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Why Nets fans should root for the Knicks


On May 3rd, starting at 6:00 p.m., the author of: A History of the Nets- from Teaneck to Brooklyn, Rick Laughland, will be signing copies of his book at the Paramus, NJ Barnes and Noble. 

Sometimes you have to root for the lesser of two evils. In this case, Brooklyn Nets fans have to choose between the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks. 

That's a product of the landscape in the East shifting away from Brooklyn as a powerhouse In light of trading away, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.

So when Nets fans look at the clear-cut favor to come out of the East, the Boston Celtics, that is also the least desirable outcome. 

Brooklyn will be inextricably linked to Boston following the 2013 trade that sent out unprotected picks for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. 

One of those pics, Jayson Tatum, is evolving into a superstar and face of the league. The last few seasons, the Celtics have been knocking on the door of a championship. 

The pick the Celtics used to select Tatum, was acquired from Brooklyn. So at the end of the day, mission number one becomes knocking out the Celtics. 

When looking across the East, there's no clear-cut option other than possibly the Sixers or Knicks. 

While rooting for either team is like selling your soul to the devil, having Boston hoist them. Larry O'Brien trophy would be a nightmarish scenario. 

With that being said, Nets fan should root for the Knicks to not only beat the Philadelphia team that broke up Brooklyn's big three, but root for the Knicks to knock off the team that owned their draft picks for many years following the first big three trade, in the Boston Celtics. 


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