Thursday evening two so-called title contenders will take center stage in a battle for New York supremacy. However, both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks are playing way below expectations and look far from the dominant Eastern Conference powerhouses they were supposed to be.
The Nets are having a lot of internal issues and are battling severe injury woes, sitting at 13th in the East with a 5-13 record. The Knicks currently find themselves one spot below their rivals, owners of a nine-game losing streak. The game which no one really wants to see at this point will be on national television, but Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony admitted that his team, and, let’s be honest, the Nets, are the laughing stocks of the league.
Melo, on whether he's embarrassed abt tomorrow's game being on nat'l TV: "We are the laughingstock of the league right now. We are."
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) December 4, 2013
It’s not something most players would admit. Most players, especially superstars, would continue dropping cliché after cliché, saying how their team is in a dark place and how they can collectively climb out of it. So let’s give credit to Melo, at least he is being honest. There is some good news ahead of Thursday’s game though — one of the teams has to win.