Newly signed Brooklyn Nets Guard Joe Johnson was asked who was the better of the two New York teams, he responded with, “Definetly Nets”. Who can blame the guy for picking his own team? Let the trash talking begin. New York Knicks All-Star Forward responded saying that when its time to play eachother they will be ready. It is clear that this will be an instant and very entertaining rivalry, with both teams now in New York City and have made big offseason moves so far to improve their chances in the East.
The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed Deron Williams to a 5-year $98 million extension as the building block for the franchise. They also went on to sign Forward Gerald Wallace to a 4-year $40 million contract, 6-time All-Star Joe Johnson and brought back Center Brook Lopez for a max deal worth $61 million. It looks like they are making serious moves to build a team that can compete not only in the East but against the West as well. They did this by signing players who are still young and can carry the team for years to come. The coming season will be their first in the new arena in Brooklyn since coming over from New Jersey and will definetly make the Big Apple more entertaining as they will be battling their in-state rivals, the New York Knicks.
The Knicks already are a Playoff team and have stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare’ Stoudemire as the face of the franchise and have singed some good talent as well to their roster. The Knicks singed Point Guard Jason Kidd to a 3-year deal worth $9 million, brought back former Knicks Point Guard Raymond Felton, who was apart of the deal that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York. They also signed 2 more former Knicks players, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby. J.R, Smith has also re-signed with the Knicks. Along with J.R., Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler will be returning as well as sharp shooter Steve Novak. Some may criticize the Knicks for signing some older players, but what they will bring is leadership and experience to the table. The Knicks look well equipped to compete with the Brooklyn Nets when the time comes.
Personally I am a Knicks fan as I’ve said before, due to the fact I am a fan of Carmelo Anthony and Amare’ Stoudemire, so I will be rooting for them when the time comes for these two to square off in the Big Apple. Both teams want to be a championship-caliber team, but it seems that these two teams will have an added edge when playing eachother as many fans across the world will be watching and debating who is the best team in New York. A Playoff series between the two would be epic. This matchup will be very competitive to say the least and I can’t wait for the first game between the two. Don’t you just love the NBA?