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Brandon Robinson, WARR contributor
Both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets had busy off-seasons and both teams entered the 2013-14 season with high expectations. In a media conference call Friday afternoon, TNT Sports’ NBA analyst and five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr weighed in on the growing rivalry between both teams and took a stand regarding which team is currently the Kings of New York.
“The best team in New York is Brooklyn, especially right now with (Knicks center) Tyson Chandler being injured,” said Kerr in the call, which was sponsored by 2K Sports’ NBA 2K14 video game, of which Kerr provides his commentating voice this year.
The Knicks improved their record to 2-3 Friday night but they are without the all-star Chandler who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a displaced fracture of his right fibula against the Charlotte Bobcats this week. The Knicks are weighing heavily upon their superstar Carmelo Anthony’s 23.8 points per game.
“I think the Knicks are a good team, they proved that last year, ” Kerr said. “When they’re healthy, they’re going to win a lot of games and they should be a playoff team.”
Although he believes they are a decent team, Kerr doesn’t think that the Knicks are on the same level of some of the top teams in the the NBA’s Eastern Conference, including the likes of the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers: “They’re a significant notch below the elite teams in the league,” he said.
The Nets, who fell to 2-3 Friday night, have been up and down the past week, but they got a huge win at home at the Barclays Center last Friday against the Miami Heat and a win at home on Tuesday against the Utah Jazz after being blown out 107-86 Sunday by the Orlando Magic in Jason Kidd’s coaching debut after a two-game suspension to start the season.
“I like Brooklyn better anyway, I think they just have more talent and they’re more well rounded,” Kerr said.
Following its win in Charlotte, the Knicks return to action Sunday afternoon at home against the San Antonio Spurs. Brooklyn is back at it tonight at home against the Indiana Pacers, who remain the only undefeated team left in the NBA this season after beating Toronto Friday night.
Brandon Robinson is a contributor to Regal Radio. He’s a digital journalist who covers sports and pop culture. You can find his work in VIBE, SLAM, TD DAILY, Ebony, CBS Interactive and Da Laughing Barrel.com. He is also a lecturer at NJIT in Newark, NJ. You can follow him on Twitter @Scoop B and see more of his work here.