Brookliyn has been put into favorite position, not only at East but counting all NBA league. Team that sign few big names, and move to new Arena have big aspiration following their owner, Mihlail Prohorov. They sign playmaker Williams for long term contract, and also forward Joe Jonson who played for Atlanta recent time and was one of leader. Despite all Nets did not compete in playoff from time of coach Rik Carlisle and it is a question how change of name, arena, and few new player can impact them, in order to became important factor on East. Pre - season games show that it will take time for them to form compact play and even than, they will have to work hard how to reach conference top teams. They lose from New York 95-97 in last friendly before official game against same opponent. They show that have no enough experience playing together in tight finish. Brooklyn lose almost every league match from New York last two year. This can impact their mental strength when playing against neighbors.Comparing to Knick, home team is better only at playmaker position and it should not be enough. Brook Lopes at center practically have no replace, and Joe Jonson is only sure solution at forward, because Teletovic and Shengelia are not so strong ( Europian players), and play on different way.
New York did not sign Lynn and there make mistake, but try with veteran Jason Kid who should help their guard line to distribute ball to Carmelo and Stodemire. Former MVP and best center of league Hakeem Olajuwon come to club how to improve chemistry between Amare, Carmelo and Chandler. That triangle is at playing peak, and next few year have chance to break poor tradition of their team which last for long time. Amare is out for two month because of knee injury and that is reason why home team went out like favorite.With Amare and Carmelo New York have only 31-40 record and, at the begin, it can be better that Amare power up the team with delay, working with Olajuwon. Brewer helped Chandler with Lopes, and Felton was in connection along Anthony in game with Brooklyn few day ago. Future is maybe at other part of the city, but for now Knicks, are better than their rival+
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