The battle in Brooklyn was played last night and the winner was…the Brooklyn Nets 96-89 in a game that went into overtime. The New York Knicks were without Jason Kidd and that might have been the difference throughout this game for the Knicks. He has been the catalyst in the Knicks start to the season on both ends of the floor. Maybe it also had an effect on Ray Felton, who had a chance to win the game in regulation and missed.
But whatever the result we do now have 2 New York team that are worth bragging about and two teams that will battle for Eastern Conference supremacy this season.
Providing the Knicks can stay healthy all season, they will be a legitimate threat to the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
The Nets, will not fade away either.
This was the first game between these two intercity rivals with 3 more games to play over the course of the season. So based on last night’s game it’s safe to say that a rivalry has been born. And yes for those of us who were raised in Brooklyn and are lifelong Knick fans you feel torn; happy that Brooklyn is represented and has a good team…but not at the expense of the Knicks.
Maybe this is what baseball used to be like in New York with the Yankees, Giants, and Dodgers.
The Nets are trying to loosen the strangle hold the Knicks have in the city and by now being in Brooklyn, the Nets have invaded the Knicks backyard. I am all for Brooklyn getting the Nets and in couple of years the Islanders too. But I am always going to be…a Knick fan.
So round one goes to the Nets…but the Knicks will be heard from…Go New York, Go New York, Go.