In Tuesday night's postgame press conference following a 111-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd was asked to comment on Thursday's matchup with the New York Knicks, his former team and current crosstown rival.
Kidd was curt. "Both teams stink," he said flatly, "So the record... But the one thing is, we've got to find a way to get better, and it starts tomorrow for us. ... So we'll figure it out, and we've got to find a way to protect home."
Kidd isn't wrong. The Nets have floundered to start the season, sitting at 5-13 and second-to-last in the Atlantic Division. They'd be last if it wasn't for... the New York Knicks, who currently have a record of 3-13 and have lost nine straight games.
The Rotten Apple Bowl kicks off Thursday night at 7 P.M. EST on TNT.