The Battle of New York: It's On!

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the New Jersey Nets during their pre season game at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Joe Johnson apparently ignited something in Carmelo Anthony Friday when he said the Nets are "definitely" the best team in New York because Melo has responded.

"I hear they're talking trash, but we'll be ready for the challenge," Anthony told ESPNDeportes.com's Marly Rivera at an event in Washington D.C., where he and Deron Williams are training for the Olympics "I haven't looked at the schedule, but when that game happens we will be ready."

The schedule, of course, hasn't been released yet, although it will be soon. As Brooklyn native and Knick fan Spike lee has said, the first Nets-Knicks game at Barclays Center will be "war." That said, one man's trash talk is another man's truth.

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