NEW YORK -- On the day between playing the Knicks and the Nets, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said both teams are on the right track and need to add talent going forward.
Both New York teams hope to be players during free agency next summer, when Warriors star Kevin Durant -- who went off for 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' 128-100 win Friday at Madison Square Garden -- will be the prized free agent.
"I think both teams are building foundations and the whole key obviously from there is, can you build up your talent base and so we'll see what happens," Kerr said Saturday after practice in Midtown Manhattan.
It was an optional practice for the veterans, so Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were not available.
Much has been made of the Knicks targeting Durant in free agency next summer, and Durant addressed the recruiting billboard outside the Garden on Thursday, saying "I'm not really impressed with that type of stuff. I just really like playing basketball."
Less has been made of the Nets' chances at landing a prized free agent, and Kerr isn't exactly sure why that is.
"I have no idea, I'm from Los Angeles," Kerr said.
Still, Kerr is impressed with what Nets GM Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson have going in Brooklyn.
"I love the way Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks have dealt with the aftermath of the Boston trade [involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce], not having any picks but they've built someting that is tangibly resilient and tough," Kerr said. "They play hard every night and that's what we saw from the Knicks. That's what Fiz [Knicks coach David Fizdale] is doing."
The Nets and Knicks are both rebuilding, but if the two teams ever become relevant at the same time, Kerr said New Yorkers will appreciate it and the city will feel even more intense.
"It's a great basketball town," he said. "People love the sport here and it's always been one of my favorite places to play and to coach. It's a great vibe.
"It would be good for everybody. It would be good for the league, for the city if both of them got it going and I think right now you've got some interesting things going. I think both teams have great coaches and they seem to be on the right track in terms of the energy."
Still, in terms of free agency, Warriors center Kevon Looney said players around the league tend to think of the Knicks and the Garden as a more desirable landing spot than the Nets and Brooklyn.
"I think the New York Knicks will always have a different feel to it just because it's the Garden, it's New York," Looney said. "When you think about New York basketball, you think about the Garden and the Knicks. But Brooklyn's right there. That crowd is great, the arena is awesome and they've got a decent team that's coming up.
"So both teams are a great place to play, but when you think about New York, you still think about the Knicks."
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