Feb. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1), guard J.R. Smith and center Tyson Chandler (6) taunt New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries (43) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Nets won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Will Knicks Fans Dominate Nets Home Opener?


The rivalry between the Nets and Knicks is a lot more legitimate now. For years, the Knicks and Nets P.R. staffers tried to build up hype surrounding Knicks and Nets games. However, there was never any substantial rivalry between the two teams. Knicks fans dominated the stands, no matter if the game took place in New Jersey or New York. Expect to see the intensity of Knicks – Nets games to be taken to another level next season as more Nets fans turn out to Nets – Knicks games.

As Kenneth wrote about here, the Nets’ home opener will be against the Knicks. A lot is riding on this game and Jonah wrote here that it is a must win game for the Nets. Listen to TNT Broadcaster Marv Albert give a taste of what his broadcasting call will sound like right before the Nets open their season here.

But who will dominate the stands? Nets CEO Brett Yormark is confident that the Nets will not be booed at their home stadium by Knicks fans on November 1st:

What happened in New Jersey, for how long it happened, for however long it happened, it’s in the past. That will not happen in Brooklyn. I’m a believer that, on opening night, we’ll have a big-time Brooklyn Nets crowd in the building. Just think about it – this whole community is going to be talking about this game for three months. It’s terrific.

I think that Jeremy Lin’s departure from the Knicks will make the games between the two teams a little less fun. I presume many Knicks fans are not feeling great about their team right now. They have two incompatible all-stars and no solid starting point guard. Still, Knicks fans are very passionate and I expect Brooklyn Nets fans to be very passionate too. I can’t wait for opening night!

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