Excitement is already setting in before the NBA season starts. J. R. Smith has already said that New York will win the 2014 NBA championship and Paul Pierce is already depicting Brooklyn to make it to the finals.
With the addition of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics and Andrei Kirilenko from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are teaming with last year's Brooklyn Nets big three of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, these additions seem to indicate a prosperous season for the Nets if everyone plays up to their ability and stay injury free.
The Knicks haven't had a major change to its front core as of now. They still have their main guys in Camelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler and sixth man of the year himself, J.R. Smith.
Smith has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA's anti-drug program. Smith is also recuperating from patellar tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee. It's likely he could miss all of training camp and the first two weeks of the regular season, according to a timetable provided by the team.
In order for Smith's prediction of a Championship for the Knicks, he will need to be healthy, stop getting suspended from games and be able to assist the team with his excellent shooting and play making ability so that his prediction will come to the light.
So, who will reign supreme in New York? New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets? This is a question inquiring minds cannot wait to find out.