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The Battle for the New York Hardwood

by Craig Raulli | Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

New York City is an iconic sports town, a huge market for professionally athletes to make money, tons of history and historic players in the four major sports. Each team in their respective sport has battled with the other to not be considered the ‘younger brother’ in their particular sport. With the Mets constantly falling to the Yankees, the Islanders falling to the Rangers, and the Jets falling to the Giants, the Knicks have consistently remained on top. This can be considered unfair because the Nets, their main competition, played in New Jersey until recently.

That changed in the 2012-2013 NBA season, with a rebranded team, a new home. The New Jersey Nets were leaving their old home and coming to Brooklyn. Almost instantly fights for the city began to erupt. Twitter battles, post game remarks, all set up for a season of hard fought regular season games for the pride and heart of NYC.

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The Knicks and Nets split the four-game season series in 2012-2013. Nets fans saw their iconic player for many years; hit a clutch three with an outstretched leg to get the And 1. A double dagger for the Nets which began to fuel an intercity rivalry.  Every fan on either side marked down their calendars for that shot at revenge. These four games were some of the best basketball I’ve watched in years. The heart, the hustle, and you could see how much each player wanted to win for pride of the uniforms they wore. This move was an amazing thing for the NBA, and NYC and made me, as a Knicks fan, think I have something to look forward to for years to come.

Unfortunately as awesome the 2012-2013 Nets-Knicks games were, is how sad they are this year. The expectations for both teams were tremendously high, the Nets making big moves to bring on two future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to help them out on the floor, hiring the beloved future Hall of Famer in Jason Kidd to take control and coach the team, and the hopes of a rejuvenated Deron Williams, the Nets were all in for a championship for the 2013-2014 season. As for the Knicks, coming off a successful season of being the three seed and losing to a tough Indiana team in the Semi-Finals round, the expectations were for the Knicks to repeat what they did last year.

Sadly both teams fell flat on their faces as the season began, but with the Nets rejuvenated by the turn of the calendar they are looking to take the concrete jungle away from the historic Knicks. I hope as a Knicks fan they can re-take the hold of New York, but this is sports, crazy things are going to happen.

Let the battle for the heart of New York begin, and let every season be as exciting as last, but hey this is still Knicks terrioty!

 

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