Bruce Ratner went on CNBC's Squawk Box Monday to talk about his team's plans to renovate Nassau Coliseum but wound getting praise for Barclays Center and defending the Nets off-season moves.

Andrew Ross Sorkin the show's host called Barclays Center "one of the most beautiful if not. I think it may be the most beautiful arena i have been in ever." From there it was down hill. Ratner told the CNBC crew he was optimistic about Forest City/Barclays Center's chances vs. MSG. He said he expects to bring the same quality to the renovated coliseum.

And when one of the hosts suggested that the Nets may have been up too much for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett "guys as old as me" Ratner still a minority partner had a spiel ready.

"We didn't give up very much. A couple first round picks. That's okay. We're likely to be in a winning position. So I'm not sure those picks are worth so muchthough" said Ratner whose group still owns 20 percent of the team. "The first thing is we had a very good team this year. We won 49 games. we went into the 7th game. Now you add three players what you do have? the answer is you are right they are older.

"The difference between you and them they're a really good basketball players. they really are."