EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The regular-season opener between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks on Nov. 1 at the $1 billion Barclays Center is being billed as one of the biggest games of the season, but Nets coach Avery Johnson doesn’t exactly see it that way.
“We’re going to go after our opening night game, but I can guarantee you, the night after that game is over, if we win that game, that’s not going to be the NBA championship,” Johnson said. “The complete opposite. No matter what happens, we’re still going to have 81 games left. I know there are going to be some people if we’re fortunate enough to win that are gonna wanna have a parade, but I won’t be on one of the floats.”
The Nets are getting a lot of attention. Point guard Deron Williams is on the cover of this week’s “Sports Illustrated,” while the team is also the subject of “The Association,” a documentary by NBA TV which will chronicle the team’s first season in Brooklyn.
“We’re tired of not having any other pressure,” Johnson said. “The main thing for us to focus on is what we’re doing and trying to be the best defensive team we can be and be a really efficient team offensively.”