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The Brooklyn Nets enter Year 2 of their return to New York with a new, win-now look after the big offseason trade to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It did not take long for both the Nets and the Knicks to lay claim to the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers. Re-signed J.R. Smith insists that the Knicks have not lost any ground to the Nets. New Net Pierce says his hate for the Knicks "has grown a little" and that he's ready to have his new team take over his new city. Let the fireworks begin!
The Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their starting lineup, while the Knicks' starters should be the same as last season.
Battle for New York?
Last year, New York and Brooklyn tied the season series with two wins each, but the Knicks won the Atlantic Division by five games over the Nets.
One more title?
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up to win a title with the Boston Celtics in the 2007-08 season, the only championship for both.
Dwight Howard's "will he or won't he" saga wasn't quite as protracted as, say, Brett Favre's (Brett, if you're reading this, don't get any ideas, yeah?), but if he had his way last season, Howard wouldn't have necessarily ended up with the Lakers. Howard said he originally wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, joining Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in an East Coast power trio. Given how everything ended up this offseason, should the Magic have made the trade?
Nets or Lakers?
Dwight Howard is part of a potentially powerful Big Three, but he could have gone a much different route.