As Brooklyn Buzz Increases, Players Come East, Is City Rivalry Next?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Deron Williams of the Nets in action during the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2011 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The buzz about Barclays Center is as much on the rise as the arena itself. On the court, new additions like Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony have raised interest in the Nets and Knicks. 

How long before the rivalry that once dominated baseball's National League, Manhattan vs. Brooklyn, is revived in basketball's Atlantic Division?

Nothing will fully ignite till the Nets' billion dollar arena is completed, but as Karen Matthew of AP reports, "sports fans are already noticing signs of a crosstown rivalry with the New York Knicks that they hope could echo the halcyon days when the Brooklyn Dodgers perennially battled the New York Giants for baseball's National League pennant."

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