On Saturday, the Nets subtly dropped a bomb of their own in a Tweet...
Yeah, we didn't want to wait too long before dropping these ⬇️— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 14, 2019
We're giving away Kyrie Irving Replica Jerseys to the first 10,000 fans at our *second* game of the season, Friday, Oct. 25 vs. the Knicks, courtesy of @TGIOA
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The Nets had laid out the schedule of game promotions in a press release and a Tweet on Thursday. But no one picked up the irony that the Nets would be giving out KYRIE IRVING jerseys at a KNICKS game when every Knick fan believed he’d be playing at MSG.
So, more than one pundit intimated that yes, indeed, the Nets (under new ownership and management no less!) were trolling their cross-river rivals. World-class trolling, one might say.
the Nets are giving out free Kyrie jerseys when they play the Knicks?— Dan Favale (@danfavale) September 14, 2019
Brooklyn Nets to give away Kyrie Irving jerseys against New York Knicks - Elite Marketing Ploy. https://t.co/yq6Aajy7hM— ❌ MisterGreyEyes2U ❌ (@imnativebyblood) September 15, 2019
Knick fans didn’t miss the irony...
Ive said this before! Nobody cares about the Brooklyn Nets In NY. You have to give away 10k Kyrie Jerseys to fill the seats ?!— (@ChandonGAZA) September 14, 2019
They are so scared Kyrie will be booed out of the arena. Just wait till KD first Knick game at brooklyn, Nets will give away 100 dollars to every Nets fan to show up and cheer Durant.— NySportsHere (@NySportsHere1) September 14, 2019
Weak. Very, very weak.
Meanwhile, Irving showed up a Brooklyn Bridge Park (hardly random) to have some fun with local kids.
Kyrie pulled up to a random park in Brooklyn and threw a fan a lob. (via Keith_88/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/q9nKkNV9UX— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) September 14, 2019
... And was the official greeter for tennis phenom Coco Gauff at HSS Training Center.
Irving, of course, needs no introduction to the rivalry. He grew up in New Jersey watching the Nets dominate the Knicks during the early 2000’s.
- Nets will give away 10,000 Kyrie Irving replica jerseys when the Knicks visit Barclays Center on October 25 - Alex Smith - SNY
- Nets using Kyrie Irving giveaway to troll Knicks - Brian Lewis - New York Post