In a wide-ranging interview with SovSport, the Russian sports tabloid, Andrei Kirilenko says everyone on the Nets remains focused on a championship for Brooklyn, notes he's happy for Sergey Karasev who he expects will get playing time under Lionel Hollins and offers some telling criticism of Jason Kidd who he said may not have been able to handle the pressure of coaching in New York and whose decision to leave Brooklyn for Milwaukee he called "an unequal trade-off."

"We intend to seriously compete for the title," said Kirilenko, later adding that "everyone is waiting for a championship victory from Brooklyn."

AK-47 once again promised to help his Olympic teammate, Karasev, pointing out that they first met when he played with Karasev's father Vasily at CSKA Moscow (then owned by Mikhail Prokhorov). At the time, Sergey was nine years old.

"Of course!" he told reporter Nikolai Mysin. "It’s always nice when you have a familiar shoulder to lean on, a person who can give you advice and with whom you can talk. Now I’ll have Seryoga. And, of course, I’ll try to give him some valuable advice."

Kirilenko said he thinks the 20-year-old will do well in Brooklyn. The two were teammates on the Russian Olympic team in 2012, when Russia won the bronze medal in London.

"Absolutely! Not only because we’re going to fight for the title. In Cleveland, Sergey was not allowed to play much. It’s hard to achieve when you’re not in the game." He added. "I’m sure that at the Nets the situation will be different. Our new head coach, Lionel Hollins, will certainly give Karasev a chance to show what he can do.""

As he has previously, Kirilenko seemed to diss Kidd, at one point suggesting he may not have wanted to deal with the pressure of coaching in New York, saying, "So the pressure is huge. And Kidd couldn’t handle it. Or maybe didn’t want to." He called the team's second round exit a "lack of success." (Kirilenko's wife, Masha, publicly criticized Kidd for not playing the veteran in the playoffs.)