It took New York Knicks owner James Dolan about seven years to answer a question from a basketball reporter since shutting the beats out in 2007, but now it seems like he's gotten the hang of it. Dolan sat down with Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post to talk about his struggling Knicks, who have gotten out to the same 3-8 start.
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Deron Williams is quite aware of who has dominated the New York hoops scene. “You can say we’ve been the JV [team in this area] at times,” Williams said Thursday.
The New York Knicks have drawn electric Madison Square Garden crowds no matter how they were playing. The New Jersey Nets, not so much. The Nets' mantra this season, along with winning, is to make some noise in NYC. They want recognition and, as Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has stated, "we want to turn Knicks fans into Nets fans." Winning a division title in their first season upon entering the borough might do the trick. Williams explains:
“I think it definitely would mean a lot to clinch the division title to the fans, to the organization, I think it would be huge. There’s no doubt about that,” Williams said.
Of course the players just focus on their own game and don't look at how other teams are doing. Ok, Joe Johnson confesses he occasionally looks at the standings. "I tend to peek every now and then,” he said. “You kind of want to gauge where you’re at and what it’s going to take to get where we’re trying to be." Ok, maybe more than occasionally. "Yeah, I look at it quite often actually.”
And here's what he might have noticed: If the Knicks lose to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and the Nets defeat the Atlanta Hawks, they will be all tied up for the first time this season.
Based off of Mike Mazzeo's story on ESPN/NewYork.com.
Seven games in May, please.
In the thrilling conclusion to the four-game series between the cross-bridge rival Brooklyn Nets and (Manhattan) New York Knicks, the Nets eked out an 88-85 victory on Brooklyn's Backcourt's back, riding 25 points (10 in the fourth quarter) from Joe Johnson, including the final go-ahead bucket with 22.3 seconds left, and surviving through a 1-for-2 trip for Deron Williams at the line with five seconds remaining (Williams had made 52 consecutive free throws before that miss, a career-best) to earn the win.
The victory gives the Nets a 25-16 record at the halfway point of the season, puts them one game behind the Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead, and ties up the season series at 2 apiece.
The teams won't play again in the regular season.
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Nets at Knicks today. Losing team should be made to swim to Staten Island
— InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops) January 21, 2013
I can't believe this is the last time the Knicks play the Nets, poor scheduling by the NBA
— John Galamar (@JGalamar) January 21, 2013
Same lineup for the Nets tonight. DWill, JJ, Wallace, Evans, Lopez.
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 21, 2013
Nothing like Nets vs Knicks on MLK Day @ MSG on a cold winter's day.#Goknicks
— Paula R (@r_P131) January 21, 2013