The Perfect Storm?

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that the last decade has been a bad one for the Knicks.  It would require too much therapy to repeat everything that has gone wrong, so let’s just leave it at that.  And now, in the season where the Knicks are supposed to restore the franchise to prominence, they seem to be spiraling down the drain.  Throw in the fact that you can’t even watch the games in NYC right now and it is another lousy time to be a Knicks fan.  Normally, there isn’t much you can do about that.  Your team stinks, that’s the way life goes. But what happens if a new team moves into “the area”?

Starting next season the New Jersey Nets become the Brooklyn Nets.  They will be playing in a new arena, possibly with Dwight Howard on board and ownership that is a lot better than Jim Dolan.  There arena isn’t very popular as a neighbor, but it will be very easy to get to from a lot of places, Long Island included. So could all of these forces combine to convert Knicks fans into Nets fans?

I would say that for casual fans absolutely, but for the stronger fans it would take something more.  Take me, I grew up rooting for the Knicks and even though I will be living about a mile from the Nets new home, I have no plans to convert.  But, I am also sick to death of Jim Dolan’s ownership and watching mediocre basketball.  When Dolan tried to bring Isiah Thomas back into the organization after everything that had happened, that almost ended my Knicks’ fandom.  If he tried that again or did something worse (is there worse?) I would have to think long and hard about a change of allegiance.  How about you, is it Knicks forever or could you make a change if pushed?

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  • Liza  On January 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    No way. The whole way Atlantic Yards was handled ruined any chance of my becoming a Nets fan.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      I’ll bet you attend an event in the Atlantic Yards within a year of it opening. That plus your love of JayZ will make you a Nets fan.

  • blmeanie  On January 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I read something somewhere in last 3-4 months that suggested Isiah was indeed headed back to the Knicks, possibly within a year.

    Your teams are your teams. Only time you change is if you move and live somewhere for a long time. Even then it becomes an add not a replace.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Bl- I guess you don’t believe in sports “divorce”?

      I would add, if they leave town as another reason for your list.

  • blmeanie  On January 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    oh yeah, my +1 hockey team got up and left Atlanta so it is just the Bruins ’til the end!

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