The Rivalry - Who Owns New York?

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets reacts after scoring a three pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. 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 Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The rosters (and payrolls!) are almost complete. A tweak here and there and within a few days, the Nets and Knicks will look much like the teams that will battle in Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden during preseason. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson vs. Jeremy Lin and J.R. Smith; Carmelo Anthony vs. Gerald Wallace.

So who's looking better as the smoke clears? A couple of writers try their hand at the individual and overall match-ups. There's no real consensus yet, but one thing is clear. There's a lot riding on it. While both organizations publicly state it's great that there's now a real New York rivalry, there is real animosity out there.

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