Our last state…and perhaps even city, is New York. We have the Knicks and Nets.
Last season, the Knicks clearly won NY as they did back in the day. The Nets got better thanks to the Celtics. Paul Peirce and Kevin Garnett are key additions. Neither team is a contender. But, the battle for the state is going to be glorious. We have already heard players and event he owners having some words for each other. David Stern stepped in to try to calm things down. For a fan, this is exciting. Speaking of the fans, if you pay attention, you actually can see Brooklyn fans address the Knicks as “Manhattan Knicks” and not New York Knicks. Let’s not forget about Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony and the whole honey nut cheerios thing. Sure, they kinda played that one down but still. This battle is going to be such a turn on, my God.
The Nets, as I said before, got better. Brook Lopez says he’s healthy. Deron Williams recently had an ankle injury but it doesn’t seem serious. The Nets are in a position to take over New York. Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry are a nice bench to lean on. Their starting line-up is expensive though so I hope this isn’t a bust.
The Knicks got better too. Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, and Andrea Bargnani are nice role players. Carmelo and a healthy Amar’e should be able to keep up with the suddenly powerful East including the Nets, Heat, Pacers, and Bulls.
I seriously can’t tell who the clear winner is. That’s what makes it great. While I think the teams will split their regular season meetings, I believe that, in a best of seven game series in the playoffs, the Nets would win. The Nets’ setback could be coach Jason Kidd. He may have understood the game on the court, but can he coach a team? At least he has a lot of veterans around him and his own playing experience will help as well. Wait…he just played with the Knicks…oh boy. For the Knicks, if they continue the “Melo ball” and if Amar’e can’t stay healthy, then there’s your setback. As we saw last season, their desire to shoot their way to the top failed them against a good defense in the form of the Pacers. They’ll need more that chucking up three’s to win in this league.
So yeah, Nets are the better NY team. You agree? Let me know what you think in the comments! Also, which battle of the state intrigues you the most? Texas, Florida, California, or New York? I want you to really put a hurtin’ on that comment button. Make it cry.