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Beck: Knicks Feeling Nets' Heat

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July 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams  addresses the public at a pep rally for the Brooklyn Nets at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
July 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams addresses the public at a pep rally for the Brooklyn Nets at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Howard Beck uses the occasion of the Knicks' reveal of their "new" uniforms to ask whether "New York’s original NBA team" is feeling the hot breath of Mikhail Prokhorov.

Would the Knicks’ owners be spending $850 million to renovate Madison Square Garden if the Nets weren’t building a $450 million arena just six miles away? Would the Knicks be trumpeting orange waistbands if black Brooklyn caps weren’t flying off the shelves? Is it all coincidence? Perhaps.

Beck concludes, "Ignoring the Nets is no longer an option. There are suites to fill and jerseys to sell and fan loyalties at stake. The Knicks actually have to try now."