Knicks center Tyson Chandler talks to the media as the...

Knicks center Tyson Chandler talks to the media as the Knicks clean out their lockers the day after being eliminated from the playoffs by Miami. (May 10, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

WASHINGTON -- Tyson Chandler is aware of the Nets' chatter of late, the stuff about Joe Johnson saying they were already the best team in town and the Nets expressing how they feel own the NBA's top backcourt.

The Knicks center believes it's time for their crosstown foes to pipe down.

"I’ve heard a little bit, but I think it’s foolish," Chandler said before today's Team USA's practice at George Washington University. "The Nets are just coming together. I think it’s pointless for them to talk to us about anything. First, they need to establish themselves."

Chandler said all the hot air emanating from Brooklyn is premature -- and unproven.

"It’s just a lot of talk for nothing," he said. "It’s almost the same thing as us talking mess to the Dream Team. It can’t happen right now, so I'll let all my talking speak for itself the first time we play the Nets."

Chandler even suggested there's not even a true rivalry between the two just yet.

"They are trying to make a beef or whatever that’s not there, to be honest with you," he said. "It’s easy to talk in the summertime, but we’ll see how things go when the season starts."

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