But even if he teams up with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in Brooklyn, the Nets will always be second-rate to the Knicks.
Some of it is timing. Some of it has to do with a New York fanbase that has always been loyal to the Knicks, that will always leave the Nets in the dust.
Some of it is more about the Nets and their limitations as a franchise in Brooklyn.
And some of it just has to do with the way sports have always been in New York. There can only be one alpha-dog in every major sport in New York.
In baseball, it's the Yankees. Even when the Mets were better, it's always been about the Yankees.
The Giants are also seen as New York's main football team, not the Jets.
In the New York metropolitan area, it's almost always been about the Rangers, not the Devils despite their successes. And the Islanders, well, we won't even go there.
It's been no different in basketball and the power continuum certainly won't change because a team from New Jersey is moving to Brooklyn. The Knicks sold out games in their darkest days during the Isiah era. The Nets weren't nearly as popular even at their height when Jason Kidd ran the show.
Are we supposed to believe that the Nets will ovetake the Knicks just because they're moving a few miles to Brooklyn?
Here's a few reasons why the Nets will always be the Robin to the Knicks' Dark Knight.