The NBA offseason is boring. It’s nothing like the NFL’s offseason, which often turns into a reality show. So here are three games to look forward to if you’re a fan of the Brooklyn Nets.
Dec. 2 vs. the New York Knicks
Battle of New York: Part One. It’s no secret that the Nets and Knicks are fighting for supremacy in the Big Apple. Adding Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett into the mix gives the Nets-Knicks rivalry a little Celtics-Knicks taste. Pierce’s take on the rivalry? Bring it on. In an interview with Complex Magazine, Pierce stated “(I hate the Knicks) with a passion. Let’s start it up right now. Let’s start the beef. It’s no secret that me and New York got history. It’s no secret.” Ah, got to love trash talking. Get your popcorn ready.
Dec. 25 vs. the Chicago Bulls
Chances the Nets forgot about last year’s first round series loss to the Bulls? Zero. Playing on a national stage on Christmas Day will give Deron Williams and company an opportunity to prove last year’s choke against the injury-riddled Bulls in the opening round was a fluke. If things go right, this game will have another game within itself. Derrick Rose and Deron Williams could be playing for the title “Best Point Guard in the Eastern Conference.” Expect a playoff-like atmosphere for this showdown between the two title contenders.
Jan. 16 at the Boston Celtics
Old faces in old places. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to TD Garden for the first time since the blockbuster deal. How will Pierce and Garnett be greeted by the fans? Will Rajon Rondo be at full strength? Brad Stevens versus Jason Kidd. Could this be the start of a head coaching rivalry between these two young coaches? Let’s find out.