Even when the Nets found new, exciting ownership in billionaire Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov—who moved the team from the New Jersey swamps to a promising arena in Brooklyn—nobody thought New York’s new franchise would ever hold a candle to the Knicks. The beloved Knicks always figured to be the toast of the city while the Nets look like a little child desperately seeking attention.
After an extremely busy free agency period for both squads, the Nets look poised to put a better product on the court this season that will win fans over.
As owner James Dolan infuriated his fan base by letting Jeremy Lin sign with the Houston Rockets, the Nets surprisingly held on to their point guard. The Nets avoided a potential disaster by maintaining Deron Williams, all while building a potent supporting cast besides the superstar.
Here is why the Nets will poach some Knicks fans in the near future and challenge the Knicks for New York’s throne.