“I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” Pierce said Thursday. “Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with. My ultimate drive is winning a championship.”
Recently retired New York Knicks player and new coach of the Nets, Jason Kidd, took the podium and addressed a question about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Kidd stressed that it would be nice to be No. 1 in the city but winning the NBA championship is what occupies his mind.
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“I think we’re talking about a championship, so it doesn’t matter if it’s Miami, Chicago, Indiana, it’s New York, too,” first-year coach Jason Kidd said. “It is a nice rivalry here between the two of us, and hopefully we can get the better of them this year, but the big picture is that championship trophy, and that’s why we’re up here. The gold trophy is what we’re here for.”
Garnett, Pierce and Terry were traded to the Nets in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics.