around forward will be part of the core for years to come.
Be that as it may, the Nets certainly have a more convincing championship core than before and it’s not out of the question to consider them as a legitimate contender.