There’s all of a sudden no love lost between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. And heck, it makes things all the more intriguing in the NBA when New York’s premier team (the Knicks) has a rivalry brewing with their wildly talented Brooklyn foes.
The New Yorker came out with a cover story on Monday that featured Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden of the Nets in the foreground with Julius Randle and RJ Barrett of the Knicks in the background.
This week’s cover, “Hoop Dreams in New York,” by @MarkUlriksenArt. https://t.co/LTa721UE21 pic.twitter.com/m9DcrLM6Mx
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) May 3, 2021
Nets’ superstar guard James Harden put his own spin on it by tweeting this out on Tuesday:
— James Harden (@JHarden13) May 4, 2021
A simple crop job but the message was clearly sent by Harden as he and likely the rest of the Nets believe they are the clear top dog in New York when it comes to basketball excellence.
It’s a clear troll job by Harden, and a brilliant one at that. The Nets have done what everyone expected them to do this season, dominate.
When you have Harden and the aforementioned Durant and Irving, it’s championship bust or expectations every season the trio is together.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have surprised just about everyone. Currently, New York is in 4th place in the Eastern Conference having won 12 of their last 13 games. They sit with a record of 37-28 at present time.
While the expectations are set in place for the Nets to make a deep run in the postseason and potentially get to the mountain top, what the Knicks will do come playoff time remains a mystery for a franchise that hasn’t been to the postseason in eight years.
What would make the basketball world the most intrigued while simultaneously causing the earth to spin off its axis? A Nets – Knicks playoff matchup in 2021. The Nets would be heavily favored but it would inject life back into basketball in New York.