Paul Pierce is looking to create a legacy alongside Kevin Garnett following his arrival in Brooklyn.
The 35-year-old arrives at the Nets after a trade from the Boston Celtics – a franchise he’d spent 15-years with after bring drafted to the Garden in the first round in 1998.
Pierce admits he’s found it difficult to come to terms with his exit from Massachusetts, but with Garnett also moving, the pair will look to make a major statement at the Barclays Centre.
"It's tough when you've been in a situation like me for 15 years,” Pierce told the media at a packed press conference.
"You saw the trade and it's like, 'OK, there's a trade.' But for me to actually be here now, looking for a place to live, being in this arena, trying to get to know my way around the city, it's really starting to sink in now that it's become real.
"I'm no longer a Boston Celtic, I'm a Brooklyn Net and that's what it is right now. It's a business. At some point we all have to move on and I'm here to try to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn."
Garnett understands the low-key reaction to the move, believing it must be difficult for the Celtics’ number two all-time highest scorer to find a new home.
"Hell yeah, he's been with Boston his whole life. You've been in a system, been in a city, especially it's the Celtics. Yeah, it's very difficult," he added.
Whilst a transition is never easy, Pierce and Garnett are joining a team that can now legitimately challenge for the NBA Championship. Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry have also arrived, and join a talented crop including Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez.
It’s a group that ‘KG’ likes the look of, believing the current Brooklyn set-up matches the one he met in Boston when joining the Celtics in 2007. They won the title the following season.
"You see the talent that's already here, you see us coming into it, now it's about how well we gel. This is like mirror images,” he concluded.