Now that he's officially taken part in a conference call to clue in writers and fans about his intentions and expectations, Andrei Kirilenko has truly become a member of the Brooklyn Nets. And from the sound of things, he's excited to be a part of this up-and-coming contender.
As SYNNets.com's Josh Newman tweeted, Kirilenko feels like his new team can truly compete for a title. The Wall Street Journal's Alex Raskin does temper the expectations a bit, though.
In fact, as relayed by the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy, it's the first time in the Russian forward's career that he feels as though he has a "legit shot" at winning a title.
That doesn't say a lot for squads like the 2006-07 Utah Jazz that made the Western Conference Finals before bowing out to the San Antonio Spurs. Maybe he just has a selective memory? Or was that team just not as good as we think?
It's the depth of the Nets that is making AK-47 so confident in their chances. Chris Hooker of ESPN's TrueHoop network made that quite clear with this stream of tweets.
Kirilenko also dished out a bit on his decision to opt out of a massive, eight-figure contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Originally, the choice was made so that he could re-sign with the team.
But once the team went in a different direction, it wasn't hard for him to reverse course and look to the Nets as an option.
The Russian connection with owner Mikhail Prokhorov, his fellow countrymen in the front office and the parts of Brooklyn like Brighton Beach that have high Russian-speaking populations also helped make his decision easier.
Let's hold off on the conspiracy theories about under-the-table deals, though. We don't want to upset AK-47, especially while he's still in a joking mood.
Here's hoping the KGB doesn't actually get involved with the NBA next season.
Kirilenko spent a little time discussing one of his former teammates: Deron Williams. The two enjoyed great success together in Salt Lake City, and the newly acquired forward is expecting to click once more in a new location.
He also doesn't mind coming off the bench.
That's definitely a positive, as Paul Pierce's presence on the Nets roster seems to prohibit Kirilenko from holding down a starting spot.
It's time to start getting excited, Brooklyn fans. Your newest big acquisition is fully on board and ready to compete for a title.
Now you just need to start practicing your Russian accents.