Troy Ave: I feel like the team is 100 percent improved from last year. We’re way better. I feel like the Boston Celtics of last year could have beaten the Nets, even without Rajon Rondo. So now you bring the veteran leadership with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, we get that aggressiveness, that’s what we were lacking. With KG, he just brings up the level of energy, especially if they play him the type of minutes like in the San Antonio Spurs system. Then you got to play Pierce, he’s clutch. Jason Terry came over too. We still got Joe Johnson, Deron Williams. I feel like if the team gels right—and a lot of teams say if they gel right like with Amare and Melo, they’re still not beating the Heat or giving them real completion—with the Nets, we’re too deep right now.
And the bench is crazy. Andray Blatche be balling. I even forgot about Brook Lopez, he’s an All-Star center. He’s probably second-best center in the game. Then you play him alongside KG. That’s like when niggas use to play with Charles Oakley, that’s going to improve you automatically. I think Brook Lopez is going to have a career season playing alongside KG. Not only that, I think KG is going to improve on his numbers from last year ’cause he’s playing with Brook Lopez. KG never played with a center like Brook Lopez. So you’ve got to pick your poison: are we going to show attention to KG or we going to show attention to Brook Lopez? And you got KG who can play you inside or outside, he don’t miss no open shots. Teams are going to have bad matchups, very very bad matchups.
Strengths—New York Knicks
Skyzoo: We’re pretty much loaded at guard and small forward, especially at the point with Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih. I love the point guard situation. Two-guard situation is great; we’re loaded there. Talking Iman Shumpert, JR Smith and Timmy [Tim Hardaway Jr.], we’re loaded there. The three has always been good. Melo really never had the help, someone to come off the bench and do what he does; with Meta World Peace I think that was huge. There was a lot of moves I was hoping we make over the summer, some of them we did, some of them we didn’t. That was one of them. If you can praise Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, those 37, 38-year-old guys, then you can’t stunt on Meta for being 32, 33, saying his days are over. Really guys?
Amare is amazing when healthy; I think he needs to take that trip to Germany with Kobe. Whatever they doing there, get it done. Kobe goes overseas and a couple weeks later comes back straight. The center position I’m scared because we really don’t have anybody to back up Tyson Chandler. Tyson is starting, he got the height, the defensive prowess, but the thing that Tyson has over everything is he got his heart. He got more heart than a lot of people in the league.