Super Bowl and World Series are pretty much neck-and-neck around here. But even though this region of the country hasn't seen a Larry O'Brien trophy since the 70's, I think it'd go absolutely nuts if the Knicks brought one home. Not as sure about the Nets.
Yeah, the Knicks absolutely triumph the Nets. Seemed like the national media cared more about these Nets than NYC itself.
Whoever said football isn't number one in NYC is right. The fact both teams have shared a stadium in Jersey for the past few decades hasn't helped.
Post by Dagoth Ur [BLM] on Jul 24, 2021 17:20:04 GMT -5
The Knicks are so firmly entrenched in NYC culture that it's hard for another team to compete this late. Probably also why the Islanders never caught on with NYC proper when they briefly played in Brooklyn. Yet the Islanders and Devils have their dedicated fanbases in Nassau and Suffolk and New Jersey. I dunno if there's a lot of Nets fans left in NJ because of the way they left the state, though.
I also get the sense that the Nets feel like a team that's emblematic of Brooklyn's gentrification. Because of that, I can see the Nets getting more traction from transplants with KD, Kyrie, and Harden being superstar players. Otherwise, I can't really see them getting Knicks fans. They are stubbornly loyal to the team even when they were the joke of the NBA for almost two decades straight. I don't think they'll convince anyone to switch loyalties unless the Knicks go into a similar era of decline while the Nets are racking up championships. Or that just causes more resentment towards the Brooklyn squad.
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