Count Jeff Van Gundy among those who believe in the new-look Brooklyn Nets.

Speaking in an interview on ESPN 98.7 FM Friday afternoon – a day after the Nets stole the headlines from the draft they hosted at Barclays Center with a massive blockbuster trade that saw them land Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Celtics – Van Gundy praised the move for the Nets.
“I think, for the short term, the Nets certainly have the best starting lineup, talent-wise, in the NBA,” Van Gundy said.

The former Knicks and Rockets coach – and current ESPN analyst – then went on to lavish praise on Nets billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov for being willing to do what Van Gundy accused many owners around the sport of not doing: not putting their pocketbooks ahead of their championship aspirations.