Villain. (AP/Kathy Willens)

As someone who takes comic book culture very seriously, I think it’s imperative that every hero has his perfect foil, an adversary that poses a serious threat and must be defeated soundly for victory to be declared. In comic book terms, Batman has the Joker, Spider-Man has Doctor Octopus, and the X-Men had Magneto. In basketball terms, Bird had Magic, the 90s Knicks had Jordan, and the entire city of Cleveland has LeBron.

In their still-blossoming rivalry with each other, the Knicks and Nets have played two hard-fought, high-spirited games with each other where heroes have emerged for both sides. But from the perspective of Nets fans, a true supervillain has emerged – someone who is guaranteed to torment the Brooklyn franchise for years to come. ... MORE →