New York now has a second team heading into the new season. The New Jersey Nets announced in 2009 that they have every intention to move to Brooklyn, that time has finally come and the Nets will be headed to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season. The new look Brooklyn Nets will be interesting to say the least. They have a starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. The Nets organization really tried their best to start the Brooklyn era with a bang, and they may have done just that. The next few years will be quite interesting as both New York clubs are playoff contenders and all their matchups will be entertaining to watch.
The New York Knicks also have an interesting bunch of players. For years, the Knicks have suffered through the Isiah Thomas era and have just one playoff win to show for themselves since 2001. But now, with a core of Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire; this team finally has a sense of direction. This core will be their first year together where they will have a full training camp to fully gel and find chemistry as a team. Hopefully we can see career resurgences from both Stoudemire and Anthony. The Knicks will also have the luxury of having a traditional coach, as Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni midway through last season.
It will certainly be a dog fight as both the Knicks and the Nets have intriguing pieces all around. Both squads have star players who have something to prove. They also have key pieces that will be looking to make a strong impact. Raymond Felton certainly has a lot to prove as he will replace fan-favorite Jeremy Lin in the starting lineup. On the flipside, Brook Lopez will also be looking to make a statement as he was signed to a long term max contract this year, and he was supposed to be the key piece that could’ve landed them Dwight Howard. In the end, both these squads will duke it out over the next few years and the fans of New York will finally have something to cheer for.