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New York Who?
You can’t escape the lore of the New York Knicks, with all their history and tradition.
This, however, doesn’t mean that the Nets cannot begin to build a tradition of their own. Come to think of it, the Nets already have tradition.
Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Bernard King are the faces associated with the beginning of the Nets franchise. Buck Williams carried the franchise through the 80’s. Drazen Petrovic was a brief glimpse of hope for the Nets in the early 90’s. The Jason Kidd era saw the Nets finally outshine the Knicks, but that ended all too quickly.
Enter Deron Williams and the next phase in the evolution of the Nets.
Knicks have history on their side, but they also have James Dolan. While the Knicks show brilliance, often times this brilliance is quickly overshadowed by the ineptness of their owner.
What NBA owner in their right mind would openly undermine their general manager (insert Donnie Walsh here)? The answer is, James Dolan. How? By allowing Isiah Thomas to influence his decision.
Prokhorov appears to be firm and level-headed, and someone who will turn a blind eye towards the mishandling of his team, much like Dolan did with Thomas as the decision maker of the Knicks organization.
In Carmelo Anthony, Dolan receives a pure scorer and not much else.
In Williams, Prokhorov received a team leader.
Which one do you think made the better decision?