New York City nearly got both stars, but today, has neither.
In an alternate timeline, Nash and Howard would be New York rivals — Nash powering the Knicks and Howard anchoring the Nets. For a time over the summer, it seemed altogether possible.
Howard wanted to play in Brooklyn and for months pushed the Orlando Magic to trade him there. Magic officials, unmoved by the Nets’ trade offers, instead sent him to the Lakers.
Nash was weighing offers from the Knicks and Toronto when the Lakers unexpectedly came calling at the 11th hour.
“I always wanted to play for the Knicks in the Garden,” Nash said Friday during an interview at the Lakers’ training center.
Although that possibility had been rumored for years, “this summer was very close,” said Nash, who is rehabbing a leg injury and will be re-examined next weekend.
“That would have been a great place to start fresh,” Howard said Friday. “It was just everything about it — the coaching staff, owners, just everything. It seemed like they were going in the right direction.”
Howard said he and Williams were “very close” and had often discussed playing together.
“During the process, I think he kind of got upset when I signed the E.T.O. because we had talked,” Howard said.
I along with most Brooklyn Nets fans are quite happy that the DwightMare is over and are excited about the new team Billy King put together to represent the borough of Brooklyn. The best is yet to come Nets fans as when this team finds its way and learns to play together they sky will be the limit and no one will be talking about what could have been.