Melo looking forward to Knicks-Nets rivalry

NEW YORK -- There's been plenty of chatter between the Knicks and Nets this summer about which team is the best in New York. Carmelo Anthony, a Brooklyn native, didn't add any fuel to the fire on Tuesday but he did say that he's looking forward to the rivalry.

"I love it," Anthony said. "I think it's a great for sports. I think it's great for New York. I think it's great for us as a Knicks organization to have somebody we can compete with on a consistent basis four times a year, I think that's going to be the best rivalry in basketball for a long, long time."

Anthony, who grew up in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and was raised in Baltimore, thinks the younger generation of basketball fans in Brooklyn will root for the Nets, something Knicks owner James Dolan may not want to hear.

"We all know from the Jackie Robinson days, that was the last time we actually had something to believe in," Anthony said. "Now, with the young kids that are coming up these days, that's their team. They grow up under the Brooklyn Nets and that's their team."

He added: "It's going to be a funny thing to see the kids growing up there, how they convert from Knicks fans to Nets fans. The household might be Knicks fans and the kids might be Nets fans, so it's a rivalry everywhere, in the households, on the basketball courts, in the streets, in the boroughs. It's everywhere, and it makes it fun for the game."