The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets first face each other in the second game of the regular season October 25 at Barclays Center, and the intrigue has already begun with off-court comments from both sides.
"You know what I'm saying; the cool thing now is not the Knicks".
Kevin Durant broke New York Knicks fans' hearts when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason and he now says that he doesn't see the Knicks as a strong brand. I didn't grow up with the Knicks.
Durant recently said the Knicks aren't cool anymore and that's why big-time free agents don't sign with them.
The Knicks once again don't have many expectations coming into the season, while the Nets are considered probable to make the playoffs, even without Durant for the entire season as he recovers from his Achilles rupture.
"Durant said he barely gave the Knicks "a thought" this summer", but the 2014 NBA MVP added he "didn't really do any deep, full analysis on the Knicks" due to their recent failures, something he believes also has been a factor for the league's other stars in recent years. "But I didn't really do any deep, full analysis on the Knicks".
Those players are mostly veterans with the exception of Randle, Portis and Payton, but they do not have a true star player.
Durant at least believes the Knicks are "trying" to flip that narrative, but he thinks it remains "hard to get the best players to play here", even with the lure of Madison Square Garden. "We really haven't been focused on what's going on on the outside".