In the span of three weeks, the Brooklyn Nets went from just being serious contenders to assembling one of the most fearsome – and polarizing – superteams in NBA history. The thought of has players and coaches laughing about the matter; however, it is not stopping them from carrying on business as usual. This also hasn’t stopped the team from addressing the media on being “villains.”
Before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Blake Griffin said that for the past couples of years all he heard was how “bad” he was. Then he signs with the Nets and all of a sudden people are saying “it’s not fair.” Griffin has a point, it’s not like he’s going crazy. This just shows how quick the narrative can change in the NBA. As he put it, “now people care.”
It was only a matter of time before Steve Nash got in on the fun. Steve Nash highlighted before playing the Timberwolves that “it’s not like we did anything illegal.” When addressing this villain role he said, “I don’t even know what that means.” He has a point. It’s just basketball, not good versus evil. The goal is to win at any cost with your team, that’s it.
Last but not least, the new kid on the block in LaMarcus Aldridge who actually sparked these “villain” remarks lately, chimed in on why the addition of his play won’t be like how it was in the past being that he is older. Which shuts down this “villain” narrative. He said, “I’m not here to be an All-Star — I’m not worried about being an All-Star anymore.” Aldridge didn’t deny that he may have peaks of his All-Star play just like old times though:
“If it happens, it happens.”