The Nets host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday evening — an evening that may very well be one more debut of a star carrying the white and black in Brooklyn.
LaMarcus Aldridge joined the Nets over the weekend after being purchased out by the San Antonio Spurs, making him the second buyout signing for Brooklyn within the final couple of weeks — the Nets additionally introduced in Blake Griffin earlier this month.
Aldridge spoke to the media over Zoom Tuesday for the primary time since becoming a member of the Nets, and talked about why he determined to sign up Brooklyn.
“Brooklyn made it recognized immediately that they have been very ,” Aldridge mentioned. “[Kevin Durant] hit me fast and mentioned ‘Undoubtedly come right here.’ So kinda simply waited it out and weighed my choices and I simply ended up coming right here. It is a fairly good staff and I believe I might undoubtedly assist.”
“A fairly good staff” is an understatement to say the least. As soon as Durant returns from his hamstring damage, the Nets might have some of the stacked superteams in league historical past, contemplating the staff additionally already has All-Stars Kyrie Irving and James Harden within the backcourt.
With the Nets including star after star over the course of the season, they’ve change into this season’s model of a villain, one thing that Aldridge says he would not take note of.
“I do not observe any of that stuff,” he mentioned. “When you’ve adopted me throughout my profession, I do not actually learn clippings and all that sort of factor, so I had no clue about it.
“I am simply hear to play basketball. I am older, so it is a possibility to be on a successful staff and convey some issues that I believe that may assist, and that is all that’s.”
The Nets have change into the favorites to win the NBA Title since including Aldridge (and LeBron James taking place for the Los Angeles Lakers), however he mentioned that it was much less about ring chasing on a staff that does not want me, and extra about filling a necessity on a great staff that does.
“It was a few position,” Aldridge mentioned. “I assist fill a void of getting a much bigger 5 man that may rating and play protection. … I believe that was a much bigger issue.”
Aldridge will compete for the beginning 5 spot down the road, and Griffin is at present coming off the bench, however there may very well be instances in direction of the top of the season and within the playoffs the place we see a lineup of Durant, Harden, Irving, Griffin and Aldridge all on the ground on the similar — which must be terrifying for everybody else within the league.