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No rivalry between Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks

Al Bello

A day after his colleague at the Times wrote of Knicks fans turning into Nets fans, Harvey Araton chose to pour cold water on the notion that there's a rivalry between the two teams, or that the Nets can truly poach the Knicks' fan base.

"The shortsighted benefit of Thursday night’s sensible postponement in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and far more pressing concerns is that the Nets were spared the embarrassment of hearing those familiar Knicks cheers in their sparkling new home after enduring them in three New Jersey arenas over three and a half decades," Araton writes.

He also floats the idea that the teams need each other, but ultimately decides that it's star power that will determine the loyalty of the next generation.