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Shaquille O'Neal Says the Knicks, Not the Nets, Are New York's Team to Beat

Reuters Future Hall-of-Fame NBA center Shaquille O'Neal has literally been everywhere latel...

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Future Hall-of-Fame NBA center Shaquille O'Neal has literally been everywhere lately.

The mostly outspoken 40-year-old decided to voice his opinion on the rivalry that looks to heat up between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets for the battle of the best basketball team in the Big Apple.

With the roster the Nets have piled up since making their relocation evident this past summer, they look to give the Knicks a tough time. Many people even think the Nets can outdo the team in blue and orange.

For Shaq, he doesn't think that is the case. With the Knicks and Nets playing each other on opening night, O'Neal doesn't see the Nets possibly beating the Knicks.

"No, probably not," he told ESPN New York, however he does like how they improved, like adding Joe Johnson and retaining center Brook Lopez. "Brooklyn got better."

O'Neal thinks the rivalry will start heating up now since Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov decided to make the move to relocate the team to the Big Apple.

"The good thing about (New Yorkers) is that they're always excited, they're very competitive," he said.. "(So) I'm looking for the Nets-Knicks rivalry to amp up a little bit more this year."

Both teams have solid players, with the Nets main core featuring Deron Williams, Johnson, Lopez and Gerald Wallace. The Knicks aren't so bad either with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler.

We'll see who the team is to beat in their first meetings that will happen in about a month and a half.

Josh Dhani is the founder of FootBasket. You can read more about him at his website. Follow him on Twitter @joshdhani.

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