The outlandish boasts and claims continue to pour out of the teams from New York. Besides J.R. Smith being 100 percent sure the Knicks will win the title, and the Nets and Knicks exchanging jabs about who runs New York, Andray Blatche also has something to say. The mercurial forward says that the Brooklyn Nets are the best team in the league.
Reminded about LeBron and the Miami Heat, 'Dray stands by his claim and says the Heat won last year, but that doesn't count for much as this is a new season.
“I think we are the best team,” he said during media day Monday at Barclays Center. “This team can be great. We got everything that a team needs to win a championship. We got heart, defense, offense, bench, great coaching staff.” [...]
“In my head, yes, we’re the best team,” said Blatche, who re-signed with the Nets after the Celtics trade. “Just because [the Heat] won the championship the last two years, I’m not going to give them they’re the best team. They did it last year. This is a whole new year. We’re going to try to be the best.”
Both the Nets and Knicks have done a lot of talking about how great their squads are, but we've heard little from the Bulls and the Pacers - who are projected to finish better than the teams from New York - but that is symbolic of the makeup of these teams. The Nets and Knicks are brash, and will let you know about how good they are, whereas the Pacers and Bulls don't do as much talking off the court.