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Melo: Rivalry with the Nets? What rivalry?

Carmelo Anthony will outscore LeBron James this season

Carmelo Anthony will outscore LeBron James this season for the first time since their rookie seasons in 2003-04. Credit: AP

Carmelo Anthony isn't buying into the hype surrounding a newfound rivalry between New York's pro basketball teams.

Not one bit.

Well, at least publicly, anyway.

Anthony has been saying the same thing for weeks, dating back to the time before Team USA headed overseas to begin final preparations for the Olympics. And as far as the Knicks forward is concerned, nothing's changed in that department and it won't start blossoming until Nov. 1, when the Nets host them at the Barclays Center in the regular-season opener for both teams.

Asked what the Knicks must do to keep their grasp on the majority of the city's pro basketball fans, Anthony chuckled. 

"We’ve just got to win. That's it," he said during a break Friday at his Camp Melo for kids at St. John's University. "We’ve just got to win the basketball game. There's no rivalry between us and Brooklyn right now. It starts on that first game. We’ll see what happens with that first game.

"But as of right now, we are focused on ourselves. We are not really focused on nobody else."

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