Brooklyn Nets Spencer Dinwiddie
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Spencer Dinwiddie is doesn’t mean any disrespect towards the Knicks. He’s just confident in his Brooklyn Nets.

The rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks seems to be heating up. Both teams are trending in the right direction with young stars leading the charge. Spencer Dinwiddie and Enes Kanter exchanged jabs over social media during the offseason.

But Dinwiddie is clarifying his comments. He doesn’t want to disrespect any other teams in the league — Knicks included — but he always believes his team will win when he takes the floor.

“Do you really think I’m (gonna) sit here and think that the Knicks are going to be better than us this year? We had almost the same record last year and they’re best player is not gonna be playing until like February. This is no shot at the Knicks. I respect everybody in the NBA, so let’s get that straight. Everybody, respect you. I just don’t feel like they’re gonna be better than us. So when I said what I said, it wasn’t to say, ‘Hey we gonna beat the Warriors.’ I didn’t say none of that. I said we’re better than the Knicks.”

He’s not wrong. That’s the right attitude to take heading into the season. The Nets believe they can challenge for a playoff spot and they believe they’re going to surprise a lot of people this year. Everything Dinwiddie says about the Knicks — while it may anger some of the Knicks faithful — is true.

The Nets should be better than the Knicks this year and that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. But Dinwiddie took to Twitter to clarify that this isn’t meant as disrespect. He knows the Knicks are one of the hurdles the Nets have to face in their “battle for legitimacy.”

Dinwiddie is talking the talk, but we will see if he can walk the walk. If nothing else, there will be a little juice to this rivalry this season.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.