Feb 29, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) with a free throw during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 120-103. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
"We’ve just got to win the basketball game," he responded. "There's no rivalry between us and Brooklyn right now. It starts on that first game. We’ll see what happens with that first game. But as of right now, we are focused on ourselves. We are not really focused on nobody else."
However, Deron Williams Olympic teammate admitted that the Nets and others in the division have gotten better. "Brooklyn got better. Philly got better with Bynum. Boston is Boston. We’ll see what happens."
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