The Brooklyn Nets already had high expectations coming into the 2020-21 season even before they hired Steve Nash. With a superstar duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, along with a strong supporting cast, they were expected to be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Now, with Nash at the helm, it appears the stakes have gotten even higher. In a town hall earlier this week, he spoke about the upcoming season and his expectations. To Nash, the goal of the upcoming season is to win a championship.
“We’re playing for a championship. I don’t want to say that anything less than a championship is not a success because you never know what happens in life, you never know the way the ball bounces. Fortune is a big part of winning an NBA championship. But we are playing for a championship and we’re going to build accordingly. We’re going to frame everything we do in the lens of, ‘Is this a championship characteristic?’ or ‘Is this worth championship quality?’”
Like Nash said, it truly could come down to the health of the team. Both Irving and Durant have a history of injuries. Durant hasn’t played since the 2018 NBA Finals with the Warriors and Irving only played in 20 games last season. If they can avoid injuries, there shouldn’t be a question that they will be a playoff team and perhaps in the top half of the East.
We’ve already seen what this Nets team looks like without these two superstars. Without them for the majority of last season, Brooklyn went 35-37 and were the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference as a solid team. With quite a few decisions to make in the upcoming shortened offseason, the Nets will look to put the final touches on the championship hopeful roster.