Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said the New Jersey Nets would discover a "sports-fanatic borough" in Brooklyn but that he was still unsure if the franchise could make its mark there after relocating in 2012, the New York Post reported Thursday.
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Anthony, who spent his first nine years in Brooklyn before moving to Baltimore, opted to move to Manhattan over a belated return to his place of childhood when making his midseason trade from the Denver Nuggets, after both the Knicks and the Nets battled for his signature.
The All-Star was the standout performer when the two teams met Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, scoring 39 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in New York’s 120-116 victory.
But when asked whether he believed that the Nets’ move next year could be a springboard to success, Anthony said he still had doubts, while recognizing the boost the team’s arrival could give to its new surroundings.
"I really don’t know," he said. "Brooklyn is a sports-fanatic borough. Once [the Nets] get there, they can actually have something to root for. Although it’s still a lot of Knicks fans over there, they can have something they can say is theirs."