Joe, a lifelong Knicks fan, took a shot at Durant and Irving while appearing on "SI Now."
"They didn't want that New York Knick pressure," he said. "They didn't want that media attention ... They said, 'Alright we want New York, but let's do the lesser of the drama. Let's go to Brooklyn.'"
Joe described Durant and Irving as his "good friends" before taking another dig at them for picking the Nets over the Knicks.
"They didn't want that smoke," he said. "They didn't want to be on the Knicks and be back on the back of the (New York) Daily News, the back of the (New York) Post."
The Nets are 2-0 against the Knicks this season, with their next matchup taking place Dec. 26.