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Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant slammed for joining the Nets instead of Knicks

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant switched to the Nets over the summer in a jaw-dropping move.

However, it seems some Knicks fans feel the pair should have joined New York’s ‘premier’ club.

The Knicks have been on the decline for years, failing to make the playoffs since 2013, but are still seen as a huge team in basketball.

And 2008 NBA champion Kevin Garnett, who spent two years with the Nets, admits that he thinks Irving and Durant took the easy way out in joining his old team.

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“Boston’s (Irving’s last team) a tough town, dawg. You have to have some major cojones to be there,” Garnett said.

“You got to want that. The people want it for you.

“That’s why Paul [Pierce] is perfect for it. Paul wants the shot every time.

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“I thought they should have done the Knicks, if I’m being honest.

“I’m not a Knick fan by far. But if they come to the city and dominate, man.

“The first superstar to hit New York and be vibing is going to be bigger than life.”

Rapper Fat Joe, who is an avid Knicks fan, echoed Garnett’s comments, claiming “they didn't want that smoke”.

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“They didn't want that New York Knick pressure. They didn't want that media attention," he said.

“They said, 'Alright we want New York, but let's do the lesser of the drama. Let's go to Brooklyn.’”

"They didn't want that smoke. They didn't want to be on the Knicks and be back on the back of the [New York] Daily News, on the back of the [New York] Post.”

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