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Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant knocks the crosstown rival New York Knicks’ ability to be ‘cool’ in today’s NBA.

It’ll be a while before Brooklyn Nets fans see forward Kevin Durant suit up in a game. The newly-acquired star forward is nursing a ruptured Achilles suffered in June’s NBA Finals. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t talk down on the crosstown rivals.

Durant made an appearance on Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” on Tuesday. Within the interview, Durant discussed the possible reason why big-name free agents may not want to play for the New York Knicks.

“I think a lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these younger players who, in their lifetime, don’t remember the Knicks being good,” Durant said. “… I’ve seen the Knicks in the Finals, but kids coming up after me didn’t see that. That whole brand of the Knicks to them is not as cool as let’s say the Golden State Warriors or even the Lakers or the Nets now. The cool thing right now is not the Knicks.”

Brooklyn was able to land star individuals such as Durant and Kyrie Irving this past offseason. The Knicks, on the other hand, missed out on Durant, Irving, Kawhi Leonard, to name a few. It’s a reason why many favor the Nets to make noise in the Eastern Conference for years to come.

The Nets begin their three-game preseason slate this coming Thursday when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.