With the team moving to Brooklyn now becomming an inevitability, my mind has begun to wonder about whether New Jersey will ever get another basketball team. I know that, per this link, Governor Christie has had casual conversations with David Stern about placing another NBA basketball team in New Jersey after the current team moves to Brooklyn. To quote Christie:
“I think there is a future for NBA basketball here in Newark,” Christie said. “I think that New Jersey having a state-of-the-art facility like Newark has here, you have the possibility of doing that. We support three [National Hockey League] teams in the region, so I don’t see why we can’t support three basketball teams.”
I'm curious as to what other people think about this, considering that we will be losing our state's basketball team fairly shortly (2012 season) and the great majority of Nets basketball fans might have an option between choosing between their state and their original basketball team. For me, I've always been a New Jersey fan at heart; I have been watching the Devils play since 1995, and the Nets since 2001. I would choose to watch a New Jersey baseball and football team over the New York Yankees and New York Giants (who technically reside in East Rutherford, NJ - the irony never quite fades for me) any day, but unfortunately, I am not given that option presently. So personally, if New Jersey ended up getting another basketball team after a couple of years, I would begin rooting for them again. Which means that, ultimately, the Brooklyn _____ will become a rival. Strange to say it, but my heart lies with the state. What about you?