Evans worried about title, not rivalry

NEW YORK -- The East River Rivalry may be a big deal to New Yorkers, but it just isn't that big a deal to Brooklyn Nets reserve Reggie Evans.

“I want to win a championship. We can’t play the New York Knicks in the championship game, so we’re not focused on that,” Evans said Monday.

“Do we want to win [against the Knicks]? Yeah, we want to win because it’s a game. But at the same time, like, what are you gonna remember: Us winning or losing against the New York Knicks, or us winning a championship? That’s the main thing. We want to win a championship.

“Our owner [Mikhail Prokhorov], he didn’t bring us here to win the state of New York. He brought us a here to win a championship. That’s our goal. We want to have a ring. So that’s our common goal, to focus on that. We’re not worried about playing somebody across the street.”

The Nets and Knicks traded verbal jabs during the offseason. They will meet for the first time during the regular season on Dec. 5.