New York Notes: Garnett, Pierce, Hardaway, Nets

If there’s one thing Knicks coach Mike Woodson loves, it’s some healthy competition on his roster.  If there’s two things that Woodson loves, it’s competition and double negatives.  “Ain’t nothing guaranteed on our team,said the coach this week when asked if the injured Jeremy Tyler‘s job was safe.  That’s bad news for Tyler but potentially good news for center Cole Aldrich, who is fighting for a roster spot.  Here’s tonight’s news out of New York..

  • The Nets‘ offseason additions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have given them a major culture change in addition to a tremendous influx of talent, writes Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.  Star guard Deron Williams has said in recent months that he feels the veterans will give the club some edge, something they were in sore need of in their first round series against the Bulls.
  • Tim Hardaway Sr. has been told that his son, Tim Hardaway Jr., has been having a really strong camp with the Knicks, tweets Marc Berman of the New York Post.  The rookie has reportedly impressed with his poise, but he’ll have his work cut out for him if he wants to be able to make an impression on a deep Knicks roster.
  • The Nets figure to get even more of an energy boost from their new-look bench this year, writes Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.  “It’s better,” Williams said. “A lot better. It’s better than it was in the playoffs. We’re going to be together this year. We had a lot of stuff going on internally last year. People [ticked] off about not playing … normal stuff, but we’re not letting that happen this year.”

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