Are the Knicks closer to contention than the Nets?

Signs of Knicksfanaticsblog’s prodigal son Gullible were picked up in a recent column discussing the prospects of the once dormant cross river (soon to be cross borough) rivalry between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Bound Nets. With each franchise taking turns dominating the opposing team (the Knicks in the 90′s and the Nets for the first decade of the 21st century) the often lopsided exchange between the two ball clubs may become an even exchange as both clubs rise from the 2010 free agency period restocked and reloaded. The Knicks and Nets hope to drastically improve upon last season’s record, with both franchises looking to make a bid for the playoff. One writer deliberates on the rivalry’s revival and concludes that the Knicks may just see a Finals appearance before the Nets. Is that as sure a thing as Dan Gilbert’s declaration that Cleveland will win a Championship before the Miami [c]Heat?

 

‘But it comes down to this: The Nets are supposed to be good in the future. Harris and Lopez have proven that they are solid NBA players. But we have yet to see Favors play in an NBA game, and we are judging him solely on potential.

The Knicks, on the other hand, have a superstar (Stoudemire) locked up for at least five years, as well as some solid pieces in place around him. What the Knicks ultimately have to do to do, though, to ensure that they will become a championship team soon enough is continue hyping up the allure of playing in the Big Apple.

Both teams might have a deep wallet again in free agency next season, but the bright lights of New York City will shine brighter than those of Brooklyn. An Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul trio may seem like a pipe dream now, but it could soon become a reality.

The Nets’ owner may have promised a championship within five years, but the Knicks could be on the verge of achieving that goal even sooner.’

The ‘bright lights’ of New York City are once again trumpeted as the ultimate tiebreaker. Wow! Didn’t Knicks’ Fandom just learn that Superstar free agents do not live on glorified locations alone? If Denial is a River splitting the scorched lands of the Sahara, then Gullible’s thirst for gratuitous hope is surely alive and satiated. Surely a covetous strain can be detected as the Knicks prospects for success include OTPs still far off in the not so distant future.

As a little background info for those wishing to debate whether the Knicks or Nets are that much closer to contention than their cross river/cross borough rival, KFB provides the following articles on the Knicks and Nets off season maneuverings. Also since both teams appear to be poised to make yet another push for additional talent next offseason (assuming the league’s not locked out) KFB provides a bare bones table of the Knicks* and Nets salary projection, courtesy of the salary analyst teams at hoopshype.com.

It may very well be that the stakes for this year’s rivalry have never been greater, as a post season appearance and showing by either team may help determine the destination of 2011′s possible big name catch, Carmelo Anthony.  To that end are Knicks Fans confident that the talent acquired this offseason places their team in position to edge out the Nets in a race for one of the final spots in this upcoming year’s playoff race? Can the additions of Stoudemire, Felton, Azubuike, Randolph, Turiaf, Mozgov in addition to holdovers Chandler, Gallinari, Douglas and rookies Fields, Rautins and Jordan outperform Nets Stars Lopez. Harris and their new additions Morrow, Outlaw, Farmar and Favors? Are the Knicks prospects that much juicier long term than the Nets? Can D’Antoni outperform Avery Johnson? Which sideline general will get the most out of their stars and reserves?

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* Knicks salary table does not account for the full term of Raymond Felton’s, Timofey Mozgov’s Amar’e Stoudemire’s contracts.