Clyde: Pressure Is On The Nets to Match Expectations

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — With all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Brooklyn Nets, their array of stars and their new arena, Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier says the pressure is on Brooklyn to live up to the expectations.

“The Net fans now think they’re on par with the Knicks,” Frazier, who broadcasts Knicks games for MSG, told SNY.tv before the Knicks beat the Nets, 97-95, Wednesday night at the Nassau Coliseum.

“The pressure’s on them now, the expectations of living up to that, which is why New York is so difficult to play. There’s always those expectations.”

Frazier helped lead the Knicks to two NBA championships in the early 1970s, but by next spring it will have been 40 years since the Knicks last won a title.

Entering the season opener between the Knicks and the Nets Thursday at the Barclays Center, both teams want to believe they have a shot at challenging for an Atlantic Division title and an NBA crown.

But in New York, performance doesn’t always match up to expectations. Just ask the Yankees and their fans.

“You can never rest on your laurels,” Frazier said. “People are always thinking you should be better than you are. When you’re in New York, they think they deserve winning teams, so you gotta produce. The pressures’s always there.”

Still, as he looked out at the Nets before the game, Frazier said they were possibly the deepest team in the East. With a backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, they may well have the best guard tandem in the East.

“When I look at the team I’m impressed,” Frazier said. “When I look on paper, man, this is a deep team. You got some bona fide players that can play the game. There are at least eight good players on the team.”

The Knicks, meantime, may be as deep as the Nets when everybody’s healthy. But right now they are looking at playing possibly the first month or so of the season without Amar’e Stoudemire, who has consulted the Phoenix Suns for a second opinion on his injured knee and could be out a month or more.

Their injured list also currently includes Marcus Camby (calf), Tyson Chandler (knee), James White (foot) and Iman Shumpert (knee), who is not expected back until December or January. So depleted is the front line, that Rasheed Wallace may be pressed into service earlier than expected.

Still, Frazier says that everywhere he goes in the Big Apple, he hears hype about the Nets, about the Barclays Center and about the burgeoning “rivalry” between the two teams, something that never really existed when the Nets played in the swamps of Jersey.

“Competition is always good,” Frazier said. “Competition heightens everybody, makes everybody more prosperous so that’s good.”

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23 comments
Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

so basically geno had a minor disagreement, and the media just likes to make the jets the main headline.


Correct me if I'm wrong but it sounds like there's nothing to see here

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

I guess ESPN is paying people to keep an eye on the Jets. Why are the jets THE MOST HATED TEAM ALL OF A SUDDEN .. 

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

Omg he cursed out a stewardess crucify him, stone him, cut him, he is a terrible person. he doesn't deserve to live...I have traveled for many years and if i don't see at least 3 arguments in an airport over anything is considered a good day. I tell you I can deal with a curse out  from players as long as they stay away from drugs, crimes, and gang type attitudes I'm fine... That is an emotion we all struggle with....

bob
bob

Oh man I feel sorry for the Stewardess.. As If the day didn't have enough trouble in it all by itself with out Geno adding to it.


Hey Geno you knuckle head.. Maybe if you want people to like ya you should try being nice to them..





bradysucks
bradysucks

These days if anything happens on an airplane they will usually arrest you. The fact that Geno wasn't arrested means that there was probably some doubt as to whether or not he caused the incident. Geno has always seemed to have a calm demeanor and he handled himself well in the locker room. This story doesn't seem to match up with his personality. He doesn't seem like a young man who would look to instigate trouble (at least not to me).

I'd say that this bad press about Geno won't sit well with Idzik or Woody who are both wanting to move past the circus. They will publicly support Geno. Privately you have to wonder if this makes them think again about adding depth and competition at QB.

jmactheman
jmactheman

Bassett, the link that says it goes to the NYP article goes to TMZ again.


Also of note, the word is apparently that the flight attendant ripped the headphones out of Smith's ears, and that Smith got off the plane to complain about the attendant. If Smith was able to leave the plane, that means the cabin door was open, and if the door was open, Smith was allowed to use electronic devices until they closed the door.


This is a dirtbag flight attendant on a power trip. But that's not the real story here.


At about 9:30 PM, Dennis Wazak (Jets beatwriter for AP) tweeted "So, as for Geno 'story'... not booted from flight, not escorted off, no report filed. Disagreement, left plane, talked to cops. That's it."

At about 8:30, Rich Cimini tweeted "Source said male flight attendant yanked headphones away from Smith and threw them down. Smith voluntary left place + and sought police."

Hell, the URL on the TMZ article that this post links to is "New York Jets Geno Smith NOT Kicked Off Flight - Quarterback LAX Video"


TheJetsBlog posted at 11:10 with the headline "Geno Smith Removed From Plane." 3 hours after Rich Freaking Cimini, hardly a paragon of treating Jets players fairly, said that Smith didn't do anything wrong. You are linking to an article which makes the opposite of your point IN ITS HEADLINE.

Basset, I love the site, but what gives?

__fense
__fense

Are all comments pending, or is there some kind of filter? I wasn't using any foul language or anything, but it won't let me post. And yet this does.

a57se
a57se

If I remember right Sanchez did a GQ spread after his rookie season while Geno has sexted pictures of his Dong and gotten thrown off an airplane!

Geno is winning the off season as well.

a57se
a57se

OK, NO MORE MENTORING by Santonio Holmes!!!

Marvel
Marvel

lol... maybe Geno will do us a favor a get himself kicked off the team


:-)


McGeorge
McGeorge

Dumb ass.  Set a good example, and don't have dumb incidents.



Just like the incident with Santanio Holmes, but worse.

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

@bob Niceness goes both ways. Have you been on a plane recently? Those stewardesses go from pleasant to b*tch in 2.5 seconds. 

Pat d
Pat d

Bottom line Geno was not wanted on the plane by the pilot.

__fense
__fense

And now the comment that was pending was deleted instead of being posted. What gives?

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Yea read the story ... Get off the blog nobody likes to read your snide crap anywas

Bent
Bent moderator

@McGeorge Just like the incident with Santonio Holmes but not as bad actually because no police report was even filed this time.


...and the Holmes incident was a whole ball of nothing.

bob
bob

@Mike DeRosa@bob


Yes Mike I've flown plenty of time's


however be nice to people when their not nice to ya  In the long run it will pay off...however Geno is very young he will learn... just sometimes ya gotta forgive..70 x 7 a day if you have to.  why forgive who wants to harbor torment and trouble inside.

__fense
__fense

@Pat d He left voluntarily. There's no confirmation that the pilot even knew about it until Geno was already off the plane. You're literally making it up.

joemustgo
joemustgo

@Pat d You think the pilot is going to side with the passenger against his crew?

McGeorge
McGeorge

@Bent @McGeorge I agree it was nothing, but don't even have minor incidents.  The news articles don't ever give all the facts, but if asked to turn off the device, just be cooperative without comments.  Geno is in the public eye more than you are I and needs to act accordingly.

Pat d
Pat d

No of course not. I have never had a problem with a flight attendant but have seen several jerks give them grief.