Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Bunker

Hurricane Sandy’s devastation brought New Yorkers from all five boroughs together in a common bond over tragedy at worst and inconvenience at best. A storm so influential, it postponed one of the more exciting events in the city’s recent history. The Brooklyn Nets hosting the New York Knicks.

I’ve been asked by most of my friends outside of the Big Apple if I will be jumping on the Brooklyn bandwagon. Born and raised in Brooklyn it’s only logical that I get on board. But I’ve been through too much with the Knicks to bail now. I’ve spent too many years being laughed at for defending Patrick Ewing’s greatness, while being laughed at some of his worst moments. I sat through a time where Keith Van Horn, Allen Houston and Latrell Sprewell were the answer. The Starbury era. The Isiah era(s). I would be a turncoat and fair-weather fan to leave now.

But the chasm I find more interesting is what the two teams will represent culturally. The demographics of Brooklyn have been changing over the past 5 to 10 years. However, the stigma of Brooklyn exuded by some of the legendary black entertainers (Spike Lee, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Chris Rock, to name a few) still remains. With the influx of Yuppies in neighborhoods like Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook and Crown Heights (traditionally Caribbean and Latino dominated areas) Brooklyn has a whole new style now. It feels as though it’s all-inclusive. Yet it still has a sense of exclusivity with its “swag” and the Nets with their black and white simplified color scheme exude that style.



The Knicks on the other hand seem passé, old-school, traditional. In an attempt to keep up with their counterparts, the Knicks have introduced new jerseys. While not the fashion statement of the Nets, you have to give them credit for trying. The Knicks have the advantage of playing the remaining basketball institution in this country, Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are the family’s team, Grandpa was old enough to remember when Willis Reed limped out onto the court, and Dad was old enough to remember when they finally made it back to the Finals in 1994. The Knicks won’t go for cool points, they’ll rely on nostalgia.

I know who I’ll root for this year, but as long as the symbol of Knick leadership remains James Dolan and the Nets Sean Carter, it’ll be hard for me hold onto that allegiance.


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