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Kevin Durant doesn’t think Nets can convert die-hard Knicks fans

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The Brooklyn Nets have been New York’s most competitive team in recent history, but even after netting a star duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the latter doesn’t think their recent success will be enough to convert loyal New York Knicks fans.

Unlike Irving’s opinion that the Nets have become New York’s team now, Durant is looking at things from a more realistic perspective, considering many Knicks fans have been fans for generations:

“It’s going to be hard to do that,” said Durant during an interview with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles on the Knuckleheads podcast. “This team thing, Lakers, Knicks, are just staples in our game. The love for those teams has gone 40, 50, 60 years. It’s in their blood. It’s crossed generations, so we’re not expecting to convert Knicks fans, we just want to convert people who have probably never watched basketball before. They come in and see something new and enjoy your show. So, new basketball fans, I’m sure they’re the ones we’re going to try and turn into Nets fans.”

Durant is very much a realist, and he’s plenty aware that the Nets are still a growing fan base and not as well-cemented as the Knicks, especially after the move from New Jersey to Brooklyn a few years ago.

That doesn’t take away from how special a team he and Irving can build, as the latter has already shown flashes of his potential after scoring 50 in his season debut with the team.