JVG on Nets: "They have the best starting-unit talent in basketball."

Updated: June 28, 2013

In an interview on ESPN 98.7 FM Friday afternoon ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy spoke about the blockbuster trade that saw the Brooklyn Nets steal Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics for what most think is draft picks and a bunch of role players.

Van Gundy seemed to praised the move for the Nets and thinks they have the best starting lineup in the NBA right now.

The Nets have a “win-now” mentality and the trade allows Brooklyn to compete with the new additions for at least the next two years and Van Gundy believes that they will do just that.

[quote_simple]Jeff Van Gundy ESPN Radio

“I do think they’re a championship-caliber team,” Van Gundy said. “If they play well and remain healthy, which is always a challenge for an older team, I think they have the best starting-unit talent in basketball.”

“In this case, the Nets ownership put personnel for their team way ahead of profits. And, if you’re a fan, you have to understand how rare that is and you have to be excited about the opportunity. Now, if this turns out to be a championship run or not, you have to be excited about an ownership that will put the personnel of a team ahead of the profits of that same team.”

“I think, for the short term, the Nets certainly have the best starting lineup, talent-wise, in the NBA,” Van Gundy said.

“I give the ownership of the Nets a lot of credit, because we always hear about luxury taxes and how they can’t afford to go over the luxury tax,” Van Gundy said. “We often hear the word “can’t” be interjected where the word “won’t” is more descriptive.[/quote_simple]


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