Hall of Famer Bernard King won’t take sides in Nets/Knicks rivalry

Hall of Famer Bernard King is from Brooklyn and played for both of the Nets and Knicks, but he won't take a side in the rivalry. AP Photo.

Hall of Famer Bernard King is from Brooklyn and played for both of the Nets and Knicks, but he won’t take a side in the rivalry. AP Photo.

The rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks is heating up and Bernard King is caught in the middle. On one hand, the Nets were the team that drafted him. On the other hand, he wasn’t a Net for very long and became the King of New York when he was with the Knicks. But then again, he’s originally from Brooklyn too.

How to decide? Well, take the easy way out and predict that whichever team stays healthy will be better.

“Injuries play such a major factor in how a team will perform,’’ told Marc Berman of the NY Post. “It’s going to be competitive every game they face each other. It’s going to be a very interesting and great rivalry. But I think they’ll both be in the mix [for the Eastern Crown]. Miami is the top tier, they’re the team you’re chasing. No reason they [the Knicks and Nets] can’t compete with the other top-tier teams in the conference.’’

It’s hard to blame him for taking the politically correct way out though. It’s in good fun when the players throw shots at each other, but coming from him people might read too much into it and he could potentially alienate one of the fan bases the same week he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. No point in that.

Besides, he’s probably right. It likely will come down to which team stays healthiest. That’s still no reason we can’t have a favorite assuming everyone stays healthy. At the very least, he sounded impressed by the Nets roster. “You got five all-stars on that team,’’ said King. “That’s a tremendous mix there but chemistry and how will they fly together, that takes time.’’


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