Magic Johnson's an LA guy, but he believes the NYC rivalry between the Nets and Knicks will be on par with Lakers-Clippers from Day 1. That's the way the Nets see it, too—that's why they requested the NBA give them the Knicks at Barclays Center November 1st.
Opening night at Brooklyn's new arena created a buzz that felt equal to a Madison Square Garden atmosphere. But Jay-Z kept the show focused on his borough. He celebrated Brooklyn in every way, from his jersey to his shout-outs to his Biggie Smalls tribute.
Fans had few criticisms of the arena. The interior is classy and gorgeous, but the rusty exterior is a bold choice that split opinions. Detractors believe the arena looks much better at night, when you see lights instead of rust. Opening night ticket-holders had split opinions on Jay-Z's performance as well, with negative responses about the lack of cameos and special guests. (Big Daddy Kane took the stage, but fans who shelled out hundreds were hoping for Beyonce and Kanye...remember, there are still seven more nights to come.)
For Brooklyn Nets fans, the biggest guest appearance was the new uniform.