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Nets could've scared Knicks straight

Dwight Howard's presence across the river may have kicked 'Bockers into gear

Updated: July 12, 2012, 10:03 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

As the New York Knicks sat and waited for the bombshell trade to drop that would've sent Dwight Howard to the crosstown Brooklyn Nets -- a gloomy prospect their own star Carmelo Anthony faced over the weekend with the stirring courage of a man who'd just refused a blindfold and cigarette -- there was an argument to be made that Anthony was right: Maybe the Knicks should've been rooting for Howard to land in Brooklyn. It's just not for the reason Anthony gave. The one about how Howard's arrival ...

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