The rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets is real, despite the Brooklyn team’s relatively new entry into the New York situation.
The addition of proven winners in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets side for the upcoming season has only fueled the fire, especially considering all the talking that Pierce has been done since joining the Brooklyn franchise.
It’s a toss-up right now as to which team will best the other during the upcoming season. But Bernard King, entering the Hall of Fame as someone who played for both teams, seems to think that something more random than specific will determine the top team in New York next year.
King, who played for the Knicks and Nets during a Hall-of-Fame career that will be honored this weekend, said injuries will decide which New York team is the better one in 2013-14 but said he believes both are legitimate Eastern Conference title contenders.
“Injuries play such a major factor in how a team will perform,’’ said King, who will be enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday in Springfield, Mass. “It’s going to be competitive every game they face each other. It’s going to be a very interesting and great rivalry. But I think they’ll both be in the mix [for the Eastern Crown]. Miami is the top tier, they’re the team you’re chasing. No reason they [the Knicks and Nets] can’t compete with the other top-tier teams in the conference.’’
The answer is kind of a cop-out, if we’re being honest.
It’s obvious that the most talented teams which remain the healthiest will be the ones who end up having the most successful seasons. If Deron Williams or Carmelo Anthony were to go down for an extended period of time due to injury, that would obviously change the landscape not only for their respective teams, but for the fate of others in the Eastern Conference.
Considering King played for both franchises, his politically correct response is acceptable — especially coming on the weekend in which he’s being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.