Nets’ Coach Avery Johnson Doesn’t Think His Team Is a Contender


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NBA via New Jersey Nights(NEW YORK) — The Brooklyn Nets are considered one of the most improved teams in the NBA this offseason. Despite their improvements, Nets’ head coach Avery Johnson doesn’t think his team has what it takes to win a championship just yet.

Since the season ended, the Nets re-signed Deron Williams, center Brook Lopez, forward Gerald Wallace, forward Kris Humphries, and they traded for guard Joe Johnson. On paper, they look like a formidable team in the Eastern Conference, but Johnson is not convinced.

“Deron was a big key to the whole puzzle,” Johnson told the Dallas Morning News. “To be able to acquire some other talent through free agency or trades or re-signing some of our own guys, it’s pretty exciting for us. We’re not there yet. We’re not a championship team. We got a lot of work to do. But at the same time, we have a much better talent pool than we’ve had the last two years.”

Next season will be a new era in Nets basketball. This upcoming season will be the first year the team will be known as the Brooklyn Nets after playing in New Jersey since 1977.

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