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Joe Johnson says the Nets are ‘definitely’ better than the Knicks. Here we go.

Jul 14, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

Joe Johnson AP

Let the Battle for the Basketball Boroughs commence. We’re headed for a new rivalry, as the Nets and Knicks face off for the soul of hoops in Gotham, and the Nets have no plans to enter the arena humbly nor quietly. At a pep rally in Brooklyn introducing Joe Johnson, Johnson told reporters that the Nets are “definitely” the best team in New York, via the New York Daily News.

And he was the tame one. the Brooklyn Borough President had a ton of things to say about the Knicks.

“For nearly 40 years the Manhattan Knicks have shown they can’t bring a championship to New York, so it’s going to take the Brooklyn Nets to get the job done,” Markowitz said. “So move over Manhattan — enough air balls. You had your chance.”

“Now that the Barclays Center is in town, the national basketball spotlight is focused on Brooklyn’s big stage and Madison Square Garden just doesn’t have the same sparkle anymore,” said Markowitz, comparing it to the old rivalry between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Yankees. “By the way, for any Brooklynites still rooting for the Manhattan Knicks: as of November and on, I’m giving you fair warning: it’s treason to support the outer borough’s team over our Brooklyn Nets.

“Besides, when it comes down to it, we all know the Brooklyn Nets will shut down the Manhattan Knicks when they play for the first time.”

via Joe Johnson says Nets ‘definitely’ the best team in New  York as Brooklyn declares all-out hoops war on Manhattan  – NY Daily News.

Comes off as a little little-brother-ish, does it not? “We’re totally better than you!” Better teams go out and show it. Like the Heat. Oh, wait. No. That’s not right. Bad example. Or the Celtics. They never talk about how good they ar… nope, that doesn’t work either. Anyway, this is going to be a beast of a rivalry for the next three years until Amar’e Stoudemire can’t walk and Joe Johnson is making $25 million and shooting 40 percent, then it’s going to seem a little sad. But for right now?

You can make the argument for either side, especially the Knicks. It’s not just that they have arguably the best overall player in Carmelo Anthony, but they have a better defensive system. Amar’e Stoudemire’s injury problems aren’t sure to repeat themselves, and even if they do, he can still contribute. Tyson Chandler may be the difference maker, though, as a better overall defensive player. The Knicks were a great defensive team last year, and with another year together, plus a full year with Jeremy Lin, there’s a chance the Knicks’ offense could come together. Compare that with the inexperience of the Nets and “Manhattan” has the edge.

But you could easily make an argument for Brooklyn.

Oh, and in that same article, Billy King’s quoted as saying Deron Williams and Joe Johnson is a better backcourt than the Lakers’ combo of Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant.

So much fun!

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Joe got drunk in the booth last night and was on acid when he uttered this nonsense when he was on radio the day before.

  2. knightrider1755 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Hell, the Nets are better than the Knicks. The Knicks have been to the NBA finals twice in the last 40 years and loss both times. Perhaps, just maybe, it is time for another team to come in and try to bring some dignity to the city once famously known as “:the Mecca of Basketball”. The Knicks over the last 40 years have been clowns. Their playoff record over the last 10 years is abominable and sorry to disagree with you, but Melo has been nothing but a selfish, overpaid, underachieving, ball-hoggin’ bust.

    • bishopbengals - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      You sound like a soured Nets fan. Let me just link the playoff history for the Nets for you. It’s all a reply to your senseless post even needs.

    • saint1997 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Okay we’re having an argument over Knicks Nets this season and you are talking about past playoff records? That has no relevance to this year whatsoever. Nets are good, Knicks are good. I ultimately think it will play out like Clips Lakers last year tbh but we can’t know until we see them play so how about we just wait and see. Melo is not a bust he is a top 10 player in the league and so is D-Will so calm down!

  3. blueintown - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Being the best basketball team in New York is a bit like being the best baseball team in Chicago.

    • boilerup1869 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      hey now

  4. klink6224 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    As a devoted Knicks fan I have to agree that the Nets are better than them. At least New Jersey… err I mean Brooklyn has their main ball handler with the capacity to pass. Amare and Carmelo just can’t figure out how to jell together and you gotta rest that on Carmelo’s shoulders. The Knicks may not of been contenders before the Melo trade but they definitely aren’t now after it. Sadly I’m most excited to watch the “twin towers” of Tyson and Camby, can’t wait to see defense in New York again, been missing for wayyyy too long.

    • cornbreadbbqred - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Which one of the knuckleheads, Amare or Carmelo to pass the ball too has Jason drinking on already.

  5. phaden27 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Not to be a Heat basher buuuuuut, “Not 1 not 2 not 3…” Sure as hell translates to we’re better than everyone else for me. Just saying.

  6. biasedhomer - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Both are equally overrated.

  7. gmen4life33 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    LOL. The Nets are the new Jets. All the “Sorry, move over. New York is ours now. Tough” is going to backfire. Just as Rex Ryan. You can talk all you want about New York being yours, but you are going to look really stupid when you cant walk the walk. Brooklyn Jets, I mean Nets.

  8. dysraw1 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    maybe if they landed D. Howard that would push them over however they will be competitive

  9. jigga757 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    they havent played any games yet and they r better…WOW…sounds like when the jets said they was better than the giants last year and when they met the giants smacked the jets in their mouth

  10. theripster30 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Is that something to brag about? If you’re not a top 5 team in the East, you stink. I know NY sports fans can be stubborn to the point where it clouds their judgment, but it is very obvious the Knicks are no good if you just watch them play a few games every once in awhile. The proof is there. Anyway, Joe Johnson should be more concerned about Boston and Miami if he wants to finally live up to his contract.

  11. lakerluver - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Billy King has to say crap like that to justify the Nets overpaying for Joe J. who is paid like a franchise player but doesn’t have the game to match.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Yeah like Melo.

  12. progress2011 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I got Deron and his “heart” and champion competitiveness over “down syndrome Joe” EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK !!!

    Joe only plays ball to pay his super truck car note. Dude has ZERO heart!

    He is paid one of the highest salaries in the league, similar to kobe, more than LBJ, D Wade, and others. When one of them take him to school, the response of a competitor is to give it back on the other end…not the case with down syndrome Joe. His facial expressions never change, he has that constant deer in headlights look and acts as if nothing ever happened.

    I truly think he suffered a more severe brain and head injury than has been disclosed, when he cracked his face, while playing in Phoenix.

    He is a 3rd option “AT BEST” and therefore should hush, with the nonsense.

    (no disrespect to other persons with down syndrome).

  13. omniusprime - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Saying that the Nets are better than the Knicks is like saying they’re better than the Bobcats or Trailblazers, basically every team is better than those natural born losers. Billy King shows just how ignorant he is saying that Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are a better backcourt than Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Let’s not forget it was that spoiled brat Deron who had the childish temper tantrum that caused great coach Jerry Sloan to retire. How many rings do Williams and Johnson have? Oh yeah ZERO! Any town that celebrates LinStupid as a basketball star is a sad town indeed, sorry but the Big Apple is rotten to the core!

  14. knightrider1755 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Not really.

  15. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    What they say his handle is, J. Smoove? Not smoother than what he was drinking when he declared war. Now he has talked himself in to playing both ends of the court, that’s right defense and shot clock management with other scorers on the floor, i.e., a full game with consistent effort for 48 minutes, the majority of the season; something JJ has yet to prove.

    • cornbreadbbqred - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Oh let’s not forget showing up in crucial playoff games.

      -Atlanta Hawks

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