The Brooklyn Nets have their best team in over a decade, but Walt “Clyde” Frazier doesn’t see the new squad eclipsing Jason Kidd’s Nets.
To be clear, we’re talking Jason Kidd as a player, not as a coach.
With the additions of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets appear poised to compete for a championship in the next few years. However, New York Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier believes the early 2000s Nets will be hard to top.
Clyde spoke with SNY’s Ian Begley and discussed, among a myriad of other New York basketball topics, the new-look Nets and whether or not the city is still a “Knicks town.”
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“Remember, they brought in (Paul) Pierce and (Kevin Garnett) so that didn’t work out,” Frazier told Begley. “There’s no guarantee that any of this stuff is going to work. But I think it’s still a Knicks town.
“I can’t see them being more dominant than Kidd, when they had (Kenyon Martin) and those guys. They got to the Finals two consecutive times and people were still talking about what was wrong with the Knicks.”
At first, what Clyde is saying sounds ridiculous. No matter where you fall on a debate between Kidd and Irving, there’s no denying that Durant is the most talented player on either team.
However, with Durant’s injury, a championship for Brooklyn is far from a certain thing. Regardless of talent, if the current Nets want to live up to Kidd’s squads, they’ll have to advance to two NBA Finals.
There’s work to be done in Brooklyn.