There was no talk about contending or winning the East or the Division. To a man, the Nets players interviewed at Media Day talked about a championship and only a championship.
Here are some of our favorite quotes of the day...
"I don’t remember getting a hat, T-shirt, a call for winning the Atlantic Division. I came here to win a championship. I don’t even want to see a banner if we win the division. The expectations have grown." - Paul Pierce.
"Our goal is to win a championship here. ... We have the pieces in this locker room to get it done." - Paul Pierce.
"I don't expect Celtics fans to root for us. I expect Paul Pierce fans to root for us." - Paul Pierce.
"Our owner, he didn't bring us here to win the city of New York. He brought us here to win a championship." - Reggie Evans.
"I think that we kind of were soft. That's the only way to put it. I don't see that being a problem this year." - Deron Williams
"The main thing right now is I could probably go out there and do everything. But if I tweak my ankle or have a setback, then that wouldn't be good. So right now we're just gonna take it slow and see how things go." - Deron Williams
"This is the first time coming into a season where I really, really feel like we can win a championship." - Joe Johnson.
"This year, I don’t think you can load up [on one guy] and double- and triple-team. If you do, you’re probably gonna pay the price. That’s probably gonna be more fun than anything." - Joe Johnson.
"Guys are going to check their egos at the door and won't be stat-chasing. ... We're going to do whatever it takes to win." - Joe Johnson.
"I think our own goals and our own expectations are going to exceed everyone else's ... We're here to get another ring. That's the only reason we came to Brooklyn. ... The ONLY reason." - Kevin Garnett
"It didn't go too well. I'm just being honest. But I understand what he was saying. He's trying to make sure I'm durable and can get through an 82-game season." - Kevin Garnett
"They didn't trade Larry Bird at the end of his run. I think [Pierce] plays with a chip on his shoulder. He's in great condition." - Jason Terry
"I think we are the best team. This team can be great. We got everything that a team needs to win a championship. We got heart, defense, offense, bench, great coaching staff." - Andray Blatche
"Seeing all those guys working out together in the same weight room on the same team, it is a little surreal." - Brook Lopez.
- Nets Media Day, Twitterfied - Max Weisberg - The Brooklyn Game