Date: Nov. 1, 2012
Matchup: New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets
It would be stupid to bet against the Brooklyn Nets in this game.
As the Nets play their first game in the Barclays Center while wearing their new—and still unreleased—home uniforms, there's no telling how hard they'll play.
Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez will all be eager to win over their new home fans and will put forth a technically impossible 110 percent during this early-season matchup.
New York City is big enough to host both the New York Knicks and the Nets, but it's not big enough for both of them to hold supremacy.
There's only going to be one "Best Team in New York" each year, and it'll be a battle for that title.
Going into the 2012 offseason, the Knicks had to be considered the overwhelming favorites in this contest, boasting the services of Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Now, the competition has been leveled.
After the re-signing of Williams, Wallace and Lopez, plus the acquisition of Johnson and a number of other players, the Nets are poised to be true contenders in the Eastern Conference.
This is sure to be an emotional clash from the tip-off to the final buzzer.