Anderson: We've got talent to top Knicks

July, 31, 2013
New Net Alan Anderson thinks Brooklyn has enough talent to top the Knicks and take the Atlantic Division.

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Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsAlan Anderson thinks Brooklyn can own New York -- and the Atlantic.
"No question. We have the talent for sure. It’s going to come down to just putting all our pieces together. We have a team full of stars and a lot of Hall of Famers," Anderson said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "We have a lot of veteran leadership, that’s a plus, and we’ve got guys that want to win and want to get better. I think that’s always a good thing when you have all those things in place.”

The Nets added Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry via a trade with Boston and signed Andrei Kirilenko and Anderson over the summer.

With all of that talent on the roster, Anderson knows it may be tough to find playing time, but he's OK with that.

“I’m just gonna do what I do best and that’s come in the game and bring in energy, whether that’s playing defense, rebounding, scoring, creating,” Anderson said. “Whatever it is, just do it and do it at a high, intense level. Our roster is so deep, some nights I might not play and some nights, I might play a lot. It’s a team thing and we have one goal, which is to win.”

SHENGELIA EXPECTED BACK BY TRAINING CAMP: Forward Tornike Shengelia underwent surgery to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee on Wednesday, the team announced.

He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

The second-year small forward appeared in 19 games for Brooklyn last year, averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.9 minutes per game.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer



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