Nov 18, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) advances the ball during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center. Portland won 108-98. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Pierce: ‘We’re angry’


There was a time when if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were “angry”, it injected fear into their opponents. Now a quote like that simply requires a shrug and a shaking of one’s head.

[ESPN]

“As competitors, we’re angry,” Pierce said of the team’s mood after a lengthy practice that lasted over two hours. “Nobody likes to lose. Everybody in this group that we’re here with is very angry. Nobody’s happy about losing.”

The Nets reportedly held a players-only meeting on Monday and Garnett characterized the mood as “dismal”. Meanwhile, the Nets have lost five of their last six, but have a nice opportunity to bounce back tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.

“The blame is all of us man,” Garnett said. “It’s not just on Jason. You can’t put the s— all on him.”

Of course he would say that after all the reports are coming out bashing his head coach.

But Garnett is right; it’s not fair to dump all the blame on Kidd. After all, the NBA is a players league…right?

The only starter on the Nets to have played every game this season is Joe Johnson. That’s a bit of a problem.

There are tons of different factors that have gone into Brooklyn’s 3-7 start – health, chemistry, coaching and simply not performing well enough.

But the notion that the Nets are simply going to turn into a good team just because they’re going to play “mad” now is false.

If the Nets somehow find a way to work through these early season struggles, it’s going to be because the chemistry and coaching will have gotten better. Not because of an attitude adjustment. Please.

But we’ll play your game, Paul.

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