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Another sign lights up the Garden ... and probably James Dolan


It showed up Tuesday at one of the corners around Madison Square Garden, part of a promotion for Kyrie Irving’s new Nike Kyrie 6, which the Nets new guard had debuted the night before at Barclays Center. But its placement and its message was hardly subtle.

Oh Nike, you animals.

As Brian Lewis wrote, “When the Knicks hoped to see a lot of Kyrie Irving’s face around the Garden, this isn’t what they had in mind.”

No one at Nike has been quoted about the signage, but it would seem that —how could it not— that Irving wanted it right where it was, visible from the Madison Square Garden corporate offices, a reminder that Irving was and is a Nets fan.

As he said after he poured in 39 points and distributed seven assists on Monday...

“I’m going to continue to say it, but it’s a dream come true since I was in fourth grade. I left an NBA Finals game and went home and wrote it on sheetrock. And now to be going down in Nets history … I’m always appreciative, but obviously doing it at home, it’s a different feeling. But obviously I know the important goals are ahead.”

Home, meaning the Nets and now Brooklyn.

In fact, the quote on the sign is from Irving’s discussion of why he chose the Nets.

“In my heart I knew I always wanted to play at home,” Irving said back in July. “And home is where my heart is. And it’s always been there. It’s simply because of such a great love that I have for my family and the way I grew up. I wouldn’t change anything about the experience, at all. It’s brought me back here, and that’s home. And home is where my family is. Home is where I want my legacy to continue. I’m happy to be in Brooklyn.”

The sign of course recalls a more imposing painting placed on the side of a building near the Garden back in 2010. It featured then-owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z staring down at Dolan’s offices under the line, “Blueprint for Greatness.” Dolan was so incensed that he twice called then-commissioner David Stern the day it went up to complain the sign was distracting to his employees.

Jay-Z is now Irving’s agent. Just Sayin’.