Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks: Introducing The Virtual Cross Bridge Battle

Nets vs. Knicks: Battle of the Borough Beards.

The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets never really had a shot at playing each other in the playoffs this year once the seeding was set — neither team had much of a shot at getting past the Miami Heat, and both fell one round short of facing them.

But in the spirit of New York rivalries, we wanted a Nets-Knicks series, so: screw it, we’re going to make it happen.

Welcome to the Cross Bridge Battle, an imaginary seven-game series between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, played exclusively on NBA 2K13 — but with a twist.

The series will play out on NBA 2K13 with the most up-to-date rosters, and both teams are coached, meaning that the team’s rotation and tendencies will be set prior to each game.

Coaching the Knicks is Jared Dubin, co-editor-in-chief of Hardwood Paroxysm, founder of TrueHoop Network blog HoopChalk, dedicated and loyal Knicks fan, and one of the smartest basketball minds I know.

He also co-wrote a book that I own, and you should too.

For the Nets? It’ll be yours truly.

My request: as we enter into this fantasy world, we’ll offer video highlights, game wrap-ups, images from the game, and box scores. Please join our make-believe world. Comment on the articles and videos. Take the polls. Post fan art commemorating the Fantasy Cross Bridge Series (hashtag #Nets on Instagram). And advise the coaches (that’s me and Jared on what we should do in the next game.

Go Brooklyn!