Paul Pierce still believes the Nets could compete for a championship
The Nets have definitely underachieved thus far in the 2013-2014 NBA season. That hasn’t stopped the optimism from some players, though. Certain players, specifically Paul Pierce, seem to be brimming with optimism despite a dreadful 6-14 start, good enough for second to last in the Atlantic division.
Pierce, who hasn’t seen the court since fracturing his right hand on November 29th, has only averaged 12.4 points per game this year. That’s over 6 PPG lower than his last season with the Boston Celtics. He’s only shooting 36.8% this year, but that hasn’t stopped him from believing that the Nets are closer than everyone thinks.
“I’ve had my ups and downs, but it’s not about me, it’s about getting this team healthy right now, trying to see if we can reach our potential,” he said. “Our goal before the season was to try to win a championship, but we haven’t gotten off to the best start and I probably haven’t been playing the best basketball due to probably some minor injuries I’ve been dealing with. I feel like as we continue to get healthy and guys come back and we develop more chemistry, we’re going to be there toward the end.”
Whether this is just optimism in an attempt to keep his team afloat or a genuine belief that the Nets are going to compete for a title this year, we may never know. Obviously optimism is better than being down on your team, but at the same time there has to be a sense of realism in Brooklyn. Injuries have plagued this team including Pierce. Jason Kidd has shown his inexperience as a head coach at every turn. The lack of chemistry has been obvious.
Pierce was expected to miss up to two weeks to a month, but now might play tonight against Pierce’s former team, the Celtics.
What do you think?
Is this just blind optimism?
Or could the Nets make a run?