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Where Brooklyn at? It’s where the Nets are at! Do they ball so hard muthafuckers wanna find ‘em? That’s the hope of shareholder Jay-Z, as he creates a new identity for the former reps of New Jersey.
The Brooklyn Nets have a new home, at the Barclays Centre in the heart of the borough, and have new colours, logos and hopefully a new reputation as the heart of the Brooklyn sporting world. In New York, basketball is a game that lives and breathes in the streets. But there’s no way anyone could have predicted the extent the migration from NJ to BK would cause.
With New York’s two basketball franchises now set to face off for the first time, the hype has spread and split everyone’s New York state of mind between the Knicks and the Nets. Who would have thought that crossing the Hudson would breathe so much new life into the flagging Nets franchise? As two teams with something to prove, November 27th is going to be one for the history books and may put some doubts to rest. Observers are wondering if the Nets are hungry enough to take over NY and if the Knicks are ready to kick it in gear after being title-less for over three decades.
Judging by the statistics provided on the official NBA site, the Knicks and the Nets go into their clash fairly even, currently holding the #1 and #2 spots respectively on the Atlantic Division ranking. Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is averaging 24.1 points per game and scored a super stunting 29 points over a 29 minute period. These numbers are unheard of in Knicks history. With their work cut out for them, Nets star Brook Lopez is only averaging 18.7 points per game. It might not seem that much on paper, however on the court, that 5.4 difference can be the decider that separates the men from the boys.
In a game that seems like it’s going to end up as an attack of attacking set plays – the Knicks may have it. However, if the Nets can use Kris Humphries‘ average of 9.4 rebounds per game to their advantage then this hair splitter can be turned on its head. With this in mind, the Nets have an all-star backcourt consisting of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. They have been ranked the second highest rated backcourt in the NBA over a staggering nine combined all-star appearances. So when talking statistics, the smart man would bet all of his pennies on the Nets.
Yet, as history tells us, numbers and analytical proof don’t stand a chance when pushed up against the wall by a pack of five Knicks players wanting to end their string of championship losses. The game was originally planned for Round 1, however was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy. This defining match-up is now on for Round 7.
Who do you side with? Do you respect the royalty or are you on board with the new movement? The choice is yours, but once that ball hits the dome on the 27th there’s no turning back.