How Brooklyn Nets Can Win Battle for New York City This Season

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How Brooklyn Nets Can Win Battle for New York City This Season
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The name "New York" might run across the chests of the New York Knicks, but that hasn't stopped the Brooklyn Nets from trying to take over the city. 

Things are already getting heated up as the two elite Eastern Conference squads provide each other with bulletin-board material. Courtesy of ESPN"s Ian Begley, we've learned that Raymond Felton and Paul Pierce are already getting into a war of words. 

But words can only get a team so far, which is why we're focusing on the on-court action here. 

The Nets have their work cut out for them if they wish to control the City that Never Sleeps. Not only do they have to be better than their New York counterparts, but they have to be decisively superior to win the battle of public perception. They're fighting an uphill battle because the Knicks are far more established. 

Brooklyn is the better team going into the 2013-14 season. At least on paper, since many of the key pieces have yet to fit together on anything but a depth chart. 

While the Knicks could very well maintain their stranglehold on the Big Apple—as detailed by B/R's Dan Favale—this is the year the Nets take over. Year 1 of the Brooklyn era saw them move out of New Jersey; Year 2 will be the season in which they officially take hold of New York in more than just name. 

 

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