And, without getting off on too much of a tangent, Howard’s diva gene is … well … does the general manager of the Rockets moonlight as a casting director for MTV’s reality shows?
Back in Brooklyn on Thursday, the Nets held a news conference to introduce the new faces of their franchise. Oddly enough, some of those faces didn’t seem too happy to be there. I actually thought Pierce was going to break down in tears when he started talking about the Celtics.
“Obviously, I would have loved to end my career in Boston, but, you know, that day and age is probably over with a lot of players ending their careers in one city,” Pierce said. “I think it’s really starting to sink in as we speak, just being in this arena. You saw the trade and you say, ‘OK, there’s a trade.’ But for me to actually be here looking for a place to live, being in this arena, getting to find my way around the city, it’s started to sink in that it’s real.
“I’m not a Boston Celtic, I’m a Brooklyn Net. That’s the way it is. It’s a business and at some point we all have to move on, and I’m trying to create a little legacy in Brooklyn.”
Added Garnett: “It’s unfortunate we had to move from Boston, but I felt like both sides are going in different direction. For me, one of the major reasons I decided to come here was for the bones of what’s here on this roster.”
I’m sure the New York media will latch on to and overstate the reserved demeanor of the news conference. Nice try, Nets, but you’re not fooling anyone. If Brooklyn learned anything from the Heat’s 2010 summer celebration, it’s that over-the-top introductory pronouncements can haunt you … especially in New York.
But the signal was clear at the end of the show when — surprise! — Prokhorov stepped onto the stage and shook the hands of his new players. Because Prokhorov is hysterical, he later compared Kidd with Tom Cruise in Top Gun.
“Maybe you do remember a film Top Gun. This film just arrived in Russia one week ago,” Prokhorov joked with reporters. “I want to refresh your memory. Tom Cruise plays Maverick, and he was the one who was a top flier and a real leader. And at the end of the day, he made a decision to be instructor because it was the highest value just to be a leader.”
So Kidd is a maverick again, the Heat is on notice and the NBA has been hijacked from Russia with love.