The Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of overtaking the New York Knicks in their division for the first time since 2013. The team has made two major signings over the past few days, with one being a $160 million-plus deal to free agent DeAndre Jordan and another being a three-year $60 million contract extension for point guard D’Angelo Russell.
The Brooklyn Nets are on the brink of finally overtaking the Knicks. With a pair of $160 million-plus deals, they have been able to sign two stars in D’Angelo Russell and Allen Crabbe.
When Kevin Durant agreed to a four-year contract deal earlier this summer, the ball was set in motion. That contract will pay him almost $200 million while also keeping him with the Brooklyn Nets through 2025–26. The Durant contract, according to sources, is just the first domino to fall. The Nets are reportedly nearing agreements with Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the other two members of the trio de grande. Will this help them win the hearts of the people of Gotham as the New York Knicks have?
During the crazy summer of 2019, Durant and Irving visited Brooklyn. After pushing his way off the Houston Rockets’ roster in January 2021, Harden joined the club. Despite the fact that the squad seldom played together, Brooklyn had the highest winning % in NBA history. Although they finished second in the Eastern Conference with a 48–24 record, they were eliminated in the second round by the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks.
The Brooklyn Nets are contenders, although in a precarious position.
The Brooklyn Nets’ winning percentage of.667 was excellent enough. Consider that this was just the 15th time in the Nets’ 45 NBA seasons that they ended with a winning record.
Despite their big three of Durant, Harden, and Irving only playing together eight times during the regular season, Brooklyn finished second in the East. The Nets were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks, with Irving missing the last three games of the series. Harden also missed three games and was visibly hampered in Game 7’s defeat.
The city’s love affair with the New York Knicks is unbreakable, even after three consecutive playoff appearances. The Knicks are New York’s darlings, having won two championships in 75 seasons, the most recent in 1973. This is partly due to the Nets’ possession of two championships, both from the now-defunct ABA.
The Knicks enjoyed a rebirth last season, winning more games than they lost for the first time in eight years but falling short of the playoffs in the first round. Brooklyn has had a good offseason so far, with more deals said to be on the way. Summer in New York was — well, I’m not sure yet.
For once, the New York Knicks don’t have any famous names.
According to the New York Daily News, after the Brooklyn Nets signed Durant for the foreseeable future (or at least through his age-38 season), general manager Sean Marks informed reporters that talks on contract extensions for both Harden and Irving were underway.
“I am sure that on the first day of training camp, those three in particular will be signed, sealed, and delivered, and will be a member of the Brooklyn Nets for a long time.”
Harden, who allegedly turned down a record-breaking contract offer from the Rockets, may earn up to $161.1 million over four years. To do so, he’d have to pay $47.4 million under his 2022–23 option. Irving may sign a four-year, $181.6 million contract with the same caveat as his player option.
It’s uncommon for big-name athletes to don the Nets’ colors (or lack thereof) rather than the New York Knicks’ blue-and-orange.
Walt Frazier, Patrick Ewing, Willis Reed, and others have all visited Manhattan in the past. Since the Nets joined the NBA in 1976, only Jason Kidd and Drazen Petrovi have spent their finest years with the team.
The Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks enjoy a friendly rivalry.
On April 5, 2021 in New York City, Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against Julius Randle (30) of the New York Knicks during their game at Barclays Center. | Getty Images/Al Bello
The New York Knicks’ supporters love insulting the Brooklyn Nets’ fans. Fans of the Brooklyn Nets have a built-in chip on their shoulder. But in terms of competition, it’s sporadic.
During the regular season, the Nets and Knicks have met 202 times. Each side has 101 victories, but that is owing as much to their extended spells of futility as it is to the fact that it is a knock-down, drag-out rivalry. In the NBA, rivalries are formed in the playoffs. Only three occasions have the teams met there. In 1983 and 1994, the Knicks won first-round series. In 2004, the Nets, then based in New Jersey, swept a first-round series. The history lecture has come to an end.
This summer, the Knicks acquired Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker. These aren’t really earthquakes. Brooklyn signed veteran Patty Mills and retained Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown while releasing Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie brought a sense of levity to the Knicks-Nets rivalry.
In 2021–22, both teams should be competitive. While the Brooklyn Nets may not be receiving much love, they do have the upper hand against the New York Knicks – at least for the time being.
Basketball Reference and Stathead provided the statistics.
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