Six months removed from a disappointing second round exit from the NBA playoffs, the Knicks had a lot to look forward to and there was a lot of hype surrounding them coming into the 2013-14 season; same story with the Brooklyn Nets, they were celebrated for adding two potential Hall of Famers. It was going to be an intense rivalry between both New York teams, and who would claim their right as the Kings of New York. Right now, with the Knicks at 3-10 and the Nets at 4-10, all that preseason optimism and hoopla looks … well, it looks dumb.
It’s still early in the season, but the conversation of who would be the better of the New York teams has shifted to which New York team is worse. Yes, both teams have had to deal with injuries to key players, but there’s no denying that these two ball clubs are playing horrible ball.
The Knicks forgot how to shoot and score, their defense continues to be one of the worst in the league and they keep rotating the starting lineup — there is absolutely no stability. The Nets’ experiment of overpaying aging superstars, coupled with a rookie coach in Jason Kidd, and you get the results you see now; the team has no chemistry.
With a combined 20 losses between both teams, it’s hard to be optimistic about either team, but things can turn around once they’re healthy — though, in the long-term, both teams will be in big trouble, but that’s another story — and, outside of the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, the Eastern Conference is terrible, so both teams still have a chance.