New York City has been home to some of the most memorable rivalries in history. Jay-Z and Nas once battled over who deserved to wear the crown as the King of New York, but their differences have since been solved on record. Over time, the inner city rivalries that dominated the headlines slowly sunk to the back page. Therefore, if you are a fan of “beef” then you may be hungry for a little drama. If you are looking for something to please your appetite then you should feast your eyes on the current battle for the Big Apple between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks.
The Knicks have reigned supreme over NYC for decades until the Nets appeared on the scene in the beginning of the 2012-13 NBA season. An arena was built in the center of the city and has become a temple for Nets fans. It may not be as prestigious as Madison Square Garden, but it’s home for thousands of fans nonetheless. It is only fitting that the Nets’ stadium music is some of the same music that propelled Jay-Z to king status in hip-hop’s golden years. The fans of Brooklyn are full of culture just like their crosstown rivals. Their color of choice – black – may not carry the mystique of the Knicks’ classic blue and orange, but it is the perfect color to represent a new generation of NYC basketball.
The Nets and Knicks are going through rough times, but their fans remain united behind their teams. Most may despise the fans in NYC, but they deserve respect for their brash loyalty. Even if the New York teams collectively have only 32 total wins, you get the feeling that they will overcome the hard times behind the passion of their fanbase. Nothing ever came easy in the big city, but its inhabitants have always found a way to push through. Their teams carry a similar edge when they step out on the court. Even through the losses the Nets and Knicks refuse to give up, knowing it is just what most of the world would love to see.
On Monday, these two teams met in MSG. The Nets went on to win the battle 103-80, but they are in a war that has no end. The Knicks own a blowout victory over the Nets already – thrashing them by 30 points in Brooklyn last month. It is no surprise that each of these franchise’s best games came against one another. It shows just how deep this rivalry runs. It may take some time, but these teams will get themselves going in the right direction, making their battles more relevant. The Nets have started to turn the corner, going 7-1 so far in the month of January. The Knicks need a little more time after losing their last four games following a five-game winning streak. This rivalry will continue to grow, eventually becoming as entertaining and competitive as expected. When the time comes we will know the true King of New York.