from The Basketball Jones

It took New York Knicks owner James Dolan about seven years to answer a question from a basketball reporter since shutting the beats out in 2007, but now it seems like he's gotten the hang of it. Dolan sat down with Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post to talk about his struggling Knicks, who have gotten out to the same 3-8 start.
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If you are a fan of either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets, you should know one thing: the two teams don't like each other. As has been the case ever since Mikhail Prokhorov purchased the New Jersey Nets back in 2010, the hatred between the crosstown rivals extends right up to the ownership level.

From the New York Post yesterday:

Play nice, guys.

That essentially was the directive given to owners James Dolan of the Knicks and Mikhail Prokhorov of the Nets this past season during a meeting orchestrated by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who wanted to snuff any lingering tension between the two and prevent a full-blown feud, multiple league sources told The Post.

Sources also tell The Post that the meeting was "friendly and cordial" and was held in order to prevent "a wave of spitballs going back and forth over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges."

Evidence of the rigid relationship between Prokhorov and Dolan includes subtle jabs, grand signage, direct insults, sarcasm, and much, much more.

With the two sides set to share the NBA All-star festivities in 2015, commissioner David Stern apparently felt that enough was enough and though the two sides are rivals on the court, they are business partners off it and need to exist as such.

According to The Post, spokesmen for both the Knicks and the Nets declined comment on the apparent meeting.

As for Prokhorov's view?

One source maintained Prokhorov stokes the rivalry fires because he believes the feud “is great for both teams” and insisted it is “not at all personal” against Dolan, the Garden chairman and Cablevision CEO.

And of course, there's always this.

 

Bruce Ratner

The Nets & Knicks split the season series, but the Knicks pulled ahead in the battle for Nassau. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets & Manhattan/New York Knicks have a budding on-court rivalry, after splitting their first season series playing home games in the same city 2-2, but the rivalry doesn't just exist on the basketball court.

Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and Madison Square Garden/New York Knicks owner James Dolan both placed a bid to redevelop Long Island's Nassau Coliseum (the current home of the New York Islanders, and also an eyesore), and the bids were allegedly competitive -- until a Long Island developer backed Dolan's bid, knocking Ratner into a distant second.

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By MAX WEISBERG

New York Knicks owner James Dolan is a ... unique character in NBA ownership. Perhaps no owner (other than Los Angeles Clippers steambag Donald Sterling) is as simultaneously entrenched in his position and reviled by his fanbase at the same time. When I ask Knicks fans what they hate most about the team, it almost always comes back to one thing: Dolan. He's the dark cloud that keeps Knicks fans together.

So, in honor of the dishonorable, here are James Dolan's 9 worst acts as New York Knicks owner, starting with the most recent:

First Up: Petulance Personified

 

Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks, Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets

Stephon Marbury & Jason Kidd... Two players who have seen both sides. (AP/Bill Kostroun)

In whatever superlative you'd like to assign it -- the Battle for New York, Battle of the Boroughs, the Nets' arrival on the New York stage, or just another game -- the ex-New Jersey/now Brooklyn Nets take on the New York Knicks tonight, in Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This game has added meaning like few Nets-Knicks games have had before, but these two have had an up-and-down rivalry since the Nets joined the NBA in 1976.

Let's take a look through the history of the Nets-Knicks rivalry: from its origin, through the decades and playoff matchups, through the players that have seen both sides, and finally to today: the "Blueprint for Greatness" era.

The origin story
The 1980s: Waves of excellence in a sea of obscurity
1983: The first playoff battle ends in defeat
The 90s: what could have been
Playoffs: '94's and Heartbreak

The Nets take center stage
Nets sweep at last

The Blueprint for Greatness

The origin story

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New York Knicks Brooklyn Nets

New York is embarking on a unique season of basketball. Never have their been two professional teams, teams that actually play in this city (sorry, football), on this grand a stage and at this close a talent level, jockeying for city pole position. In honor of that recently renewed, borough-created rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Manhattan Knicks, I'm happy to introduce Jared Dubin, Knicks fan and managing editor of HoopChalk and Hardwood Paroxysm. Hardwood Paroxysm recently released an unbelievably comprehensive 137-page NBA Season Preview breaking down all thirty teams. When I say it's amazing, I mean it. Go check it out, download it, tell your friends, and revel in its one-act plays.

Jared and I share an innate, obsessive fandom for our respective teams. So we have to talk this out... MORE →