Nets-Knicks Rivalry is Already Beginning


With the New York Knicks one game away from being eliminated from the playoffs and the Nets officially in Brooklyn, the hype of the rivalry between the two teams for next year has already begun. As you can see from the picture above, Knicks fans are not happy about the Nets invading their territory and they obviously would have preferred the Nets staying in New Jersey.

I have a few things to say about this. First of all, you spelled “borough” wrong. That is especially embarrassing because you are trying to prove how much of a “New Yorker” you are. Secondly, New York is big enough for two teams. There are 8 million people in this city, and obviously not every basketball fan can fit into the 20,000 seats at Madison Square Garden. The Nets will hopefully take the 2.5 million in Brooklyn, and maybe a bit of Manhattan too. The Knicks can have the rest, including Staten Island (ew). Also, there is nothing wrong with a good rivalry. In every major sport except for basketball (until now), New York has always had 2 teams: the Yankees and Mets, Giants and Jets, Rangers and Islanders. It is about time that basketball has caught up to the rest of the sports in the city.

Even though I disagree with the Knicks fans that posted this picture and think that Brooklyn belongs to the Knicks, I’m happy that this picture was created. It shows that they are scared. They are afraid that the Brooklyn Nets will take over New York, just like Stephen A. Smith predicted. If Knicks fans were confident that bandwagon basketball fans wouldn’t hop over to the Nets, they wouldn’t have bothered saying that they own Brooklyn. Of course, the Nets won’t get any bandwagon fans unless they can put together a good team next year, and we won’t know anything about that until at least July.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets NBA New York Knicks

  • newyorkdominicanking

    As the creator of the image I will say thats a great rebuttal. Herer is my reply:
    I grew up in Brooklyn, so lets get that straight. Its great the Nets are in town. I will say that the first the logo is horrible. All black and white with the B, yeah that was an upgrade to the semi patriotic New Jersey Nets logo. If anyone remembers the chatter and scrutiny Nets owner Jay-Z endured about being a supposed free mason/illuminati cult follower. Brooklyn is full of colorful people, and if the Nets trully want to be about the community, how about representing that in your emblem and banner.

    Secondly, to quickly eliminate a point of yours, yes New York has multiple teams, The Yankees, The Mets, The Rangers, Islanders, The Giants and the Jets. Heck it’s a fact New York also housed the now San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. My point in stating that “THIS IS STILL NEW YORK” is don’t you notice aside from once Brooklyn Dodgers, like the Nets differentiate and segregate themself from the others. Every team is the New York _______. You don’t see the Knicks being the Manhattan or the Mid-town Knicks, or you don’t hear the name of the Flushing Mets, Bronx Yankees (yes I know they are referred to as the Bronx Bombers, but not officially). In a time where unity is so crucial for anything to get done the Nets show that not only would they alienate New Jersey and leaving for Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic, but the alienate the other 4 boroughs (yes I know how to spell it, but wasn’t aesthetically pleasing so I went the accepted shortened version.) . That is why the bottom line ONE TEAM, ONE CITY 5 BOROUGHS or BOROS” is so important. All of New York can be proud of their team. And not just the city, but the entire state of New York.

    Finally, Knicks fans aren’t worried about Nets fans, any more than Yankee fans are of Mets fans or Rangers fans worried about Islander fans. We all know who sets the standard in the sports mentioned in this city, we know who makes the headlines, and who’s home arena/stadium is considered the world’s largest stage. The Garden and Yankee Stadium aren’t the premiere venues by accident as opposed to the Nassau Coliseum, Citi Field and now the Barclays Center.

    In conclusion, the Nets would be ok with me if they changed the name, the logo and not strike out with every major superstar free agent including their own.
    I.E. Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and soon to be Deron Williams.

  • newyorkdominicanking

    As the creator of the image I will say thats a great rebuttal. Here is my reply:
    I grew up in Brooklyn, so lets get that straight. Its great the Nets are in town. I will say that the first the logo is horrible. All black and white with the B, yeah that was an upgrade to the semi patriotic New Jersey Nets logo. If anyone remembers the chatter and scrutiny Nets owner Jay-Z endured about being a supposed free mason/illuminati cult follower. Brooklyn is full of colorful people, and if the Nets trully want to be about the community, how about representing that in your emblem and banner.

    Secondly, to quickly eliminate a point of yours, yes New York has multiple teams, The Yankees, The Mets, The Rangers, Islanders, The Giants and the Jets. Heck it’s a fact New York also housed the now San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. My point in stating that “THIS IS STILL NEW YORK” is don’t you notice aside from once Brooklyn Dodgers, like the Nets differentiate and segregate themself from the others. Every team is the New York _______. You don’t see the Knicks being the Manhattan or the Mid-town Knicks, or you don’t hear the name of the Flushing Mets, Bronx Yankees (yes I know they are referred to as the Bronx Bombers, but not officially). In a time where unity is so crucial for anything to get done the Nets show that not only would they alienate New Jersey and leaving for Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic, but the alienate the other 4 boroughs (yes I know how to spell it, but wasn’t aesthetically pleasing so I went the accepted shortened version.) . That is why the bottom line ONE TEAM, ONE CITY 5 BOROUGHS or BOROS” is so important. All of New York can be proud of their team. And not just the city, but the entire state of New York.

    Finally, Knicks fans aren’t worried about Nets fans, any more than Yankee fans are of Mets fans or Rangers fans worried about Islander fans. We all know who sets the standard in the sports mentioned in this city, we know who makes the headlines, and who’s home arena/stadium is considered the world’s largest stage. The Garden and Yankee Stadium aren’t the premiere venues by accident as opposed to the Nassau Coliseum, Citi Field and now the Barclays Center.

    In conclusion, the Nets would be ok with me if they changed the name, the logo and not strike out with every major superstar free agent including their own.
    I.E. Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and soon to be Deron Williams.

  • FromRussiaWDunk

    You definitely made some good points there, but not all of them are correct. If the Nets had wanted to represent New York and not Brooklyn, they would have. They wanted to represent Brooklyn and be Brooklyn’s team, not New York’s. Brooklyn considers itself a city all it’s own and when it decided to become part of New York City back in the day, many Brooklynites referred to it as “the Great Mistake of 1898″. Also, the Nets want to try to replace the Brooklyn Dodgers as Brooklyn’s team, not New York’s. Back when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, they had very few fans outside the borough. They let the rest of the city fight over the Yankees and Giants, but everyone in Brooklyn was a Dodgers fan. As I said in this article, the Knicks could have the rest of New York. We just want Brooklyn. As for the colors and logo (which don’t effect the play of the team at all and probably don’t effect the fans either. The Oklahoma City Thunder created one of the worst logos in the NBA and have arguably the best fans), I think the reason they made it black and white was because Brooklyn has too much history and color to fit into one logo. Basically, it would either be black and white or rainbow if they wanted to represent the borough, and I think we can all agree that a rainbow color scheme would not work, especially with Jay-Z designing it. He wanted something simple and recognizable, and I think the “B” logo does this. 

  • newyorkdominicanking

    You make a great arguement on the name, but in my personal opinion, the black and white logo seems like it is too much into the urban hip hop lifestyle. Yes the Thunder has a horrible logo and unis, and hell lets add the Bobcats and Clippers ripping off the Lakers logo…(yes I know thats debatable… One city at a time please) for horrible logo designs. The team was once the New York Nets, why not go with that and unite the city rather than divide. Oh well… First Knicks Nets game, I will be like Spike decked out in the orange and blue.

  • newyorkdominicanking

    Funny I figured this would be a hotter topic…ehhh guess I was wrong