Is there a Knicks/Nets rivalry?
Sure, they share the same market, but there is no meaningful playoff history, and New York remains a Knicks town where the Nets struggle to draw television ratings in their market. Knicks fans tend to take over the Barclays Center when they play.
If there is a rivalry, already-beloved Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis was more than happy to play along speaking to the New York Daily News.
“Sometimes I see with a Brooklyn hat on, I say, ‘What is that? You need a Knicks hat,’” Porzingis said. “I joke around with them…
“I know our fans are better than Brooklyn’s fans,” he said. “It will be a good game. Brooklyn, they’re struggling this season. But they will try to win the rivalry as we want to win.”
But hipster Nets fans have better beards.
To be clear, New York is a Knicks town, and it’s going to take a long time and a lot of positive memories for the Nets to start to turn the tide. And right now, I’d much rather have the Knicks’ future in terms of players and picks. Porzingis shouldn’t have to do a sell job.