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Nets are talking championship. And they mean this year.

Oct 1, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

Kris Humphries AP

It’s not just owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King talking grandiose plans of he Nets winning a title this year — their coach and players are as well.

The Nets may well not be the best team in in New York City, but moving into a new building in a new market with some new (and now healthy) players has the Nets talking big. As big as it gets.

Here are some quotes from media day, via John Schuhmann at NBA.com.

“Where we are now, the goal is to win a championship,” head coach Avery Johnson said. “At the end of the day, that’s what we all play for. I couldn’t say that about the team the last two years, because we weren’t there on any level….

“We’re not a championship team today,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, we’ll be one as we move on in training camp and get on into the regular season, and as we move into the playoffs. But the goal is to win a championship this year.”

And how about you, Joe Johnson?

“I think we’ve got everything that you could possibly want on a championship-caliber team,” Joe said. “So now we just have to come together as one and just make it happen. The sky’s the limit for us, honestly.”

I get it, you want the Nets to say this. You don’t want them saying they just want to take a step forward, you want them to sell this and hopefully both the community and they will buy it.

But the Nets are not a championship team. Not with a roster filled with guys who are questionable on the defensive end (Brook Lopez is not your anchor in the paint, Joe Johnson does not lock down guys on the wing. Even if everything went their way this year they are probably the third or fourth best team in the East. Certainly not better than a Miami team that won the title last year then added Ray Allen and other parts.

We’re just trying to keep it real in Brooklyn.

  1. dmaq1 - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Nets fans are the worst.. even Jay Z can’t change that.

  2. rajbais - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Will you guys please get to 41-41 first???

    Also, Dirk Nowitzki does not play for your coach anymore. The first embraced him in Dallas because they needed a change from Don Nelson, but he ruined it afterwards.

    Plus, Billy King Acquired Joe Johnson, signed big contracts to Travis outlaw, Elton Brand, and Andre Iguodala!!! I rest my case!!!

  3. dysraw1 - Oct 1, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    this young in the year all 30 teams should be thinking along these lines.visualize then actualize

  4. passerby23 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    I think this is the 400th PBT article now that says something like this:

    “Nets think they are championship contenders. We get it, you’re supposed to be confident and think you can win, but they’re not gonna win a championship.”

    Ok, WE get it too. If you know they’re supposed to think that way, what’s the big deal? Let the chips fall where they may. No need for a constant reminder that they’re a middle-of-the-pack playoff team, or that Boston overpaid for Jeff Green, or that the Knicks are old.

  5. deadeyedesign23 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Jesus. Avery Johnson said the goal was a championship which is the goal of every team in every sport. John Johnson said they have the parts and now they need to come together. Stop trying to make this out to some Vince Young “dream team” line. Everybody here knows that in the NBA there are only 5-6 teams who even have a chance at the title any given year so unless you’d like the rest of the teams so stand around and go “well I’m just here to make it a little harder for Durant when he grabs that ring” then find something else to write about.

    Also you’re no longer allowed to criticize the Nets until you can figure out who their starting 3 is.

    • khadeemw - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      I completely agree. Every team with pieces like this should aspire to win a championship. In reality they probably wont. But they shouldnt be bowing down to the Heat or Celtics like they are some scrubs. Getting to the playoffs shouldnt be their goal. Most of their players have been there done that. D-Will was a series away from the finals. Joe Johnson has been to the 2nd round multiple times. Gerald Wallace has been in the playoffs. Even Kris Humphries has been to the playoffs. This team should have championship aspirations. So can we find a real story to write about Kurt. Thanks.

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