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Carmelo Anthony says Knicks have no rivalry with Nets. Yet.

Aug 27, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

Knicks' Anthony celebrates in the win over Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York Reuters

The New York Knicks will open the NBA season by heading over the bridge to Brooklyn and helping the Nets christen their new home. Knicks vs. Nets. Brooklyn vs. Manhattan. A battle for New York. A real rivalry…

Not yet, says Carmelo Anthony.

Speaking at a camp at St. Johns, the Knicks leader and gold medalist from London told Newsday the Knicks and Nets have no rivalry yet.

“There’s no rivalry between us and Brooklyn right now,” Anthony said. “It starts on that first game. We’ll see what happens with that first game. But as of right now, we are focused on ourselves. We are not really focused on nobody else.”

Technically, he is right. But the makings of a rivalry are there, the fire just needs to be lit.

For a rivalry to exist, both teams need to be good and there needs to be something at stake when they meet (at least at first). For decades the Lakers and Clippers were not rivals because the Clips were never a threat to the Lakers. But last season that started to change as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led the Clippers to within one game of the Lakers and the Pacific Division crown. The games got more intense.

In this case, Brooklyn should be a good team with a record not really far off the Knicks. They will be playing in the same division (the deepest and best division in the NBA next season) and the games will be a fight for playoff seeding.

But what would really cement a rivalry — what I am hoping to see — is a playoff series. A subway series between the Knicks and Nets in the first round of the playoffs. That would be fun.

  1. acdc363 - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Pretty solid answer I guess. I wish he woulda just said HELL YEAH THERE’S A RIVALRY but he’s right we gotta see what Brooklyn becomes first.

    • dls612 - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      About as much as the magic is to the heat!

  2. miamatt - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Not pulling for either team, but a Nets-Knicks 4-5 first round matchup would be fun for basketball fans.

    • saint1997 - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:46 AM

      Yeah and it is actually pretty likely too. Indy Heat and Celts have top 3 and Knicks/Nets will be better in this regular season than the Bulls and 76ers

  3. eventhorizon04 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Sounds right.
    It takes more than geography to make a rivalry.

    If Brook Lopez and Amar’e Stoudamire stay healthy this year, both teams will be good, and that’s the key ingredient for a rivalry.

  4. congocash - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    When one nba franchise owner calls another nba franchise owner, ” a little man” …forget it, Its gonna be a rivalry.

    • knightrider1755 - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Damn right!

  5. shockexchange - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    After the media gets through incessantly asking each team about the other, there will be a rivalry. The media needs to sells newspapers and generate website hits so if need be; their make up stories if they have to.

  6. deeballer - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Rivals at battling over the 8th playoff spot.

  7. icu84bs - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    I am not sure Kurt got enough sleep last night. He refers to the Atlantic division as ‘the deepest and best division in the NBA next season’. Wait, what?

    The Southwest and Northwest divisions are both better, the Atlantic was a sub .500 win division and won’t be much better (percentage wise) this year.

    • jjordannba - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Nope, Kurt is right on this one. The Atlantic has 4 out of 5 teams that all will most likely be in the playoffs.

      • icu84bs - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        ‘The Atlantic has 4 out of 5 teams that all will most likely be in the playoffs.’

        None of which will be better than San Antonio, Memphis or Dallas in the Southwest…

        I am also betting that Oklahoma City, Denver, Utah and Portland get more total victories than these 4 ‘Atlantic playoff teams’

        If anything having 4 possible playoff teams from the Atlantic division shows how weak the Eastern conference is overall. Miami is fantastic, Chicago with Rose might be great and Boston should not be counted out. Things trail off pretty quickly after that, lots of potential but little proven yet for teams like Indiana…

      • jjordannba - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        how smart are you, The Boston Celtics are in the Atlantic and they will be better than all those teams you named in the southwest. Also the Jazz barely made the playoffs last season and the Blazers were awful. Which is why the Atlantic division will have more total wins than them.

      • jjordannba - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

        icu84bs how smart are you, The Boston Celtics are in the Atlantic and they will be better than all those teams you named in the southwest. Also the Jazz barely made the playoffs last season and the Blazers were awful. Which is why the Atlantic division will have more total wins than them.

  8. nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Shut up Carmelo! You’re not a NY’er yet!

    Just play ball man.

  9. nykfan4life - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    To think the Knicks are not in the deepest division is nuts! Every team in that division has been supremely upgraded. Boston, Knicks, Nets, 76ers, and even the lowly Raptors are better this year. You forget two important facts; one teams get better from one year to the next, two it’s a long season so it gives teams more time to practice and gel for the playoffs!!!!!

  10. spillzberg - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If u think the nets will ever become new york’s team than your not familiar with the dynamics of New York City. First off, they’re the Nets. They went to the finals back to back years and nobody here cared. Second, they are not the NY Nets. They’re the Brooklyn nets which means they will have a helluva time getting support from the other boros….I know people in other boros who have said they will never buy nets gear b/c it says Brooklyn on it…..there is a rivalry amongst boros and this is the only team associated with a specific boro….And third theyre the Nets

  11. turnmymicup - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Not a fan of either of these teams. However I would love to see the new Brooklyn Nets destroy the Knicks in that first game. It would just make this upcoming season even better to watch.

  12. dysraw1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    you guys obviously have no clue about the history of these teams there has always been a rivalry since the the Nets left the ABA. when 75 74 around there. not trying to be an antagonist but just the proximate area from which the hold down creates a little something, funny i never was against the Nets. unless they played the Knicks.

  13. lakerluver - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Why are these two “pretenders” talking trash? Nobody cares who wins the championship of N.Y. except for New Yawkahs!!

  14. proballerslounge - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:36 AM

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