Saturday, November 3, 2012
Fields: Knicks fans defecting to Brooklyn?
By Mike Mazzeo
Landry Fields went out to dinner with some friends in New York City on Friday night, and the former Knicks guard couldn't believe what a fan told him.
"A guy came up to me and was talking about switching teams -- from New York to Brooklyn -- and I feel like that goes against what every Knicks fan actually says," said Fields, whose Raptors will take on the Nets in the first regular-season game at the $1 billion Barclays Center on Saturday night.
"So I think you'll have some of them change over, and some of them won't."
Asked if he thought this was the same Nets franchise he had seen the past couple years, Fields replied, "After looking at all this, no, but we'll see how it is out there on the court."
Fields was part of a dynamic backcourt with Jeremy Lin last season in New York. Now, neither is a Knick. Both were restricted free agents, but the Knicks elected to let them sign elsewhere.
Fields, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract with Toronto, watched on Friday night as Lin finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to help the Rockets improve to 2-0 on the young season.
"I texted him and I told him, 'Great game. Keep it up. It's something where if you keep it up all season, you'll shut a lot of mouths,'" Fields said.
Fields also saw the Knicks beat up on the defending champion Heat.
"They shot the ball real well from 3-point range," Fields said. "They had a lot of guys in double figures. That team has really come together. We'll see what they do the rest of the year."
Asked if he can foresee the Knicks making a postseason run, Fields said their chances are "pretty good."
"They've got some good pieces," Fields said. "(The) odds are in their favor."
Fields figures it's going to be a tough one against the Nets as they look to open their brand-new arena with a victory.
"It's gonna be a big night for them, an emotional night," Fields said.