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Bernard King says injuries will determine whether Knicks or Nets are the better team next season

Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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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.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

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.

  1. sellahh - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Cop out or not, he’s right. As I see it, if all players stay healthy, Brooklyn’s ceiling is much higher

    • hartdaddy - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Oh yea sure, three 35 year olds get you championships all the time in the NBA.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:55 AM


        This article was about which team, the Knicks or the Nets would do better this coming season.

        Sellahh above simply said that with health being equal, the Nets should do better than the Knicks.

        He didn’t say that the Nets would win a championship.

  2. bmoreravens1012013 - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Talk about straddling the fence….fresh. Be a man Bernard and just pick one. You won’t get flogged or beaten , besides maybe on social media….but, hey, your probably not on social media so who cares .

  3. dysraw1 - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    like i say every year, health and attitude is the key. its something you pray goes correctly,this is the first season since he came here that i am not afraid of Melo getting hurt[god forbid] because we have decent replacements, in fact we are good at all positions except center

  4. jabronikid - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Drugs will tell the Knicks’ faith more than injuries…

    • jabronikid - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM


  5. onlyavoice - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Coaching Is What Derailed The Nets Last Season.
    The Knicks Hit Their Ceiling By Winning The 1st Round (Beating An Injured Team), Melo Is Not Going To Lead This Team Any Farther.
    Bulls Won’t Be Relevant Until The 2014/2015 Season (Rose Health, Physically/Mentally)
    The Heat Will Be In The ECF’s Facing Either The Pacers Or The Nets,
    I’ll Take The Nets. (Pacers Will Have a Bad Season Because Granger Coming Back & George Wanting To Be The Main Man, Too Many Ego’s On That Team)
    The Knicks Are Just A Regular Season Team. 12 Games Behind 1st Last Season & They Talked/Acted As If The Won The Chip Before The Post Season.

  6. legend30 - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I can actually see the Knicks having a better record than Nets. The Nets are built for the playoffs and they will probably let KG and Pierce sit out bunch of games.

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