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Nets embracing their new reality: ‘Now it’s championship talk’

LAS VEGAS — While Caris LeVert and Taurean Prince are close friends with Kevin Durant, they both downplayed any role they had in luring him to the Nets. What they didn’t downplay, however, were the team’s new championship aspirations. After landing Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in free agency, the Nets players are done with managing expectations and treating “title” like a four-letter word. “Now it’s championship talk. That’s all you’ve got to think about. It’s what we’ve got to work towards,” Prince said Sunday during the Nets’ 74-58 summer league win over Croatia. “We’ve got to do exactly what we’ve got to do to get there. Whether it’s with Kevin Durant or without him, and then next year ...