Kidd teases but Melo serious: No free agent talk

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm •  Published: September 11, 2013
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He ended his 19-year playing career with the Knicks last season and then was hired as the Nets coach in June. Switching sides has added another element to a rivalry that's taken off since the Nets moved to Brooklyn before last season and barely stopped for charity. Shumpert was handed a Nets hat off a broker's desk and simply tossed it aside.

Kidd taunted Anthony, telling him the Nets were "just gonna take the ball out of your hands" when they play. Knicks coach Mike Woodson chuckled when he heard Anthony had hugged the Nets coach, praising Kidd but saying the pleasantries would be left behind once the games started.

"Jason was a big part of what we did," Woodson said. "We wish Jason nothing but the best."

Woodson and Anthony were pleased with the moves to replace Kidd, Rasheed Wallace and other players the Knicks lost off their Atlantic Division championship team. That's especially important with Anthony perhaps having a decision to make about his future with the team next summer.

"Despite what everybody is saying, I feel that we made some huge strides this summer, acquiring the guys that we went out there and got," Anthony said. "It wasn't big, big names that we went out there and got, but the guys that we went and got, I think, fit in perfectly the void of the Jasons that left and the Rasheeds and all those other guys we had on the team. The (Andrea) Bargnanis, to get Metta (World Peace), to get Beno (Udrih), to sign Pablo (Prigioni) back, J.R. (Smith), I'm excited about this team."

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