The odds makers in Las Vegas have sent a message to the NBA: The Brooklyn Nets are better than the New York Knicks. Is it true? I don’t think so. However, Brooklyn was given 30-1 chances to captured a championship and 12-1 odds to win the Eastern Conference, while their counterparts in Manhattan were given 35-1 for a title and 14-1 chances for their conference. What do the Knicks think about this?
“I don’t care about no Vegas odds,” said new Knick Rasheed Wallace. “You know why? Because when you get out there on the hardwood all the guys that are making those bets and making them odds, they ain’t out there on that hardwood, so you can’t say that.’’ Although that is not quite how I would have worded it, I agree with Wallace. The Knicks can’t get caught up in all of the hype surrounding the Nets: the Jay Z concerts, the new jerseys, the Barclays Center, the trash talk, and the notion that the Brooklyn has the better team. If the Knicks get caught up in a publicity war, the Nets have a significant advantage, especially because of their iconic co-owner. Jay Z has created a buzz around the Nets that is, for the most part, unwarranted. Being such a popular and profound hip hop icon, he has made a formerly dismal New Jersey team into New York’s hottest item.
If the goal is to sell seats, create a buzz, and make a lot of noise, the Nets are your team. But when it comes to playing actual basketball, the Knicks are the real team in New York, despite what the odds makers in Vegas say.
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