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

New York Knicks: Reasons Why Future Rivalry with Brooklyn Nets Could be NBA's Best

“They want to leave here and go to Brooklyn? Good riddance. See you later.” And like that, Governor Chris Christie brashly  sent off  the team formerly known as the “New Jersey Nets” from his city. Starting in the 2012-2013 NBA season,  the Nets will be suiting up as the “Brooklyn Nets” becoming the second basketball team in the Big City.  And with these two teams sharing the spotlight in America’s Mecca, it’s only a matter of time before these teams butt heads.

Here are three reasons why the future with the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets could be NBA’s best.

1. It will bring about another Subway Series.

Feb. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) is double teamed by New Jersey Nets power forward Shelden Williams (33) and point guard Deron Williams (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Nets won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Although an immediate Knicks and Nets rivalry won’t have the typical World Championship setting–but will someday–it has all the makings of a competitive bout.

Firstly, the diehard fans in New York will fuel this series to prominence. Just like the Giants and Dodgers before them, the Knicks and Nets will  have the same gimmick as next door borough competitors and fans will most certainly will take pride in this.  Both sides already garner celebrity fans, Jay Z and Beyonce for the Nets and Spike Lee and Chris Rock and will gain more as the season rolls on. These fans will escalate the rivalry when they attend their games, rock their gear, and cheer their tails off from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

Secondly, these borough bouts will always have playoff atmosphere in whatever building they’re played in. These pressurized games will mean more than just Atlantic Division edge but for the prestigious title of “best” team of the Big Apple.

2. The Rivalry will showcase “Star Power.”

The Knicks already have two All Star talents in Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. The former a prolific one on one scorer, and the latter one of the most explosive players in the league and both have proven to have enough “star power” to put butts in seats.

On the other hand, the “star power” in Brooklyn at the present moment is in jeopardy with  the uncertainty of Deron Williams’ future. But let’s assume here that the Nets can retain Williams, this will put them great position to nab Dwight Howard. The pairing of Williams and Howard would not only be a  dominant pick and roll threat but also a great crowd attraction.

Howard and Williams pairing would also be formidable opponents for Melo and Amar’e  adding more competitiveness to these games. Throw in defensive player of year Tyson Chandler  and former  All Star in Gerald Wallace, New York basketball fans will be more than entertained when these two teams finally meet.

Feb. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Recording artists Beyonce and Jay-Z attend the game between the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

3. Everything and anything is popular in New York City.

In the city that never sleeps, anything or anyone can become relevant–just ask Jeremy Lin. With New York being one of the biggest markets in the NBA, a Knicks and Nets rivalry would have a ton of promotions for their games. These promotions will draw great fanfare because the history tied to Madison Square Garden and polarizing pedigree of Jay Z. And   even if the Nets can’t rival the “star power” in Manhattan, the Nets will still have enough spirited fans to make every game seem like a playoff game.

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  • KenWalsh

    While I am a die hard NY Yankees, NY Rangers, NY Giants, and NY Knicks fan; I was always a Nets fan going back to the days of the ABA.  It’s the only sport where I root for both local teams; just consider me a “homer”… except when they play each other, then I always root for the Knicks.  I couldn’t bring myself to abandon them (but while I was an AFL Fan of the Jets, after the merger I was a Giants Fan ONLY, but I still rooted for the Jets although not with the same fervor as before.  It was easier on me being a Chargers Fan from the AFL days too…but I couldn’t root for Lance Alworth anymore because he wound up playing for the Cowboys!)  I’ll have even more of a reason to root for the Nets now as I’m originally from Brooklyn, and believe me…those roots run DEEP no matter how long you’re away from the “Borough of Churches”.  So this year could have me rooting even harder for the Nets than I used to, simply because they play in my hometown.  I’m looking forward to this rivalry heating up.  Ironically, the first pro team in Brooklyn since the Dodgers abandoned my beloved borough in 1957 will be playing on the EXACT piece of land Robert Moses offered up to them to get them to stay…complete with what would have been the first domed stadium in MLB.  Damned O’Malley still went West and his name is n’er to be mentioned in Brooklyn; “He who shall not be named”.  He has never been forgiven, and I hate the man and I was born in 1961, LOL!  (My Dad was a Dodger Fan who became a Yankee Fan a year after the Dodgers left, simply because he loved baseball more than anything.  If the Giants had stayed, he NEVER would have rooted for them, such was the hatred of the Baseball Giants by Dodger Fans)…but he despised O’Malley and that was instilled in me and my cousins, all of who cringe at the very name of that guy.  No matter what…Go Knicks…and GO BROOKLYN NETS!  I cannot WAIT for this season!