Johnson: 'We're not a championship team'

September, 5, 2012
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The Nets may be a better team, but their coach doesn’t think they’re ready to win an NBA title.

Not yet, anyway.

“We’re not there yet. We’re not a championship team,” Avery Johnson told high school students in Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We got a lot of work to do. But at the same time, we have a much better talent pool than we’ve had the last two years.

“We’re much more versatile than we’ve ever been. Right now, we look good on paper. Now we got to take it from looking good on paper and apply the work to go (forward).”

Johnson’s comments come after new acquisition Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez both said their goal was to take down the league’s ultimate prize in 2012-13.

The Nets invested approximately $330 million this summer to improve their roster.

Retaining point guard Deron Williams, Johnson said, was the “key” to their offseason

“We were never over-confident,” Johnson said. “(GM) Billy King and I, we felt we were going to be able to re-sign Deron. We felt it was 80 or 90 percent.

“But it was that 10 percent that you worry about. That was the whole key. I’m glad that’s all behind us.”

Johnson is excited about the prospect of playing in the $1 billion Barclays Center in Brooklyn this upcoming season.

“We’ve been planning this for two years,” Johnson said. “We’ve always had our eyes on Brooklyn. We pretty much played the last two years all road games because we didn’t have any type of home court advantage because we were in a temporary building. Now to be at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn with sellouts every night, and our roster has been significantly upgraded, it’s exciting.”

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8

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