Walt Frazier doesn’t think Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s Nets will be as good as Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin’s team
New York Knicks legend Walt Frazier has always been one to speak his own mind. He criticized LeBron James on air during a game against the Lakers in March, which resulted in a number of former players and analysts coming to LeBron’s defense.
Though Frazier has often been lauded as one of the more eloquent personalities in the game, his “homerism” is pretty evident.
During an appearance at the NYC Basketball Kids Summer Camp on Thursday, Frazier made no bones about his allegiance to the Knicks, saying that he thinks that New York is still a Knicks town.
He also reacted to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joining the Brooklyn Nets, even going so far as to say that the duo’s run in Brooklyn will not be as successful as Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin was when they starred for the New Jersey Nets.
At @nycbasketball & @Playbookkids camp, Knicks great Clyde Frazier took some time to talk NYK/Nets. He was 'shocked' when KD & Kyrie chose Brooklyn, he doesn't think these Nets teams will be better than Jason Kidd/Kenyon Martin's Nets and he believes NYC remains a Knicks town: https://t.co/RXK6N16fO9
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 26, 2019
The Nets made two consecutive trips to the NBA Finals with Kidd and Martin at the helm in the early 2000s, but would lose both matchups at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.
Of course, the world will have to wait to see how Irving and Durant mesh on the court, given that Durant will miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles.
Still, it seems rather bold for Frazier to suggest that these Nets will not be as successful as Kidd and Martin were at the turn of the millennium. After all, those Nets teams never won more than 52 games in the regular season and failed to win a championship.
Brooklyn will face a tough Western Conference even when Durant returns, but they will almost certainly be regarded as the favorites in the East.