New York City now has two teams to call its own, one of them is situated in Manhattan while the other just found a new home in Brooklyn. The Knicks have always been the face of New York City basketball and their iconic Madison Square Garden is the most recognizable stadium in the sport.
The Brooklyn Nets have finally made their long awaited move from New Jersey and they are hoping to create a strong fan base in New York. The Nets have put together a very talented starting five headlined by Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, but Knicks star Carmelo Anthony does not see a rivalry between the teams. CBS Sports writes that even though the two franchises share the same city, Anthony will not be referring to the Nets as rivals any time soon.
“Theres no rivalry between us and Brooklyn right now,” Anthony said. “It starts on that first game. Well see what happens with that first game. But as of right now, we are focused on ourselves. We are not really focused on nobody else.”
There is no doubt the Knicks are the more historic franchise between the two and there is very little the Nets can do to change that. Also on paper, the Knicks have a more talented and deeper team. The Nets have not been to the post-season in quite some time and there are still question marks surrounding Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.
Still, the Knicks have to prove that they are indeed better than the cross-town Nets. The Knicks have more star power than the Nets, but only time will tell if they are better than former New Jersey Nets.
The Knicks and Nets will play their first regular season game against each other on Nov. 1, at the new Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn.