Former Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley compares the Nets and the New York Knicks while talking with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It’s safe to say the Brooklyn Nets have made a splash in free agency this year. Signing superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were both huge moves that won’t just make the Nets a playoff team, but also a contender in the Eastern Conference for years to come.
Dudley ultimately discussed how he talked Brooklyn up to DeAndre Jordan, and compares the Nets to the crosstown-New York Knicks. He takes a jab at the Knicks but also talks up the historic franchise’s importance to the league at large.
“I told [Jordan] all the good, it’s 95% good over there,” Dudley said. “It’s one of the best practice facilities in the league. You can live in the city, because most players want to live in New York City and go there, they don’t have to drive an hour to Westchester, to the Knicks practice facility. They have one of the best training staffs over there. It’s probably triple the size, more than any (other team), 15-20 trainers from Australia to Canada, they bring them from all over. (Nets GM) Sean Marks does a phenomenal job. Great player development. (Head coach) Kenny Atkinson‘s a hard worker. They’re missing a superstar, that’s what they were missing.
“You’ve got to have some of that. I told (Jordan) that. He was talking about the Knicks. (If) Kevin Durant’s out, the Knicks are going to be bad. Let’s be honest, the Knicks are going to be bad. I wish them the best, I want the Knicks to be good. That’s the funny thing. As a business, the NBA is better when the Knicks are good.”
Knicks fans won’t love the parting shot from Dudley, but the man always has, and likely always will call it how he sees it. The veteran is one of the most truthful and insightful players when it comes to the media.
And what Dudley told Jordan is probably right. The Knicks were going to be bad for a year without Durant and look to land another top pick in the draft.