July 20, 2012 12:00 AM
" Jeremy Lin is gone and Dwight Howard looks much more likely to wind up Los Angeles than in Brooklyn.
That means that another frenzied NBA offseason in New York City has wound down enough for us to start taking a look at where the teams stand without conditional questions about who is going to be on the roster. There might be a smaller addition here or there -- the Knicks could really use a shooting guard -- but we know who will be making up the core of each team.
We also know that there's been a lot of talk about Knicks fans irate about Lin's departure ditching Madison Square Garden for the Nets and the new arena in Brooklyn. NYMag took a rather unscientific poll of 60 people walking the streets that said they were Knicks fans and found that a quarter of them are planning to abandon ship.
Decisions have been made for worse reasons, but it's worth discussing whether these people would be making an upgrade or a lateral move if they switched over to the Nets. So we're breaking things down, position by position, to see which team is in better shape at present "
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