This should be a game for the ages. Today, the 2-9 Knicks take on the winless Nets in the Meadowlands, in a battle of two of the NBA’s worst teams. This gameÂ could end up a laugher, with both teams getting booedÂ out of the building.Â
While most sports fans will be watching college football, this game is of interest to tri-state area basketball fans who want to see how far both franchises have fallen. The Knicks, who could have drafted the young stud Brandon Jennings, came into the season with low expectations and have lived up to them. They some talented pieces (Al Harrington, David Lee, and Danilo Gallinari) but they seem uninspired and play no defense, ranking 29th in the league in pts allowed (109.5).
Their fans are hoping that in the offseason they can sign one of the marquee free agents (Lebron, Wade, Bosh) but there is no guarantee that any one of those three would want to come play for a loser. Under the rein of Donnie Walsh and Mike D’ Antoni, this team has not got any better then they were during the disastrous Isiah Thomas era.
The Nets are also a team in disarray. After the departure of Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, the team has been reducedÂ to an afterthought. They were once guaranteed to go deep into the playoffs but now they seem to be playing for next season as well, scoring a miniscule 84.4 pts per game. At least Devon Harris returns to the court today, and I expect him to be a factor in this battle of Hudson River rivals. After watching todays game the real question will be what team is headed to the draft lottery in 2010.