The New York Knicks are still working to find an identity, but they might have an instant rivalry on their hands after being scorned by the duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who chose to team up for the Brooklyn Nets this summer. Second-year forward Kevin Knox tried to nonchalantly play it off during a Q&A session alongside new teammate RJ Barrett, but the former wound up noting the Nets’ acquisitions might just add the necessary fuel to the fire:
“You’ve got people always saying the Knicks and the Nets and of course the Nets got two good superstars this summer, but that’s just fuel to the fire for us. Coach Fiz told us all in a group message, ‘Put your head down and just play hard and just play for one another.’ And that’s been our motto this whole summer. We go at each other in practice and when you get to play somebody else, then go at them, no matter who is in front of you. That’s just been our mindset this whole summer.”
Knicks’ Kevin Knox & RJ Barrett dont care about the Brooklyn Nets & getting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant has added fuel to the fire. pic.twitter.com/z5mhPcjCNC
— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson (@ScoopB) September 16, 2019
The Knicks might not have the firepower to compete against a Nets team at full power, but they likely won’t have their entire arsenal until the 2020-21 season once Durant returns from a torn Achilles. The Knicks could benefit from a few competitive games against the cross-bridge rivals, and netting a few wins wouldn’t hurt either, especially as both teams try to figure out a style and an identity that works for them moving forward.