Nets GM: ‘This is the window’ to push for title

Billy King put together this Brooklyn Nets team to win now.

The Nets general manager said Wednesday that he’s not worrying
yet about the future and is hoping his series of offseason moves
helps bring a championship to Brooklyn.

When asked if this team has a 2-year window to compete, King
said that ”this is the window. This season.”

”And we’re going to see what we can do with this season and
then we’ll see what next season brings,” King added. ”Now that
we’re within this season, this is the now.”

Team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who is due to pay about $80
million in luxury tax, has said his goal was to win a championship
within five years of buying the team in 2010.

Kevin Garnett, who was acquired over the summer from Boston,
said he was ”very close” to retiring but added that a shot at a
title was ”the only reason I came back.

”I liked the bones of this team and what I thought I could
bring to this team would help,” Garnett said. A championship, he
added, ”would mean the world.”

The Nets acquired Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the
Celtics, signed free agents Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson and
Andrei Kirilenko and hired first-year coach Jason Kidd days after
he ended his playing career.

”There’s not as much pressure just on (Garnett), as it has been
in the past,” King said. ”When we traded for him, he was just a
face. Everybody said this team would go as far as (point guard)
Deron Williams would take them. Well, now, there’s a lot more
pieces.”

King said he’s impressed with the way the newest Nets have begun
”blending in” with the returners.

”They’re here to win one thing, so when you have guys that have
made as much money as they’ve made, the only thing they can do next
is try to accomplish something – which is winning a championship,”
King said. ”When you have that, the intensity level does
rise.”

The Nets are spending their weeklong training camp at Duke
University – where King was a captain of the Blue Devils’ Final
Four team in 1988 – meshing with a group of returners led by
Williams and big man Brook Lopez.

Garnett called his first two days of practice ”fun but
tough.”

”Obviously, we’re new and we’re trying to get our feet under
us, along with the system that Jason has given us,” Garnett said.
Assistant Lawrence Frank ”has a bunch of stuff, defensive schemes.
It’s work. We’re coming in here, it’s kicking our (butts). It’s
training camp. We’re at Duke for a reason.”

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