Carmelo Anthony responds

Updated: July 15, 2012, 12:41 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Joe Johnson said Friday the Brooklyn Nets are the best NBA team in New York City.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony's response?

Anthony I hear they're talking trash, but we'll be ready for the challenge. I haven't looked at the schedule, but when that game happens we will be ready.

-- Knicks' Carmelo Anthony

We'll see about that.

"I hear they're talking trash, but we'll be ready for the challenge," Anthony told ESPNDeportes.com's Marly Rivera at an event in Washington D.C. "I haven't looked at the schedule, but when that game happens, we will be ready."

On Friday, Johnson, who earlier this month was acquired by the Nets in a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Hawks, was asked which New York City team is better.

"The Nets. Definitely, the Nets," he said.

The Knicks always have been New York's basketball team, but the Nets believe they have a chance to take over the city after an offseason in which they've added Johnson, Bosnian stretch forward Mirza Teletovic and rugged rebounder Reggie Evans to a re-signed core of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace.

The Knicks, who made the playoffs last season before losing to the Miami Heat in the first round, re-signed J.R. Smith, brought in veterans Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd, and are weighing matching an offer sheet by the Toronto Raptors to Landry Fields.

They are expected to match the Houston Rockets' offer sheet to Jeremy Lin, although the Knicks have yet to receive that offer sheet from the Rockets, a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley.

Williams and Anthony are teammates on the U.S. Olympic team, which will take on Brazil on Monday night in an exhibition game at the Verizon Center in Washington before it leaves for the London Games.

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