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If you're looking at Facebook Likes, the New York Knicks still run the city.

DNAInfo did a massive study of over 5 million New York City Facebook users between 18-65, and found the Knicks have a stronghold on the borough in terms of pure social media engagement, with almost 11.5 percent of the city's inhabitants clicking "Like" for the New York Knicks on Facebook, as opposed to just 4.9 percent for the Nets. The Nets rank fourth in the city, behind the Knicks, Yankees, and Giants.

The study also found that the Knicks had more "Likes" than the Nets in every available zip code with data across all five boroughs, including Brooklyn.

The post includes an interactive chart, which you can scroll through different zip codes to see how strong fandom is for the Nets, Knicks, Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Islanders, Giants, and Jets. The post adds that just over 2 percent of Queens residents label themselves Nets fans on Facebook.

The Nets have compiled a 93-71 record since moving to Brooklyn, including one playoff series win. In the same span, the Knicks are 91-73, winning one postseason series in 2012-13 before missing out on the playoffs last year.

 

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The New York Knicks introduced Derek Fisher, who won five championships under Phil Jackson and played his last game with the Oklahoma City Thunder nine days ago, as the 26th head coach in the history of their franchise today. The parallels to Jason Kidd last year are stunning: nine days after announcing his retirement, the former point guard Kidd, who led the Nets to two NBA Finals, took the Nets coaching gig.

Fisher might get a congratulatory call from his new cross-town coaching rival, and Kidd might give him a few tips for adjustment. But after watching Kidd coach his way through his rookie season, here's five dos and don'ts from me.
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On June 9, 2013, the Brooklyn Nets formally announced the hiring of coach Jason Kidd, the former New Jersey Nets legend who had retired from the NBA less than ten days earlier. The contract was reportedly for four years and $10.5 million, with three years and $7.5 million guaranteed.

Fast-forward 361 days, and multiple outlets have reported that the New York Knicks, run by president Phil Jackson, will hire Jackson's former player Derek Fisher, a point guard facing retirement, to a five-year deal worth -- get this -- $25 million:

It is immediately unclear whether the fifth year is guaranteed or includes a team option. Fisher’s deal matches the five-year, $25 million agreement Kerr reached with Golden State, but is less of a commitment than what New York initially offered Kerr to become its coach.

Fisher’s coaching staff is expected to include Bill Cartwright and Kurt Rambis, sources told Yahoo Sports.

All share longtime coaching or playing experience with Jackson, and Fisher plans to run Jackson's famed triangle offense with the Knicks.

via Yahoo! Sports -- Sources: Derek Fisher finalizing $25 million deal to coach Knicks

So we've now got a new wrinkle for Nets-Knicks game: two bald former point guards in New York City who turned coaches immediately after retiring, one to join forces with his former franchise, and one to join forces with his former coach.

Fisher, to his credit, is one of the league's elder statesmen and a respected player league-wide. But he's nowhere near the Hall of Fame talent Kidd ever was, and Kidd's on-court basketball IQ is one of the best in league history. Nonetheless, Fisher's deal adds up to $5 million per season, while Kidd is slated to make an average $2.6 million per year if his final year gets picked up by the Nets.

After Steve Kerr, another former player, spurned the Knicks for an identical 5-year, $25 million deal this summer to coach the Golden State Warriors, Kidd's contract looks like a bargain.

Of course, it's not like Kidd needs the money: Fisher only made over $5 million in a season four times in his career, while Kidd made nearly $200 million in NBA salary. It's also possible that the Knicks felt the need to out-bid the Los Angeles Lakers. But it'll cost them $5 million per season, for a coach who hasn't formally announced his retirement as a player yet.

 

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No smiles on the Nets bench as the Knicks rolled at Barclays Center. (AP)

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It may be hard to picture in 2014, but there once was a time when Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was one of the most lethal pick-and-roll finishers in the league. The 6'11" power forward made a name for himself with his patented one-handed jams. Amar'e's dunks stuffed daily highlight reels and he was truly a force to be reckoned with. Then came the injuries.

Stoudemire is a shell of his former self. When he isn't injured, he looks tired and lethargic. But the veteran won't quit: Stoudemire has worked his way back on the court, and though he isn't as dominant as he once was, he has become efficient and consistent.

Amar'e took MSG back a few years when he threw down this one-handed dunk on the Nets in the Battle of the Boroughs.

 

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Jason Kidd (AP)

Of the 12 new head coaches hired last summer, the Nets picked the most inept choice. He's the worst coach in the NBA. He doesn't do anything. His clock is running out.

Fast forward a few months, and Kidd has led the hottest team in the Eastern Conference since January 1st and won two Coach of the Month Awards. Things sure change fast, huh?
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Deron Williams, of the Deron Williams News. (AP)

Deron Williams, of the Deron Williams News. (AP)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Two years ago on media day, Deron Williams grabbed a microphone during former Nets coach Avery Johnson's initial press conference to the media.

"This is Deron Williams with the Deron Williams News," Williams cracked as reporters giggled. "Can you tell me, who's the best team in New York?"

It was a dig at the constant media coverage of the "Borough Battle," a Nets-Knicks rivalry borne out of geographical proximity and little else. It gave then-coach Johnson the opportunity to respond with a standardized refrain, alleging that the Nets aren't focused on the Knicks, they're focused on being the best team in the NBA.

But today, with the seventh game in Brooklyn-Manhattan history on tap, nearly all of the Nets -- even Williams -- admit that these games mean more to them.
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Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce (AP)

Although the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are separated by 8.5 games in the standings, their showdown at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday may be their most important matchup yet this season.

With the Nets jockeying for home-court advantage in the first round and the Knicks struggling to make it at all, they find themselves in the unique position of potentially getting to deliver one of the final blows to the Knicks’ nightmare season.

The last time these teams met, they were trending in opposite directions-- the Nets in the midst of their January revival and the Knicks in their winter free-fall. Since then, Kidd has notched two Coach of the Month Awards and has the Nets playing like an elite team in the Eastern Conference. Lots has changed since the Nets blew out the Knicks 103-80 on January 20th. Check out the position-by-position starting lineup breakdown ahead!

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KG, Paul, Joe, Shaun, & the Nets took the Knicks to school on their home court. (AP)

KG, Paul, Joe, Shaun, & the Nets took the Knicks to school on their home court. (AP)

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