Nets big guys better than aging, overrated Knicks

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Go ahead, Knicks fans, enjoy it — because we all know it won’t last.

Before the Manhattan Knicks take on the Brooklyn Nets in the first game of what is sure to become a heated cross-river rivalry on Nov. 26, this column offers its sincere congratulations to a Knicks squad that came out of the gate red hot and won its first six games.


But don’t think for a minute that a single winning streak will be enough to keep Brooklyn’s hoops fans clad in blue and orange forever.

Manhattan big man Amare Stoudemire will come back from knee surgery and get back to his old ways — meaning he’ll command more shots and throw off the nice chemistry the Knicks established early this season. Then the old guys will start playing like old guys (we’re talking about you, Rasheed Wallace), and the Knicks will revert back to that team you all know and loathe.

Brooklynites, this is your opportunity to take your fandom out of incompetent grasp of the Isiah Thomases and James Dolans of the world and anchor it to the Nets team right in your backyard.

We understand the names Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Andre Blatche, and Reggie Evans don’t elicit the level of excitement that makes it easy to convert — but these guys can ball.

Put the days of Amare’s knees (and back) and Eddy Curry’s contract in your rearview mirror for good. Never mind that the Knicks haven’t had a competent front court since the days of Patrick Ewing. It can all be forgotten.

Lopez, the Nets center, is one of the best low-post threats in the game and could match Stoudemire bucket for bucket on any given night.

Knicks fans can point to reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler all they want — but there’s no way around the fact Nets forward Kris Humphries averaged more points and rebounds per game last year.

Best not wait until the Nets have hung a championship banner from the rafters of the Barclays Center before lining up with a winner.

Tom Lafe is a 6-foot-5 sports world insider with a middling high school basketball career who believes the Nets will be driven by the success of the team’s big men.

Updated 5:37 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Orsis from NYC says:
This guy is stuck on d'antoni knicks, it's a new era in MSG were players are held responsible for there actions, Carmelo and stat will play together with better point guards this year that have a pass first mentality , which will make things run way better than last year. There is no base to this guys article except for him being a nets fan, the knicks have the best defense in the nba and the lowest amount of turnovers and don't they have a better record than the nets without two of their starters. And aren't the knicks core players young ( Felton, shumpert, melo, stat, chandler, Jr), the knicks can always find role players in the offseason as they go along, but anyway I prefer our old players that have actually proven something in the nba and have won nba titles leading a team any day.
Nov. 21, 2012, 9:42 am
Knicks2012 from BROOKLYN! says:
Nets need to get a better record than the Knicks first of all, to begin making any statements of whose better. For now the team with the best record in New York is also the best team in the NBA.
Nov. 21, 2012, 10:35 am
marv from alberta says:
Yes! I didn't think seven different people actually commented on this.
Nov. 21, 2012, 11 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As I have said on the other topic, real fans don't switch sides no matter how many bad seasons their team had lately.
Nov. 21, 2012, 5:19 pm
bizworldusa from says:
Before the Manhattan Knicks take on the Brooklyn Nets in the first game of what is sure to become a heated cross-river rivalry on Nov. 26, this column offers its sincere congratulations to a Knicks squad that came out of the gate red hot and won its first six games.

Nov. 23, 2012, 12:46 am
Jamie from Flatbush says:
I have a hard time imagining there are that many Brooklynites who are really excited about getting New Jersey's discarded, hand-me-down team.
Nov. 23, 2012, 3:01 pm
Skellatosis from Bk says:
Umm have you seen the Knicks? Stupid article.
Nov. 23, 2012, 5:59 pm
Big Al from Astoria says:
Looks like someone at the Brooklyn Paper is trying to hype up his new beat. The New York Knicks, not the Manhattan Knicks, are not about to be upended by the presence of a new team in the area. Any fans that change alliance that easily are bound to abandon the nets one day too. By the way, the Knicks are going to win that game.
Nov. 24, 2012, 3:58 pm
Ryan from Park slope says:
Looks like these Knicks fans are a little scared. This is just an article kids, relax. The 26th will be the true test.
Nov. 24, 2012, 6:28 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I have to agree with everyone who thinks that Nets moving to Brooklyn changes anything about them. Unless they can actually bring a wining season, they are just going to be looked at as the same team just wearing new uniforms and nothing else. I am real tired of everyone who keeps up hyping a team just because of either off season moves are moving into a new place. Until they show they are something, many will just see them as all talk and no show. I know that months ago Joe Johnson kept rambling that Nets are better just because they are now a Brooklyn, but Tyson Chandler had it right when he mentioned that they will have to show on the floor rather than just making a lot of trash talk. However, I still don't see a lot of long time Knicks fans in Brooklyn just switching to the Nets just because they are there right now. If you really believe this, than just go back to that fanatical website known as Nets Daily, who are probably also a number of Ratner shills as will judging how defensive they are whenever you ask a serious question about the Atlantic Yards.
Nov. 25, 2012, 7:43 pm
jon from canarsi says:
knicks fans are jealous of the nets
Jan. 16, 2013, 12:06 am
JR from New York says:
How is the season working out for you now?? The NEW YORK KNICKS are still on top of the JERSEY...NOW BK NETS. Good luck in the playoffs cause you'll be out first round son.
April 2, 2013, 4:07 pm

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