C.J. Watson Press Conference

C.J. Watson met with the media Tuesday to talk about his decision to join the Nets, playing alongside Deron Williams, his journey through Europe and the D-League and the importance of giving back to the community.

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Brooklyn Nets Introduce C.J. Watson

The Brooklyn Nets showed off their newest acquisition, C.J. Watson, to the media Tuesday morning at the team’s practice facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Watson, who started a career high 25 games last season in Chicago, will serve primarily as the backup for Deron Williams, though he suggested the idea of them playing together.

Watson is excited to play alongside Williams, who he believes is the best point guard in the NBA.

“I always thought Deron was the best point guard in the league,” Watson said. “Always playing against him, watching him. He is always one of the toughest players.”

Watson signed a two-year contract Monday for the veteran’s minimum, with a player option for the second year. He had other offers for more money, but a phone call from Williams and head coach Avery Johnson was all he needed to make his decision.

“(Deron Williams) and Avery called me,” Watson said. “Just expressing their interest, telling me how much they wanted me to be here. That was probably the deciding factor.”

Watson thinks he will fit perfectly in the up-tempo style of play that the Nets like to run and is excited to help lead the team in its inaugural season in Brooklyn.

Watson’s sister gave him the nickname “The Quiet Storm” because “according to her, I’m a quiet and shy guy,” Watson said. “But my game hits you like a storm.”

Nets fans should be thrilled that “The Quiet Storm” decided to settle in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Nears Completion

The Brooklyn Nets re-introduced Brook Lopez this morning at a press conference at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, a day after the team announced it had re-signed Kris Humphries.

With Gerald Wallace already on board, Nets management focused on bringing back Lopez and Humphries to solidify the team’s starting frontcourt.

Lopez believes that he and Humphries can develop into a formidable duo.

“My strengths complement Humps strengths,” Lopez said. “He is a tenacious rebounder, goes after every loose ball, he’s a great defender. We can build a nice little frontcourt together.”

Lopez, who played in only five games last season because of a broken right foot, said he wasn’t focused on the barrage of trade rumors that would have sent him to Orlando as part of a package for Dwight Howard. Instead, he focused on getting back to full strength.

“For the most part I’ve been working on getting healthy,” Lopez said. “I want to be there for my team, that’s my main goal.”

“I don’t really read a lot of the stuff you guys write,” Lopez joked after being asked if the trade rumors bothered him. “I keep to myself mostly, read a lot of books and comics books, and they don’t mention Dwight Howard too much.”

Head Coach Avery Johnson always believed Lopez would return, even bestowing the center with a special nickname.

“I’ve been calling Brook ‘Brooklyn,’ that’s been his nickname,” Johnson said. “It would look really bad for me calling him ‘Brooklyn’ for a year and he never went to Brooklyn.”

The Nets continue to be one of the most active teams this offseason, as management tries to find the right pieces to round out the roster. The team also signed veteran shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse on Monday and point guard C.J. Watson on Saturday, who will back up Deron Williams.

“He was the number one guy on our board,” Johnson said referring to Watson, who was released by Chicago last week. “We thought he did a really nice job filling in for Derrick Rose last year and coming off the bench.”

The team will probably make a few more tweaks before the start of training camp, including finding a big man to back up Lopez.

“We have Reggie Evans and Humphries who can fill in at the five,” Johnson said. ”But we would like to sign another veteran to give us some security at that position.”

Johnson admitted that he was excited about the upcoming season and that the team looked good on paper, but he was quick to reiterate that they still have a lot of work ahead of them.

“It’s our time now,” Johnson said. “Hopefully we can take the buzz and turn it into something really special.”