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With both teams sinking fast, a New York rivalry struggles to stay afloat

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Oh, for the good old days when Mikhail Prokhorov put up a giant poster of him and Jay-Z across from Madison Square Garden. It was called "Blueprint for Greatness" and it included a space for LeBron James, just in case he decided that playing alongside the New Jersey Turnpike was a better fit for him than South Beach.

Of the time when Prokhorov reportedly called the James Dolan, the diminutive owner of the Knicks "that little man," requiring a forced lunch between the two owners.

Everyone, except maybe Dolan, thought it funny.

Battle of the Boroughs: Dolan vs. Prokhorov fight! from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

Now, sadly, we are reduced to this:

On Tuesday, Knick players wore warm-up gear with a Brooklyn --or BKLYN-- motif.  "Brooklyn Night" is part of the Knicks series honoring all five boroughs, which, believe it or not, is supposed to differentiate the NEW YORK Knicks from the BROOKLYN Nets.

It's all in good fun, right Brett Yormark?  Asked for comment, the Nets CEO replied via a statement directed at the Knicks: "Thanks for promoting our brand.’’

Okay, that's a start, or re-start.